Follow Christ, Lead the Way

The Associate of Arts in Christian Ministries equips students with basic biblical, theological, and practical knowledge and skills for ministry.


  • Interpret Scripture accurately in its literary, canonical, and historical context using the inductive Bible study method.
  • Apply classic Christian teaching to contemporary issues.

Demonstrate skills for pastoral leadership.

This degree program is available in the following format:

100% Online courses in a 5-week as-you-go flexible format for busy adults featuring forum discussions and weekly assignment deadlines. Serves both undergraduate and graduate students.

MAJOR24 Hours

Biblical Studies9

Biblical interpretation classes (e.g. Old Testament Interpretation, New Testament Interpretation) and biblical book or corpus studies (e.g. Pentateuch, Romans).

  • Biblical interpretation electives6
  • Biblical studies electives3
Systematic and Historical Theology6

Systematic theology classes (e.g. Systematic Theology I), historical theology (e.g. Survey of Church History I), systematic and historical approaches to select theological topics (e.g. holiness).

  • Systematic and historical theology electives6
  • A study of how to lead a church in effective evangelism and discipleship. Examines the biblical basis for evangelism and discipleship, assesses contemporary models for evangelism and discipleship, and equips students to formulate their own holistic plan for leading a church in evangelism and discipleship.
  • Ministry electives (preaching, worship, discipleship, evangelism, pastoral leadership, pastoral care, etc.)6

Graduation Requirements:

In addition to the courses listed on this page, graduates must meet the requirements listed here, including:

  • A General Education Core
    • Associate degrees – 36 credit hours
    • Bachelor’s degrees – 45 credit hours
  • Minimum credit hours
    • Associate degrees – 60 credit hours
    • Bachelor’s degrees – 120 credit hours
  • Notes:

    1. Some majors require more credit hours than the listed minimums.
    2. Students choose elective courses to complete credit hour requirements.
    3. Electives may apply toward a minor, certificate, associate degree, or second major.
    4. Sometimes a course required in a student’s major can also fulfill a requirement in the GenEd core. (See notes on the individual major pages.)

Find complete information in the OCU Academic Catalog.

Contact the University Registrar's Office if you have graduation questions: 1 (740) 477-7780 or