Finish your bachelor’s degree with a Religious Studies major from Gardner-Webb University. The program is designed to help working adults achieve their dreams.


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  • March 11, 2020 (8-week Spring Term)
  • May 26, 2020 (8-week Summer Term)
  • August 19, 2020 (Full Session)
  • October 12, 2020 (8-week Fall Term)

Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministry

A Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministry is a practical degree that will enhance one's ability to minister in local churches and agencies. Many of our students have gone into full-time or part-time Christian ministry while others have chosen to pursue advanced degrees. In both cases they have developed skills to minister in God's kingdom. You can earn this degree completely online!

"God saved us and called us to a holy calling..." 2 Timothy 1:9

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In addition to developing basic skills in biblical interpretation, critical thinking and communication, Christian Ministry students gain an understanding of spiritual formation, philosophy, Christian theology and history, and ministry. The program also offers opportunities to prepare for higher education in university, divinity or seminary studies.


The program is also offered in an online format.

Graduates with a Christian Ministry degree often work in churches, for religious organizations and in denominational groups. Common careers include:

  1. youth and adult ministry
  2. counseling and recovery
  3. religious education and services
  4. missionary outreach
  5. crisis services
  6. communications
  7. camp administration
  8. chaplaincy
  9. research

In addition to the University’s required general education and prerequisites, the Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministry through the GOAL - The Degree Completion Program requires 38 hours in the major, 20 of which must be completed with the University.


Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

Follow these steps to apply for this program:

  1. A completed GOAL-Degree Completion Program Application

  2. Official Transcripts of previously attended institutions to:

    Gardner Webb-University
    Digital Learning
    P.O. Box 1896
    Boiling Springs, NC 28017
    Or electronic official copies to:

  3. Submission of official transcripts from any institution attended during the interim if applying for readmission as a former student.

Applicants must have earned at least 24 hours of college credit; those with 48 or more transferable hours may be admitted without additional review. Applicants with fewer than 48 transferable hours will work with their assigned Success Coach in collaboration with the academic program leadership of the applicant’s chosen major program of study to produce a written curriculum plan establishing a clear path to graduation.

Gardner-Webb partners with community colleges in NC for our Pathways program, which offers the opportunity for community college students to transfer credits from their Associates in an Applied Science degree toward a corresponding Bachelor’s degree offered by GOAL-The Degree Completion Program.

Additionally, Gardner-Webb University is a participating institution in the North Carolina Community College Articulation Agreement for an Associates of Arts and Associates of Science degree, offering greater transfer opportunities for continuing your education. Visit our transfer equivalency database to find out more about which courses will transfer to GWU.

The University also participates in the North Carolina RN to BSN Uniform Articulation Agreement, allowing registered nurses who hold an Associate in Nursing degree from a NC Community College to complete a BSN in as little as 1 year following the NCCC RN-BSN 5 block degree program.

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