Academics & Degrees
The Biblical Counseling Degree offered by Covenant University is a comprehensive program designed to provide students with a deep understanding of the principles and practices of biblical counseling. Biblical counseling is a form of counseling that integrates the truths of the Bible with the practical aspects of counseling and psychology. It seeks to address the spiritual, emotional, and psychological needs of individuals from a biblical perspective, offering solutions and guidance based on biblical teachings. This field holds significant relevance in our modern-day society, providing a faith-based approach to mental health and well-being. The ultimate goal for students who enroll in this program is to become well-equipped biblical counselors, able to competently navigate a variety of counseling situations with wisdom, compassion, and biblical integrity. The course aims to equip students with a broad range of knowledge, skills, and competencies, including biblical interpretation, counseling theory and techniques, ethical considerations, and crisis intervention.
The curriculum for this degree is expansive, touching upon a wide range of relevant topics. Courses such as “Marriage, Family, and Counseling Guidance” and “Christian Ethics” delve into the complexities of familial relationships and moral decision-making from a biblical perspective. “Making Biblical Decisions” and “Anger Management” equip students with practical methodologies for applying biblical principles to everyday situations and emotional challenges. Other courses like “Crisis Intervention,” “Chaplaincy,” and “Stress Management” prepare students for handling critical situations and providing spiritual guidance. Furthermore, the program also includes foundational courses in General Psychology, Mental Health, Emotional Intelligence, and Social Psychology, ensuring that students are well-versed in the key concepts and theories of psychology. Additionally, the course on “Communication” enhances students’ interpersonal skills, which are crucial for effective counseling. Through this rigorous and thorough education, graduates will be well-equipped to serve in various capacities that require biblically informed counseling, whether in churches, non-profit organizations, private practice, or other professional settings.
The Biblical Studies Degree at Covenant University is an in-depth program designed to provide students with a profound understanding of the Bible, its historical context, and its theological implications. This degree aims to cultivate a comprehensive grasp of biblical content, theology, and interpretation, enabling students to critically engage with the Bible and apply its teachings to various aspects of life. Students undertaking this degree will delve into a broad range of biblical texts, explore major theological doctrines, and develop interpretive skills necessary for understanding and explaining biblical passages. The ultimate goal of this program is to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed for careers in ministry, Christian education, and other fields requiring a deep understanding of the Bible.
The curriculum for the Biblical Studies Degree is both extensive and intensive, encompassing a wide array of courses that cover the Old and New Testaments, Theology, Hermeneutics, and Biblical exposition. Courses such as “David’s Tabernacle,” “Kingdom, Covenants & Canon of the Old Testament,” “The Pentateuch,” and “Jesus in the Tabernacle” offer in-depth exploration of specific biblical themes and narratives. The course “Father Abraham” delves into the life and significance of Abraham, while “The Doctrines of God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit” focus on core Christian beliefs. Additionally, students will study various Old and New Testament Books, Paul’s Prison Epistles, and his missionary journeys, providing them with a comprehensive understanding of biblical literature. Other courses like “Ecclesiology,” “Angelology,” “World Religions,” and “Christian Apologetics” offer insight into the nature of the church, the role of angels, comparative religion, and the defense of Christian faith. Finally, the course on “Hermeneutics” equips students with the tools for interpreting biblical texts. This rigorous academic program ensures that graduates are thoroughly prepared for biblically informed service in their chosen vocations.
The Leadership and Management Degree at Covenant University is a comprehensive program designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge, and understanding necessary to excel in leadership and management roles within a variety of organizational contexts. This degree combines principles of business management with Christian values and ethics, providing a unique approach to leadership that emphasizes both effectiveness and ethical integrity. The goal of this program is to prepare students for positions of leadership in businesses, non-profit organizations, ministries, and other professional settings, by developing their strategic planning, decision-making, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills. Students undertaking this degree can expect to gain a broad understanding of management theory and practice, as well as specific competencies in areas such as strategic partnerships, conflict management, financial management, and human resource management.
The curriculum for the Leadership and Management Degree covers a wide range of topics, ensuring that students receive a well-rounded education in this field. Courses such as “Strategic Partnerships and Management,” “Ministry Organization and Systems,” “Principles and Practices of Management,” “Operations Management,” and “Financial Management” provide students with a solid foundation in the key concepts and practices of management. The course on “Christian Ethics” integrates the Christian worldview into the study of leadership and management, while “Overcoming Adversity” and “Life Management” develop students’ resilience and self-management skills. “Logic & Critical Thinking,” “Problem Solving & Decision Making,” and “Research Methodology” courses enhance students’ analytical and decision-making abilities. Furthermore, students will delve into specialized topics such as “Non-Profit Creation and Management,” “Leading Innovation,” and “Human Resource Management.” Finally, courses like “The Great Commission and Global Missions” incorporate a global perspective and missional approach to leadership. Through this rigorous academic program, graduates will be well-prepared to lead and manage effectively in their chosen vocations, guided by both professional expertise and Christian ethics.
The Practical Ministry Degree at Covenant University aims to provide an in-depth, comprehensive education in the practical and theoretical aspects of Christian ministry. The primary objective of this program is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to serve effectively in various ministerial roles. The curriculum is designed to foster a deep understanding of biblical principles, systematic theology, and Christian ethics, while also emphasizing the importance of pastoral care, leadership, and effective church administration.
Furthermore, this degree program places a significant emphasis on preparing students for the unique challenges of ministry in the modern world. Courses such as The Church and Artificial Intelligence and The Church and Modern Technology are indicative of our commitment to engaging with contemporary issues and trends. By integrating traditional theological studies with exploration of modern societal and technological developments, we aim to produce graduates who are not only well-versed in the fundamentals of Christian faith and practice but are also capable of leading and serving in an increasingly complex and technologically advanced world. Ultimately, our goal is to prepare students to be thoughtful, informed, and compassionate leaders in their churches and communities.
The Theology Degree at Covenant University aims to provide a comprehensive, multi-faceted understanding of the Christian faith and its diverse theological traditions. The program is designed to equip students with the necessary skills to critically engage with the fundamental tenets of Christian doctrine, biblical studies, and practical theology. Courses such as Old and New Testament Theologies, Jesus in the Tabernacle, and The Doctrine of the Trinity provide an in-depth exploration into the foundational elements of Christian belief, while Hebrew and Greek Studies offer valuable linguistic skills essential for the interpretation of sacred texts.
The curriculum further delves into more specialized areas of study, including Dispensational Theology, The Healing Christ, and Systematic Theology, offering students an opportunity to explore various theological perspectives. Courses like The Book of Daniel and The Book of Revelation provide a detailed examination of prophetic literature, fostering an understanding of eschatological concepts within a biblical framework. By engaging in this rigorous academic exploration, students are expected to develop a robust personal theology, informed by both historical tradition and contemporary scholarship, thus preparing them for various vocations within the Christian community or further theological inquiry.
CHRISTIAN DEGREE CREDITS ARE AVAILABLE FOR:
The Diploma program is designed to provide an introduction in the fields of biblical studies and theology. It is foundational and provides insight for both laity and those who wish to become involved in active ministry. Covenant University (CU) offers a diploma of theology program to students who have completed one full year of CU Courses. General Diploma in Biblical Studies (nine months of coursework as well as ministry practicum). Thirty credits are required with a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0. The Thirty credits must be taken from Covenant University.
The Associate credit program is designed to provide further introduction in the fields of biblical studies and theology. It is foundational and provides insight for both laity and those who wish to become involved in active ministry. Sixty credits are required with a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0. Thirty credits must be taken from a TACI college (CU) and approved by CU.
The Advanced Associate credit program is designed to provide the beginning enrichment in the areas of biblical truths and effective ministry. Both the laity and those pursuing active ministries will benefit from this program. A total of ninety credits (this includes 60 from the Associate program) are required with a 2.5 GPA on a scale of 4.0. Thirty credits must be taken from a TACI college (CU) and approved by CU.
The Bachelor credit program is designed to provide enrichment in the areas of biblical truths and effective ministry. Both the laity and those pursuing active ministries will benefit from this program. A total of 120 credits (this includes 60 from the Associate program) are required with a 2.5 GPA on a scale of 4.0. Thirty credits must be taken from a TACI college (CU) and approved by CU.
A student may obtain one of the following degrees at the Bachelor Level:
- Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Counseling
- Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies
- Bachelor of Arts in Leadership & Management
- Bachelor of Arts in Practical Ministry
- Bachelor of Arts in Theology
The Master credit program is designed for those pursuing full-time ministry. This program requires independent research and study. Entrance into the Master’s credit program requires the candidates to have a 3.0 GPA, on a scale of 4.0 on their undergraduate transcripts. To receive a Master Degree, a total of 156 credits (which includes 120 credits from the Baccalaureate program) are required with a 3.0 GPA, on a scale of 4.0. The 36 credits (above the 120 Bachelor credits) can be accomplished in one of two ways:
- By taking nine courses (27 credits), plus Ministry Practicum (3 credits) and a Master’s Thesis (6 credits).
- By taking eleven courses (33 credits), plus Ministry Practicum (3 credits).
- Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling
- Master of Arts in Biblical Studies
- Master of Arts in Leadership & Management
- Master of Arts in Practical Ministry
- Master of Arts in Theology
The Doctorate credit program requires in-depth research into various areas of theology and ministry. This program necessitates independent study and writing. Admission to the Doctorate credit program requires a Master’s degree with a 3.0 GPA, on a scale of 4.0 on graduate and undergraduate transcripts. “CU offers two Doctoral degree credit programs:
- Doctor of Ministry requires 186 total credits which also includes a 150-page Doctoral Dissertation.
- Doctor of Philosophy requires 201 total credits which also includes a 150-page Doctoral Dissertation.