Bachelor of Arts in Divinity

This program of study facilitates an understanding of the Old and New Testaments with an emphasis on exegesis using advanced hermeneutics and various exegetical resources.

Solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

The B.A. Divinity degree is suited to the student who desires extensive training for the purpose of leadership in the local church. Courses have been aligned in three specific disciplines: Biblical Studies, Theology, and Practical Ministry. In addition to the 121 credit hours of academic studies, students are required to fulfill the Leadership in Action requirement.

  • Confront the student with the Word of God proclaiming humanity’s alienation from God and God’s work of redemption in Christ (Bible) and explore ramifications of this Gospel for the student’s personal life and the work of the Church in the world (theology).
  • Equip the student with the tools to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Bring about the student’s increased understanding of the world in which one lives, including history and philosophy.
  • Give the student a sense of preparedness by providing practical ministry experience.

Time & Cost

Many people would like to complete a degree and stay out of debt. 

The B.A. Divinity degree requires 40 courses + Student Orientation (or 121 credit hours), which can be completed in 4 years for full-time students. Courses are offered on-campus or online (can be entirely online). Manna U’s low tuition rates enable students to receive solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience and not be hindered financially.

2022 - 2023 Undergraduate Tuition Rate

$220 per credit hour


Scholarships are available for students who do not use military education benefits or federal financial aid.


Full details can be found in the 2022-2023 Graduate Academic Catalog.

Leadership in Action

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
LIA 101Leadership in Action (Eight Semesters)Pass/Fail

Student Orientation

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENG 107Undergraduate Student Orientation1

Bible & Theology Nonelectives

Students Must Complete All Twenty-One Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIB 100Destiny and Calling3
BIB 101Old Testament Survey3
BIB 103New Testament Survey3
BIB 104Hermeneutics3
BIB 201Writings of John3
THE 101Introduction to Theology3
THE 301Kingdom of God3
Total Credit Hours:21

General Studies Nonelectives

Students Must Complete All Twenty-One Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENG 111College Writing3
ENG 112Research for Writing3
HST 110World History I: World History to 15003
HST 120World History II: World History Since 15003
MIS 301Cultural Anthropology3
MTH 211College Mathematics3
SCI 310Biology3
Total Credit Hours:21

Personal Formation Nonelectives

Students Must Complete All Six Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
CLG 201Spiritual Formation3
LEA 220Mentoring and Coaching3
Total Credit Hours:6

Bible & Theology Electives

Select Any Nine Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIB 201Writings of John3
BIB 302Pauline Epistles and Leadership3
BIB 303Book of Romans3
BIB 330Book of Revelation3
BIB 401Book of Mark3
BIB 4111 Peter: Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation3
ELE 109Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval)3
HUM 110Survey of Biblical Literature3
THE 103Introduction to Apologetics3
THE 104Apologetic Issues for Cross-Cultural Engagement3
THE 201Systematic Theology I3
THE 202Systematic Theology II3
THE 300Writings of the Church3
Total Credit Hours:9

General Studies Electives

Select Any Twelve Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
CNS 110General Psychology3
CNS 120Human Growth & Development3
CNS 130Introduction to Counseling3
ELE 101Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval)3
ELE 102Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval)3
ELE 103Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval)3
ENG 201The Writings of C.S. Lewis3
HST 302History of Great Leaders3
HST 320History of Missions3
HUM 101Introduction to Fine Arts3
LEA 201Ethics3
MTH 230Introduction to Statistics3
PHL 101Philosophy and Worldview3
PHL 102World Religions3
Total Credit Hours:12

Open Electives

Select Any Twenty-One Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
CLG 145Leadership Practicum I (a)1.5
CLG 146Leadership Practicum I (b)1.5
CLG 211Church Life3
CLG 247Leadership Practicum II (a)1.5
CLG 248Leadership Practicum II (b)1.5
CLG 270Facilitating Leadership and Growth in Others3
CLG 282Personal Growth and Leadership3
CLG 351Changing the World by Making Disciples/Mentoring3
CLG 401Pastoral Ministry3
CLG 410Homiletics3
CLG 480Church Growth3
CNS 201Counseling I3
CNS 220Psychology of a Leader3
CNS 230Research Methods3
CNS 302Marriage & Family in Society3
ELE 104Transfer/Substitution Elective3
ELE 105Transfer/Substitution Elective3
ELE 106Transfer/Substitution Elective3
ELE 107Transfer/Substitution Elective3
ELE 108Transfer/Substitution Elective3
GRK 305Greek I(a)1.5
GRK 306Greek I(b)1.5
HEB 301Hebrew I3
LEA 210Christian Leadership3
LEA 310Introduction to Organizational Leadership3
LEA 330Foundations of Marketing3
MIS 130Concepts in Leading Short-Term Missions3
MIS 200Missions and the Local Church3
MIS 201World Missions3
MIS 202Intercultural Communication I: General Focus3
MIS 311Intercultural Communication II: Middle East Focus3
MIS 312Intercultural Communication II: U.S. Indigenous Populations Focus3
PHL 120Philosophy of Leading Teams3
Total Credit Hours:21


Program Nonelectives

B.A.Div. Students Take the Following Courses as a Part of Their Major

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIB 301Synoptic Gospels3
BIB 303Book of Romans3
BIB 401Book of Mark3
CLG 211Church Life3
CLG 410Homiletics3
ENG 495Senior Seminar & Capstone3
GRK 305Greek I(a)1.5
GRK 306Greek I(b)1.5
LEA 201Ethics3
THE 201Systematic Theology I3
THE 202Systematic Theology II3
Total Credit Hours:30


To become a student at Manna U, follow these two steps:

1.  Complete an application, which includes:

  • A non-refundable application fee of $50 (linked to application)
  • An essay, written by the applicant, of his/her conversion experience (300-600 words), in a format that is typed and double spaced, using 12 pt. font size;
  • A Pastoral Reference* from the Pastor of the church that the applicant regularly attends;
  • A Personal Reference* from someone who has known you for two years or more and is not related to you.
    Applicants will enter an email address for their selected references and a link to the online reference forms will be sent once the application is submitted.

2.  Order your official high school, G.E.D., or previous college transcripts (minimum 2.0 GPA is preferred).

Note: official transcripts are sent directly from one school/college to another. You can arrange to have your transcripts sent electronically to, or a paper copy can be sent to our mailing address:

Manna University
Attn: Registrar’s Office
439 Westwood Shopping Center
PMB 106
Fayetteville, NC 28314

All applicants applying for admission to one of Manna U’s graduate programs must submit official transcripts showing an earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, or an equivalent academic achievement approved by Manna U’s Academic Office. Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I don't want to be a Pastor. Could a Divinity degree still be a good fit for me?

    Absolutely! Our Divinity students have a variety of goals and careers. Whether you want to go into vocational ministry, lead a nonprofit, or just learn more about the Bible, our Divinity programs might be a good fit for you.

  • What does a Divinity degree include?

    Divinity is the best all-around program for those interested in vocational ministry. At the Undergraduate level, students have a core of Bible/Theology and General Education Courses, as well as the essential courses necessary for work in vocational ministry. Additionally, students have the opportunity to explore, through elective courses, the fields of Christian Counseling, Christian Leadership, or Intercultural Studies.

  • Do I have to take Greek or Hebrew in this degree?

    It depends entirely upon your degree-level. For Associate of Arts students, Greek is optional. For Bachelor of Arts students, three credit hours of Greek are mandatory. For Master of Divinity students, it depends on your Track. M.Div. students in a Biblical Studies Track will need to take six hours of Biblical Language coursework and six hours of Exegetical coursework.

  • I want to become a Military Chaplain. Is a Divinity degree the right path?

    If you already have a Bachelor’s Degree, and are looking to become a Military Chaplain, then our M.Div. is the logical next step for you. If you do not yet have a Bachelor’s Degree, you’ll need to complete one before moving-on to an M.Div.

  • I just want to learn more about the Bible. Is this the right program for me?

    Absolutely! A great first place to start would be our Associate of Arts in Divinity. You’ll get a core of Biblical content, some General Education courses necessary for success as a college student, and some electives that can help you discover what God has next for you. Students who already have a degree, or who aren’t worried about General Education courses and want to get right to Biblical training should consider our Certificate in Church Leadership program.

Student Story

Andre's Story

Like most of today’s college students, Andre leads a busy life. Balancing family, work, and serving at his local church is a tough act, but he sensed the need to sharpen his leadership for effective Kingdom impact.

“The divinity program is designed to challenge the student’s current perception of the world through sound biblical truths. I appreciate this the most because it opened my mind as well as my heart.”

Effective Leaders Bring Lasting Impact

Jesus chose twelve leaders who were from differing backgrounds. Many religious leaders in that time would have overlooked them. Through teaching and training, He prepared them to lead a movement that changed the world. Whatever your call may be, training at Manna U can help you engage in this kind of transformational leadership.