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Degree Plan

Heart for the World School of Missions & Ministry under the direction of Harvest Bible University in Los Angeles offers degree programs to fit the varying needs of individual students. 

The SMM academic school year is divided into three trimester programs.  The courses offered are divided up under the subjects: Bible, Ministry, Character Development, Theology, Evangelism, Language and Electives. Most courses are nine weeks long and each course completed earns 2 units of credit.  Certificates and degree plans are divided up into 48 units of credit each and each plan includes. 

Whether you desire to be a fulltime student or take classes according to your interests, we welcome you and offer you the freedom to choose your direction at SMM.

48 units 

Certificate in Biblical Studies

Basic Bible and Theology

96 units 

Associate of Ministry

Basic Ministry Skills

144 units 

Ministerial Diploma

Pastorate or Eldership

192 units 

Bachelor of Ministry

Full Bible University Education

240 units 

Master of Ministry


288 units 

Master of Missions


336 units 

Master of Divinity

Professional Ministry

384 units 

Doctor of Ministry

Highest Professional Level 


Each course at Harvest is offered by one of six departments: Bible, Theology, Language, Character, Ministry, or Evangelism.

Every degree should have courses from all six departments so as to develop breadth and balance in the student’s life. Specific suggestions are delineated in the section on degree descriptions.

Course Level

Harvest Bible University has been purposely structured with many locations so that students may remain in their own area to minister while attending university to train for greater effectiveness. This decentralized approach requires that provision must be made to offer students sufficient courses for their degrees at each campus.

Therefore, each course is carefully constructed so that various levels of students may take it simultaneously. This multi-track approach means that homework requirements, grading scale, and class participation activities will differ for undergraduate and graduate students appropriate to their level.

Course Numbering System

Courses are identified by a two-letter department name abbreviation followed by a three-digit course number, such as TH-434. If the course spans more than one quarter a letter is appended to the course number to indicate which part of the series it is, such as CD-121a, CD-121b.

Department abbreviations are:

BI; Bible. TH; Theology. LG; Language. CD; Character. MN; Ministry. EV; Evangelism.

Courses are numbered according to their recommended level to aid students in developing a long-term educational plan.

However, students are free to take courses that fit their needs at any time in their program.


Lower Division:

100 – 199; First year.

200 – 299; Second year.

Upper Division:

300 – 399; Third year.

400 – 499; Fourth year.


500 – 599; Fifth through eighth years.

Language Of Instruction

Harvest is the university for all people, the place where people of all races and ethnicities come together as the family of God to learn at His feet. Courses are taught in any language with enough students to constitute a class.

You can tell what courses are available in a particular language by looking at the current schedule which specifies the language for each course.

Majors And Concentration

Students may major in Ministry, Missions, or Divinity, based on their level (undergraduate or graduate) and which of the three Harvest schools they choose to major in.

Courses are offered by six different departments to all students in the three schools. A certain number of units is recommended in each of the six departments for each degree, but the student is free to choose the courses that will be most beneficial for his or her own gifts, calling, and ministry situation.

The Associate of Ministry degree is a two-year college degree that provides basic training in the Bible, theology, character, and ministry. It is designed to equip a christian to walk with God and serve Him effectively in a local church. It requires 96 units. The recommended balance of courses for this degree is: 12 units of Bible , 8 of Theology, 8 of Character, 18 of Ministry, 6 of Language, 8 of Evangelism, +36 of Electives, a total of 96 units.

What Our Students Say


Pastor Daniel Sims, Cameron, NC.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at SMM. Since I do not live in New Mexico to attend in person, I am so grateful I have been able to join classes through Zoom. The information from the classes I have attended has deepened my understanding in the Scriptures and has helped me share this with my congregation.  I encourage others to attend SMM if you are looking for a school that teaches biblical principles and does not vary from the truth of GOD’s WORD."
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