Texas Baptist College

The 5-Year Program

The foundation you need to serve wherever God calls you.

This intensive and comprehensive program allows the qualified student to complete an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in 154 hours, which is the equivalent of 5 years of full-time study. The goal of the 5-Year Program is to focus and streamline the education and training of those called to vocational ministry.

Earn 2 degrees in 5 years:

  • 1 Bachelors + 1 Masters
  • 5 years of full-time study
  • 4 options of undergraduate degrees
  • 3 options of graduate degrees

the 4 stages of a 5-year degree:

Stage 1
Hours of Undergraduate Classes
Stage 2
Advanced Standing Exams
Stage 3
Hours of Undergraduate+Graduate Classes (Dual Status)
Stage 4
Hours of Graduate Classes

Degree Tracks

B.M. in Worship Studies + M.M. in Worship Leadership

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Dual enrollment

Earn high school and college course credit simultaneously by being dual enrolled. Our courses are offered in-person and online for just $105 per credit hour.

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Application & Advising process

Students can apply to the 5-Year Program by choosing their desired degree track. Acceptance will be on a provisional basis until:

  • TBC Students:
    • Complete 45 hours of course work at Texas Baptist College
    • Have a GPA of 3.00 or higher, which must be maintained throughout the program.
  • Transfer Students:
    • Complete 30 hours of course work at Texas Baptist College
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher, which must be maintained throughout the program.

If a student’s GPA falls below 3.00, that student will be on probation for one semester to raise the GPA back to a 3.00. If there is no improvement at the end of the probation semester, the student will move to the regular four-year undergraduate major.

Students will be assigned a special undergraduate advisor to counsel them through the program and to help them transition from the BA degree to the M.Div. or MACE degree.

Once the student has been approved into the program, passed the Advanced Standing exams, and successfully completed 60 hours of undergraduate work, they will proceed to the dual status stage. At this point the student will be assigned a second advisor, a graduate advisor, to take the student through the master’s part of the program. For the 61-120 hour period of the program, the student will have dual status and will meet with both advisors. For the final 34 hours of the program, the student will then be a graduate student and meet only with the graduate advisor.

Before the student can progress to the dual status stage (taking graduate and undergraduate courses simultaneously), the student must pass these advanced standing exams with a minimum score of 75:

  • Old Testament I & II
  • New Testament I & II
  • Church History I & II
  • Systematic Theology I
  • Evangelism
  • Introduction to Missiology

These exams must be taken once the student has successfully completed 45 hours, but before they have completed 60 hours. Upon passing the Advance Standing exams and successfully completing 60 hours of undergraduate study with a 3.00 or higher GPA, the student will then proceed to the dual status stage.

The student will choose a concentration on the graduate level.

The concentrations will be chose from among the concentrations offered in the graduate school associated with the student's particular degree:

During the dual status stage, the student will take both undergraduate and graduate courses, with undergraduate courses decreasing and graduate courses increasing over time.

In the final phase, the student will be full-time in graduate courses to finish the program.

3.00 GPA must be maintained throughout the 5-Year Program.

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