Mission Statement

Heritage Christian University exists for the advancement of Churches of Christ by equipping servants through undergraduate and graduate programs and continuing education. HCU produces effective communicators, preachers, teachers, and missionaries for real-world ministry with a focus on evangelism and a commitment to scripture.

Vision Statement

We envision that congregations all around the globe will be effectively living out the story of God and His mission to the world as a result of our efforts to inspire and educate the next generation of servant leaders for the church.

Core Values

  1. God is Sovereign, Christ is Lord
  2. Committed to Scripture
  3. Focused on Evangelism
  4. Bound by Honesty
  5. Faithful and Trustworthy
  6. Accountable and Continually Improving
  7. Collaborative in Community
  8. Eager to Listen
  9. Hungry for Information, Sensitive to its Limitations
  10. Rooted and Grounded in Love

Institutional Goals

To ensure a preeminent biblical education, Heritage Christian University will:

  1. Provide general studies courses.
  2. Provide degree offerings in biblical studies to give students the skills necessary to meet the needs of the church.
  3. Offer a quality library to assist students, faculty, and alumni in research, ministry, and personal development.
  4. Assist students in achieving their educational goals by making available student and educational support services.
  5. Operate with a systematic, broad-based research, planning, and evaluation process for the ongoing pursuit of institutional effectiveness and continuous improvement.
  6. Utilize a qualified, competent faculty, staff, and administration dedicated to carrying out the role, scope, and mission of the institution as adopted by the Board of Directors.
  7. Operate with adequate physical, financial, and relational resources to accomplish the role, scope, and mission of the institution.


Heritage Christian University exists to help Christians answer God’s call to ministry. We offer a balanced, comprehensive, practical education that impacts the whole person. We aim to:

  • Challenge students academically.
  • Enhance their passion for ministry.
  • Strengthen their skills for service.

Within our rigorous academic program under the direction of experienced Christian leaders, HCU students engage in the study of Scripture, explore the roots of the faith, receive training in ministerial service, identify patterns for character formation, articulate goals, and practice knowledge in a variety of contexts within God’s world. Our distinctive focus maintains real-world ministry and occurs as an outpouring from God’s transformation of the person: heart, mind, whole being.

Undergraduate Program Student Learning Outcomes

All of the following results are from the 2022-2023 graduating class.

General Education

Field Education

Biblilical and Theological Studies and Professional Studies (AA)

Biblical and Theological Studies and Professional Studies (BA)


Graduate School of Theology Student Learning Outcomes

All of the following results are from the 2022-2023 graduating class.

Master of Arts in Christian Scripture

Master of Ministry

Master of Divinity

Retention Rates

This retention rate measures the number of degree-seeking students from Semester A who returned as degree-seeking students in Semester B compared to the number of all such students who could have returned, excluding those who completed all academic requirements for their degree prior to Semester B.

Example: Suppose Peter, Andrew, James, and John were all enrolled in Spring 2023. Peter graduated in May. Andrew and James re-enrolled in Fall 2023, but John didn’t. In this example, Spring 2023 Retention would be 67%.


Undergraduate Program

Graduate School of Theology

Graduation Rates

A graduation rate measures the percentage of students who graduated within a designated period of time after starting their respective degree programs.

For undergraduate degree programs, the designated period of time is 200% of the normal time for students to complete all requirements of their respective program of study. So, this is the four-year graduation rate for AA students and the eight-year graduation rate for BA students.

In the Graduate School of Theology, the MA and the MMin must each be completed within seven years, and the MDiv must be completed within 10 years.

For example, 2023 graduation rates are based on students who started their respective degrees during the academic years indicated:

  • AA: 2019-2020
  • BA: 2015-2016
  • MA: 2016-2017
  • MMin: 2016-2017
  • MDiv: 2013-2014

Placement Outcomes for Graduates

The charts below indicate the number of graduates from each degree in the past three years, organized within the following categories as of the time of graduation (as indicated by the student on the graduating student survey):

Paid ministry: The graduate sought their degree in preparation for paid ministry work and was in such a position.

Volunteer ministry: The graduate sought their degree in preparation for volunteer ministry work and was in such a position.

Personal enrichment: The graduate received a degree sought for personal enrichment rather than for vocational reasons.

Pursuing further study: The graduate was not placed, but was pursuing additional education at some level.

Seeking ministry placement: The graduate was neither placed nor pursuing additional education, but was actively seeking appropriate placement.

Other: The graduate did not fall within any of the above categories.

Undergraduate Program

Graduate School of Theology