The Associate of Arts in Religious Studies is a 2-year foundational degree in scriptural studies and practi- cal ministry. The Associate of Arts in Religious Studies is intended to provide a foundation for those who wish to transfer to another university after two years to meet additional, specialized educational goals. 









Piedmont International University has transformed my life and ministry for the Lord.  I chose this school for its consistent doctrinal teaching at all academic levels and for its dispensational approach to Scripture.  The faculty and staff go the extra mile to help students receive the best education possible.  If you want the best academic training for ministry, choose Piedmont!

Ward Harris, B.A.B.S, M.A.B.S., Ph.D. in Progress
Associate Pastor, Church Administrator, and Bible Teacher
Ripplemead, VA

Loved my time here. Solid teaching from loving and invested teachers and staff! They are compassionate, involved people that truly love God.

Kathryn Best
Consumer Sales Associate at Kaplan Early Learning Company


Admissions Requirements

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Minimum ACT composite score of 17 or minimum SAT combined score of 1230
  • An application with Piedmont International University
  • Follow all steps of admissions




Upon completion of the program, the student should be equipped to do the following: 

  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of the books of the Bible, including key individuals, major events, and historical settings;
  • Exhibit an ability to integrate a biblical world view in personal and professional life applications;
  • Develop expertise in a selected field as a foundation for additional study. 


Summary of Required Hours

Biblical Studies 15
General Education 28
Electives 18
Total 61

Degree Completion Plan

Fall Semester

BO101     Old Testament Survey     3 hours
GE101     English Composition I     3 hours
GH101     Survey of World History I     3 hours
GT100     Student Life Seminar     1 hour
General Education Elective    3 hours
Science (with lab)    3 hours

Total Hours  16


Spring Semester

BH104     Biblical Interpretation I: Principles of Biblical Interpretation     2 hours
BN102     New Testament Survey     3 hours
GC111     Mathematics Survey     2 hours
GE102     English Composition II     3 hours
Elective    3 hours
Elective    3hours

Total Hours  17

Fall Semester

BH201     Biblical Interpretation II: Dispensationalism     2 hours
GS201     Principles of Speech     3 hours
PT101     Evangelism     2 hours
PT318     Biblical Perspectives     1 hours
Elective    3 hours
Elective    3 hours

Total Hours  14


Spring Semester

BP102     Christian Ethics     2 hours
GP202     General Psychology     3 hours
Fine Arts Elective    3 hours
Elective    3 hours
Elective    3 hours

Total Hours  14