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Leavell College

Prepare Here. Serve Anywhere.
Leavell College provides degrees to prepare servants to walk with Christ, proclaim His truth, and fulfill His mission.  We believe that servanthood, devotion, truth, and mission should underlie all that we do.

Two degrees are offered through Leavell College -- the Bachelor of Arts and the Associate of Arts.

Currently, seven majors are being offered for those pursing a BA:

  • Christian Ministry
  • Biblical Studies
  • Christian Worldview and Apologetics
  • Psychology and Counseling
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Worship Ministry
  • Music with an emphasis in Worship

Each BA also provides the opportuntity to choose a minor area of study, including:

  • Biblical Languages
  • Mentoring
  • Christian Ministry
  • Biblical Studies
  • Christian Worldview and Apologetics
  • Psychology and Counseling
  • Pastoral Ministry 
  • Worship Ministry
  • Music with an emphasis in Worship

The faculty carefully developed the curriculum which has recently been introduced.

  • The General Education core was revised to include new courses such as "Critical Thinking" and "Intro to Literature"
  • A "true" Christian Foundation Core, consistent in all BA degrees, was developed so that all BA students regardless of the major are required to take these 19 hours. 
  • Revision of minors, including the addition of a new minor in Biblical Languages.
  • Each major (with the exception of music) has 30 hours of free electives to provide for maximum flexibility and to provide opportunity for students to focus study in particular areas of interest.
  • The new curriculum is tailored to help the student receive the greatest advantages in the Accelerated MDiv
  • The curriculum was developed to work with the graduate program to form a new Accelerated B.A. + M.Div Program which allows students to complete both degrees in 5 years

These degrees will provide the foundation to aid our students in their ministries and in their preparation for graduate work.

Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry 121 hours

  • General Education: 30 hours
  • Christian Foundation Core: 19 hours
  • Christian Ministry Major: 24 Hours
  • Minor: 18 Hours
  • Free Electives: 30 hours

Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies 121 hours

  • General Education: 30 hours
  • Christian Foundation Core: 19 hours
  • Biblical Studies Major: 24 hours
  • Minor: 18 hours
  • Free Electives: 30 hours

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Counseling 121 hours

  • General Education: 30 hours
  • Christian Foundation Core: 19 hours
  • Psychology/Counseling Major: 24 hours
  • Minor: 18 hours
  • Free Electives: 30 hours

Bachelor of Arts in Christian Worldview and Apologetics 121 hours

  • General Education: 30 hours
  • Christian Foundation Core: 19 hours
  • Christian Worldview/Apologetics Major: 24 Hours
  • Minor: 18 Hours
  • Free Electives: 30 hours

Bachelor of Arts in Worship Ministry 121 hours

  • General Education: 30 hours
  • Christian Foundation Core: 19 hours
  • Worship Ministry Major: 24 Hours
  • Minor: 18 Hours
  • Free Electives: 30 hours

Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Emphasis in Worship 121 hours

  • General Education: 30 hours
  • Christian Foundation Core: 19 hours
  • Music Major: 42 hours
  • Worship Minor: 18 hours
  • Free Electives: 12 hours

Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry 121 hours

  • General Education: 30 hours
  • Christian Foundation Core: 19 hours
  • Pastoral Ministry Major: 24 Hours
  • Minor: 18 Hours
  • Free Electives: 30 hours

Associate of Arts in Christian Ministry 70 hours

  • General Education Core: 24 hours
  • Christian Foundation Core: 19 hours
  • Christian Ministry:  18
  • Free Electives: 9 hours

Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry 121 hours

The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry degree is a fully online 121 hour degree that prepares students for ministry in a variety of settings or for further study at the Master's level. Students in this degree complete a 24 hour Christian Ministry major and choose a minor from areas like Biblical Studies, Pastoral Ministry, Christian Education, Church Ministry, or Youth Ministry. Students may also choose to take some of the classes at one of the extension centers, through workshops on campus, or hybrid offerings.

Associate in Christian Ministry 70 hours

The Associate in Christian Ministry degree is a fully online 70 hour degree that prepares students for ministry in a variety of settings or for further study at the Bachelors level. Students in this degree complete a 34 hour Christian Foundation core as well as 24 hours of General Education Core and 12 hours of free electives. Students may also choose to take some of the classes at one of the extension centers, through workshops on campus, or hybrid offerings.

Certificate in Christian Ministry 18 hours

The Certificate in Christian Ministry is designed to give a foundation of ministry training for a wide variety of callings. All three certificates are composed of classes that are also in the Associates and Bachelors degrees, so students completing the certificate can continue their studies without losing hours.

Certificate in Biblical Studies 18 hours

The Certificate in Biblical Studies is designed to focus on Biblical Studies courses and help students be able to rightly handle the Word of God.. All three certificates are composed of classes that are also in the Associates and Bachelors degrees, so students completing the certificate can continue their studies without losing hours.

Certificate in Christian Education 18 hours

The Certificate in in Christian Education is designed to focus on Christian Education courses helping prepare those who may be called into educational ministry. All three certificates are composed of classes that are also in the Associates and Bachelors degrees, so students completing the certificate can continue their studies without losing hours.

Diploma in Christian Ministry (English Language Track) 48 hours

Diploma in Christian Ministry (Language Track) 48 hours

  • Christian Studies Foundation: 30 hours
  • English Language Requirements: 12 hours
  • Free Electives: 6 hours
  • Only Available in South Florida

Value Meets Affordability

    • Tuition

      Tuition at NOBTS is significantly lower than the national average. Download our tuition and fees HERE.

  • FINANCIAL AID

    The Financial Aid Office offers a number of scholarships for full-time and part-time students at all levels of education.

    • Caskey Center for Church Excellence

      The Caskey Center provides full tuition scholarships for Baptist bivocational/ small church ministers from selected states. These scholarships apply to certificate, undergraduate, or master's students in any NOBTS delivery system.

  • Accelerated MDiv Program

    Students who have graduated from Baptist colleges and universities may qualify to receive up to 25% of their MDiv through our new Accelerated MDiv program, regardless of specialization.

    • Monthly Payment Plans

      Instead of paying for seminary up front each semester, NOBTS offers a monthly payment plan that divides tuition into more manageable installments.

  • Student Housing

    NOBTS has affordable campus housing options for single students, married couples, and families with rates that are typically half the cost of living in the city.

A Word from our Dean

Our goals at Leavell College are two-fold: to equip our students for ministry and to prepare them for further study at the graduate level. Involved in this preparation is a continued emphasis upon one's personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Ministry cannot be effective unless our lives are firmly established upon Christ. Our world needs men and women who have a heart for God. Know that we as a faculty are praying for you and your ministry. Please stop by and let us know how we can better serve you.
Dr. Thomas Strong

Dr. Thomas Strong

Dean of Leavell College

Professor of New Testament and Greek