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 Pastoral 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.

Career Opportunities

  • Youth Minister
  • Faith Formation
  • High School Religion Teacher
  • Pastoral Minister

  • Coordinator/Director of Religious Education
  • Catechetichel Leader
  • RCIA Minister
  • Deacon


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.

“The academic preparation I have received from Brescia University has been instrumental in enabling me to fulfill my vocation to serve the Church as a Lay Ecclesial Minister. Brescia has provided me with a strong foundation in Theology, helping me grow in my faith life, as well as my professional life. The online classes have given me the flexibility needed to obtain my degree completely online while working full time. I am grateful for all of the support I have been given by my academic advisors who helped by listening and guiding me to successful completion of my degree in Theology.”

– Cheryl Powell – May 2016 Graduate – Bachelor of Arts in Theology