Bachelor in Theology

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Students who wish to become pastors, missionaries or seminarians should be well equipped with an undergraduate degree in theology.

An undergraduate degree in theology is designed for those who wish to lead lives dedicated to the church or a missionary purpose. A Bachelor of Arts in Theology allows students to take a close look at Christianity and other religions and how they affect the world.



Admissions requirements vary more widely for undergraduate theology degrees than for more typical majors. In fact, depending on the individual school's program, students may actually need a bachelor's degree in order to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Theology. Prior to admission into a theology degree program, students might need to demonstrate previous ministry experience and a dedication to the church.



Bachelor's degree programs focused on theology may take between three to five years to complete. Concepts covered throughout the degree program include philosophy, bible studies, theology, ministry, Christianity and other religions. The types of course topics that may be covered are:

  • Prophets
  • Pentateuch
  • Jesus, Paul and the gospels
  • The early church
  • Discipleship
  • Bible languages
  • Interpreting scripture
  • Christian ethics
  • Johannine theology



Those who complete a Bachelor of Arts in Theology degree may go on to pursue such positions as lay leader, pastor, missionary and seminarian.