Degree Programs Available

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Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Degrees & Diplomas

  1. Diploma in Theology – is awarded to a student who successfully completes the first-year program for academic credit (30 credit-hours total).
  2. Associate Degree in Theology – is awarded to a student who successfully completes the second-year program for academic credit (60 credit-hours total).
  3. Advanced Diploma In Theology – is awarded to a student who successfully completes the third-year program for academic credit (90 credit-hours total).
  4. Bachelor's Degree in Theology
    Bachelor's Degree in Pastoral Ministry
    Bachelor's Degree in Christian Education
    – is awarded to a student who successfully completes the fourth-year program for academic credit (120 credit-hours total).

NOTE: Students who do not have proof of high school graduation will receive a certificate of completion for each 30-credit-hour program completed. Any such student who can later send proof of high school graduation or equivalency to their student advisor will be upgraded to degree-student status. A Life Christian University diploma/degree and transcript commensurate to the student's academic standing will then be awarded.

See the Admissions page for entrance requirements and advanced placement credits.

Undergraduate Coursework

Undergraduate coursework is split into four programs made up of 9 courses plus 1 Ministry Practicum for which a student earns 3 credit-hours each, totaling 30 credit-hours per program. At Main Campus, each of these programs is completed within a single year. Online students complete them more quickly or slowly since they are working at their own pace.

Programs #1-3 are standard for all students. All undergraduate students are required to complete Program #1 courses either by class instruction or by transfer from an approved institution. In Program?#4 (senior year), students have a choice of majors.

NOTE: Any program may change without advance notice.

Program #1†

Program #1 is foundational in nature and required for all students. It is designed to give each student a solid foundation for their own personal life and Christian walk. Program #1 addresses the four areas where Satan tries to keep a believer from being successful in life: faith, health, provision, and character. Program #1 also includes courses on the ministry of Jesus and a survey of the New Testament.

Program #2†

Program #2 is designed to give students a "jump start" into fulfilling the call of God on their lives. These courses provide training in such basics as Bible study, prayer, preaching, various giftings, and flowing with the anointing. Program #2 also includes a survey of the Old Testament as well as a course designed to help students discover their own purpose in the Kingdom of God.

Program #3†

Program #3 provides in-depth study of important books and doctrines of the Bible. Such study will help students achieve a greater degree of effectiveness in any area of church-related ministry.

Program #4

Program #4 is the year of specialization as students move into courses designed to prepare them to preach and teach the Word of God and help in areas of specialized service in the local church. Courses are grouped into "tracks" and provide a subject concentration focused on the student's major field of study. A maximum of 2 courses may be substituted in a Program #4 track as long as they have the same subject concentration. Students may choose courses from the Elective Course List below for Program #4.

NOTE: The senior-level degree tracks listed below are those currently available though our LCU Online distance learning program. The specialized degrees available though attendance at a physical campus location varies from campus to campus, depending upon the faculty available to them. Every LCU extension campus offers the Theology track, regardless of whatever other specialized degrees they are qualified to offer.

Program #4: Theology Track†

This major course of study continues to build a solid foundation in the Word of God and meets the needs of the Christian worker by equipping them for various areas of full-time Christian service. This is the default track for students who do not declare a specialized major.

Program #4: Pastoral Ministry Track†

This major course of study helps prepare students for their callings as pastoral staff members of a local church and prepares them for graduate studies in theology and related fields.

Program #4: Christian Education Track†

Our School of Christian Education equips the student for teaching in a Christian Education program for a Christian school, a local congregation, or Bible training program encompassing children, youth, and/or adults It is also designed to prepare those interested in Primary & Secondary Christian School Administration.

Master's Studies

  • Master in Theology
  • Master in Pastoral Ministry
  • Master in Christian Education

A Master's Degree is awarded to a student who successfully completes 36 credit-hours of study at the graduate level.

The Master's in Pastoral Ministry degree prepares the student with a rich, well-rounded program encompassing elements Church administration, Christian education, Christian counseling, music, and theology, preparing the pastor to lead the church in all areas of ministry.

See the Admissions page for entrance requirements and advanced placement credits.

Each track is made up of 9 courses, 1 Ministry Practicum for 3 credit-hours, and a formal thesis worth 6 credit-hours for a total of 36 credit-hours. (A master's candidate has the option of substituting two (2) pre-approved elective courses in lieu of the formal, 50-page-minimum thesis.)

Master of Theology Track†

This major course of study is for students who desire to expand their training and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Bible and theology.

Master of Pastoral Ministry Track†

This major course of study helps pastors increase their effectiveness in the work of the ministry.

Master of Christian Education Track†

This major course of study is available to LCU graduates with a Bachelors in Theology or Pastoral Ministry who desire to earn a masters degree in Christian Education. The course content is similar to the Program 4 track in Christian Education, but with additional reading and writing required for each course.

NOTE: These tracks are the only ones currently available to online students. Other specialized majors include: music ministry, church administration, Christian education, and Christian counseling, but the availability of these tracks depends upon the course offerings at individual physical LCU campuses.

Doctoral Studies

First-Level Doctorate

  • Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.) in Theology
  • Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.) in Pastoral Ministry

Second-Level Doctorate

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Theology
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pastoral Ministry

A Doctoral Degree is awarded to a student who successfully completes 45 credit-hours of study at the post-graduate level.

All doctoral-level programs are individually designed for qualified students who want an in-depth study of a particular area of ministry. Each 45-credit-hour program is designed as in-ministry education for ministry professionals and will build on ministry experience and previous education while challenging the individual candidate to pursue and realize their full potential. The Ph.D. program is the capstone to all previous academic degrees. It represents the most prestigious accomplishment in a student's educational endeavors.

See the Admissions page for entrance requirements and advanced placement credits.

Doctoral Program Requirements

  1. The completion of 5 postgraduate-level courses related to the student's major and pre-approved by the student's faculty advisor.
  2. One doctoral dissertation of a minimum of 150 pages. Dissertation guidelines are available from your student advisor.
Program 1 Courses
Course# Course Title C/H
TH-101 Principles of Faith 3
TH-107 Christ-like Character 3
TH-102 Biblical Finances 3
TH-104 Divine Healing 3
TH-103 Ministry of Helps 3
TH-105 Life & Teachings of Christ I 3
TH-106 Life & Teachings of Christ II 3
TH-109 New Testament Survey 3
TH-112 Authority of the Believer 3
MP-100 Ministry Practicum – Freshman 3
Total Credit-Hours 30

NOTE: Programs may change without prior notice.

Program 2 Courses
Course# Course Title C/H
TH-218 Methods of Bible Study 3
TH-202 The Anointing 3
TH-213 Spiritual Gifts 3
TH-217 Ministry Gifts & Church Government 3
TH-221 Discovering Your Purpose 3
TH-222 Old Testament Survey I 3
TH-223 Old Testament Survey II 3
TH-203 Principles of Prayer 3
TH-204 Homiletics 3
MP-200 Ministry Practicum – Sophomore 3
Total Credit-Hours 30

NOTE: Programs may change without prior notice.

Program 3 Courses
Course# Course Title C/H
TH-301 Blood Covenant 3
TH-303 Personal Evangelism 3
TH-305 The Blessing of God 3
BI-308 Galatians 3
BI-309 Ephesians 3
TH-324 Divine Guidance 3
BI-301 Acts of the Apostles 3
BI-311 I & II Corinthians: Part 1 3
BI-312 I & II Corinthians: Part 2 3
MP-300 Ministry Practicum – Junior 3
Total Credit-Hours 30

NOTE: Programs may change without prior notice.

Program 4 Courses –
Theology Track
Course# Course Title C/H
ED-401 Teaching the Bible 3
TH-424 Submission & Authority 3
TH-431 Church History 3
TH-444 Ministerial Ethics 3
TH-410 Biblical Principles of Leadership 3
BI-424 Romans 3
BI-432 Gospel of John 3
TH-426 The Tabernacles of God 3
TH-306 Angelology 3
MP-400 Ministry Practicum – Senior 3
Total Credit-Hours 30

NOTE: Programs may change without prior notice.

Program 4 Courses –
Pastoral Ministry Track
Course# Course Title C/H
TH-424 Submission & Authority 3
TH-444 Ministerial Ethics 3
BI-404 The Pastoral Epistles 3
BI-432 The Gospel of John 3
CC-402 Counseling with Scripture 3
ED-401 Teaching the Bible 3
TH-410 Biblical Principles of Leadership 3
BI-424 Romans 3
MU-404 True Worship 3
MP-400 Ministry Practicum – Senior 3
Total Credit-Hours 30

NOTE: Programs may change without prior notice.

Program 4 Courses –
Christian Education Track
Course# Course Title C/H
ED-402 Introduction to Christian Education 3
ED-403 Educational Psychology for the Christian Teacher 3
ED-414 Spirit-led Classroom Management 3
ED-405 Educating Children & Youth from a Christian Perspective 3
ED-406 Educating Adults from a Christian Perspective 3
ED-401 Teaching the Bible 3
ED-415 Ministry of the Teacher 3
ED-408 Christian Literature 3
ED-419 Child & Adolescent Counseling for the Christian Teacher 3
MP-400 Ministry Practicum – Senior 3
Total Credit-Hours 30

NOTE: Programs may change without prior notice.

Typical Program 5 Courses –
Theology Track
Course# Course Title C/H
TH-503 Modern Cults & False Religions of the World I 3
TH-504 Modern Cults & False Religions of the World II 3
CC-409 Temperament Theory 3
BI-404 Pastoral Epistles 3
CA-402 Team Focus, Achievement & Promotion 3
MU-404 True Worship 3
CC-402 Counseling with Scripture 3
TH-506 Expository Preaching 3
ED-406 Educating Adults 3
MP-500 Ministry Practicum – Masters 3
WR-500 Master's Thesis (50-pg-min.)
or 2 additional courses
6
Total Credit-Hours 36

NOTE: These courses are suggested only
for students who have already completed
the Program #1-4 courses in theology.

Typicial Program 5 Courses –
Pastoral Ministry Track
Course# Course Title C/H
CA-402 Team Focus, Achievement & Promotion 3
TH-431 Church History 3
MU-413 Biblical Music, Praise & Worship; 3
CC-479 Wonderful Counselor 3
BI-420 Hebrews 3
TH-426 Tabernacles of God 3
CC-409 Temperament Theory 3
ED-406 Educating Adults from a Christian Perspective 3
TH-506 Expository Preaching 3
MP-500 Ministry Practicum – Masters 3
WR-500 Master's Thesis (50-pg-min.)
or 2 additional courses
3
Total Credit-Hours 36

NOTE: These courses are suggested only
for students who have already completed
the Program #1-3 courses in theology and
the Program #4 courses in pastoral ministry.

Masters Courses –
Christian Education Track
Course# Course Title C/H
ED-402 Introduction to Christian Education 3
ED-403 Educational Psychology for the Christian Teacher 3
ED-414 Spirit-led Classroom Management 3
ED-405 Educating Children & Youth from a Christian Perspective 3
ED-406 Educating Adults from a Christian Perspective 3
ED-401 Teaching the Bible 3
ED-415 Ministry of the Teacher 3
ED-408 Christian Literature 3
ED-419 Child & Adolescent Counseling for the Christian Teacher 3
MP-500 Ministry Practicum – Masters 3
Total Credit-Hours 30

NOTE: Programs may change without prior notice.

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