Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies

“The diversity of denominations at Austin Grad has helped me to experience what Christ meant when He said, ‘Upon this rock I will build My Church….’ The professors at Austin Grad exemplify the unconditional love for their students that Christ had for those He taught. In spite of our various traditions, the professors at Austin Grad have a remarkable ability to unite us by emphasizing the truth of scripture.” –Norris Eason, BA Student

The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies at Austin Grad prepares you for a life of service in the church and for further seminary or graduate theological studies. In your study, you’ll be exposed to a broad range of subjects, including Bible, Theology, Church History, and Ministry, taught by highly-credentialed professors and experienced ministers with degrees from institutions like Yale, Princeton, and Calvin Theological Seminary [click here to view the faculty]. Your coursework will provide you with disciplined study of the Bible and the Christian faith, formation for leadership and service in the church, and practical guidance in preparation for real-life ministry.

How long will the degree take you to complete?
If pursued full-time, the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies is designed to be completed in 4 years. Many of our students, however, choose to attend part-time while they pursue both the degree and a career. Austin Grad offers a flexible schedule with evening and online course offerings to meet your needs.

What can you do with your degree?
Graduates of the bachelor’s program go on to pursue successful and faithful careers as preachers, teachers, missionaries, youth ministers, educators, employees in non-profits, and more.

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Jesus & the Gospels
  • Paul & His Letters
  • Story of Israel
  • Christian Encounters with Other Cultures
  • Interpreting the Bible
  • Christian Counseling

See the Curriculum tab for a full list of courses.

For more info on the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies, please contact our admissions department.

If you are ready to become a student at Austin Grad, see the Admissions tab for your next step or start your application today!

General Education Requirements (69 semester hours)

  • English Language and Literature – 12 hours
    (not including Public Speaking; see below)
  • Fine Arts – 3 hours
  • Natural Science – 6 hours
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • History – 12 hours
    (6 hours Western Civilization and 6 hours U.S. History)
  • Public Speaking – 3 hours
  • Philosophy or Classics – 6 hours
  • Social Science – 3 hours
  • Electives – 21 hours
    (Austin Grad offers a number of courses that may be used as electives)

Major Requirements (51 semester hours)

(P) indicates prerequisites. See course description for details.

CS 3350 Research and Writing in Theology
OT 3310 Story of Israel
NT 3320 Jesus and the Gospels
NT 3321 Paul and His Letters
NT 4313 Interpreting the Bible
3 hours Elective in Bible
GRK 3351-52 New Testament Greek (6 hours)
CH 3312 The Church’s History: To the Reformation
TH 4312 The Church’s Faith
TH 4313 Christian Ethics
NT 4335 Biblical Theology (P)
CS 4362 Church in the Contemporary World (P)
CS 4363 Christian Encounter with Other Cultures
9 hours Selected from the Ministry Division

Additional Requirement

Successful completion of the BA Comprehensive Exit Exam in final semester prior to graduation.
(click here for the BA Comprehensive Exit Exam Study Guide)

Admission Requirements

Application for Admission (apply online or download PDF and mail to the address below).
$25 Application Fee  (payable to Austin Grad) ONLY if submitting a paper application
Write a five-paragraph essay explaining your ministry goals and how Austin Grad can help you meet those goals. Be sure your essay includes an introduction, supporting body paragraphs, and a conclusion.
Proof of high school diploma or GED equivalent.
Completion of at least 24 hours of general education requirements, including at least 3 hours in English Language and Literature.
Veterans or active-duty military may be awarded credit for courses or experiences that have American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendation.
Official transcripts for all credits previously attempted, sent directly to Austin Grad from the institution(s).
2.0 minimum GPA
Students for whom English is a second language must submit TOEFL test scores. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores must be at least 550 for undergraduates.
If you are under 22 years of age, you must show evidence that you have received the Bacterial Meningitis vaccination (student must have received vaccination at least 10 days prior to the semester he or she is enrolled). Attendance will be denied if documentation is not received 10 days prior to start of class. Contact the Director of Admissions for more information.
All students accepted into any degree program must sign and return the Letter of Acceptance for their admission to be considered complete.
Additional assessment may be requested.
All documents should be sent to:

Austin Graduate School of Theology
Admissions Office
7640 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78752-1333
Fax # 512-476-3919

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