4+1 Program

Earn your undergraduate and graduate degrees faster – in 4+1 years

Students at Jakes Divinity School may now take advantage of the accelerated 4+1 program, powered by our partner school, North Central University. This is a rigorous five-year option to students who are interested in earing their undergraduate and graduate studies degrees quickly.

As an undergraduate senior student, you may enroll in two* 500-level courses in the Masters in Strategic Leadership graduate program that will help you get a head-start on your graduate studies.

*Some undergraduate majors are eligible to enroll in up to three graduate studies courses during the undergraduate senior year.

Undergraduate students who are interested in the 4+1 program must meet the minimum requirements of:

  • 90 credit hours accumulated at the time of their first graduate course
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above
  • Interview and approval by the program director

Leadership Certificate option

  • Nine credit undergraduate certificate for students approved for the 4+1 Program
  • Take any nine credits of 500-level graduate studies courses
  • Courses will apply to both the undergraduate Leadership Certificate and the master’s program degree requirements
  • Courses cannot be double-counted to also meet undergraduate major core degree requirements

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Amaris Smith

Enrollment and Student Services Coordinator

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Master’s degree seeking students enjoy a unique experience that is characteristic of Jakes Divinity School and earn fully accredited degrees by virtue of our partnerships with fully accredited institutions: North Central University, Vanguard University, and Paul Quinn College.

Powered by North Central University (NCU)

North Central University is a Christian university—a Bible-based and Pentecostal university, affiliated with the Assemblies of God – located in Minneapolis, MN. NCU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. North Central University is an institutional participant in the NC-SARA initiative (National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements) and is listed on the NC-SARA website (www.nc-sara.org). NCU is approved by the Department of Education of the State of Minnesota for the training of veterans and war orphans under Public Laws 358, 634, 87-815. The university is approved by the United States Department of Justice for the training of foreign students.

NCU is approved by the State of Minnesota, Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, for the training of students with disability handicaps.

Powered by Vanguard University

Vanguard University (VU) is also a private, coeducational, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies that believes its Spirit-empowered Christian community provides a supportive and challenging environment to pursue quality education. The vision that guides the VUSC community is rooted in the University’s heritage as an institution of the Pentecostal tradition which was birthed out of the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles, California, at the turn of the twentieth century. VU is a community that encourages individual integrity and responsibility in accordance with biblical Christianity and its social and ethical implications. VU is a Christian university affiliated with the Southern California Network of the Assemblies of God. VU has maintained regional accreditation and membership in the Western Association of Schools and Colleges were granted since 1964.

Powered by Paul Quinn College

Paul Quinn has become one of the most innovative and widely recognized small colleges in America. Paul Quinn College (PQC), founded in 1872 by a group of African Methodist Episcopal Church preachers, is a private, four-year, faith-based, liberal arts-inspired Historically Black College. Located in southern Dallas, PQC proudly educates students of all races and socio-economic classes under the banner of their institutional ethos, WE over Me. Guided by the mission to create servant leaders and agents of change for the global marketplace, PQC is committed to providing a quality education that addresses the academic, professional, and social development of students.  By focusing on academic rigor, experiential learning, and entrepreneurship PQC has become a model for urban higher education.

Paul Quinn College is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). Paul Quinn College is affiliated with the Association of Institutions of Higher Education of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Jakes Divinity School (JDS) and Paul Quinn College (PQC) are developing a new Executive Master of Business Administration degree program for business executives, entrepreneurs, and Christian leaders. Pending Board approval, JDS and PQC will launch the eMBA program fall 2021. Because the eMBA degree is powered by Paul Quinn College in partnership with Jakes Divinity School, it will be a fully accredited eMBA.

Jakes Divinity School is grateful for the partners. As a new institution for higher learning, JDS has not yet achieved is own accreditation. Students are dually enrolled in Jakes Divinity School and one of our partnering institution based on the particular degree program in which a student is enrolled. Students earn fully accredited degrees from a respective partnering institution as well as frame-worthy diplomas from Jakes Divinity School.

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