There are 4 levels of academic achievement at this level:

1. Diploma in Theology – Awarded to a student who successfully completes the first-year program for academic credit (30 credits total).

2. Associate Degree in Theology – Awarded to a student who successfully completes the second-year program for academic credit (60 credits total).

3. Advanced Diploma In Theology – Awarded to a student who successfully completes the third-year program for academic credit (90 credits 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 credits total).

See our Admissions Requirements for entrance requirements and advanced placement credits.

Undergraduate Coursework

Undergraduate coursework is split into four programs made up of 9 3-credit courses plus a 3-credit ministry practicum totaling 30 credits 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. In Program #4 (senior year), students have a choice of majors.

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 1 Courses List

Course#Course TitleCredits
TH-101Principles of Faith3
TH-102Biblical Finances3
TH-104Divine Healing3
TH-107Christ-like Character3
TH-103Ministry of Helps3
TH-105Life & Teachings of Christ I3
TH-106Life & Teachings of Christ II3
TH-109New Testament Survey3
TH-112Authority of the Believer3
MP-100Ministry Practicum3
Total Credits30

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 2 Courses List

Course#Course TitleCredits
TH-218Methods of Bible Study3
TH-221Discovering Your Purpose3
TH-202The Anointing3
TH-213Spiritual Gifts3
TH-217Ministry Gifts & Church Government3
TH-222Old Testament Survey I3
TH-223Old Testament Survey II3
TH-203Principles of Prayer3
MP-200Ministry Practicum3
Total Credits30

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 3 Courses List

Course#Course TitleCredits
TH-301Blood Covenant3
TH-303Personal Evangelism3
TH-305The Blessing of the Lord3
TH-324Divine Guidance3
BI-301Acts of the Apostles3
BI-311I & II Corinthians: Part 13
BI-312I & II Corinthians: Part 23
MP-300Ministry Practicum3
Total Credits30

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.

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 Courses List — Theology Track

Course#Course TitleCred-Hrs
TH-401Teaching the Bible3
TH-424Submission & Authority3
TH-431Church History3
TH-444Ministerial Ethics3
TH-410Principles of Leadership3
BI-432Gospel of John3
TH-426The Tabernacles of God3
MP-400Ministry Practicum3
Total Credits30

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 Courses List — Pastoral Ministry Track

Course#Course TitleCred-Hrs
TH-424Submission & Authority3
TH-444Ministerial Ethics3
BI-404The Pastoral Epistles3
BI-432The Gospel of John3
CC-402Counseling with Scripture3
ED-401Teaching the Bible3
TH-410Principles of Leadership3
MU-404True Worship3
MP-400Ministry Practicum3
Total Credits30

Our College 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.

Program #4 — Christian Education Track

Course#Course TitleCred-Hrs
ED-402Introduction to Christian Education3
ED-403Educational Psychology for the Christian Teacher3
ED-414Spirit-led Classroom Management3
ED-405Educating Children & Youth from a Christian Perspective3
ED-406Educating Adults from a Christian Perspective3
ED-401Teaching the Bible3
ED-415Ministry of the Teacher3
ED-408Christian Literature3
ED-419Child & Adolescent Counseling for the Christian Teacher3
MP-400Ministry Practicum3
Total Credits30


  • All undergraduate students are required to complete Program #1 courses either by class instruction or by transfer from an approved institution.
  • Students who do not have proof of high school graduation will receive a certificate of completion for each 30-credit 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.
  • The senior-level degree tracks listed above are those currently available through LCU Online TM. The specialized degrees available through attendance at a physical campus location vary 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.
  • Programs are subject to change without prior notice.