Christian Ministry (B.S.)

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Online Christian Ministry Degree

NEW! Earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Same Time with Crown’s Accelerated Online Ministry Degree Option

Now, Crown College students can greatly reduce the time and money required to prepare for ministry. With Crown’s new online 4 + 1 program you can earn a Master of Arts degree (M.A.) in Christian Studies by adding one year of study to your Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree — that’s an online Christian Ministry degree program with a real advantage!

Students transferring in with 60 credits may be able to complete both degrees in as little as three years. Those beginning the program with no earned credits can complete both their BS and MA degrees in five years. Not only does this help accelerate your ministry; it’s great stewardship of resources because it can save up to $8,000 in tuition costs.

Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministry

Graduates of Crown’s online Christian Ministry degree program earn are prepared to serve – as leaders in local churches, missions agencies, and social service organizations throughout the U.S. and around the world.  We seek to train leaders who are:

  • Dedicated to cultivating a personal love for God and demonstrating Christ-like character.
  • Able to teach the Word of God and make leadership decisions based on sound theology.
  • Committed to making disciples who will make other disciples.
  • Equipped to minister in a diverse and global environment.

The Christian Ministry degree program begins with a strong core in biblical and theological studies.  Coursework includes practical skills in communications and the management and administration of faith-based organizations.  Leadership, evangelism, counseling and discipleship are also essential components of the online learning curriculum.

Four senior classes—Human Development and Discipleship, Ministry Management and Administration, Ministry Communications, and Life of the Ministry Leader—incorporate internship components. Students work with local mentors at a church or other faith-based organization to observe, engage in, and reflect on practical ministry experiences.

Crown’s partnerships with organizations like Prepare/Enrich, a Christian relationship skill-building program, allow students to become certified in pre-marital and marital counseling while earning their Christian Ministry degree.  The coursework also includes collaborative activities that mirror real-life situations. By constructing knowledge with peers within Crown’s digital environment, students acquire life skills in collaboration that are critical to professional success.

Christian Ministry (B.S.) Courses

Required Courses for the Christian Ministry Major

General Education Core - 31 Credits

General Electives - 46 Credits

Total Credits for Bachelor's Degree - 125

1Counts towards 3 credits of the Social Science credits. Students who have successfully completed 60 credits with a GPA of at least a 2.0 may replace SOC 1510 with another Social Science elective.

2Click HERE  to view options for Social Science, Humanities, Global Awareness, and Fine Arts Electives.

* Some courses from the Christian Studies Core and Major Core can be used to fulfill requirements in the General Education Core. By doing that the number of electives needed would increase so that the minimum of 125 credits is reached.

Option: BSCM 4+1 Program

This program is offered to qualified students in our Bachelor of Science Christian Ministry (BSCM) program. This program will allow students to complete their undergraduate degree in four years and their Master of Arts in Christian Studies (MACS) degree in one additional year, instead of the typical two years.

Click here  for more detailed information regarding the acceptance into this program option.

Course Requirements

Students who are accepted into the BSCM 4+1 program will substitute the following MACS courses into the undergraduate degree to fulfill the BSCM requirements.


Undergraduate Course Graduate Course
THE 3524 Systematic Theology II CST 5235 Theology of Christ & the Church
CM 4586 Biblical & Historical Perspectives of Worship CST 5342 Theology & Practice of Worship *
CM 4581 Ministry Managment & Administration MIN 5210 Management & Administration of Christian Ministry
CM 4584 Globalization & Ministry MIN 5218 Social & Cultural Foundations for Ministry*
CM 4610 Principles of Counseling & Care Ministry MIN 5215 Pastoral Counseling
CM 3536 Theology of Evangelism and Missions CST 5234 Theology of Missions & Outreach *


Click here  to obtain more information about the MACS program.

To view these courses in our online catalog system, click here.
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  • Career Outcomes

    Crown College has been preparing Christian leaders to serve and influence the world since 1916. This particular program provides graduates of this ministry school with a concrete understanding of the Christian faith and the necessary tools to help integrate that faith with their work on the mission field or in other ministries. Graduates who hold this online ministry degree are working throughout the U.S. and across the globe in the following areas and organizations:

    • Teen Challenge and other parachurch ministries
    • Youth With A Mission (YWAM)
    • Pastoral leadership
    • Youth and family ministries
    • Children’s ministries
    • Health and welfare ministries
    • Missions
    • Bi-vocational ministry
    • Christian Education
    • Social services
  • Tuition

    An Affordable Online College Education.

    Earning your degree online makes sense. It’s convenient and provides an invaluable advantage to your future success. And at Crown College, it’s affordable. Crown is one of the 10 most affordable Christian colleges in the Midwest. With 98 percent of our students receiving some form of financial aid, we will work with you to figure out the best financial aid package available.

    Financial aid is funding made available by the federal government, state government, private entities and Crown. Crown College’s School of Online Studies and Graduate School programs participate in the Federal Pell Grant, Minnesota State Grant and Federal Direct Stafford Loans to help finance your education.

    Most financial aid is awarded on the basis of need. The first step is to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is the government form used to help assess a family’s financial strength. Crown’s school code for FAFSA is: 002383. Students must apply for financial aid each year to be considered for funding.

    School of Online Studies & Graduate School Tuition and Fees

     Tuition (per credit)2014-15 Tuition
    Graduate, except MBA Program$460
    MBA Program$495
    Other Fees
    Application Fees$20.00
    Technology Fee$100 per semester
     Tuition (per credit)2015-16 Tuition
    Graduate, except MBA Program$480
    MBA Program$495
    Other Fees
    Application Fees$20.00
    Technology Fee$100 per semester