School of christian studies

HPU’s Christian studies programs serve to train Christian students to be equipped to fulfill the command of Jesus Christ to make disciples of all nations and to teach them what He commanded.

About HPU's School of christian studies

The School of Christian Studies at Howard Payne University is designed to make the practice of the Christian faith more relevant for our world. HPU’s School of Christian Studies is dedicated to helping students understand that the church is God’s minister to His world and to helping them live out their Christian faith as they confront the religious, moral, intellectual and social decisions of life, both now and later.

HPU’s programs in Christian studies include biblical, theological, historical and practical ministry studies. We are committed to intellectual growth and the development of the “life of the mind” for our ourselves and for our students. At the same time, “Christian Studies” indicates that we are also committed to the growth and development of the “life of faith.” We value the spiritual and social growth of the faculty and students, just as we do the intellectual growth. We often say, “We want to be good students and good servants of the Lord.”

We serve the entire HPU student community by offering general education courses in Introduction to the Old Testament and Introduction to the New Testament. These courses intend to help students develop or increase their knowledge of the Bible, and to develop or increase their appreciation of the role of the Bible in the Christian life. In addition, we offer five undergraduate programs, two graduate programs and an accelerated program through which a student may earn a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in five years. 

Teacher Certification

Teacher certification at the secondary-level is available.


Ministerial Alliance – Students who receive the ministerial scholarship from the Baptist General Convention of Texas actively participate in the Ministerial Alliance (M.A.). The M.A. organization provides ministerial students with a group to strengthen, train, and prepare them as individual ministers. It also helps students build connections which will be beneficial throughout their ministries. Contact the School of Christian Studies for more information.

Appointed — The Appointed organization strives to encourage ministry-driven women by sharing resources and discussing the unique roles of women in ministry. Contact the School of Christian Studies for more information.


Students applying for admission to the School of Christian Studies may also choose to apply for admission to the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy. Providing an innovative approach to the academic program, the Academy enables students to combine their specialized major with coursework grounded in an understanding of the American free enterprise system.


There are a number of scholarships, grants and loans available through the university’s Office of Financial Aid.

Additionally, departmental scholarships are available for HPU students who are already enrolled in their major.

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