Associate of Arts in Ministry

Associate of Arts in Ministry


The Associate of Arts in Ministry (A.A. Min.) degree is designed for persons who wish to gain ministry skills and knowledge in order to serve as lay workers in churches or Christian organizations. The degree is based on a strong general studies component and introductory studies in Bible, theology, and ministry principles. While not providing all the competencies for completion of ordination education requirements in the Church of the Nazarene, the program gives foundational knowledge and skills for lay contribution to the work of the church either as volunteers or as paid staff members. Persons who desire to complete ordination requirements may do so by taking approximately eleven additional courses.

Associate of Arts in Ministry

Degree Requirements

All associate programs with a specialization in ministry contain the following degree requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 64 semester hours.
  • At least 32 semester hours in residence–with at least 16 of the final 32 hours in residence. Online classes are considered “in residence.”
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Completion of the required hours in the following areas:
    • General Education
    • Bible and Theology
    • Major Concentration
  • Completion of NBC Experience.
  • College indebtedness paid in full.

Core Requirements

General Education Core

Course Number, Course Description, Required Hours
Course Course DescriptionHours
ENG-1013 English Composition I3
ENG-1023 English Composition II3
GEN-1003 Lifelong Learning Skills3
HIS-2023 Western World/Emerging Modern Society3
MTH-1003 General Mathematics3
PSY-1013 Introduction to Psychology3
SCI-2013 General Physical Science3
SPE-1003 Principles of Public Speaking3
THE-3013 Introduction to Christian Thought3
  General Studies Elective1
  28 hours

Bible and Theology Core

Course Number, Course Description, Required Hours
Course Course DescriptionHours
BIB-1013 Introduction to the Old Testament3
BIB-1023 Introduction to the New Testament3
BIB-2003 Biblical Interpretation3
  9 hours


The student must select one of the following concentrations to complete the hours required for an Associate of Arts degree: