Advanced Theological Studies
The Bachelor of Arts in Advanced Theological Studies (ATS) is designed for people who intend to pursue a graduate degree by providing a foundation in biblical languages, research, and thesis writing. The goal of this degree is to prepare students for studies at the graduate level; therefore, the rigor of the program is intentionally increased.
All of the bachelor’s degree programs below assume the completion of the Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies (90 credit hours) or an equivalent degree is completed prior to entry. Entering students without a biblical studies degree may be required to complete leveling courses.
Applicants: In addition to the normal application process, applicants must submit 2 additional writing samples:
- Submit an example of a recent class paper on a biblical/theological topic, OR write a new paper on “What is the Gospel?”
- Write a 1-page essay on why you wish to complete this degree and what your future goals are.
Program At A Glance
This program includes 27 hours in Bible/Theology, 18 hours in Professional Studies, and 27 hours in General Education (including Greek, Hebrew). A thesis is required at the end of this program.
60 hours (Online semester hours)
90 hours (Campus quarter hours)
Standard Completion Time
2 years in addition to the AA
Campus | Online
What Courses Will I Take?
Below is a sample of the required courses. To see a complete list, view the academic catalog.
- Biblical Theology
- Advanced Discipleship
- Greek 1, 2
- Hebrew 1, 2
- Great Thinkers
What Can I Do With This Degree?
- Pursue a seminary degree
- Serve as a pastor or associate pastor in a local church setting