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Dual Credit and CBE Programs

Would you like to earn two degrees—Bachelor and Master—in as little as five years? Now you can with Mid-America’s Dual Credit and CBE Programs. Bachelor students can take up to 30 hours of Master-level credit by taking 10 of the 15 courses offered in the Dual Credit format. Current Master students can take some courses that they had previously on the Bachelor level in the Credit By Examination (CBE) format. The bottom-line benefits include:

  • Quicker path to ministry
  • Less expense
  • Broader learning through less course and instructor redundancy

For complete details, contact the Registrar’s office at (901) 751-3023.



Bachelor Dual Credit Option


The Dual Credit option is available to BACS students who desire to do the extra coursework in designated courses to get both BACS- and Master-level credit. By doing so, the student will not have to take the Master-level course later, avoiding both class redundancy and saving time and money.


There are currently 15 classes available for Dual Credit. Students may choose 10 of the 15 classes for Dual Credit:

  • CE 4484/7484 Intro to Christian Education
  • EV 3200/6200 Personal Evangelism
  • MS 3405/6405 Traditional World Religions/Cults
  • MS 3370/6370 Intro to Missions
  • NT 2601/5601 New Testament Survey 1
  • NT 2602/5602 New Testament Survey 2
  • OT 2101/5101 Old Testament Survey 1
  • OT 2102/5102 Old Testament Survey 2
  • CN 4103/7103 Intro to Biblical Counseling
  • PM 4300/7300 Spiritual Formation
  • PM 4200/7200 Pastoral Ministries
  • BH 2100/5100 Basic Biblical Interpretation/Hermeneutics
  • CH 3001/6001 History of Christianity
  • TH 3701/6701 Basic Biblical Doctrines/Systematic Theology 1
  • EN 4900/7900 Intro to Research and Writing (Available Fall 2017)

The Admissions or Registrar’s Office maintains a complete and up-to-date listing of class offerings.


Newly incoming BACS students, transfer students, and current MABTS students must have a GPA of at least 3.0 to be eligible for the Dual Credit Option. In order to receive master level credit in the dual program, the student must make at least an 87/B in the course.


Tuition for the Dual Credit classes will be 1 ½ times that of regular courses. This applies to both residential and online classes.



Master Credit By Examination (CBE)


The Credit By Examination option is designed to alleviate redundancy for students who have taken a course previously at the Bachelor level, which is also required for their Master degree.



Who qualifies for the CBE option?

Any student who has been accepted into the Master program with a current overall B average who has earned a B or higher in the Bachelor-level course from MABTS or other accredited university.


For how many courses may I choose CBE?

A student may test out of any 10 of the 15 available CBE options. He/she may request Advanced Standing (AS) for an additional five courses. See information below for details on AS.


In which semesters are CBEs offered?

CBE is offered in all six terms—Fall and Spring, as well as the four mini terms.


How do I register for CBE?

Registration for the CBE options takes place during the regular registration period. Students should submit the CBE request form to the Registrar’s office prior to the final date for registration, and the Registrar will complete the process.


How do I pay for the CBE?

Tuition for the CBE is the same as a regular online class—$759. Half the tuition ($379.50) is due upon registration, and the other $379.50 is due upon receiving a passing grade. A payment plan is available for the first $379.50.


When do I take the exams?

Exams are available via Moodle (our online portal) on the first day of class each semester. They must be taken in the presence of a proctor within the first four weeks of the class.


How does the CBE affect my GPA?

The CBE is not factored into your GPA, but is recorded as a Pass/Fail. The credit hours will be reflected on the student’s transcript under the semester in which the student tested once the final payment is made.


How many times may I take the same CBE?

A student may take a CBE one time per class. If the student scores less than 87, he or she should then take the course in order to receive the credit.


Is CBE credit transferrable?

Each institution will determine whether or not it will honor CBE credit. MABTS cannot guarantee acceptance of the credit by another institution.


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