Associate of Arts

Worship singers on stage


The Associate of Arts in Ministries is designed for those who serve in church-related ministries such as assistant pastors, music directors, student ministry pastors, Sunday School teachers, or children’s workers. In general, the program is designed for individuals who need training for specialized ministries and is not designed to substitute for a regular four-year degree program.

Carolina University offers its programs in Ministry for the purpose of equipping men and women to communicate effectively God’s truth to their generation. Its primary focus is on the preparation of pastors, missionaries, youth leaders, and lay church leaders in their respective ministries of training others.

This training involves both winning individuals to Christ and discipling them with the ultimate goal that they be transformed into His likeness. While His truth in our message must never be altered, our methods should be constantly examined to determine their conformity to Scriptural principles, relevance, and effectiveness.

A person may opt for one of four different ministry modules: church education, music, pastoral, or student ministry. A student will receive one year of Bible, one semester of general education, and one semester of ministry courses. This program is especially appropriate for spouses of CU students enrolled in regular degree programs.

2 Year Program
Available Residentially
Available Online


  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the books of the Bible as a foundation of all Christian service
  • Exhibit skills in a selected area of ministry in a local church
  • Appraise and defend a biblical worldview in personal and professional life applications