JACKSON — Union University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary have signed an articulation agreement in which certain credits earned by students in Union’s Master of Business Administration program will also count toward a Master of Divinity degree at SBTS.
Likewise, students in the Master of Divinity program at SBTS can earn credits toward their MBA degree at Union. The partnership essentially reduces the time it takes for students to complete both degrees.
Union president Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver and SBTS President R. Albert Mohler Jr. officially signed the agreement on the Union campus March 16.
“The partnership between Southern Seminary and the oldest Southern Baptist-affiliated university is a commitment on the part of both institutions to sharing the gospel,” said Jason Garrett, dean of Union’s McAfee School of Business. “Leaders from Tim Keller, Rick Warren, Henry Blackaby and the late Billy Graham have all stated that the next big wave of missions will come through business. This partnership gives a clear way for students to be prepared to catch this wave.”
Students who will benefit from this partnership must be admitted to each school. Under the agreement’s terms, the Master of Divinity program at SBTS will accept up to 12 hours earned from Union’s MBA program. Union’s MBA program will accept up to six hours from the Master of Divinity program at SBTS.
SBTS Provost Matt Hall said the agreement between Union and Southern Seminary is “the right pairing at the right time, affording students at both institutions with an extraordinary opportunity to deepen their preparation for service wherever God calls.”
“I look forward to seeing how a growing number of men and women will find opportunities to leverage these degree programs for the sake of Christ’s kingdom,” Hall said.
Union’s McAfee School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a distinction that applies to only 5 percent of business schools in the world. B&R