Center for Advanced Ministry Training -- Frequently Asked Questions
1. How many credit hours will a student complete to receive a Bachelor of Ministry Degree?
- The BMIN degree is granted to those who successfully complete 128 hours of course work: 92-95 hours in Bible (Old Testament and New Testament), related ministry courses, Greek language, Bible history, and Bible research; and 33-36 hours of general education.
2. Am I able to transfer credits from other universities?
- Up to 40 hours of Bible credits may be transferred from other institutions. A transfer student with an associate's or bachelor's degree may not need to take liberal arts courses, subject to approval by the Harding Registrar.
3. Is Harding University accredited?
- Yes. Harding University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.
Web Site: www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org
Phone: (312) 263-0456, (800) 621-7440.
4. Do I have to live in Searcy, AR to be in the Bachelor of Ministry program?
- This is an in-residence program. Some students may be allowed to commute within reasonable distance, but drive time cuts into study time.
5. What does the scholarship cover?
- The scholarship satisfies tuition costs for up to 128 hours, less the credit hours transferred to your transcript. Courses failed or repeated are not covered by the scholarship. The scholarship does not cover living expenses.
6. Can I work and go to school at the same time?
- The Bachelor of Ministry program is intense, accelerated, and rigorous, so we limit students to 10 hours of work per week (not counting service to local churches by preaching or teaching). In rare cases, exceptions are made to this guideline. Therefore, it is imperative that students have secured financial support for living expenses before enrolling.
7. What academic standards must be maintained?
- To remain in full status, a student must maintain a GPA OF 2.5 in the Bible courses, and a 2.0 in the liberal arts courses.
8. What is required for acceptance into the BMIN program?
- First, one must apply to and be accepted to Harding University.Then, a formal BMIN application must be submitted, which includes a $40 application fee, transcripts of all prior college work, two character references, two religious references, a written essay, and completed health record. Next, a second level of testing is required, including a Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis, and a grammar test. Finally, a formal interview will take place, and a decision made regarding acceptance into the BMIN program.
Visit our Admissions Page to apply to Harding University and to download the Bachelor of Ministry application forms.
9. What is a provisional student?
- All students are accepted on a provisional basis until they demonstrate they can manage the academic requirements, and contribute in a positive manner to our community of faith and learning. During the first semester, each new student will engage in a progress interview with the CAMT administration. Among the issues discussed are the student’s GPA, aptitude for ministry, and financial stability. After successful completion of 30 credit hours in BMIN, students may be moved to full acceptance status.
10. What if I have little or no college credit?
- Preference is given to applicants having at least 30 hours of credit before applying. This demonstrates whether one can manage college-level work, and eliminates the need to take many of the general education (liberal arts) courses. Exceptions occur, and this will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
11. Am I required to go on an international campaign?
- No. Although, several international trips may be organized for students as part of a course.
12. How do I raise funds for living expenses?
- Most of our students raise funds from family, friends, and churches who are willing to invest in the student and in potential the student exhibits for the cause of Christ.
13. If I’m not accepted, can I reapply later?
14. If I’m accepted into CAMT, but no scholarships are available, may I pay my way while waiting to be granted a scholarship?
- We have had students pay their own tuition in anticipation of receiving a scholarship. However, there is no guarantee that one accepted will be granted the scholarship in that scenario. Scholarships are granted on a semester-by-semester basis.
15. Why does a scholarship recipient have to be a member of the churches of Christ?
- The donors who provide the gifts that enable Harding to offer these full-tuition scholarships do so with the intent that the recipients be faithful and active members of the churches of Christ. We honor the wishes of the donors in this matter.