Earlier this month Welch College signed an articulation agreement with New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) for transfer of credit, according to Kevin Hester, Dean of the School of Theology and Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness at Welch. “This agreement, signed May 2019, will provide an easy pathway for Welch College graduates into graduate degree programs at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary,” Hester said. “This transfer-of-credit agreement is a pre-approval of Welch College courses for comparable New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary courses.” “Graduates from Welch College’s Master of Arts (M.A.) in Theology and Ministry may transfer twenty-seven hours of the thirty-three-hour program into the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Such a graduate could complete his or her first year of seminary study at Welch College and complete the remainder of NOBTS’s three-year M.Div. in two additional years of study.” The agreement also states that graduates of Welch College’s bachelor’s degree programs in ministry studies with a grade of “B” in associated courses will receive up to twenty-three hours of credit or 25% of the required coursework in NOBTS’s accelerated M.Div. program. All Welch graduates with sufficient coursework will enjoy advanced standing at the seminary. The agreement also allows students who have taken Welch Greek and Hebrew courses to move seamlessly into more advanced language courses as NOBTS. “Our work with New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in securing this articulation agreement provides an important external confirmation of the excellence of our existing biblical, theological, and ministry programs on the graduate and undergraduate level and will prove very helpful to our graduates moving forward,” Hester said. “New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is a conservative Baptist seminary which has given voice to the Arminian side of the Baptist tradition. I pray that this relationship will be fruitful for both institutions for many years to come.” Questions about Welch College’s M.A. in Theology and Ministry or undergraduate programs in biblical studies, theology, or ministry can be directed to Dr. Jeff Cockrell, Program Coordinator of the M.A. in Theology and Ministry, at (615) 675-5255 or jcockrell@welch.edu.

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