Bachelor of Arts in Theology

Bachelor of Arts in Theology

The Bachelor of Arts in Theology with a concentration in Ministry and Leadership is designed for individuals who are involved in church or parachurch activities, and who wish to gain knowledge to improve themselves personally and professionally. Upon graduating, students will be prepared for graduate studies and/or to take a leadership role in their community.
The degree is offered online with some face-to-face opportunities for learning, networking, and hands-on experience. All of Jakes Divinity School students will have face-to-face residency opportunities twice a year. The first is during the International Leadership Summit each spring of a given degree program. Students will arrive on site of the summit the Sunday evening prior and remain for a week until the end of the summit. The second residency will likely take place in Dallas, TX, at Jakes Divinity School in the fall of each year.

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A truly hybrid learning experience, your classes will combine online learning sessions that are accessible according to your schedule as well as face to face class-time and live video conferencing.  Because a Jakes Divinity School experience is paramount, we will also be offering specialized Jakes’ micro-courses throughout your degree journey.  These courses will be taught by our very own JDS faculty and special lecturers during the week of the International Leadership Conference.
Packaged in manageable 5-week courses, you will be able to concentrate on one course at a time while you continue to fulfill your role in ministry or the professional world.

Theology Major Requirements (124 Units)
General Education Credits Required 49
Major Units Earned in Degree Program 51
Elective Units 24

  • Theology of Church Mission and Ministry
  • Critical Thinking and Writing for Ministry
  • Church History
  • Research Methods for the Study and Preaching of the Scripture
  • The Ministry of Preaching and Teaching
  • Leadership in Christian Organizations
  • Management in Christian Organizations
  • Foundations of Christian Ethics
  • Theological Themes of the Old Testament

  • Research Methods for the Study of Christian Organizations
  • Theological Themes of the New Testament
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • The Ministry of the Spirit in the Church
  • 1 Corinthians: The Church in an Urban Setting
  • Conflict Management
  • The New Testament and Contemporary Christian Issues
  • Change Theory and Strategic Planning in Christian Organizations

Unit Requirements

General Education:
43 units
$415 per unit
$20,335

Electives:
24 units
$415 per unit
$9,960

Major:
51 units
$525 per unit
$26,775

Cost

  • $415-525 per unit
  • Technology and Program Fee: $400 per semester

Estimated tuition costs based on 2020-2021 tuition rates. 

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The degree is offered online with some face-to-face opportunities for learning, networking, and hands-on experience. All of Jakes Divinity School students will have face-to-face residency opportunities twice a year. The first is during the International Leadership Summit each spring of a given degree program. Students will arrive on site of the summit the Sunday evening prior and remain for a week until the end of the summit. The second residency will likely take place in Dallas, TX, at Jakes Divinity School in the fall of each year.

PLEASE NOTE: We are not eligible to accept students from the states of New York, Georgia, North Carolina, Delaware, Alabama, Virgin Islands, Indiana, and Maryland in degrees powered by Vanguard University

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Bachelor of Arts in Theology FAQs

The Bachelor of Arts in Theology with a concentration in Ministry and Leadership at Jakes Divinity School is powered by Vanguard University. This degree program is fully accredited and is designed for individuals who are involved in church or parachurch activities and who wish to gain knowledge to improve themselves personally and professionally. Upon graduating, students will be prepared for graduate studies and/or to take a leadership role in their community.

Graduates Become:

  • Preachers
  • Teachers
  • Para-ministers
  • Pastoral care members
General Education: 49 units $415 per unit $20,335
Electives: 24 units $415 per unit $9,960
Major: 51 units $525 per unit $26,775                                                     
  • $415-525 per unit
  • Technology and Program Fee: $400 per semester

This degree is offered in an online hybrid format with opportunities for face-to-face residencies twice a year and live video conferencing.

Yes, there are concentrations available for those that need additional elective units or want the academic exposure to the topics in these concentrations that include: Ministry, Hispanic Ministry and Leadership, Anti-Human Trafficking, Preaching, and Worship.

The course format consists of three 5-week modules per semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters). Most students take one course per module. If a student needs to complete two courses in a single module, it must first be approved by the Student Success Coordinator.
Students are also encouraged to participate in two residencies per year – the International Leadership Summit and the JDS Symposium.

Yes. Please refer to the financial registration deadline and academic registration dates made available through your JDS Enrollment and Student Services Coordinator.

Yes. You have the option of applying for federal loans, grants and/or scholarships.

Federal guidelines generally require students to be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units/semester hours to use federal financial aid. Students are not eligible to use federal financial aid (FAFSA) if starting in Module 3 of any semester. If starting in Module 3, students will only be enrolled in 3 units (1 course). Students can still be admitted for Module 3 of a semester and pay out of pocket for tuition.

Complete a FAFSA application and use School Code: 001293 for Vanguard.
Click here to complete a Spanish FAFSA application.

Yes. However, our JDS partner school, Vanguard University, does not accept applicants who reside in:  New York, Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware, Alabama, Virgin Islands, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Maryland. You may contact a JDS Enrollment and Student Services Coordinator to discuss other program options that may fit your needs.

  • Official high school and college transcripts
    • All official transcripts should be submitted as follows:
      • Physical transcripts can be sent to the address below and must be in a sealed envelope from the school remitting the transcript to be accepted:
        Vanguard University
        School for Professional Studies
        55 Fair Drive
        Costa Mesa, CA, 92626
      • Electronic transcripts can be sent to: spsadmissions@vanguard.edu (must be sent from a third-party Safe Sender, such as eScrip or Parchment to be accepted).
  • Statement of Purpose
    • Write a detailed statement of purpose that describes how your chosen degree program aligns with your vocational aspirations and is related to your Christian faith.
    • Statement must be a minimum of 250 words, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font.
    • Please email your completed statement of purpose (in Word document or pdf format) to aolds@jakesdivinity.org with the subject “JDS Statement of Purpose – (Your first and last name here)”.

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