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Associate of Applied
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Associate of Applied Science in Biblical & Theological Studies

If your goal is to obtain a solid foundation in Bible study and theology, our accredited Associate Degree in Biblical and Theological Studies is for you! The two years of this program are designed to give you a solid biblical foundation and a well-rounded education.

The A.A.S. degree program is designed for students who desire to be prepared for ministry and to take a first step towards an advanced college degree. Because a firm foundation in the Bible is essential before genuine Christian ministry can take place, Elim emphasizes the Bible in its curriculum. This program is a first step for students planning to matriculate into a Bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college. Do not forget that you may be able to transfer previous college credits to this program!

You may complete this degree in person or via distance education format.

Students in the A.A.S. degree program will:

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking skills, reading comprehension, verbal, and non-verbal communication skills, and writing skills that are on par with A.A.S. levels and national norms.
  2. Be able to express an undergraduate level of understanding of the study of humanities and social sciences.
  3. Increase in knowledge of the Bible and Theology.
  4. Exhibit an increased comprehension of the historical setting of the Bible.
  5. Express a personal spiritual lifestyle through biblical Christian practices.

The A.A.S. degree program places the Bible as its primary concentration. Since its inception in 1924, Elim has required students to keep the Word of God as a central part of their instruction. As an A.A.S. student, you will graduate with a degree in Biblical & Theological Studies, which will serve you wherever you serve in ministry and life!

Practical Experience

Elim is more than an academic institution. It imparts a heart for ministry and provides students with in-depth practical experience. Students experience hands-on ministry in the local community through their Student Ministry. They also participate in a three-week internship in New York City, providing them intense opportunities to grow and learn in an urban ministry environment.

Prepared for further education

Elim’s two-year, 62-credit A.A.S. degree is fully accredited and registered by the New York State Board of Regents. Graduates will be prepared to further their college career with a solid degree which will easily transfer into other Christian college degree programs. Students may transfer into Elim’s Bachelor’s program or enroll in a wide range of Bachelor programs (not just Bible) at other colleges with this degree.



Since Elim is an approved Title IV school, U.S. applicants have the opportunity to apply for federal and state aid. 100% of full-time students receive financial assistance from the government and/or from Elim. Since Elim’s costs are already very reasonably priced, many of our students are surprised when they receive their award notice and realize that they can actually afford to pursue their degree at Elim.