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Christian Studies: Adult Education Programs

Christian studies, loosely known as theology, is a personally rewarding academic choice. The following article is meant to be a springboard to more in-depth information concerning the huge arena of Christian studies.

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Students interested in pursuing a program in Christian studies have several different options. Here we discuss some of the different degree levels available and the different degree programs students can choose from.

Program Information

Colleges and universities that have a Christian theology degree in their curriculum usually offer Christian studies programs. Public schools typically shy away from offering such degrees due to the separation of church and state; private Christian institutions offer the majority of these degrees. Christian colleges are located all across the country. Curriculum in a Christian studies program is varied and diverse; majors in engineering and mathematics are taught alongside theology majors. These programs are often available on-campus and online to allow flexibility for adult learners. More information is detailed here.

Programs At a Glance

Certificate programs

  • These certificate programs can be 12 credits in length and may be available as individual courses.
  • These programs are available online and on-campus.

Undergraduate degrees

  • Associate's degree programs are around 60 credits and take about 2 years to complete, while bachelor's degree programs are around 120 credits and can take 4 years.
  • These programs are available on-campus and online.

Graduate degrees

  • These master's programs can range from 36 to 39 credits and typically take 2 years to complete.
  • Programs are available on-campus and online.

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Program Options

Specifically in terms of Christian studies, there are several major options at most schools. Undergraduate and graduate level degree programs are commonly offered at Christian study colleges and universities. Certificate programs are also available. Most of these degree programs are available on-campus and online for adult learners.

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs in Christian studies vary by area of study. Students can choose from topics like Old and New Testament certificates, in addition to Ministry Skills, Theology and Worldview, and Biblical Studies certificates. Each program consists of a few courses that further explores the topic. For example, the Biblical Studies certificates look at the Bible as a whole, studying various themes throughout the Bible and different Christian theology.

Undergraduate Degrees

Undergraduate degrees at the associate's level include an Associate of Arts in Christian Ministry, with concentrations in Biblical Studies or Pastoral Ministry, and an Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies. Students can choose from bachelor's degrees, as well. They include the Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Ministry, with concentrations in Biblical Studies, Church Planting, and Pastoral Ministry; and a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. Students in these programs study various topics in the Christian faith, such as Christian values, the Old Testament, New Testament, theology and more.

Graduate Degrees

Options also exist for graduate degrees in Christian studies. Included is the Master of Arts in Ministry, with concentrations in Pastoral Care and Counseling, and Practical Theology. A dual MBA/MA in Ministry is also offered, in addition to a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies. These programs are often ideal for leaders in the church searching for additional training and developing the skills necessary to serve a congregation.

Students can find various topics in Christian studies available at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels, such as associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs in Biblical Studies. These programs are often available online and on-campus for adult learners.

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