Department of Christianity

Underwood’s Department of Christianity reflects the university’s founding principles in its four-degree programs. Our faculty of experienced theologians provide a curriculum that offers study in pastoral care and counseling, systematic theology, Biblical exegesis, mission studies, and ministry. Our Christianity degree programs can prepare you for a career as a pastor or missionary, or simply enrich your relationship with God.


Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies (BABS)

The Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies program is designed to prepare students to learn and embrace the message of the Bible, accurately interpret the Scriptures, and integrate faith into the world. The Biblical Studies degree program equips students for positions of lay leadership in the church, society, or a variety of Christian ministries at home and abroad. The degree meets the needs of individuals who wish to begin or to continue graduate theological education for their personal or vocational enrichment.

Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Leadership (BAIL).

This program is designed for students who want to deepen their understanding of intercultural issues and cross-cultural perspectives; and develop skills in leadership in intercultural contexts. It explores the increasingly frequent intersection of cultures in today’s world, while instilling in students the qualities of respect and justice necessary for leadership in intercultural situations.

PHD In Intercultural Global Leadership

The PhDIGL program focuses on enhancing the professional competencies necessary for providing leadership in a wide variety of transnational, intercultural business and educational organizations. The program is grounded in a biblically based curriculum and is designed for Christian leaders whose work in an ecumenical environment or global business enterprise necessitates a higher level of skill in intercultural relations.

Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS)

The MATS program provides a biblical/theological foundation for and insight into contemporary theological issues. It is designed to deepen understanding of the Bible, doctrines, and theological issues arising from multi-ethnic, multi- religious, and intercultural contexts.

Master of Arts in Intercultural Leadership (MAIL).

This degree program is aimed at those who wish to deepen their understanding of intercultural relationships and perspectives with an emphasis on leadership in intercultural contexts. In the rapidly-globalizing world of today, there is an emergent need not only for intercultural and cross-cultural awareness, but for leadership skills that can be used across cultures. Graduates are equipped with the skills, competence, and empathy necessary to lead intercultural organizations and groups.

Master of Divinity (MDiv)

The Master of Divinity degree is a foundational professional program for various forms of ministries and missions. It aims to prepare those called to Bible ministry with the theological insights, spirituality, professional skills, social responsibility, and exemplary leadership abilities that are required of the intercultural and multi-religious ministry/mission setting.

Graduate students at Underwood are prepared to serve their communities and the world. They are creative individuals who are equipped to deal with real-world issues. From business to ministry to global leadership, Underwood’s graduate studies programs are designed to develop the skills necessary to truly advance in your calling and your career.

Undergraduate Studies


Bachelor Of Arts in Intercultural Leadership


Bachelor Of Arts in Biblical Studies

Graduate Studies


Master of Arts in Intercultural Leadership


Master of Arts in Theological Studies


Master of Divinity


PHD In Intercultural Global Leadership