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Associate of Science in Ministry Leadership

Two-Year Degree Program

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The Associate of Science degree is a two-year, 63-credit degree program for students interested in pursuing a foundational education in Ministry Leadership. This program also incorporates general education requirements which prepare the student for further study toward the bachelor’s degree.

Graduates in this program will:

Demonstrate knowledge and skill in effective writing by producing a competent piece of writing that interprets, analyzes, and evaluates statements, arguments, and evidence to construct well-supported, clearly articulated conclusions and positions that meet the requirements of standard English.

Apply biblical principles that support spiritual, emotional, and relational health both personally and professionally

Apply communication skills to various communication platforms, including oral communication, and social media platforms

Develop fundamental skills in pastoral care and counseling and be able to integrate them into a practical ministry setting.

Describe the background, content, and themes of selected biblical texts

Integrate theology and knowledge of church history with professional competency in the practice of ministry.

Apply a biblical theology of the nature and mission of the Church into local church practices

Explain the spiritual and the practical dynamics of ministry and apply best practices in context, demonstrating Christian leadership principles and effective administrative skills in various types of ministry positions and settings.

Compose, clearly communicate, and contextualize the Gospel in biblically sound teaching to diverse audiences.

Develop knowledge of and proficiency in navigating cross-cultural dynamics in ministry.

Integrate ethical and Christian knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behavior into the practice of ministry.



Course General Education 27 CR
COM 101 Speech Communications 3
ENG 101 Grammar & Composition 3
ENG 105 Academic Writing & Critical Research 3
MAT 115 Elements of Math 3
GEN 102 Orientation & Library Resources 0
HIS 220 History of the Christian Church 3
PSY 202 Intro to Psychology and Christian Counseling 3
MIS 303 Cross-Cultural Anthropology 3
HUM 301 Contemporary Moral Issues 3
COM 201 Social Media and Digital Discipleship 3


Course General Ministry Courses 36 CR
BIB 105 Old Testament Survey 3
BIB 110 New Testament Survey 3
BIB 150 Hermeneutics 3
BIB 200 Bible Review II 0
BIB 215 Luke and Acts 3
THE 230 Eschatology 3
THE 212 Theology I: Spirit-Empowered Theology 3
MIN 103 Spiritual Formation I 3
MIN 112 Relational Outreach & Personal Evangelism 3
MIN 212
Personal Christian Ethics
MIN 245 Principles of Christian Leadership Development 3
MIS 220 The Biblical and Theological Basis for Missions 3
PRA 100 Practicum I* 3

*Practicums are 16-week courses and require 8 hours a week serving in the church.

Statement on Transferability of Credits and Degrees 

Students should be aware that transfer of credits to other institutions is solely at the discretion of the receiving institution.  Students who are considering attending Ascent College and then transferring to another college should contact the receiving institution for its policy on accepting credits from another institution.

Credits earned under the Associate degree offered at Ascent College are not considered credits under a terminal degree and these credits may be transferred to institutions toward a Bachelor degree at the discretion of the receiving institution.  Ascent College takes all credits earned at Ascent College from the Associate degree and applies them toward the Bachelor degree as long as the credits are compatible with the Bachelor degree plan selected.

Ascent College transfers in credit from other colleges in accordance with our Credit Policy.

Statement on Placement Services

Our college office receives many opportunities for various full-time or part-time ministry positions and will assist students in obtaining an interview with employing personnel. No guarantee for placement may be made; however, Ascent College does maintain contact with various denominational offices and may assist students with placement in ministry occupations.

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PO Box 690, Gainesville, VA 20156-0690

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Ascent College's financial aid school code is 041538. It may display as Bethel College, the former name of Ascent College.


Ascent College admits students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and other school-administered programs.