BA to MDiv Options

As an undergraduate in the Hobbs School of Theology and Ministry, you can earn your bachelor’s degree while progressing towards an MDiv through our Bachelor of Arts to Master of Divinity (BA to MDiv) accelerated program. We enjoy partnerships with all six Baptist seminaries and select others to provide advanced tracks where you can earn up to 25% of your MDiv degree while enrolled at OBU.

This is a convenient benefit, propelling you forward while saving you time and resources.

Gabe Atyia

Class of 2025

“The devotion of my professors and the classes I am taking has resulted in a newfound love for learning and growing as a Christian through academics. I look forward to going to seminary and remaining a life-long student of the Bible.”

Benefits of Starting Toward an MDiv at OBU

Faculty Experts

The Hobbs School of Theology and Ministry offers you a distinguished lineup of faculty who are experts in their disciplines, sharing valuable insights from their formal training and years of practical experience in their specific field. They are respected both locally and globally as published authors, preachers, guest speakers, lecturers and missionaries. Several have authored books covering various theological subjects.

Liberal Arts University

Our vibrant campus community offers you a host of opportunities as a student. You are encouraged to engage in our active collegiate student life where you experience opportunities in leadership, service, athletics, student organizations, community engagement and social activities. You will not only receive unparalleled biblical and theological training, but your academic experience will include the university’s distinctive Christian liberal arts core curriculum. This added dimension to your education fosters critical thinking, intellectual curiosity and the opportunity to learn with non-ministry students.

Incredible Education, Affordable Cost.

OBU provides a minimum $10,000 per year scholarship to every incoming first-time freshman and $8,000 to every incoming transfer student. And you could qualify for even more financial aid! Many of our students also receive money through federal Pell grants and OBU Bison Grants.

To get an estimate of what your cost to attend OBU might be, please check out our Net Price Calculator. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how affordable an OBU education really is. Especially considering the incredible academic quality, personal mentor relationships with faculty and staff, and strong Christian commitment you will experience at OBU. You won’t find an experience like this anywhere else!

Program Information

Selection of Seminaries

As a student, you can begin planning your education path as early as your freshman year. Each seminary partnership is unique, allowing you to carefully consider which institution best fits your ministry goals. OBU welcomes the biblically-grounded ministry training offered through these participating seminary partnerships. 

Field Experiences

As an OBU ministry student, you are presented with ways to develop your skills through internships and field experiences. Ongoing relationships with local pastors and congregations often provide opportunities to preach, lead worship and serve in local and regional church settings. The university’s Center for Global Outreach (GO) offers mission trips during the summer and semester breaks, exposing you to ministry and outreach opportunities both domestically and internationally. These types of practical experiences enable you to grow and gain confidence in God’s calling in your life.

Faculty Mentors

In your ministry program, you will enjoy ongoing and direct interaction with faculty members who instill a solid foundation of faith and biblical perspective through their teaching and personal lives. Because of our small class sizes, your professors get to know you individually and invest in your personal success. Your faculty will become your mentors, encouragers and role models who support your intellectual and spiritual development.

Enriching Events

Guest Lecturers

Hobbs School of Theology and Ministry hosts a series of guest lecturers throughout the year that share the Baptist heritage and inspire you to grow in your knowledge of Baptist theology, Baptist history and studies of the Bible. Philosophy forums are held regularly to foster academic enrichment and enlightenment.

Apologetics Conference

An annual “Generation Why?” student apologetics conference is hosted for middle school, high school and college-age students with speakers and sessions designed to equip those attending to better defend their faith.

Spiritual Life

Our spiritual life staff and student leadership team serves the OBU community through weekly chapel services, Bible studies and events that support spiritual development. As a ministry student who is pursuing this as a calling, you can play an integral role in participating and leading in these activities that promote a campus grounded in biblical truth and genuine faith.


Hobbs College Library Series

Evidence of the high caliber of faculty at OBU, past and present, is the Hobbs College Library Series, an impactful collection of published books that educates readers in the areas of Bible, theology and ministry.

These publications are widely read and distributed through various vendors across the globe. Each book is biblical, orthodox and practical in nature, equipping Christians with tools for growing in faith and effective ministry.

Tom Elliff Center for Missions

As a complement to ministry students or any OBU student interested in gaining more knowledge and training in the role of career missionaries, the Tom Elliff Center for Missions (TECM) is a uniquely positioned program on campus.

The center enhances your education experience by introducing you to key mission leaders on the field through Missions Forums and other related events held regularly on campus. Distinguished faculty, ministry partners, retired missionaries and key leaders are committed to investing in the next generation of missionaries as they seek to fulfill the Great Commission.



At the completion of the BA to MDiv program from OBU, you will have completed up to 27 hours or 25% of your MDiv work from one of our partner seminaries.

World-Class Faculty

OBU faculty are experts in their fields and will be with you every step of the way.

Dr. Rafael Bello

Dr. Rafael Bello

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Ida Elizabeth and J.W. Hollums Chair of Bible

Dr. Matthew Y. Emerson

Dr. Matthew Y. Emerson

Dean of Theology, Arts and Humanities
Floyd K. Clark Chair of Christian Leadership
Professor of Religion

Dr. Bobby Kelly

Dr. Bobby Kelly

Ruth Dickinson Professor of Religion

Dr. Mario Melendez

Dr. Mario Melendez

Auguie Henry Chair of Old Testament
Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Studies

Dr. Brandon D. Smith

Dr. Brandon D. Smith

Chair, Herschel H. Hobbs School of Theology and Ministry
Associate Professor of Theology and Early Christianity
Dickinson Chair of Religion
MA Director

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