Bachelor of Arts in Theology

online theology degree

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Theology with Emphasis in Pastoral Studies Degree Program is designed to provide an efficient and high quality delivery of theology and pastoral studies courses. This online degree opportunity provides an avenue for church volunteers and ministers to complete their degrees in theology.

The Bachelor of Arts in Theology with Emphasis in ac-badgePastoral Studies Program provides degree seeking students an appropriate level of knowledge and understanding in the fields of theology and pastoral ministry. In addition, Brescia University has designed and delivered diocesan education and formation programs, which adhere to the competency expectations of the National Association of Lay Ministry (NALM).

It also aligns with the “Basic Standards of Readiness” as articulated in the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States. Additionally, nontraditional students taking the courses for general education requirement (GER) credit will gain a basic understanding of Catholic theology.

The Bachelor of Arts in Theology with Emphasis in Pastoral Studies Program at Brescia University offers

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    Flexible Scheduling
    Courses are designed with the adult student in mind. Qualified students can complete a degree in as little as two years. You can also complete assignments and attend class meetings from locations of your choice.
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    An Accredited Program
    Officially accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Brescia University is proud to offer its students a prestigious degree that will make a lasting impression on their future career and life.

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    An Accelerated Format
    While the length of the courses may be condensed, the academic integrity and degree requirements remain intact, ensuring that students receive a high-quality education at a quicker pace.
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    Commitment to Online Learning
    Brescia University has been offering online courses in theology and ministry for over five years. This expertise, coupled with Brescia’s excellent faculty, makes for a rewarding and seamless experience.


Emphasis in Pastoral Ministry degree offered by Brescia University’s BUonline program have been declared exempt from the requirements for licensure under provisions of North Carolina General Statues (G.S.) 116-15(d) for exemption from licensure with respect to religious education. Exemption from licensure is not based upon any assessment of program quality under established licensing standards.

Student at Brescia University Online

“As I reach the end of my journey with Brescia University, I am both delighted and saddened as I reflect on my years of study. As a full-time, employed adult with family and other volunteer responsibilities, it has taken some time to complete my Bachelor’s of Art degree in Theology, but what a rewarding experience it has been! The online format of study was perfect for me. Living in North Carolina does not offer opportunity for studying Catholic Theology in the traditional classroom format. Fortunately for me, Brescia University provided fully interactive classroom settings for distance learning. Each and every professor along the way made themselves available via computer or telephone outside of regular class time to answer any questions or assist in any way. I am delighted to have completed my degree with Brescia. However, I do have a sense of loss as well, which is a reflection of the depth of conversations and friendships made along the way of this truly, treasured experience.”

– Irene Crowder Bachelor of Arts in Theology

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