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If you feel called to a career in ministry and desire a versatile education rooted in Christian Theology, our Bachelor of Theology (BTh) program will prepare you with the skills you need to walk confidently as a Christian wherever your education takes you.
The foundation of the Bachelor of Theology (BTh) program is built on Biblical Studies, Christian History and Theology. You will also balance out your education by taking electives in Arts and Sciences from the other faculties of Acadia University and be introduced to current and proven ministry practices.
Learning is flexible and many courses can be taken either on campus, online or in intensive units that make studying possible for students who are unable to attend locally or full time.
In addition to the standard program track, there are other options within the BTh program for you to consider:
- CBAC 35+ Ordination Track
- Crandall-Acadia Bachelor of Theology Partnership
- Minor in Theological Studies
BTh – Post-Baccalaureate
Acadia University graduates who have completed a Minor in Theology during their undergraduate degree may be awarded the Bachelor of Theology degree by completing 30 additional credit hours of course work at ADC. The course requirements below must have been completed either as part of the first Acadia degree, or must be completed at ADC during the post-graduation year.
Please contact the BTh Director, Dr Chris Killacky if you would like more information and advice.
Number of Courses: 30 (90 credit hours)
Length of Program: 3 years*
Course Load Options: Full-time (3 or more courses per semester**) and part-time (1-2 courses per semester)
Program Options: Standard, CBAC 35+ Ordination Track, Crandall-Acadia Partnership
*based on a full-time course load of 10 courses per year
**five courses per semester is a normal full-time course load
Those applying to the Bachelor of Theology normally have a high school diploma, or equivalent, with five Grade 12 academic courses, including English 12 (or equivalent), and a minimum overall average of 70%.
The Bachelor of Theology degree is designed to prepare students at an undergraduate level for a variety of ministry settings, while also preparing students for graduate study in the Master of Divinity program.
By the end of this program, students should be able to:
- Interpret and apply Scripture to Christian faith and practice with informed interpretive skills.
- Discuss Christian faith and practice with personal integration and theological thinking.
- Demonstrate the personal and spiritual characteristics required of Christian leaders who will practice ministry in a local cultural context.
- Demonstrate skills required for the practice of Christian leadership, ministry, and mission.
- Discuss learning from a select range of other disciplines.
|FULL YEAR||ONE SEMESTER|
|ADC Student Association Fee||$50||$25|
|AU Athletic & Health Services Fee||$247||$123.50|
|ASU Student Organization Fee**||$ 311.86||$155.43|
|ASU Health Plan||$231||$231|
|ASU Dental Plan||$165||$165|
|Acadia Access Fee||$10.00||$5.00|
* Seniors (60+) / Qualified Ministry Partners receive a 50% discount of full-time tuition.
** See below under Student Organization Fees for a breakdown of this amount.
Visit our Tuition & Fees page to view part-time amounts.
The generosity of donors over time has made it possible for Acadia Divinity College to offer significant scholarship and bursaries to its students. Our financial assistance program ensures that every eligible student receives support every year.
- $4,241 per year for the normal duration of the student’s program.
- Awarded to students entering a full-time degree program with an 80% average from a completed high school program with five Grade 12 academic courses or a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.5 or higher in their most recently completed post-secondary coursework.
- All students (incoming and returning) are encouraged to apply for financial aid if they are not awarded an Entrance Scholarship.
- Amounts vary dependent on level of study and course load:
- Undergraduate full-time: $2,120.50 per year
- Undergraduate part-time: $235 per course
- Canadian and international students are welcome to apply for various College Assistantships for each academic year. Remuneration varies depending on the position.
Note: All amounts are for the 2022-2023 academic year and are subject to change
A grade of 2.0 is necessary for each course to apply that course toward the Bachelor of Theology degree. A CGPA of 2.0 is necessary to graduate.
As you search for your home away from home, consider the many options available in Wolfville and the surrounding area. Undergraduate students applying directly from high school have the option of Acadia’s 11 residences to provide quick access to all the University’s amenities and services.
Mature students can explore off-campus options, still only minutes from campus and downtown.
|Course Number||Course Name||Credit Hours|
|BIBL 2013||Interpreting the Bible||3|
|BIBL 3013||Introduction to the Old Testament 1||3|
|BIBL 3023||Introduction to the Old Testament 2||3|
|BIBL 3033||Introduction to the New Testament 1||3|
|BIBL 3043||Introduction to the New Testament 2||3|
|CHUR 2033||History of Christianity||3|
|THEO 3013||Christian Theology 1||3|
|THEO 3023||Christian Theology 2||3|
|THEO 3033||Christian Ethics||3|
|CHUR or THEO||One CHUR or THEO elective||3|
|EVAN 3013||Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society||3|
|EVAN/ LEDR 3063 |
|Leading Healthy and Effective Congregations |
Leadership that Advances the MIssion
|LEDR 4213||Theology and Practice of Racial Justice||3|
|NXGN Elective||Next Generation Elective||3|
|PACC 3013||Understanding Pastoral Care and Counselling||3|
|PAST 3053||Preaching as a Practice and the Practice of Preaching||3|
|SPFM 3013||Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders||3|
|Courses from other Faculties|
|English or Communication Electives||6|
|Business, Economics, Political Science, or Sociology Electives||6|
|Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Math or Psychology Electives||3|
|Classics, History, Philosophy, or Music Electives||3|
|Electives (from any University Faculty, including Theology)|
|Total Credit Hours||90|
1 This degree alone is not intended to prepare for Ordained Ministry. Prospective students seeking ordination should consult their
denomination or church to determine ordination requirements before commencing a program of study.
2 These languages electives may be Greek or Hebrew courses at ADC
|Course Number||Course Name|
|BIBL 2013||Interpreting the Bible|
|BIBL 3013||Introduction to the Old Testament 1|
|BIBL 3023||Introduction to the Old Testament 2|
|BIBL 3033||Introduction to the New Testament 1|
|BIBL 3043||Introduction to the New Testament 2|
|CHUR 2033||History of Christianity|
|THEO 3013||Christian Theology 1|
|THEO 3023||Christian Theology 2|
|THEO 3033||Christian Ethics|
|EVAN 3013 or 5013||Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society|
|LEDR 4213||Theology and Practice of Racial Justice|
|SPFM 3013 or 5013||Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders|
|Additional Ministry electives (including up to five courses at the graduate level) to complete 30 credit hours beyond the first baccalaureate degree|
Total credit hours completed at ADC beyond the first undergraduate degree must equal 30.