American Baptist College

1800 Baptist World Ctr Dr, Nashville, TN 37207-9980

School Details

Founded in 1924, the American Baptist Theological Seminary focused on the mission of training Christians for the workplace. By 1937, a partnership between the Southern Baptist Convention and the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. emerged ultimately forming the American Baptist College. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, the impact of this predominantly African-American institution has been significant with active students leading the way in the Civil Rights Movement and fight for racial equality. 

Today, American Baptist College enrolls approximately 100 students conferring Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees, along with certificate and diploma programs. The student-to-faculty ratio is 8:1. The American Baptist College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education, an approved agency by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

The following on-campus programs are offered at American Baptist College:

  • Associate of Arts in General Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Theology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Human Services
  • Bachelor of Theology
  • Master of Pastoral Studies, General / Clinical Counseling Tracks
  • Certificates in Bible and Christian Training
  • Diploma of Theology
In addition to on-campus programs, ABC supports online learning for added convenience and flexibility. Students can choose from an array of courses, including General Studies courses and classes designed to fulfill the Bachelor of Arts in Human Services degree. individual courses range from Old Testament Prophets and The Epistles of Paul to African American Spirituality and the Baptist History. Classes include blended synchronous and asynchronous formats, including webinars, group assignments, and service learning activities.

Entrance to American Baptist College requires a high school diploma or equivalent. Prospective students will need to submit an application and fee, along with recommended SAT/ACT assessment scores, a brief autobiography, and the completion of Student Recommendations by three references. Furthermore, international students will need to submit proof of English language proficiency, proof of financial support, and other information. Graduate programs require documentation including the application and fee, a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA from an accredited institution, official transcripts, GRE scores, Letters of Recommendation, and selected personal interviews.

Tuition for undergraduate students is $362 per credit hour and $452 per credit hour for graduate programs, not including fees. Financial aid programs include grants, loans, scholarships, and Work-Study. Students may qualify for grants, including the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and the Tennessee Student Assistance Award. Additionally, federal student loan programs include the Federal Direct Subsidized / Unsubsidized Loans, along with the Federal Parent and Graduate PLUS Loans.




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    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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    Master's degree
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