Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Arts in Religion

The Bachelor of Arts in Religion is a two-year (66 semester hours) program that builds on your existing Associate of Arts degree or equivalent (a minimum of 60 semester hours). This program builds on the broad liberal arts foundation achieved in associate studies and provides adequate preparation for leadership in certain fields of Christian ministry. The BAR allows you to specialize in a variety of fields of study.

Students may earn the Bachelor of Arts in Religion degree by taking semester-length courses online, online via video conference, or on the Jacksonville, Texas campus. In addition, some courses for this degree can be earned in intensive on-campus (Motion) classes.

Who is it for?

The Bachelor of Arts in Religion program is designed primarily to prepare the student for advanced studies in the various fields of Christian ministry. Some students, however, find the program to be sufficiently specialized to provide adequate preparation for entry-level leadership in certain fields of Christian ministry. The program is recommended for those who are planning to serve in any of the following ministries: Pastor, Associate Pastor, Minister of Youth, Minister of Youth/Music, Minister of Christian Education, Minister of Outreach/Discipling, Minister of Evangelism

Bachelor of Arts in Religion Course Requirements (66 Hours)

All courses for the Bachelor of Arts in Religion program must be 300-400 level courses.
The candidate for the Bachelor of Arts in Religion degree must complete a minimum of thirty-six semester hours of classroom work in residence at BMA Seminary.
Up to thirty (30) semester hours of work may be transferred from an accredited institution toward the Bachelor of Arts in Religion degree.
The Bachelor of Arts in Religion degree program is predicated upon an Associate of Arts degree or the equivalent (a minimum of 60 semester hours). Criteria for A.A. equivalency must include: six hours in religion or social science, six hours in government, nine hours in English, six hours in history, six hours either in modern foreign language or in science, three hours in math or natural science.

 

Biblical Studies (18 Hours)

  • OT 421 Old Testament Interpretation
  • Grk 411 Greek Grammar I
  • Grk 412 Greek Grammar II
  • NT 422 New Testament Interpretation OR
    NT 421 Studies in the Gospels
  • Grk 421 Greek Translation I
  • Grk 422 Greek Translation II

With faculty approval non-ministerial students may substitute a modern foreign language for Greek Grammar and Translation.
Students who did not take OT 113 Old Testament Survey and NT 123 New Testament Survey on the Junior College level must take them as electives (or as part of their concentrated studies) prerequisite to taking OT 421 and NT 421/422. These will count toward the B.A.R. degree.

 

 

Theological-Historical Studies (9 Hours)

  • Th 411 Christian Doctrine I
  • Th 412 Christian Doctrine II
  • CH 412 History of Christianity

 

Church Ministries (18 Hours)

  • PM 412 Biblical Disciple-Making I
  • EV 411 Biblical Disciple-Making and Evangelism II
  • PM 421 Leadership and Disciple-Making
  • PR 311 The Preparation and Delivery of Sermons
  • PR 412 Special Studies in Sermon Delivery
  • Missions Elective

 

Christian Education (6 hours)

  • RE 311 Church Administration
  • RE 325 Christian Psychology

 

Concentrations (12 Hours)

First Field of Concentration (6 hours)

 

  • Concentration Elective
  • Concentration Elective

Second Field of Concentration (6 hours)

 

  • Concentration Elective
  • Concentration Elective

 

Free Electives (3 Hours)

  • Elective

Goals for This Degree

Upon satisfactory completion of the Bachelor of Arts (Religion) program the graduate should be able to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Perform competently in advanced studies on the master’s level.
  • Function effectively in the various support roles required in Christian ministry.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in the various support roles of Christian ministry.
  • Minister on an adequate level as a pastor or associate pastor.
  • Understand and be able to communicate fundamental biblical and theological truths in the context of Christian ministry.

    Associate of Divinity

    The Associate of Divinity is a two year (66 semester hours) program designed to prepare you for a number of opportunities in Christian ministry. It is especially for persons who are twenty-five (25) years of age or older and who do not have an associate’s degree.

    Students may earn the Associate of Divinity degree by taking semester-length courses online, online via video conference, or on the Jacksonville, Texas campus. In addition, some courses for this degree can be earned in intensive on-campus (Motion) classes.

    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 bachelor’s studies.

    Who is it for?

    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)

    Up to thirty (30) semester hours of work may be transferred from an accredited institution toward the Associate of Divinity degree.

    No more than ten courses numbered 300-400 may be taken. The remainder must be courses numbered 100-200.

     

    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

    Goals for This Degree

    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.

        Certificate Programs

        Students who do not intend to pursue a program of studies leading to a degree may take a number of courses by affordable distance education. When taken for credit, some Certificate courses may be applied toward the requirements for the Associate of Divinity degree. Following the completion of these studies, students may participate in the official BMA Seminary graduation ceremony.

        The Online Certificate of Christian Leadership is a twenty-one (21) semester hours program of studies that can be completed in 1-2 years. All courses for this program are offered in a distance education format.

        The Certificate of Christian Studies is a twenty-four (24) semester hours program of studies designed to be completed in 24 months. It can be completed through distance education courses or traditional courses offered at our affordable seminary on the Jacksonville, Texas campus.

        Online Certificate of Christian Leadership (21 hours)

        • OT 113c Old Testament Survey
        • NT 123c New Testament Survey
        • NT 213c Life of Christ
        • NT 223c Life of Paul
        • CH 211c Baptist History
        • PR 111c Oral Communication
        • RE 111c Introduction to Psychology and Counseling

        Program Outcomes
        Upon satisfactory completion of the Online Certificate of Christian leadership the student should be able to accomplish the following objectives:

        • Improve knowledge and understanding of important biblical and theological truths.
        • Improve the ability to communicate biblical truths in the context of a local church.
        • Improve leadership skills as required in the ministry of a local church.

        Certificate of Christian Studies (24 hours)

        Upon request, the Certificate of Christian Studies will be awarded to a student who satisfactorily completes twenty-four (24) semester hours of studies. No specific courses are required for this Certificate.

        Program Outcomes
        Upon satisfactory completion of the Certificate of Christian Studies the the student should be able to accomplish the following objectives:

        • Improve leadership skills as required in the ministry of a local church.
        • Improve understanding of and ability to communicate essential biblical truths in the context of Christian ministry.

        Students Pursuing a Degree at Another School

        You can take classes at BMA Seminary for transfer to the school where you are pursuing a degree. BMA Seminary is accredited by both SACSCOC and ATS and credits have been transferred to a variety of seminaries, universities, and colleges. Please note that the receiving institution makes final determination over the acceptance of credit from other schools. It is your responsibility to ensure that any credits taken at BMA Seminary are applicable to your degree program and will be accepted by your school.

        Individuals Who Want to Learn

        Take classes for personal enrichment. Do you want to take your Christian ministry to the next level, but are not ready to commit to completing an entire degree? Do you want simply to learn more about God’s Word—what it says, what it means, and how to apply it today? There are several ways to benefit from BMA Seminary:

        • Take classes for credit for personal enrichment
        • Audit classes for no credit to learn more (not all classes are available to be audited)
        • Take Free Classes (no credit)