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Practical Theology

Houston Baptist University

48 months
32350 USD/year
32350 USD/year
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The Practical Theology program at the Houston Baptist University states that those who wish to develop and hone their skills in the practice of ministry in a local church context will enjoy the Practical Theology major or minor in the Department of Theology. Building on the core elements of biblical and theological knowledge, these programs emphasize the practice of ministry.


The Practical Theology program at the Houston Baptist University is especially appropriate for those who want to serve the body of Christ in a teaching and preaching role as a minister in a church, a missionary, as someone in parachurch ministry, or in whatever setting God calls you.

The Practical Theology major is 38 credit hours long, with 17 hours of core classes, 12 hours of Practical Theology classes, 6 hours of electives, and 3 hours of language. The core courses for the major are New Testament Theology, Old Testament Theology, History of Christianity, Hermeneutics, Systematic Theology, and the Senior Seminar. 

We also offer a wide variety of Practical Theology classes which allow you to tailor your studies to your interests, such as the Christian Vocation, Homiletics, Spiritual Formation, Christian Ethics, and Worship. You will also take the course, Biblical Languages for Ministry, which will introduce you to the basics of Greek and Hebrew.

Covenant Fellows

The purpose of the Covenant Fellows Program is to give students called to Christian ministry financial, personal and professional support as they further their undergraduate development into competent and holistically educated ministers/professors/missionaries. HBU covenants with our students and with local churches to provide education and professional experiences that will prove beneficial to both those studying in the program and those churches supporting and employing our ministerial students. One of the benefits of the program is that participants may receive scholarship money during their junior and senior years, per meeting the requirements of the program.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Biblical Languages for Ministry 
  • Hermeneutics 
  • Old Testament Theology 
  • New Testament Theology 
  • History of Christianity 
  • Systematic Theology 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Show proof of sufficient English skills 
  • TOEFL, IELTS, SAT and/or ACT scores, OR 
  • Completion of two (2) classes of collegiate English taken in the United States 
  • Certificate of completion from Language Consultants International (ESL program) 
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent at an accredited institution of higher education whose instruction is conducted in English.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32350 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32350 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    32350 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32350 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Houston

1067 - 1950 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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