Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies Degree Completion (Online)

“Austin Grad introduced me…to the beautifully interwoven conversation that has been going on for centuries about God, His Word, and His Church. Instead of teaching me what to think, I was taught how to think.” –Paul Partlow, minister in Auckland, New Zealand, BA graduate

The Online Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies Degree Completion 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, Vrije Universiteit, 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. The Online BA Degree Completion offers all the major coursework toward Austin Grad’s Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies (51 semester hours of Bible, Theology, Church History, and Ministry).

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 Degree Completion, 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 Bible Knowledge Exit Exam in final semester prior to graduation
(click here for the BA Exit Exam Study Guide)

Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission
  • $25 Application Fee ONLY if submitting a paper application
  • Five-paragraph essay explaining the applicant’s goals in ministry
  • Proof of high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • 24 hours of transferable credit, including at least 3 hours in English Language and Literature
  • Official transcripts
  • 2.0 minimum GPA
  • Additional assessment may be requested

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For international students interested in this program, click here for admissions information.