Best Online Bachelor’s in Christian Ministry

Find top-ranked online bachelor’s in Christian ministry degree programs that help to prepare students for careers in Christian ministry or the mission field.

Best Online Bachelor’s in Christian Ministry

Frequently Asked Questions About Christian Ministry Degrees

Why get a bachelor’s in Christian ministry?

Students seeking to spread the Gospel as a missionary or serve a church as a lead or associate pastor frequently pursue a bachelor’s degree in Christian ministry.

Courses are offered online or in person, depending on the program and university. Either option encourages students to engage personally with professors and fellow students in order to create connections and bonds with people who can serve as mentors and guides for the future.

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How long does it take to get a bachelor’s in Christian ministry?

A degree in Christian ministry requires 120 hours of credits and can be completed in 3.5 to 4 years of study.

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What can you do after getting a bachelor’s in Christian ministry?

Before entering the ministry or mission field, Christian ministry students can expect to tackle interesting theological topics such as counseling, Biblical Studies, biblical languages, and practical skills for leading a church.

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Best Online Bachelor's in Christian Ministry Degree Programs

How do we determine the best online Christian ministry bachelor's degree programs?

Methodology

Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Best Online Bachelor’s in Christian Ministry Degree Programs

  1. #1

    Biola University

    #788 institution's historical influence
    #1377 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $44K

    Acceptance

    64%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1195/24

    La Mirada, CA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Biblical Ministries
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
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  2. #2

    Oral Roberts University

    #1075 institution's historical influence
    #798 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1114/21

    Tulsa, OK

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    Online Degrees

    BS in International Business and Ministry
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    BA in Ministry and Leadership

    Concentrations

    • Evangelism and Outreach
    • Local Church Pastor
    • Church Administration
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    BA in Christian Caregiving and Counseling
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
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  3. #3

    Liberty University

    #988 institution's historical influence
    #116 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    75K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1150/24

    Lynchburg, VA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Christian Leadership and Management
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Applied Ministry
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Religion

    Concentrations

    • Christian Ministries
    • Christian Counseling
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Psychology

    Concentrations

    • Christian Counseling
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    Abilene Christian University

    #1227 institution's historical influence
    #771 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $38K

    Acceptance

    63%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1122/24

    Abilene, TX

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Christian Service and Formation
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
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  5. #5

    Regent University

    #1606 institution's historical influence
    #554 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/22

    Virginia Beach, VA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Christian Leadership and Management
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BA in Christian Ministry

    Concentrations

    • Church Music
    • Pastoral Care
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Professional Studies-Christian Ministry
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BA in Leadership Studies-Christian Ministry
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  6. #6

    Moody Bible Institute

    #1170 institution's historical influence
    #152 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    98%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1095/20

    Chicago, IL

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Integrated Ministry Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Ministry Leadership
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  7. #7

    California Baptist University

    #2034 institution's historical influence
    #1289 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $36K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1100/21

    Riverside, CA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Christian Ministries
    • Required Credits: 48 (major requirements)
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
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  8. #8

    Trinity International University

    #1523 institution's historical influence
    #1355 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    86%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1045/22

    Deerfield, IL

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Christian Ministries
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion time: 3-4 Years
    • Format: Online
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  9. #9

    Cornerstone University

    #3654 institution's historical influence
    #373 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $26K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1070/22

    Grand Rapids, MI

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Ministry Leadership
    • Required Credits: 48 (major requirements)
    • Completion time: 20-22 months
    • Format: Online
  10. #10

    Gardner–Webb University

    #3090 institution's historical influence
    #1096 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $32K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1075/21

    Boiling Springs, NC

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Christian Ministry
    • Required Credits: 38 (major requirements)
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  11. #11

    Cairn University

    #4261 institution's historical influence
    #1304 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $30K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1123/21

    Langhorne, PA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Bible

    Concentrations

    • Biblical Studies
    • Christian Ministry
    • Intro to Counseling
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Christian Studies
    • Required Credits: 121
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Pastoral Ministries
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  12. #12

    Trevecca Nazarene University

    #3499 institution's historical influence
    #1267 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $27K

    Acceptance

    63%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1179/23

    Nashville, TN

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Christian Ministry
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  13. #13

    Union University

    #2363 institution's historical influence
    #1263 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $23K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1170/26

    Jackson, TN

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Christian Leadership
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  14. #14

    Northwest Nazarene University

    #3640 institution's historical influence
    #1168 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1090/23

    Nampa, ID

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Christian Ministry
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3 years
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    The Master's University

    #4692 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    60%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    2K

    Santa Clarita, CA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Christian Ministries
    • Required Credits: 42
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    Dallas Baptist University

    #3021 institution's historical influence
    #1101 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $32K

    Acceptance

    99%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1140/23

    Dallas, TX

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    Online Degrees

    BAS in Christian Ministries
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
    BA or BS in Christian Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
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  17. #17

    Colorado Christian University

    #3934 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $25K

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    6K

    Lakewood, CO

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Organizational Management in Christian Leadership
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BA in Christian Ministry
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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  18. #18

    Point University

    #3660 institution's historical influence
    #169 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $22K

    Acceptance

    35%

    Graduation

    33%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    995/18

    West Point, GA

    View profile

    Online Degrees

    BA in Theology

    Concentrations

    • Christian Ministries
    • Youth & Family Ministries
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 48 months
    • Format: Online
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  19. #19

    Campbellsville University

    #3922 institution's historical influence
    #459 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $25K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    36%

    Student body

    8K

    Campbellsville, KY

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Pastoral Ministries
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Leadership and Missions
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  20. #20

    Southwestern Assemblies of God University

    #4571 institution's historical influence
    #92 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $21K

    Acceptance

    89%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1010/19

    Waxahachie, TX

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    Online Degrees

    BA in General Ministries
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
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  21. #21

    Hope International University

    #4936 institution's historical influence
    #117 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    38%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    990/19

    Fullerton, CA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Christian Ministry
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  22. #22

    Belhaven University

    #3010 institution's historical influence
    #810 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $27K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    4K

    Jackson, MS

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Human Services

    Concentrations

    • Christian Ministries
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  23. #23

    University of the Cumberlands

    #3465 institution's historical influence
    #580 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    40%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1035/21

    Williamsburg, KY

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    Online Degrees

    BS/BA in Applied Science

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Allied Health
    • Business Administration
    • Coaching
    • Criminal Justice
    • General Studies
    • Human Services
    • Information Technology
    • Missions and Ministries
    • Public Health
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BAS in Missions and Ministry
    • Required Credits: 122
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  24. #24

    Anderson University

    #4334 institution's historical influence
    #1264 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $30K

    Acceptance

    59%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1035/23

    Anderson, SC

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Christian Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  25. #25

    Campbell University

    #1643 institution's historical influence
    #486 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/22

    Buies Creek, NC

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Christian Studies
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online

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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require a time of adjustment. Although you’ll typically learn the same material and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, going online will require greater independence and responsibility than going in person. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, for harnessing the online educational technology that you’ll need to use, and for completing the course requirements, such as listening to lectures, learning lessons, reading texts, and handing in assignments. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take the initiative in building relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier than campus-based education is ease of access: all you need is a computer and an internet connection for online education. But even this seeming advantage of online education can be misleading: what’s easier, studying online with your computer and internet connection from your home where you need to cook, clean, pay rent, and maintain a job? Or studying on campus in a dorm where all your living needs are handled by the school, and college staff are there to help you every step of the way?

If you take the commute to campus out of the equation, campus-based education is easier. All the support structures available on campus for students, especially with real people to help you in person, are not there online. The demands on you as an online student will largely be the same as for your campus-based counterpart, but without the same helps.

In general, your online courses will present the same material and test you in the same way as traditional in-person courses. In many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning with remote educational technology for the first time, online college may be considerably more challenging than campus-based college. For a few insights on how to manage this new online experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable non-profit institutions on the one end and less-than-reputable for-profit institutions on the other end. Accreditation gives you the power to identify the more reputable actors in online education. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency indicating that a college or university is meeting standards of quality and credibility. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university that is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. For students seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that they opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree. For more on this important topic, check out our What is Accreditation and Why Does It Matter? College & University Accreditation Guide.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited (see the previous point), you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer of credits. In many cases, you will encounter some bureaucratic haggling in which some of your credits will be transferred and others may be refused. However, provided that you have attended an online school with recognized regional accreditation, you should be in good shape in transferring your credits earned online.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript, or resumé differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

Some employers may express the concern that because you did your degree online, you may need to transition from an online education experience to in-person workplace experience. But in an age of Covid, that concern seems much diminished. The fact is that much employment these days is remote. And collaboration increasingly happens online over Zoom. Many employers will therefore view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will be less than ideal for you (though depending on your circumstances, it may also be the only viable option).

While there is much in traditional campus-based education that can be substituted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing that can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual in-person classroom setting. As you transition to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face in getting the most out of your online classes is overcoming this difference between “real reality” and “virtual reality.” Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. Above all, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete at your own pace and on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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