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Bachelor of Arts in Ministry

Bachelor of Arts in Ministry



The Bachelor of Arts in Ministry (B.A.Min.) degree is composed of three components: the General Education Core, the Bible and Theology Core, and a selected major. Students may choose from the following major areas of study:


In addition, a student may fulfill the requirements for one of the following minor areas of study:

Traditional Degree Structure

Student working towards Bachelor of Arts in Ministry (Degree)

Degree Requirements

The baccalaureate degree in the traditional degree structure at Nazarene Bible College contains the following degree requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 120 or 128 semester hours depending on the major.
  • At least 64 semester hours in residence, with at least 32 of the final 64 hours in residence. Online classes are considered "in residence."
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A 2.0 GPA in the major with the following program additions/exceptions:
    • Christian School Education: 3.0 cumulative GPA for all EDU courses.
    • Counseling (CC/CCM): 3.0 cumulative GPA for all courses specific to the major.
  • Completion of the required hours in the following areas:
    • General Education Core
    • Bible and Theology Core
    • Major Courses
    • Electives or Minor Courses—Elective courses are courses supplemental to those required for the completion of a degree program. Elective courses can be courses from NBC’s General Education core, Bible and Theology core, AdVantage core, the college’s major and minor programs, or comparable courses transferred from accredited institutions. Career and technical courses from accredited institutions may be applicable as electives for some of NBC’s degree programs.
  • Completion of NBC Experience.
  • Completion of the Ministry Progress Review.
  • Completion of Graduating Colloquium.
  • College indebtedness paid in full.

Core Requirements and Objectives


  • Dr. Sandra L. Palm, Director
  • Dr. Terry Lambright

General Education Core


Nazarene Bible College holds that education for all ministry contexts is predicated on the acquisition of foundational knowledge, skills, and values. The educated person has a distinctive worldview that enables him or her to make specific and positive contributions to society, career, ministry, or profession. The General Education Core ensures that students receive the breadth of knowledge essential for the educated person and necessary for continuing on to more in-depth study within chosen majors.

Completion of the General Education core should enable students to:

Spiritual-Developmental Foundations
  • Engage in intentional spiritual growth toward Christ-like character and service.
  • Understand the basic principles of biblical ethics and apply such principles to contemporary culture.
  • Understand the principles of human nature and behavior, integrating behavioral science and the Christian faith.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically and clearly about issues in professional and personal life.
Interdisciplinary Knowledge Foundations
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills in written and spoken English.
  • Develop an appreciation for the values and functions of great literature.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze and apply logic and mathematical principles.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the physical universe and apply the scientific methodology that investigates it.
  • Gain an understanding of human society and cross-cultural variation, including ways individuals and groups function, interact, and change.
  • Appreciate western civilization in global context with particular emphasis on the history of Christianity.

General Education Core Courses

The student will take either the English Composition I and II sequence or the Basic English Skills courses* followed by the English Composition I and II sequence after placement testing.

Course Course DescriptionHours
  45 hours
ENG-1013 English Composition I3
ENG-1023 English Composition II3
ENG-1043 Classical Literature3
GEN-1003 Lifelong Learning Skills3
HIS-2013 Western World/Ancient & Medieval Times3
HIS-2023 Western World/Emerging Modern Society3
MTH-1003 General Mathematics3
PAS-1013 Introduction to Christian Service3
PAS-1023 Spiritual Formation3
PHI-3013 Philosophy and Christian Ethics3
PSY-1013 Introduction to Psychology3
SCI-2013 General Physical Science3
SOC-1003 Introduction to Sociology3
SPE-1003 Principles of Public Speaking3
THE-3013 Introduction to Christian Thought3

*The Basic English Skills sequence is not included in the requirements for a degree program. Students who are required to take Basic English Skills courses will complete a minimum of 123 or 131 hours for a degree, depending on the major.


  • Dr. Thomas King, Director
  • Prof. Joseph Warrington
  • Dr. Daniel Powers

Bible and Theology Core


Completion of the Bible and Theology core should enable students to:

  • Identify the basic content of the Bible.
  • Utilize sound methods and resources for interpreting the Bible.
  • Articulate the essentials of the Christian faith.
  • Integrate the Wesleyan holiness theological perspective with the practice of Christian ministry.
  • Nurture the Christlike life as informed by Scripture and Christian thought.
  • Apply a Christian worldview to contemporary critical issues.
  • Cultivate lifelong learning skills in relation to Bible and theology.

Bible and Theology Core Courses

Course Course DescriptionHours
  30 hours
BIB-1013 Introduction to the Old Testament3
BIB-1023 Introduction to the New Testament3
BIB-2003 Biblical Interpretation3
BIB-2013 Pentateuch3
BIB-2033 New Testament Gospels3
BIB-3013 Hebrew Prophets or 
  BIB-3023 Poetic & Wisdom Literature or 
  BIB-3123 O.T. Historical Books3
BIB-3053 Pauline Epistles or BIB 3063 Book of Acts3
THE-2013 Doctrine of Holiness 3
THE-3023 Systematic Theology I3
THE-3033 Systematic Theology II3

In addition to the Bible and Theology Core Courses, traditional degree students are to complete the ABHE Bible Content Exam at the beginning and at the end of their degree. The exam results are used to assess student learning in the area of Bible content.

AdVantage Accelerated Degree Structure

Degree Requirements

The Advantage Program Bachelor of Arts in Ministry degree contains the following degree requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours.
  • At least 30 semester hours in residence.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale with the following program additions/exceptions:
    • Christian School Education: 3.0 cumulative GPA for all EDU courses.
    • Counseling (CC/CCM): 3.0 cumulative GPA for all courses specific to the major.
  • Completion of the required hours in the following areas:
    • General Education - 45 semester hours
    • Electives - 15 semester hours
    • Bible and Theology - 20 semester hours
    • Foundational - 8 semester hours
    • Major Courses - 32 semester hours
  • Completion of the capstone project (Leadership and Ethics), student teaching (Christian School Education), Internship (Christian Counseling), Orientation/Capstone Intensives (Counseling for Christian Ministries).
  • Completion of NBC Experience.
  • Completion of Ministry Progress Review.
  • Completion of Graduating Colloquium.
  • College indebtedness paid in full.

Core Requirements

Sixty hours of college credit through prior college work (2.0 GPA), CLEP or other recognized testing service, military training, and/or Prior Learning Assessment is required for entrance into the Advantage program. A student may enter the program conditionally with 45 semester hours but must complete the final 15 hours before a degree will be granted. This credit must fulfill the following requirements:

General Education


60 hours


Students who complete the AdVantage program will demonstrate:

  • A theologically sound approach to work and ministry.
  • An ability to work in collaboration with other students and apply that collaboration to the student’s work and/or ministry setting.
  • Biblically-based ethical principles that guide decision making and interpersonal and professional relationships.
  • Personal spiritual formation and habits that enrich the student’s relationship to Christ and impact the student’s relationship with others in his or her work and/or volunteer setting.
  • The ability to articulate the essential doctrines of the Christian faith in a diverse world.

First Year-Core Courses

Bible and Theology 20 Hours; Foundational 8 Hours

Course Course Description Hours
    28 Hours
BLE-3604 Adult & Professional Development 4
BIB-3604 Survey of the Old Testament/Pentateuch 4
BIB-3614 Survey of the New Testament/Gospels 4
BIB-3624 Bible and Life Application 4
BIB-3634 Biblical Leadership Principles 4
THE-3614 Survey of Christian Theology 4
THE-3624 Holiness and the Life of the Believer 4

Academic Assessment Report

Nazarene Bible College annually assesses the effectiveness of its academic programs. A report of the annual academic assessment process is accessible below.

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