Combined Bachelor and Master of Arts Program Details

To Earn the Bachelor of Arts 

This program has been designed to provide you with a comprehensive Biblical education in an accelerated online two-module educational format. The 128 credit hour requirement for the Bachelor of Arts portion of the Fast Track Combined B.A./M.A. program can be fulfilled in just a few months by combining transfer credits from other institutions with life learning experience credits granted from Atlantic Coast, and completing two courses in the Old and New Testament. The Bachelor of Arts degree will be awarded in Biblical Studies.

Transfer Credits From Other Educational Institutions

Credits earned through previous college level study, or equivalent course credits earned while in military service, may be used for transfer toward the Bachelor of Arts degree program, providing that not less than 32 credits remain to be earned at Atlantic Coast to complete the requirements for the degree. There is no charge for the transfer credits. The Florida Department of Education Commission requires that not less than 25% of the credits required for the B.A. degree be earned at the granting institution. This limits the maximum number of transfer credits and Life Experience credits to 96.

Credits Granted for Life Learning Experience

Credits are granted for experiential / life learning in undergraduate college education.

The Florida Department of Education Commission requires that not more than 25% of the credits required for the degree be replaced by credits granted for validated Life Learning Experience in the chosen degree concentration. This Florida State requirement for the 128 credits Bachelor of Arts degree applies as follows:

For the Bachelor of Arts Degree: 32 Life Learning Credits can be used toward the 128 credits required.

Schedule for Granting Life Learning Experience Credits

  • Credits granted for Life Learning Experience must either directly relate to the Major Concentration, or the Minor Concentration if applicable, or to the generally accepted list of General Education courses required in non-religious B.A. degree programs. Generally, most adults over age 25, the minimum qualifying age to receive Life Learning Experience credits, will have employment and or ministry experience in one or more of these subjects.
  • Each year of full-time related employment qualifies for 8 credits of Life Learning Experience in the B.A. program.
  • Validation of the related employment must be received within 90 days following registration in the B.A. program.
  • Life Learning Experience credits used to reduce the 128 credits required for the B.A. are $30.00 each.

To Earn the Master of Arts

This program has been designed to provide you with a comprehensive Biblical education in an accelerated online four-module educational format. The 32 credit hour requirement for the Master of Arts portion of the Fast Track Combined B.A./M.A. program are fulfilled by completing four projects in the Major Concentration of your choosing. 

Atlantic Coast offers a Master of Arts Degree in:

  • Biblical Studies
  • Christian Counseling
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Theology

Each M.A. Concentration contains courses which require Projects related to two textbook and audio lectures which will be located in the Online Resource Room . The audio lectures are also available for personal ministry use. In addition to the courses in the Concentration, there is a Master of Arts Summative Examination. This is a written summation of the learning experience in the M.A. concentration, and is to include how this M.A. experience will be applied by the graduate in life and ministry.

Sample M.A. Program Syllabus:

Project One

Create a two-level annotated outline for the two textbooks that detail what you consider to be the most important elements or sections in the book.

Project Two

Write a Review Essay for each textbook. Your Review Essays should be not less than 750 words each. 

Project Three

Write a Response (reaction) Essay for each textbook. These should be not less than 750 words.

Project Four

Use at least 300 words to describe your learning experience in the course. Include how you will use what you have learned in your professional and/or personal life.

Summative Examination

The Summative Exam is an “open book” summation of your learning experience in the M.A. degree program. Using your textbook outlines, essays, and notes from the audio lectures, write a summation of your educational experience in no less than 1,500 words.

These program objectives are in compliance with the federal government administration’s request to educational institutions to develop Fast Track degree programs which will place qualified persons into the workplace more rapidly than outdated traditional programs. We believe this also applies to ministry.

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