CU’s affordable online master of theology teaches the advanced skills for biblical and theological studies, ministry and leadership.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: 5/08/2024
Course Length: 8 weeks
Estimated Length: 2 Years
Credit Hours: 30
Cost Per Credit: $319
Accreditation: SACSCOC

Master of Theology Overview

Campbellsville University’s Master of Theology online provides you with the opportunity to pursue a career in ministry, religious research, teaching, policymaking, social care or counseling. There are three emphasis areas available for the degree: biblical studies, pastoral leadership and theology, each consisting of 18 of the total 30 credit hours. As a student, you then broaden your knowledge while selecting elective courses in the other two areas of study.

Within the biblical studies emphasis area, you will explore the history and interpretation of both the Old Testament and the New Testament. You’ll also examine the prophetic literature of the Old Testament prophets and the letters within the New Testament as they apply to pastoral leadership and the contemporary church. This area is perfect if you wish to later pursue a doctoral program.

The pastoral leadership courses in the online master’s of theology explore the ministry of proclamation and worship, pastoral ministries and evangelism and leadership development. You will study the teaching and practice of spiritual formation, pastoral care and counseling and the establishment and maintenance of a healthy church, as well as innovative ministries and trends. You will also learn how to accomplish things within a church or ministry setting while gaining mentoring and leadership skills.

Finally, the theological studies emphasis is a combination of church history and contemporary theological discussion. The courses explore the ethics of the Baptist history and heritage, Christian faith and the history of the church before and after the Reformation. It also examines the Christian moral ideal and Christian principles of judgment and action as they apply to ministry.

Campbellsville’s dedicated theology faculty members complement their teachings with their real-world experience. The program is offered in a convenient and flexible format, which is ideal for the working adult student with busy personal and professional schedules.

Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Course Map

The online master of theology is made up of 10 courses for a total of 30 credit hours. Students can choose one of three concentrations:

  • Biblical studies
  • Pastoral leadership
  • Theological studies

The student then takes 6 hours in each of the two areas that are not the student’s 18-hour emphasis.

Admissions Requirements

To apply to the Campbellsville University School of Theology Master of Theology program, prospective students must submit or complete the following:

  1. Online application.
  2. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  3. Eighteen (18) hours of prerequisite coursework in either undergraduate Christian studies (e.g., Bible, theology, religion, ministry education) or graduate theological education or a combination of both.
  4. If the student’s overall undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, they must complete either the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) or the MAT (Miller Analogy Test).
  5. Submit a philosophy of Christian ministry essay, two to three pages in length, in which the applicant summarizes: his or her faith in Jesus Christ, call to Christian ministry, current title and place of service, and current ministry philosophy.
  6. Submit two (2) reference letters: 1) from a former professor and 2) from the applicant’s current local church pastor.
  7. Complete an interview with the dean of the School of Theology.

Costs & Financial Aid

The master of theology online costs $319 per credit hour. In order to help students afford their education, Campbellsville University’s staff is available to work with students to discover available financial aid options.

Careers in Theology

Those who graduate from Campbellsville University’s online master’s of theology can advance their career. As 5 to 10 percent of churches require candidates to have a graduate degree for a leadership position, this master’s degree is ideal for those wishing to climb the ladder. Some potential career outcomes include:

Why CU Online?

Focused on Your Growth

Our well-rounded education in the arts and sciences is central to our goal of fostering your personal and professional growth.

Faith-Based Education

Founded in 1906 as a Christian university, we welcome diverse perspectives and prepare students to become Christian servant leaders.

Affordable and Convenient

Campbellsville seeks to provide an affordable education for its students. Our online degree programs are in a convenient format, so you can study whenever and wherever you want.


Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Campbellsville University.

Benefits of Learning Online

Campbellsville University offers several dynamic online degrees so that students can continue their education and hone their skills. Campbellsville’s online campus has been recognized as one of the best by numerous outlets. The institution’s faculty members have real-world experience in their fields, so students can get a glimpse of working in their prospective career. Students can also conveniently fit online coursework into their busy schedules.

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