Bachelor of Arts in Religion
Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary
The Bachelor of Arts in Religion degree program gives students a fundamental education comprised of broad and interdisciplinary religious theories needed for personal and professional growth. This hybrid learning environment is ideal for students balancing prior obligations, or for professionals seeking the religious foundation on an alternative schedule. The courses can be satisfied through both on campus attendance in Jacksonville, Texas and online attendance in virtual classrooms.
Earning a degree in religion will give students the opportunity to acquire an education comprised of a structured curriculum focused on Biblical Studies, Theological and Historical Studies, Church Ministries, and Christian Education. Students will also choose 15 credit hours of an individual concentration and elective courses to best fit personal and professional aspirations. The concentration choice of individual students will give adequate preparation for a leadership role in certain fields of Christian ministry. By selecting a concentration in two of the four fields of the seminary curriculum, the student may specialize in academic fields (Biblical Studies and Theological-Historical Studies), in professional fields (Church Ministries and Christian Education), or in a combination of the two.
This flexible program includes the study of historical and contemporary practices relevant to Christian traditions, while using neutral research methods and intellectual tools not tied to any religious tradition. Students desiring a concentration will partake in a series of courses designed for a solid understanding when pursuing humanitarian professions as well as those wishing to serve in areas of ministry.
Successful graduates will complete the required 66 credit hours and culminate the advanced education 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 B.A. program is sufficient for students seeking careers in ministry services catering to youths, evangelism, church music, pastoral responsibilities, and many other roles.
Degree Level: Bachelor
Delivery Format: Hybrid
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.
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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