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There are five distinct fields of study that can be pursued at Baptist College of America:

  • Church Ministry
  • Religious Education
  • Biblical Studies
  • Secretarial Program
  • Leadership Program

One-year diplomas are offered on the undergraduate level (first year: general diploma, second year: associate diploma, third year: graduate diploma). The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) is a four-year program that leads to a master's degree or even a doctorate.

I. First field of study: CHURCH MINISTRIES (men only)
This course of study prepares one for a specific area of ministry in the local church, whether as pastor,
missionary, evangelist, assistant pastor, or music, bus or youth director. In addition to the core curriculum, the student would need to choose electives from his major. Ladies wanting to major in missions are encouraged to earn a degree in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in Marriage and Motherhood.

II. Second field of study: RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
This line of study prepares one as a Christian schoolteacher (elementary and secondary), an administrator or principal, a wife of a full-time Christian worker, or a wife and mother.

III. Third field of study: BIBLICAL STUDIES
A generalized course of study on the undergraduate level is available, and is designed for the student who is either undecided on a particular area of ministry or wants a concentration of study in the Bible. Additionally, one may continue in his field of study to a more specific study of theology, yielding either a Master of Biblical Studies (M.B.S.), Master of Christian Counseling (C.C.M.), Master of Theology (Th.M.) or a Doctor of Philosophy in Religion (Ph.D.). The M.B.S., C.C.M. and Th.M. are one-year programs (32 credits) while the Ph.D. is a two-year (64 credits) program of study.

IV. Fourth field of study: SECRETARIAL PROGRAM (ladies only)
This program is designed to train secretaries for full-time Christian work. Upon completion of this program, an associate diploma will be awarded.

V. Fifth field of study: LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
This course of study has been formulated to bring those who complete it to a higher awareness of the needs, fundamentals, understanding and application of leadership in all its aspects. This course is recommended to all pastors, missionaries, evangelists and those in any form of leadership. This will count as 32 credits for bachelor's degrees, 24 credits for master's degrees, or 16 credits for doctorates.


Please contact the college office regarding discounts offered for the following:

  • Spouses Enrolling at the Same Time
  • Pastors, Assistant Pastors and Missionaries in Full-Time Christian Service
  • Active-Duty Military Personnel
  • Groups of Three or More from the Same Church

Currency Exchange
: Payment of all fees and charges must be made in U.S. dollars. Checks must be payable through a U.S. bank in U.S. funds. Money orders must be made out in U.S. dollars. For your convenience, we do accept Visa or MasterCard, of which charges will be made in U.S. dollars.

Shipping and Handling Fees: Charges for shipping books and materials to a foreign address will be billed at an estimated U.S. rate. After the material has been sent, the student's account will be credited for any amount paid over the actual cost of shipping.


How much time do I have to complete a course?

A student may work at his own pace when completing course work.  As long as at least one course is returned within a six month period, the student's file will remain active.


Do I have to come to BCA for anything?

Since BCA is a correspondence college, all course work is completed at home and submitted via mail or email to be graded.  BCA does hold a commencement service each spring for the graduates, but attendance is not mandatory.


Does BCA offer credit for life experience?

Yes, BCA will evaluate credit for life experience based upon a student's duties while in full-time Christian service as a paid staff member.


How do I submit my courses?

Course work may be submitted by mailing the courses to the college or by attaching the course to an e-mail. 


Am I required to purchase my books through BCA?

No.  While BCA does offer all the books used for the courses, each student may purchase his own copy of the book from another source if they so desire.


Do I have to take any tests?

No.  Most of the courses utilize a question bank.  When you order a course, you will receive a requirement sheet and a set of questions, for that course.  You will be graded on your answers to the questions.


Since I have signed up for one year, do I have to be finished one year from today?

No.  If you are on a 12 month payment plan, your payments will be completed in one year, but you can finish your work at your own pace.


When can I start?

You may register and begin classes at any time.


How do I get started?

Go to and fill out the online application or call (765) 452-3429  or 1-877-426-4222 to request that an application be sent to you.