Bachelor of Arts in Ministry - Youth

Four-Year Program (120 Credits)

  • Courses taught by experienced youth ministers
  • Study the entire Canon of Scripture
  • Hands on Internship tailored to you
  • Apply and start classes anytime!
  • Also available in a 2-year diploma.

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.

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 (listed as PA 211 Passionate Preaching & Teaching)
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.