Coordinator of the Evening Ministry Program, Terriel Byrd, Ph.D.
Coordinator of the Online Ministry Program, Karelynne Ayayo, Th.D.
Coordinator of the Orlando Ministry Program, D. Eric Lowdermilk, D.Th.
The Bachelor of Arts in Ministry program at Palm Beach Atlantic University specifically seeks to meet the education and ministry preparation needs of bi-vocational ministers, church leaders, interested adults, and other non-traditional students. Through a focus on biblical, historical, theological, and practical studies, the Bachelor of Arts in Ministry (MIN) program strives to equip men and women with the knowledge, skills, and character needed for effective Christian service in local churches, parachurch organizations, and in other ministries to family, work, and community. The MIN program enables local adult learners who have full-time employment or other daytime responsibilities to complete their B.A. degree primarily evening courses. The corresponding Online Bachelor of Arts in Ministry (EMIN) program provides an entirely online setting for non-traditional students who wish to complete their B.A. degree from a geographical distance or with increased flexibility in scheduling. Students in the MIN program should expect to take some classes online. Students in the EMIN program are expected to complete all coursework online.
The required curriculum for the major is composed primarily of three-credit hour courses normally offered during eight-week subterms. On-ground courses are taught during evening class sessions, generally four hours in duration and meeting once a week. Online courses are delivered electronically through the University’s Learning Management System. Online attendance at a minimum of two synchronous class sessions is required in each online ministry course. The specific days and hours for these online meetings will be communicated during the course registration process. Online students should pay particular attention to the Online Attendance Policy . Students enrolled in the B.A. in Ministry program take many of their General Education core requirements through the Catherine T. MacArthur School of Leadership, and they may select their free electives from the various course offerings in the Evening and Online catalog provided that they meet the course prerequisites.
To qualify for graduation, students must earn a minimum of 120 credits, including a minimum of 42 upper-level credits (courses numbered 3000 and above). The curriculum is divided between the Technology requirement, General Education requirements, Ministry major requirements, and Free Electives.
The Free Elective field is comprised of transfer credits that do not meet specific requirements, Profession Education Credits (PECs), and other elected courses. Professional Education Credits consist of credit awarded to adult students for work and life experience. Students must apply for PEC credits within their first semester of enrollment at PBA.
Courses in the Ministry major directly reflect the learning objectives stated in the mission of the School of Ministry. Theology and Ethics of Ministry is the capstone course for the program in which students formulate the theological basis and practical vision for their particular area of calling or ministry focus. This course should be taken as near as possible to the final term of study at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Program Learning Outcomes
“Expected student learning outcomes specify the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes students are expected to attain in courses or in a program.” Page 69. Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), 2018.
1. Demonstrate knowledge (biblical, theological, and/or historical) appropriate for an individual in the field of ministry.
2. Develop skills appropriate for an individual in the field of ministry.
3. Demonstrate character appropriate for an individual in the field of ministry.
Major in Ministry Curriculum Requirements
120 Credit Hours
Note: Students who are enrolled in the fully online program (EMIN) should select the corresponding E-courses when registering (for example: EMIN 2003 rather than MIN 2003).
Technology Requirement - 3 Credit Hours
(This course must be taken within the first two terms of enrollment.)
General Education Requirements - 45 Credit Hours
(These 3 courses must be taken in the first two terms of enrollment.)
Required General Education Courses - 24 Credit Hours
Humanities - 9 Credit Hours
Humanities courses should be taken in sequence.
Social Science - 3 Credit Hours
*All evening and online students are required to take an orientation course, the evening/online equivalent of the “First Year Experience” course required of day students. Students in the School of Ministry must take MIN 2003 to meet the orientation requirement.
**Principles of College Writing GENG 1096 will be taken in the first semester based on a student’s score on an English language proficiency exam which is taken by all students upon admission to the program.
Course registration for Principles of College Writing must originate from the English language proficiency exam, not the student.
Required B.A. in Ministry Core Courses - 33 Credit Hours
Ministry Electives - 15 Credit Hours
Select 15 credits of MIN-prefixed courses, 12 credits of which must be Upper Level (3000 or 4000-level).
- Or any additional School of Ministry course from PBA’s daytime catalog with a BIB, CDM, CSM, ICS, STM, or WRM course code (except BIB 1003 or BIB 4153).
- Selected ORL courses may be used toward the required 15 credits of MIN electives upon approval by the academic advisor when the course is identified in advance as offering appropriate preparation for the student’s anticipated area of ministry.
- Christian Marriage and Family Dynamics, PSY 4043 Psychology of Religion, PSY 4753 Integration of Christianity and Psychology, and BUS 3013 Social Entrepreneurship may be used towards the required 15 credits of MIN electives, but a maximum of 6 credits can come from courses with the PSY prefix.
- Students satisfy both the General Education Global Studies elective requirement and three (3) MIN upper-level elective credits by taking MIN 3503 - World Religions .
Free Elective Credits - 30 Credit Hours
Up to 30 credits are possible through PEC. See Academic Policies for information on PEC credit.
Students seeking early graduate admissions (EGA) to PBA’s Master of Divinity or M.Div./MBA Degree must meet the required EGA course requirements for the major, as outlined in the Early Graduate Admission: Graduation Requirements (Master of Divinity) . Up to twenty-nine (29) graduate hours can be applied toward the completion of the B.A. degree.