Bible and theology majors can complete M.Div. coursework
By Heidi Heater, a junior from Jackson, Ky.
WILMORE, KY—Beginning this fall, Asbury College students in the Bible and theology department can complete coursework toward a master’s degree while completing their bachelor’s degree. Asbury College and Asbury Theological Seminary are partnering to offer the Seminary Tract Eligibility Program (STEP).
STEP is a new program that allows Asbury College Bible and theology majors to earn credit for up to18 hours of course work necessary for a master of divinity degree at Asbury Theological Seminary. This tract enables the College’s students to obtain a master’s degree in 78 hours instead of 96, reducing their time in graduate school by 20 percent.
“Students are already working on an M.Div. while at Asbury College,” said Dr. Bill Arnold, vice president of student affairs and provost at Asbury Theological Seminary.
Dr. David Rightmire, chair of the Bible and theology at Asbury College, said that this program will aid Bible and theology majors as well as those students who are undecided.
“This will help them clarify the importance of majoring in Bible and theology in order that they might get a ‘step up’ on graduate work,” Rightmire said. “The classes we offer at Asbury College are equivalent to certain courses at the graduate level. STEP recognizes the quality of our Bible and theology program.”
Arnold said that the program acknowledges the good work being done in the Bible and theology program at Asbury College. “There is a lot of overlap in what we do and what they do,” he said. “We want to acknowledge that and give Asbury College students credit for it.”