BS in Bible + Master of Divinity Dual-Level Program

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Whether in a church or parachurch setting, begin your full-time ministry up to three years faster with the BS in Bible + MDiv dual-level program. 

At a glance

Programmatic Credits


Standard Completion Time:

5 yrs


Why You Should Consider This Program:

This program is for highly motivated individuals who are strongly considering or already know that they want to pursue a Master of Divinity degree. While not required for full-time pastoral ministry, an MDiv is a preferred degree that many churches look for on an application. Having an MDiv degree communicates that you have dedicated a significant amount of time to preparing for ministry through a study of theology and the Scriptures—usually in the original languages. 

This program can prepare you for ministry or, if you are considering an academic route, be your next step toward a ThM and PhD program.  

How it Works:

The Cairn University dual-level BS in Bible/MDiv program allows you to condense what would be eight years of study (four-year bachelor’s + four-year master’s) into just five years by starting master-level courses as early as your sophomore year. You’ll be able to complete all requirements for both degrees in as few as five years without taking summer courses. 

You will also continue to receive your undergraduate scholarships and tuition aid for all five years of study, which will save you thousands of dollars. 

Program Highlights:

  • Study the Bible cover to cover, taking courses that range from surveys of the Old Testament to exegetical studies of Revelation. 
  • Learn how to properly exegete and translate the Scriptures through an in-depth study of Greek and Hebrew (four semesters of each language).
  • Deeply explore each branch of systematic theology and the history of theology.
  • Develop the skills of pastoral ministry.

Career Paths

  • Senior Pastor
  • Associate/Assistant Pastor
  • Camp Director
  • Bible Teacher
  • Chaplain
  • Missionary
  • Professor (with further study)
At a glance

Program Credits


Standard Completion Time

5 yrs

Programmatic Accreditation

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Sample Curriculum

Semester One BIB 100 Introduction to the Bible
COM 101 Speech
INT 101 The Integrated Life
MAT Mathematics Elective
PSY 101 General Psychology
THE 100 Intro to Christian Theology
Semester Two BIB 101 The Pentateuch
CHM 101 The Church
ENG 101 English Composition
SCI Natural Science Elective
Semester Three BIB 201 The Old Testament
CHM 221 Spiritual Formation/Disciple
GRK 331 Elem NT Greek I
HIS 301 Church History
HUM 211 Lit/Arts Western World I
SOC 202 Sociocultural Studies
Semester Four BIB 211 The Gospels
GRK 332 Wlwm NT Greek II
HIS 212 West Civ since Renaissance
HUM 212 Lit/Arts Western World II
PMN 321 Pastoral Care
Semester Five BIB 311 The New Testament
BIB 704 Psalms/Wisdom Lit
CHM 731 Issues in Christian Ed
GRK 431 NT Greek Exegesis I

PHI 301 Philosophy
PMN 421 Church Admin Issues
Semester Six BIB 745 Exegetical Book Study
CHM 621 The Spiritual Life
GRK 432 NT Greek Exegesis II
THE 311 The Triune God
THE 312 The Narrative of Redemption
Semester Seven BIB 712 Pauline Epistles
HEB 331 Elem Biblical Hebrew I
PMN 431 Homiletics I
THE 401 Apologetics
Bible/Theology Elective
Divinity Elective
Semester Eight BIB 47x Exegesis/Theology Elective
BIB 713 Gen Epistles/Revelation
HEB 332 Elem Biblical Hebrew II
PMN 432 Homiletics II
PMN 721 Pastoral Counseling
Bible/Theology Elective
Semester Nine BIB 700 Canon/Context of the Bible
CHM 791 Guided Field Experience
HEB 431 Exegesis of Hebrew Prose
THE 712 History/Doctrine of Human/Sin/Salvation
THE 745 Contemporary Theological Issues
Semester Ten BIB 703 OT Prophets
HEB 432 Exegesis of Hebrew Poetry
THE 711 History/Doctrine of Triune God
THE 713 Hist/Doc of Church/Last Things
Divinity Elective

Italicized text indicates graduate course

Application Details

Apply to Cairn indicating your interest in the Christian Studies major. Once you are accepted and on campus, you will have an academic advisor who will guide you through the steps of pursuing the dual-level program. 

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