Associate of Theology


The associate level program is designed to equip the layman for Christian service and for ministers who want to be better equipped for Christian ministry –such as pastors, associate pastors or evangelists.
This program requires 80 quarter units of academic credit for graduation. A student in the diploma program must have completed high school or have an equivalent certificate.

Graduates of Associate of Theology are able to serve the Christian community as lay leaders, Christian educators, and associate pastors.

Degree Requirements

Successfully complete a minimum of 80 quarter units of the following coursework with a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale:

  • Successfully complete 20 quarter units of general education
  • Successfully complete 40 quarter units of required courses.
  • Successfully complete 20 quarter units of unrestricted electives, or 10 quarter units of unrestricted electives and 10 quarter units of concentration required courses. Students may choose from the following areas of concentration:
    • Education
    • Christian Counseling
    • Church Music
    • Mission
    • Social Welfare

Time Limit

The Associate of Theology program must be completed within 3 years from the time the student commenced the first course, as a regular student, which applies to the degree requirements. This time limit, at the option of the university, may be extended due to special extenuating circumstances.

Associate of Theology Suggested Required Courses

First Year

  • BBL 101  Old Testament Survey I
  • BBL 102  Old Testament Survey II
  • BBL 103  New Testament Survey I
  • BBL 104  New Testament Survey II
  • BBL 209  Principles of Bible Study
  • BBL 213  Pastoral Work
  • ENG 302  Introduction to English Bible Survey
  • ETH 401  Introduction to Christian Ethics
  • PHL 101  Philosophy of Religion

Second Year

  • MIN 301  Introduction of Practical Theology
  • MIN 304  Introduction to Evangelism
  • MIN 401  Foundations of Preaching
  • MSN 462  History of Christian Mission
  • HIS 306  History of the Bible
  • BBL 301  Interpretation of the Bible
  • MIN 309  Introduction to Christian Field Education