B.A. Degree in Bible and Ministry


68 hours, plus 12 additional hours in biblical languages required, no minor required 

This program is designed especially for students wishing to be pulpit ministers. The degree prepares students for the work of a local minister and lays a foundation for graduate studies. It is also the recommended degree for those who have not yet defined a specific area of ministry.

An OC graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Ministry will:

  1. Demonstrate above average knowledge of the Bible, its chronology, and themes.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to exegete, organize, and present biblical subjects in a contemporary, relevant manner.
  3. Demonstrate an above average knowledge of and ability in essential ministry skills such as teaching, counseling, evangelizing, and relating to people.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the world beyond the church and an ability to relate to it in a meaningful manner.

Student must complete a minimum of 126 hours including the major, core, and minor if required. Elective hours may be needed to reach 126 hours. 

1. 23 hours foundation courses 

2. 3 hours chosen from


3. 9 hours Old Testament textual courses

4. 12 hours New  Testament

5. 6 hours elective textual courses

6. 3 hours required non-textual courses

7. 9 hours other non-textual courses    

8. 3 hours practicum course

9. 12 hours Biblical languages 

A student must take 12 hours of Greek or 6 hours of Greek and 6 hours of Hebrew in addition to the above degree requirements for the B.A. in Bible and Ministry. 

Related Careers

  • Minister
  • Missionary
  • Children's Minister
  • Youth Minister
  • Teacher
  • University Professor