TRANSFER DEGREE PROGRAM
Seattle Bible College is committed to doing its part to help produce healthy and successful synthesis of the academic, the experiential and the vocational to maximize effective Christian leadership development.
One way in which SBC encourages the desired synergism is by offering Prior Learning credit. The Bachelor of Applied Ministry degree provides an opportunity for students with significant and verifiable prior experiential learning and/or acquired vocational skills to have some or all of that life learning experience recognized and applied toward the completion of a bachelor’s degree, under the parameters of the Prior Learning policies and procedures. (A maximum of 63 quarter credits may be granted towards a Bachelor of Applied Ministry degree program under the PL 500 Credit for Prior Learning Experience designation.) Applicable learning and vocational training experience is not limited to but includes ministries such as approved intensive, discipleship and mentoring, and leadership development programs similar to “Master’s Commission.”
Fundamentally, this “applied” ministry degree intentionally combines SBC’s Bible-based academics—which some would term the theoretical, philosophical and theological nature of a Bible college—with a significant amount of “applied” knowledge gained by substantial experience in the field of ministry-related activity and productivity. (Some might term this type of experience as “immersion” training.)
A qualifying student matriculating into the Bachelor of Applied Ministry program will be advised as to which academic courses will best complement his/her experiential learning and/or vocational skill development, as well as meet the various academic field designation goals established in this catalog. This bachelor’s degree requires a total of 198 credits (in addition to applicable chapel credits) and also falls under the SBC academic transfer policies. SBC Internship requirements for Track I students apply as well.
Because SBC bachelor level degrees require at least one academic year (with a minimum of 45 quarter credits) to be completed with Seattle Bible College, the minimum Biblical Studies (BI and TH) component credits required for SBC’s one-year program must be met in the Bachelor of Applied Ministry program. These minimum requirements are as follows:
The remaining 174 credits out of the 198 required for this Bachelor’s degree will be divided between the course designations listed below. This will be based upon each student’s Prior Learning evaluation (see below) as well as using the normative program expectations of the Bachelor of Practical Theology degree (exclusive of the concentration/major requirements) as a foundational guideline. In other words, these will be divided proportionally based on the standards of the Bachelor of Practical Theology degree program.
- Practical Theology/Leadership Studies
- Global Outreach
- General Studies
- Practical Ministry
For those B.App.M. students who must complete more than the minimum 45 credits to earn their degree, additional Biblical Studies component credits will also be required based on the normative program proportional expectations of the Bachelor of Practical Theology degree program, exclusive of the concentration/major requirements.
The student’s application materials for recognition of Prior Learning (PL) component credits, which are a fundamental part of this degree program, will be evaluated before the student begins classes at SBC. The qualifying student’s advanced standing will considered when course advisement is given. An individual course of study plan will be developed to enable the student to complete his/her studies at SBC in a timely manner. Every student’s requirements will not be the same because of the unique background of previous experience and learning that each B.App.M. student will possess. The student’s The PL credits will be formally applied and posted to the student’s transcript during the student’s final year at SBC prior to graduation.