BA in Religion

The BA in Religion is designed for adults choosing to contribute to Adventist ministry while employed in a career in another field. Graduates may also be employed as Bible workers, chaplains and teachers, or continue postgraduate programs such as MCM, MPM, MA Rel and MDiv. 

Learn more and do more for God by attending Andrews University online while continuing your commitments to your family and career.  Finish one or two courses at a time, at your own pace, any time of the day, anywhere - online.


Students who complete this program should be able to:

  1. Explain and apply principles of Christian faith to their  personal life and ministry.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the global mission, beliefs, and heritage of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  3. Address issues of faith within the framework of a Seventh-day Adventist community.
  4. Engage in research and effectively communicate findings in contextually appropriate ways.
  5. Demonstrate a commitment to nurturing community through regular worship and participation in a local church organization.


This program requires at least 124 semester credit hours including:

  1. A minimum of 30 hours of 300 or 400-level courses
  2. A minimum of 45 hours of major courses, of which at least 15 must be earned through Andrews University.
  3. At least 30 credit hours are earned through Andrews University
  4. The overall GPA for all courses (including transfer credits) must be 2.0 or higher
  5. The GPA for all focus-area courses must be at least 2.25
  6. No course with a grade below C- may count toward the major
  7. Meet all of the Andrews Core Experience requirements for a Bachelor's degree
  8. Electives to fill the balance of 124 semester credits

See also: 2015-2016 Bulletin Degree Requirements.

Major Requirements
Transfer credits accepted from accredited Adventist institutions.


RELB 210 Jesus in His Time and Ours 3
RELB 100 God and Human Life 3
RELT 250 Personal Spirituality and Faith 3
RELT 340 Religion and Ethics in Modern Society 3
RELB 111   Introduction to the Old Testament 3
RELB 112   Introduction to the New Testament 3
RELB 245   Hermeneutics 3
RELT 225   Doctrines of the Adventist Faith 3
RELH 400   Adventist History and Prophetic Heritage 3
RELT 425   Seminar in Contemporary Theology 3
RELB 304   Studies in Daniel  or  RELB 305 Studies in Revelation 3
RELB 335   Acts and Epistles I 3
RELB 274   Prophets of Israel 3
Choose TWO: RELP 240, RELP 330, RELP 335, RELP 441, or RELG 225
See the Bulletin for more information.
Andrews Core Experience
Transfer credits accepted from accredited institutions.  


Communication: ENGL 115, ENGL 215, COMM 104 9
Intermediate Language: Greek or Hebrew suggested 4
History: HIST 117, 118, 204, 205 or equivalents  6
Fine Arts & Humanities: ENGL 375/6, MUHL 214 or equivalent 6
Life & Physical Sciences: FDNT 230 and PHYS 110 8
Mathematics: MATH 165 or equivalent 3
Service: BHSC 300 may waived with service record if no credit needed 2
Social Sciences: PSYC 101, SOCI 119, BHSC 220 or equivalent 6
Fitness Education: HLED 120, FTES 238 and 2 Physical Education 1-credit activity courses 4

Suggest communicatoin, psychology and business courses and/or Seminary master's prerequisites to total of 124 credits. 


*Up to 30% of total credits can be earned through prior college-level learning credit options.


  1. Apply online
  2. Activate Andrews account to check admission status and communicate with advisors
  3. Make financial plans, consulting your financial advisor, family, and employer
  4. Consult academic advisor to select classes & register
  5. Buy texts and study online
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