Bachelor of Christian Ministry Degree

The Bachelor of Christian Ministry Degree (B.C.M.) is a minimum 124-semester hour degree designed to afford both academic and professional depth for individuals who possess recognized competence in a ministry. The degree integrates university degree requirements with appropriate experience. A minimum of 36 semester hours must be in upper-level credit (courses numbered 3000 and above). This degree is designed for those who come into the degree with experience in the churches or other related ministry. Components of the Bachelor of Christian Ministry degree include:

General Education Core Course Requirements Hours
@ENGL 1301, @1302 6
 HIST 1303 and 1304, or 2301 and 2302 6
 MATH 1304 or higher 3
 #EXSS 3
 **RLGN 1301, 1302 6
 SCIENCE 3
 POLS 2301 3
 ****Math/Science 3
 COMS 1301, 1303, 2302, or 2303 3
 ****Math/Science/Language 3
 *COSC 2311 3
 ***Ministry related courses 15
 ORIE 0001 or UNIV 1100 0-1
 GRAD 0001 or GRAD 4101 0-1
TOTAL 57-59

*Students may opt to test out of COSC 2311, see course description.

**Wayland Baptist University will not accept RLGN 1301 Old Testament History or RLGN 1302 New Testament History, or their equivalents, from any institution except other Baptist institutions to meet the core requirement in any Wayland degree. If a student has taken RLGN 1301 Old Testament History and/or RLGN 1302 New Testament History, or their equivalents, at any institution except other Baptist institutions, then the student has two options to meet the core requirement: (1) take RLGN 1301 and/or RLGN 1302 at Wayland or (2) take RLGN 4306, 4316, 4317, or 4318 in lieu of RLGN 1301; and/or take RLGN 4306, 4320, 4322, or 4324 in lieu of RLGN 1302. RLGN 4306 may be an option for either RLGN 1301 or RLGN 1302 as stated above, but may not count for both on the same degree plan. No other RLGN/RLED courses may substitute for either RLGN 1301 or 1302. The Dean of the School of Religion &
Philosophy must approve any exception to this policy. RLGN 1301 Old Testament History or RLGN 1302 New Testament History, or their equivalents, taken at non-Baptist institutions, may be transferred as elective credit with approval of the Dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy and the Registrar..

***Any combination of Literature, Foreign Language, Art/Music/Theatre, Philosophy, Ethics, Economics/MGMT 3304/MGMT 3339, Psychology, Sociology, Organizational Behavior, as well as RLGN and RLED courses.

#Students who have served two or more years in the Armed Forces are exempt with DD-214 from basic training.

****Remedial level courses may not be used to fulfill the mathematics requirement.  Equivalents to MATH 1300 may be used.

@Should be taken within first year of enrollment.

Academic Major - A student seeking the B.C.M. degree will complete the appropriate major requirements as outlined in the School of Religion and Philosophy section.

Experiential Professorial Development - The experiential professional development component consists of 12 semester hours designed to provide practical experience as an integral part of the student’s career development. Students who have work experience in part-time or bi-vocational ministry positions may have the work experience evaluated if the ministry position is a paid staff position with formal job requirements. Upper level electives will be used to meet the experiential professional development requirement in cases where work experience is lacking. Practicums and internships may be placed in this area if they do not relate to the major.

Electives - The student may complete the minimum of 124 semester hours required for the degree with courses which complement or extend career preparation or to pursue subject fields which hold special appeal. However, before using elective semester hours, students should check with their advisors to ensure that the hours are indeed elective and that upper-level semester hour requirements for