BACHELOR DEGREE PROGRAM

The main purpose of the Bachelor of Religious Studies (B.R.S.) program is to equip you with in-depth knowledge of the Bible. It is the preparation and foundation for more advanced degrees.

The Oxford Institute has only one bachelor degree program. The Bachelor of Religious Studies program requires 120 semester credits, where one-fourth are in General Studies and at least one-half are in courses related to the biblical text and other religious topics. Transfer credit from an accredited institution may apply.

The Bachelor of Religious Studies requires 120 credit hours.

TOTAL OF 120 CREDIT HOURSThe Bachelor of Religious Studies (B.R.S.) The Bachelor of Religious Studies requires 120 semester hour credits.30 CREDIT HOURSA minimum of thirty credit-hours must be taken with NationsUniversity.60 CREDIT HOURSA minimum of 60 credits shall be drawn from the category of religion, philosophy, and courses that address worldview, ministry, worship, and biblical exegesis. For calculation of religious studies credit, all courses taken at NationsUniversity can be counted.30 CREDIT HOURSA minimum of 30 General Education credits must be in the following disciplines: arts and humanities, communications, English, mathematics, natural science, and social science. Six (6) credits must be in English (comprehension and composition). At least four other categories other than English shall be represented, with a maximum nine (9) credits in any of single category. 

TRANSFER CREDITSee Transfer Credits in the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook for details on transfer credit. The student will complete all required activities, papers, and projects, a Bible knowledge test at the beginning and end of the program, and a self-evaluated spiritual inventory at the beginning and end of the program. All financial obligations must be satisfied before a degree can be conferred and before a transcript can be issued.

Admission into the Bachelor of Religious Studies

Admission to the B.R.S. program requires the following:

  1. Submission of an official transcript that indicates graduation from a secondary school, a G.E.D. (secondary school equivalency), or university transcript that indicates secondary completion.
  2. No financial obligations to the University.
  3. Submission of a TOEFL score of 500 or above or acceptable substitute (61 iBT, 6.0 IELPS, 44 PTE, grade level 3 on ACT Compass, Pre-1 on Eiken English Proficiency Exam, secondary school diploma where instruction is in English, or “C” or better on English Composition from an accredited college) by student whose native language is not English.

Program Objectives

The Bachelor of Religious Studies program imparts a general foundation in the biblical and theological disciplines. Distinctively, the outcomes of the B.R.S. program are to prepare graduates who,

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of the content and meaning of the biblical canon.
  2. Apply the tools for sound exegesis of biblical scripture.
  3. Are equipped for personal spiritual formation.
  4. Can critique and use information from a wide range of sources.
  5. Can provide effective Christian leadership in diverse organizations, institutions, and countries.

Time Allowance and Cost

The projected completion time for the B.R.S. degree is 4 years. The cost for students who reside in the 35 developed countries listed under Financial Information is a one-time $25 registration fee (the registration fee will be applied to students from every country effective January 1, 2019) and a tuition charge of $450 per quarter ($450 becomes effective January 1, 2019 | quarterly tuition for December 2018 is $360). Tuition and fees are guaranteed for only two (2) years. Allowing for a modest increase in tuition, students residing in one of the 35 developed nations may expect to pay $8,125 if they present no transfer credit and complete the B.R.S. within 48 months or $13,750 if they extend their studies over 72 months. Textbooks and other resources are available online in an electronic format, without cost to the student. Any purchase of hard copy books is totally optional. Incarcerated students living within the United States are assessed only the $25 registration fee but are responsible for securing hard copy textbooks, which will run about $550 for the bachelor’s degree.

REQUIRED COURSES

BRS 100A Search for Spirituality
BRS 121The Hebrew Scriptures
BRS 122The Greek Scriptures
BRS 123Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures
BRS 124Theology of the Greek Scriptures
BRS 125Exegesis of the Hebrew Scriptures
BRS 126Exegesis of the Greek Scriptures
BRS 313The Church of the First Five Decades
BRS 431 or 432Exegesis Torah & Prophets, Exegisis Job, Ruth, & Chronicles
BRS 433 or 434New Testament Exegesis I,  II
BRS 443Ministry
BRS 444Worship

One of the following three:

Hum 230Worldview
BRS 401Comparative Religion: Eastern
BRS 424Comparative Religion: Abrahamic Faiths

Students normally complete degree requirements in effect when they registered, unless completion comes after seven years from initial registration.  Course requirements may be adjusted at any time. The requirements are displayed in the curriculum assigned to their username and in older editions of the NU Catalog.  These students may opt to complete their degree under the current requirements upon request.