Bachelor of Arts in Ministry - Youth

Four-Year Program (129 Credits)

  • Courses taught by experienced youth ministers
  • Study the entire Canon of Scripture
  • Hands on Internship tailored to you
  • Apply and start classes anytime!

BAM/YO: In Depth

The Youth Program is

  • For those who would like to develop youth skills for a vocational church, para-church or community ministry.
  • Excellently suited for the person preparing for a second career.
  • For persons already in youth ministry who would like formal education. It is possible to receive internship credit for past experiences that qualify.
  • For people who would like to work with youth (e.g. teaching, counseling) and would like to have a theological and biblical foundation previous to secular vocational training.
  • To prepare for Master’s level education.

Program Objectives

The Bachelor of Arts in Ministry program will equip you to do the following:

  • Value, study, understand, and interpret Scripture for personal growth as well as ministry effectiveness.
  • Grow in spiritual vitality and Christian maturity within the pressure and demands of life and ministry.
  • Appreciate and understand the Body of Christ and prepare to assume your responsibility in the Church as expressed in the local congregation.
  • Prepare for a God honoring life of service to kingdom work regardless of your vocational calling.
  • Discover and develop your God given servant design (e.g. spiritual gifts, ministry passion) and ministry skills to maximize your effectiveness for Christian service.
  • Participate in God’s global mission of disseminating the Gospel. Invest in a relational community of intentional discipleship and accountability to build the people of God.
  • Develop a God centered dependence, faith and humility necessary for Christian life and ministry.
  • Serve with foundational skills in a vocational ministry through training provided in the major programs offered.

Expanded Opportunities

Your BAM degree will open doors to skilled service as a church worker, church planter, church educational program leader, worship leader, pastor, youth worker, camp leader, or numerous other roles within a church or para-ministry setting. Your degree lays the foundation for graduate studies in ministry, theological studies, missiology or divinity. Please note that this is a mentor based Distance Education program with additional requirements to provide you with some of the advantages enjoyed by campus students.

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible & Theology (45 credits)

NT 112 Reading the Gospels & Acts*
NT 221 Reading Paul’s Letters
NT 351 Reading Hebrews to Revelation*
OT 112 Reading the Torah
OT 221 Reading the Historical Books
OT 343 Reading the Psalms & Wisdom Literature
OT 453 Reading the Prophets
ST 100 The Christian Life
TH 100 Introduction To Christian Theology*
TH 210 The God of the Gospel*
TH 313 Creation to New Creation*
BT 409 Word and the World: Theology and Praxis*
BT/NT/OT/ST/TH electives (9 cr)

Arts & Sciences (36 credits)

AS 400 Integrative Seminar-synchronous with on campus
HF 111 Thinking & Writing
HF 231 History of Western Civilization I
HF 232 History of Western Civilization II
SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
SS 210 Introduction to Psychology
SS 261 Leadership Foundations
SS 311 Lifespan Development*
SC 230 History and Philosophy of Science*
HF/SS electives (9 credits)

Youth (33 credits)

CM 250 Introduction to Counselling*
CM 468 Youth Ministry Internship (12 credits)
YO 151 Introduction to Youth Ministry
YO 224 Creative Teaching Methods
YO 313 Youth Issues & Culture (synchronous/ on-campus) 
YO 314 Youth Communications
YO 346 Exploring Styles & Philosophies of Youth Ministry*
YO 460 Topics in Youth Ministry*

General Electives (6 credits)

*Available soon; in the meantime, we will offer a substitute.

Synchronous courses will be offered in conjunction with on-campus courses due to their content. Therefore, these courses must be taken during the term they are offered on campus, or taken on-campus if offered as a modular.

Note: Arts & Sciences courses include Anthropology (AN), Humanity and Fine Arts (HF), History (HI), Philosophy (PH), Psychology (PS), Science (SC), Sociology (SO), and Social Sciences (SS).

Timeframe & Fees

Completion of an online Bachelor’s degree usually takes around 4 years for students who are not also working. For cost estimates per program, see the Fees section of our About Distance Education page.