1. Diploma in Theology – awarded to a student who successfully completes the first-year program for academic credit (30 credit-hours total).
2. Associate Degree in Theology – awarded to a student who successfully completes the second-year program for academic credit (60 credit-hours total).
3. Advanced Diploma in Theology – 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 – 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 World Christian University diploma/degree and transcript commensurate to the student’s academic standing will then be awarded.
Applicants expecting to enter a Christian degree program must have either:
• Earned a diploma from an accredited high school;
• Passed the General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.) test;
• Can document an equivalent education, or;
• Attended college and have already provided proof of high school graduation.
NOTE: Students who do not have proof of high school graduation will be enrolled in a certificate program.
High school seniors who have not yet graduated from high school may be dually enrolled at WCU while in their senior year. Credits earned will be held in reserve in a Bible institute program until the student graduates from high school. Upon presenting proof of high school graduation, the completed courses will be converted to college credit and any appropriate degrees will be issued.
Theology candidates must have earned a bachelor’s degree with a theological major from a recognized college or university (leveling courses may be required). If the bachelor’s degree is in an unrelated field, sixty (60) credit-hours of biblical foundation courses are required before starting at the master’s level.
First-Level Doctorate Requirements
To enter the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program, a student must have earned a Master’s Degree with a theological major from a recognized college or university (leveling courses may be required).
Second-Level Doctorate Requirements
To enter the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program, the student must have completed one of WCU’s 45-credit-hour D.Min. programs and have completed a minimum of 10 years in full-time ministry.
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 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 #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
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 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.