Program Overview

Adult students seeking to gain a foundational education in divinity may enroll in the associate’s program designed for students over the age of 25 who do not already hold a bachelor’s degree. The associate program introduces students to the Christian religion in essential fields of study: Biblical Studies, Theological-Historical Studies, Church Ministries, and Christian Education.

The associate program is available to students through an innovative hybrid learning format, allowing students to earn the required credit hours through on campus and online courses. The hybrid format is ideal for busy professionals advancing their education while still fulfilling personal goals and aspirations. The introductory program includes the study of historical and contemporary practices relevant to Christian traditions, using research methods and intellectual tools not tied to any religious tradition. A concentration in the study of religion and divinity will provide a solid foundation for students pursuing humanitarian professions as well as those wishing to serve in areas of ministry.

Successful graduates will complete the required 66 credit hours and be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of Christian ministry, leadership skills, and the ability to perform as an associate pastor communicating the Bible and theology. The associate program is sufficient for students seeking careers in ministerial positions such as:
• Pastor or Associate Pastor
• Minister of Christian Education
• Minister of Youth/Music
• Minister of Outreach/Disciple-Making
• Minister of Evangelism

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools,

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

    School Overview

    In 1950, the Baptist Missionary Association of America took the first steps to form a national seminary and ground was broken in 1956. By 1957, the first students enrolled in the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary. The seminary has continually expanded, adding degree programs, extending the campus, and preparing students for Christian outreach. 

    The distance learning campus awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Programs include master's, bachelor's and associate's degrees, as well as diplomas and certificates. Students enrolling in the graduate degree programs complete independent study and online coursework in conjunction with residence requirements. Undergraduate online classes are delivered via downloadable Adobe.pdfs and students complete assignments from home.

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