Religious class having a discussion

The Accelerated Pastoral Ministries Program (APMP) will equip you for ministry as you answer your call to serve God and humanity. It prepares you for ministry while saving you both time and money. Over the span of five years of coursework you will earn a Bachelor of Arts in Discipleship Studies and a Minor in Biblical Studies followed by a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Pastoral Studies.

Undergraduate Admissions

As a student in the Accelerated Pastoral Ministries Program (APMP), you will receive a broad based exposure to the arts, humanity and sciences, as well as scholastic, theological and practical preparation for ministry.

The program accelerates your course work where you are able to finish all of your course work in five years compared to the 7+ years it takes students to complete both degrees in traditional programs. Your five years of academic work is broken into two parts. The first three years of coursework are in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy where you will earn a Bachelor of Arts in Discipleship Studies and a Minor in Biblical Studies. The final two years of coursework are in the School of Divinity where you will earn a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Pastoral Studies.

These five years you will prepare for ministry through both coursework and field experience. You will have opportunities to grow spiritually while participating in student ministries and on-campus activities all while having the support of both a mentor and a cohort.

Click here to download the program viewbook.

With both a Bachelor of Arts in Discipleship Studies and a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Studies, you will experience a range of potential career opportunities focused in pastoral ministry and you will be equipped to serve in church ministries at the highest levels.

In addition to the University’s general education and prerequisite course requirements, the Accelerated Pastoral Ministries Program (APMP) requires five years of academic work broken into two parts.

Students must complete 129 semester hours in three years to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Discipleship Students with a minor in Biblical Studies in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy.

With 21 semester hours of advance standing, students will enter the School of Divinity, upon acceptance, where they must complete 69 credit hours in two years to earn a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Pastoral Students. Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

Students must apply to both the Traditional Undergraduate Program as well as the Accelerated Pastoral Ministries Program. For the Traditional Undergraduate application, please click here.  For the APMP application, please click here. Because of the anticipated academic rigor of the APMP, incoming students will be expected to demonstrate a quality academic record and sense of call to pastoral ministry.

Admissions requirements to the APMP include:

  1. Minimum 3.25 GPA in high school
  2. Minimum ACT score of 24
  3. Minimum SAT score of 1100
  4. A rank in the top 25% of the high school graduating class
  5. A written statement of calling
  6. Pastor/youth minister reference
  7. An interview with the APMP director

For more information on the Accelerated Pastoral Ministries Program, please contact Tabatha Coker at 704-406-2078 or tcoker@gardner-webb.edu.

Meet the faculty for this department
Find out how to apply