Academics

There are five distinct fields of study that can be pursued at Baptist College of America:

  • Church Ministry
  • Religious Education
  • Biblical Studies
  • Secretarial Program
  • Leadership Program

One-year diplomas are offered on the undergraduate level (first year: general diploma, second year: associate diploma, third year: graduate diploma). The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) is a four-year program that leads to a masterís degree or even a doctorate.

I. First field of study: CHURCH MINISTRIES (men only)
This course of study prepares one for a specific area of ministry in the local church, whether as pastor,
missionary, evangelist, assistant pastor, or music, bus or youth director. In addition to the core curriculum, the student would need to choose electives from his major. Ladies wanting to major in missions are encouraged to earn a degree in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in Marriage and Motherhood.

II. Second field of study: RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
This line of study prepares one as a Christian schoolteacher (elementary and secondary), an administrator or principal, a wife of a full-time Christian worker, or a wife and mother.

III. Third field of study: BIBLICAL STUDIES
A generalized course of study on the undergraduate level is available, and is designed for the student who is either undecided on a particular area of ministry or wants a concentration of study in the Bible. Additionally, one may continue in his field of study to a more specific study of theology, yielding either a Master of Biblical Studies (M.B.S.), Master of Christian Counseling (C.C.M.), Master of Theology (Th.M.) or a Doctor of Philosophy in Religion (Ph.D.). The M.B.S., C.C.M. and Th.M. are one-year programs (32 credits) while the Ph.D. is a two-year (64 credits) program of study.

IV. Fourth field of study: SECRETARIAL PROGRAM (ladies only)
This program is designed to train secretaries for full-time Christian work. Upon completion of this program, an associate diploma will be awarded.

V. Fifth field of study: LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
This course of study has been formulated to bring those who complete it to a higher awareness of the needs, fundamentals, understanding and application of leadership in all its aspects. This course is recommended to all pastors, missionaries, evangelists and those in any form of leadership. This will count as 32 credits for bachelor's degrees, 24 credits for master's degrees, or 16 credits for doctorates.

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DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE
 
Please contact the college office regarding discounts offered for the following:

  • Spouses Enrolling at the Same Time
  • Pastors, Assistant Pastors and Missionaries in Full-Time Christian Service
  • Active-Duty Military Personnel
  • Groups of Three or More from the Same Church

EXPLANATION OF FEES
 
Application Fee
: A fee of $35 must accompany each application for admission. No refund will be granted for
any reason.

Registration Fee: There is a charge of $50 each time a student registers for classes (every 32 credits).

Tuition Fee: The tuition is $50 per credit-hour for undergraduate courses, $60 per credit-hour for master's-level courses, and $70 per credit-hour for doctoral-level courses. The tuition for a year is as follows:

  • Undergraduate Ė $1,600 (per 32 Credit-Hours)
  • Masterís Degree Ė $1,920 (per 32 Credit-Hours)
  • Doctorate Ė $2,240 (per 32 Credit-Hours)

Tuition Fee Ė Individual Courses: Individual courses are available at a rate of $125 per credit-hour for undergraduates, $150 per credit-hour for master-level students, and $175 per credit-hour for doctoral students. There is a $5 registration fee for each course.

All tuition prices are subject to change. For current tuition prices, please contact the college office.

Graduation Fee: $50. Cap and gown are purchased separately.

Life Experience Evaluation Fee: The $20 for evaluation must be paid when applying.

Returned Check Fee: If a student writes a bad check to any aspect of the college (such as the business office), he will be charged a fee of $25 for every returned check. This applies to all checks deposited to the college bank accounts.

Student Late Fee: If a student selects a payment plan that requires monthly payments, his payment is due on the first and overdue on the tenth of the month. A fee of $10 per month will be charged for each month that a studentís bill is past due.

Handling of Accounts: The college and seminary require all fees and tuition to be paid at enrollment. However, if installments are desired, a plan is available. If a student selects one of the payment plans listed below, the student will be liable for the full amount.

BACHELOR PROGRAM TUITION: $1,600 / year
OPTION

TUITION DISCOUNT

DOWN PAYMENT

 MONTHLY PAYMENTS

(Choose One)

12

18

24 

1

0%

$250

$113

$75

$57

2

5%

$500

$85

$57

$43

3

10%

 $1,440

$0

$0

$0

MASTERS PROGRAM TUITION: $1,920*
OPTION

TUITION DISCOUNT

DOWN PAYMENT

 MONTHLY PAYMENTS

(Choose One)

12

18

24 

1

0%

$250

$140

$93

$70

2

5%

$500

$111

$74

$56

3

10%

 $1,728

$0

$0

$0

* See School of Business for M.B.A. Tuition

DOCTORATE PROGRAM TUITION: $2,240
OPTION

TUITION DISCOUNT

DOWN PAYMENT

 MONTHLY PAYMENTS

(Choose One)

12

18

24 

1

0%

$250

$166

$111

$83

2

5%

$500

$136

$91

$68

3

10%

 $2,016

$0

$0

$0

Refunds: The application / evaluation fee, as well as the registration fee, are nonrefundable. Tuition refunds will be given only if the student withdraws within 15 days after receiving the study materials. In case of involuntary call to military duty, the college and seminary will refund 70% of the remaining unused tuition. Remember, the signing of the application is considered the signing of a contract with Baptist College of America and the student is liable for the entire amount of the program in which he or she enrolls.

*NOTE: Baptist College of America will accept Visa and MasterCard for all fees and tuition payments.

NOTES TO FOREIGN STUDENTS
 
Currency Exchange
: Payment of all fees and charges must be made in U.S. dollars. Checks must be payable through a U.S. bank in U.S. funds. Money orders must be made out in U.S. dollars. For your convenience, we do accept Visa or MasterCard, of which charges will be made in U.S. dollars.

Shipping and Handling Fees: Charges for shipping books and materials to a foreign address will be billed at an estimated U.S. rate. After the material has been sent, the studentís account will be credited for any amount paid over the actual cost of shipping.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How much time do I have to complete a course?

A student may work at his own pace when completing course work.  As long as at least one course is returned within a six month period, the studentís file will remain active.

 

Do I have to come to BCA for anything?

Since BCA is a correspondence college, all course work is completed at home and submitted via mail or email to be graded.  BCA does hold a commencement service each spring for the graduates, but attendance is not mandatory.

 

Does BCA offer credit for life experience?

Yes, BCA will evaluate credit for life experience based upon a       studentís duties while in full-time Christian service as a paid staff member.

 

How do I submit my courses?

Course work may be submitted by mailing the courses to the college or by attaching the course to an e-mail. 

 

Am I required to purchase my books through BCA?

No.  While BCA does offer all the books used for the courses, each student may purchase his own copy of the book from another source if they so desire.

 

Do I have to take any tests?

No.  Most of the courses utilize a question bank.  When you order a course, you will receive a requirement sheet and a set of questions, for that course.  You will be graded on your answers to the questions.

 

Since I have signed up for one year, do I have to be finished one year from today?

No.  If you are on a 12 month payment plan, your payments will be completed in one year, but you can finish your work at your own pace.

 

When can I start?

You may register and begin classes at any time.

 

How do I get started?

Go to www.bca.edu and fill out the online application or call (765) 452-3429  or 1-877-426-4222 to request that an application be sent to you.