Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Program Requirements
The accelerated Bachelor's and Master's degree programs at DBU provide a means for highly motivated individuals with clearly defined career goals to attain knowledge and skills from both undergraduate and master’s degrees in a single accelerated process. Combining the degrees provides a faster track to graduation, proves to be more cost-effective, and gives the student the opportunity to enter the workforce sooner with a competitive advantage.
PERMISSION TO PURSUE AN ACCELERATED BACHELOR'S AND MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAM
Students wishing to enter an accelerated program should file a Statement of Commitment with their academic advisor. Permission to pursue the program will be considered based on the following criteria:
Completion of 60 semester hours of undergraduate credit in classes required by the program unless noted otherwise (see individual degree requirements)
80 semester hours of undergraduate credit are required to apply to accelerated degrees in the Graduate School of Ministry
90 semester hours are required to apply to accelerated degrees in the Graduate School of Business
75 semester hours are required to apply to accelerated degrees in Professional Counseling
A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 at the time of filing a Statement of Commitment. The minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and institutional GPA of 3.0 in coursework comprising the major or in all teacher certification coursework criteria must be maintained to continue in the program.
The Statement of Commitment and Permission to Pursue Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree must be approved and signed by both the undergraduate advisor and the Master’s program director. At that time, a new degree plan must be completed, approved, and signed by both the undergraduate advisor and the Master’s program director.
At the completion of 90 semester hours (80 semester hours for degrees in College of Christian Faith - to include 12 institutional hours with a 3.0 GPA) students must apply for admission to the Master’s program. Students pursuing the BBA Accounting/MBA Accounting must apply at the completion of 96 hours.
Upon acceptance into the Master’s program (after admission and completion of the specific Graduate Program requirements), students may take the shared courses as prescribed by their degree plan.
Successful completion of PRST 3301 if pursuing a BAS or BBS degree.
Note: Permission to pursue an accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program does not guarantee admission to the Master’s program. All requirements for admission to the Master’s program must be met. Students may not enroll in the shared courses prior to admission to the Master’s program. Students may not enroll in non-shared 5000 or 6000 level courses until all accelerated undergraduate degree requirements have been fulfilled.
Note: Church Membership Requirement (for admission into the EDD in Educational Leadership—all concentrations, PHD in Leadership Studies’ Ministry Concentration, Master’s Ministry Degrees, and Advanced Ministry Certificate Programs): Within the last 12 months, the applicant must have been an active member of a Christian church that holds Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and who holds solely the Old Testament and the New Testament as sacred Scripture.
RETENTION IN AND GRADUATION FROM THE PROGRAM
Students must fulfill the following conditions to continue enrollment and graduate from an accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program:
Students must maintain and graduate with the undergraduate GPA as stated in the undergraduate catalog relative to their degree and major.
A minimum 3.0 GPA must be maintained to continue in the program, and a minimum 3.0 GPA is required to graduate with a master’s degree.
Students must be advised by both their undergraduate advisor and their graduate program director/advisor prior to enrollment each semester.
Transfer students must meet the undergraduate residency requirement of a minimum of 30 hours at DBU. Shared courses at the graduate level are considered to be part of the undergraduate residency requirement. They also apply toward the undergraduate requirements of 42 upper-level credit hours and 30 of the last 36 credit hours in residence at Dallas Baptist University. They will appear on the undergraduate transcript and will count toward the undergraduate GPA. Therefore, they will not be seen or used on any master’s level program transcript.
Each degree at DBU must satisfy its own residency requirement. For Accelerated degrees, both the bachelor’s and the master’s degree residency requirements must be met.
A student may elect to graduate under the degree requirements of the official catalog of any year in which the student is enrolled for classes and receives credit, provided that the period between such dates does not exceed six years, but both the Undergraduate and the Graduate catalogs must be the same year for the accelerated degrees.
Students pursuing an Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program are considered Graduate students upon the completion of all undergraduate degree requirements and shared graduate hours. Graduate students are ineligible for the Honors List, Dean’s List, or President’s List.
At the completion of the undergraduate degree requirements (including the shared hours), the student is no longer eligible for undergraduate scholarships.
If the student decides not to complete the Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program, he/she must work with the undergraduate advisor in order to meet the degree requirements as outlined in their BA, BS, BAS, BBA, or BBS degree in order to graduate. In addition, courses already taken at the graduate level may not be applied toward undergraduate level requirements.
Note: Please refer to each program for requirements specific to that program only.