Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

‘Fast Forward’ provides fast-track to seminary


Oklahoma City University’s President Robert Henry and Saint Paul seminary’s President Neil Blair signed a historic agreement in 2016. Initially called "3+3," the agreement allowed undergraduate students in the OCU Wimberly School of Religion in their fourth year to concurrently begin their first year of seminary study, thereby shortening the total time required to attain a master’s degree as well as reducing associated costs.

The new program, now called "Fast Forward," debuts this academic year with a tailor-made "Pre-Seminary Track" for religion majors who plan to go on for a Master of Divinity degree.

OCU and Saint Paul School of Theology are also in talks to expand the program to allow students from other majors to participate in "Fast Forward" and to allow participation by other religion majors who are interested in pursuing other seminary degrees like Christian education or theological studies.

Students must apply for admission to "Fast Forward" in their sophomore year and meet certain eligibility requirements from Saint Paul.

OCU and SPST have been in close partnership since 2008. Both the university and seminary are United Methodist-affiliated institutions of higher education.



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