Christian Studies, B.A. (Online)

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This online program provides online learners an opportunity to earn a bachelor degree in Christian thought and practice and to deepen their understanding of Scripture and Christian thought.

School of Ministry




This online program provides online learners an opportunity to earn a bachelor degree in Christian thought and practice and to deepen their understanding of Scripture and Christian thought, to encourage their engagement in ethical reflection on issues arising in contemporary society, to equip them in basic disciplines of Christian discipleship and service, to develop their written and oral communication skills, to instill a commitment to be critically reflective, self-directed, life-long learners and to promote an appreciation of the multicultural environment in which students live and work.

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What Can I Do with this Degree?

  • Teacher / Professor
  • Missionary

Program Details

The School of Ministry is all about equipping. We equip passionate individuals with the earthly tools and spiritual perspective needed to create positive change in the world guided by the Word of God. We promise a connected, engaging and fulfilling learning experience that will equip you to use your gifts for His Glory. Our programs prepare students through expert instruction in Bible, theology, history and real-world ministry skills.

As a student majoring in any of the undergraduate programs offered in the School of Ministry, you’ll wade into an ocean of diverse learning opportunities designed to prepare you to positively impact lives.

  • Gain broad training in Christian thought
  • Experience spiritual growth with a deeper understanding of God and His Word

Learn more about your classes and requirements in the course catalog.

Program Format

The online program provides an entirely online and primarily asynchronous setting for online students who are self-motivated and wish to complete their degree with the utmost flexibility in scheduling.

The required curriculum for the Christian Studies major is composed of three-credit hour courses normally offered during eight-week subterms. Online courses are delivered electronically through the University’s Learning Management System. Each online course is primarily asynchronous. Students view lessons and complete assignments at the time of their choosing within stated course deadlines, which typically follow a weekly rhythm. Online courses also invite students to attend several synchronous virtual class sessions through designated technology. Generally for each 8-week course, students are invited to attend two or three of these live virtual meetings. As an accelerated program, the Christian Studies major is designed so that full-time students can complete 30 credits each academic year: 12 credits each fall, 12 credits each spring, and 6 credits each summer. Students will need to take courses toward this major in both an odd and even spring semester in order to complete the required coursework. Some courses that are required for the Christian Studies major are available only during the summer term.

Our program delivers specific benefits such as:

  • 120 credit hours that consist of 45 general education, 18 B.A. Christian Studies core credits, 24 elective B.A. Christian Studies credits and 33-39 elective credits (click here to see degree requirements)
  • The ability to integrate Christian values with professional services
  • An emphasis on critical thinking
  • Enriches life through a deepening understanding of God’s Word
  • Preparing you to be a Christian servant in the marketplace, community, home and church
  • Two entry points: fall (August) and spring (January) with application deadlines of August 1 and December 1.

PBA awards over three million dollars in scholarships every year and 97% of PBA undergraduate students receive financial aid.

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