Associate of Divinity (A.Div.)
Applicants for admission to the A.Div. degree program must be twenty-five (25) years of age or older and be capable of benefiting from the program of studies. As a rule, these applicants will be required to show proof of graduation from high school. Individuals who did not graduate from high school may be approved for admission by the Admissions Committee on a probationary basis. Capability is determined after the first semester of studies (the probationary period). Students who attain and maintain a minimum grade point average (2.0) are removed from probation and placed in good standing; otherwise, they are discontinued.
Bachelor of Arts in Religion
Applicants for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Religion degree program must have completed a minimum of fifty (50) semester hours toward an Associate of Arts degree (or hold an A.A. or equivalent) at a regionally accredited college or university (or an institution not regionally accredited [SACSCOC, North Central, etc.] but recognized by regionally accredited colleges and universities in the state where it is located, or accredited by organizations recognized by the Council for Higher Education Association), with the provision that all deficiencies in the A.A. are completed before the bachelor’s degree is conferred. Ordinarily they will be required to have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 “C.” All students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 throughout the program. Students who do not have a 2.0 grade point average, but have completed 50 semester hours of studies toward the A.A., or have an A.A. degree (or equivalent), may be admitted by the Admissions Committee on a probationary basis. After one semester of studies, if students have not attained a 2.0 grade point average, they are discontinued.
Applicants who meet the undergraduate admissions requirements may transfer up to thirty-three (33) semester hours of work from an accredited institution (or, with approval by the Admissions Committee, from an institution not regionally accredited but recognized by regionally accredited colleges and universities in the state where it is located or accredited by organizations recognized by the CHEA) toward the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts in Religion degree or the Associate of Divinity degree, if the courses are considered equivalent in level, content, and quality to those offered at BMATS and satisfy program requirements, and if an official transcript can be supplied showing a grade of “C” or above for each course that is transferred. Credits earned from courses where a letter grade of “D” is received may not be transferred.