Selecting the Right Major
With so many ATS programs to choose from, selecting the right major may seem a bit overwhelming at first glance. So here are some tips to point you in the right direction. Firstly, at the Associate’s level students will major in Biblical Studies (Lecture Based) or Biblical Exposition (Research Based). At the Bachelor’s level, there are three majors: Biblical Exposition, Ministry, or Theology. The Bachelor of Theology is the most popular program for pastors; the Bachelor of Ministry is the most popular program for biblical counselors.
At the Master’s level, there are three tracks in the School of Theology. The Doctor of Educational Ministry is the fastest track to a doctoral degree, requiring a Master of Ministry to enroll into the Doctor Educational Ministry degree program. The Doctor of Ministry is the pastor’s track, requiring an Master of Divinity to enter the program. And the Doctor of Theology is the track for those who wish to write commentaries or who desire to teach at the seminary level, requiring at least fifteen hours of Greek to enroll, which may be completed through the Master of Biblical Studies program.
At the Doctorate level, there are three programs with eleven majors. The Doctor of Educational Ministry is a very practical academic program for pastors, teachers, and counselors. The Doctor of Ministry is the pastor’s degree. And the Doctor of Theology is the most academic and least “practical” for everyday ministry, for it is a research/teaching degree.