New Blended Program Offers Ministry Students a Five-Year B.S./M.A

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Indiana Wesleyan University's School of Theology and Ministry has started a new program through which students studying to become pastoral leaders can receive a bachelor's and a master's degree in five years.

Graduates will have completed a B.S. or a B.A. in Christian ministries in the first three years, and a 62-credit M.A. in Christian ministries during the final two years. All classes will take place in the IWU School of Theology and Ministry.

The Kern Family Foundation initiated the idea, which is also happening at a number of other schools in differing forms. The Kern Program will offer 10 scholarships each year for students who fulfill the criteria. Non-scholarship students may also enter the program.

"Our students will be more hirable, they'll be better trained and they'll be more equipped than students who are going through a traditional ministry preparation program," said Dr. Dave Ward, associate dean of the School of Theology and Ministry and director of the Kern Ministry Education Program at IWU.

The fifth year of the program is a 12-month residential internship at a church under the mentorship of a pastor specially chosen for the program.


Indiana Wesleyan University is an evangelical Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church. The University, founded in 1920, is committed to liberal arts and professional education.

More than 3,000 students are enrolled in traditional programs on the University's main campus in Marion, Indiana. Nearly 12,500 adult learner attend classes at education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, and online.