Associate of Divinity

Associate of Divinity

 

The Associate of Divinity degree program is a two year (66 semester hours) program of studies designed especially for persons who are twenty-five (25) years of age or older and do not have an associate’s degree. Exceptions to the age requirement may be granted to spouses of regularly enrolled students. The Curriculum is distributed among the following fields: Biblical Studies, Theological-Historical Studies, Church Ministries, and Christian Education.

Because this program does not contain all of the core educational courses (English, history, government, science, and math), it will not entirely provide a foundation for admission into bachelor’s or master’s studies; it is a terminal degree program. With the completion of additional general core educational requirements, the A.Div. degree provides a foundation for admission into bachelors’ studies.

Many of the courses for this degree may be taken through distance education and some of the courses are only offered in that format. Some courses are also offered in one week Motion classes while others are offered in semester-length classes on the Jacksonville, Texas campus.


Personal Objectives

 

Upon satisfactory completion of the Associate of Divinity degree program the graduate should be able to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Minister at an acceptable level as a pastor or in a ministerial capacity in a church.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills as required in the ministry of a local church.
  • Understand and be able to communicate essential biblical truths in the context of Christian ministry.

Vocational Objectives

 

The preparation acquired through this program is at the junior college level. The Associate of Divinity program, nevertheless, allows the student to prepare for a number of opportunities in Christian ministry. It is recommended for older students who have been called to serve in any of the following capacities:

  • Pastor or Associate Pastor
  • Minister of Christian Education
  • Minister of Youth/Music
  • Minister of Outreach/Disciple-Making
  • Minister of Evangelism

 
  • Associate of Divinity Course Requirements (66 Hours)
    Biblical Studies (12 Hours)
    • OT 113 Old Testament Survey
    • NT 123 New Testament Survey
    • NT 213 Life of Christ
    • NT 223 Life of Paul

    Theological-Historical Studies (12 Hours)
    • TH 411 Christian Doctrine I
    • TH 412 Christian Doctrine II
    • CH 211 Baptist History
    • CH 412 History of Christianity

    Church Ministries (21 Hours)
    • PM 111 Introduction to the Christian Ministry
    • PM 321 Worship Leadership
    • PR 111 Oral Communication
    • Missions Elective
    • PM 312 Biblical Disciple-Making I
    • EV 411 Biblical Disciple-Making and Evangelism II
    • PM 421 Leadership and Disciple-Making

    Christian Education (9 hours)
    • RE 111 Introduction to Psychology and Counseling
    • RE 211 Teaching for Results
    • RE 413 Special Studies in Natural Science

    Students may substitute 3 hours of Math for RE 413.


    Computer (6 Hours of Modern Foreign Language, Science, or Computer Science)
    • RE 312 Computer Arts I
    • RE 315 Computer Arts II

    Electives (6 Hours)
    • Elective
    • Elective

    No more than ten courses numbered 300-400 may be taken. The remainder must be courses numbered 100-200. The candidate for the Associate of Divinity degree must complete a minimum of eighteen semester hours of classroom work in residence at BMA Seminary. Up to thirty-three (33) semester hours of work may be transferred from an accredited institution toward the Associate of Divinity degree.