The University of Dubuque enables a person to complete the B.A. and the M.Div. degrees in six years.
The program involves two components: a) three years of undergraduate study which must include at least one full year (a thirty credit hour residency requirement) in the University of Dubuque undergraduate program, and b) four years of course work at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.
3/3 Program (Six-Year B.A./M.Div. Degree Program):
- Applicants to the 3/3 Program may be required to take the ACT.
- Applicants must apply to the undergraduate program while simultaneously applying to the Seminary. After acceptance from the undergraduate admissions office the applicant is eligible for provisional acceptance to the seminary program. The application process is separate for each program.
- A condition of acceptance is denominational endorsement (the Seminary requires a letter from the appropriate church official acknowledging that the 3/3 Program is an acceptable track for the applicant).
- Students may transfer in no more than two years (64 credit hours) of undergraduate work and no seminary work to the 3/3 Program.
- It is strongly recommended that 3/3 students major in one of the humanities or social sciences.
- After the completion of at least 60 credit hours of undergraduate studies (which should include most core courses and major requirements) students in this program may begin taking certain seminary courses. However, undergraduate students may not enroll in more than 25 credit hours of seminary work before completion of the bachelor's degree.
- Up to 25 credits hours of seminary courses will count toward the 120 credit hours required for the bachelor's degree.
- These same 25 credit hours will count toward the 75 credits required for the M.Div. degree.
- Tuition will be charged at the undergraduate rate until the requirements for the bachelor's degree are completed. Credits earned after the completion of the bachelor's degree will be charged at the seminary rate.
- Financial aid will be determined according to the undergraduate policy until completion of the bachelor's degree.
- Undergraduate students must be in good academic standing in order to enroll in seminary classes.
- Official acceptance to the Seminary is based on acceptable completion (normally a GPA of 2.5 or greater) of undergraduate studies and other admissions criteria.
- Persons admitted to the 3/3 Program are eligible for either undergraduate or seminary housing.
3/2 Program (Five-Year B.A./M.A.M.D. Degree Program):
The University of Dubuque also offers a 3/2 program, an accelerated B.A./M.A.M.D. program, to qualified students. The same regulations pertain as in the case of the 3/3 program, with the exception that students spend only two years in the seminary, and earn the M.A.M.D. degree instead of the M.Div. degree.