B.S. in Biblical Studies
“Students really get engaged in the study of scripture in a really meaningful, relevant kind of way.”
- Paul Garverick
ONLINE OR ONSITE
Indiana Wesleyan University’s Bachelor of Science with a major in Biblical Studies degree program is offered in online format and may also be offered onsite at locations in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. The program provides an in-depth education from a Wesleyan-Arminian perspective for persons who desire to understand the Christian faith and its foundational issues. Graduates will be prepared to undertake more advanced ministry positions in Christian churches and para-church organizations or to proceed on to master’s-level work in Divinity or Ministry. The program meets many academic and practicum requirements for licensing and/or ordination in many denominations. Within The Wesleyan Church, the Associate in Christian Ministry and Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies degrees fulfill approximately two-thirds of the academic requirements for ordination.
RELEVANT AND CONVENIENT
- Prepares students to partner with God to change His world
- Faculty are experienced ministry professionals with solid academic qualifications
- Cohort groups provide mutual support
- Classes meet one night per week or online
- One-time registration, no more waiting in line
Liberal Arts courses are offered through Indiana Wesleyan University and are available at many sites throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and online.
Tuition & Financial Aid
|Status||Credit Hours||Onsite Tuition||Online Tuition|
|Non-Pastor||42 Total||$368 / credit hour||$368 / credit hour|
|Pastor1||42 Total||$258 / credit hour||$258 / credit hour|
|Wesleyan Pastor2||42 Total||$188 / credit hour||$188 / credit hour|
* Effective July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017.
1 A "pastor" must hold an official pastoral title from their church or para-church organization. They shall be directly accountable to either a local administrative board, District Superintendent, Bishop, or Pastor.
2 A "Wesleyan pastor" is an individual who is under appointment through The Wesleyan Church.
The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, eBooks, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.
The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.
Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.
Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below. For further information, feel free to contact us.
Preview Your Classes
Below are the lists of requirements for the B.S. in Biblical Studies program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.
- Proof of high school graduation or GED certificate.
- Official transcripts from all previous college or university studies at regionally accredited colleges or universities or at an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
- Prior completion of at least 60 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university or from an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education is required before starting the core program. A maximum of 40 credit hours may be earned through the assessed learning process toward the required 60.
- A total of 120 semester credits hours.
- Completion of all required core courses with a GPA of 2.50 or higher.
- Overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
- Completion of 30 credit hours of Liberal Arts courses, including the following:
- 3 credit hours in Biblical Studies
- 3 credit hours in Biblical Studies or Philosophy or Religion
- 6 credit hours in English Written Communication
- 3 credit hours in English Oral Communication
- 6 credit hours in Social or Behavioral Science
- 3 credit hours in Mathematics
- 3 credit hours in Natural Science
- 3 credit hours in Arts and Humanities (Core courses that fall into Liberal Arts categories may not be used to fill both the core requirement and the Liberal Arts requirement.)
- Payment of all tuition and fees.
To be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Science with a major in Biblical Studies degree program, complete each of the following steps. For more information, call 866-498-4968 to speak with a Program Representative.
Apply online at www.indwes.edu.
Applicants who have fewer than 30 credit hours of college coursework or applicants who are applying to the certificate program are required to submit a copy of a standard high school diploma or transcript or GED scores for admission.
Applicants who have more than 30 credit hours of college coursework are required to submit an official transcript from each undergraduate regionally accredited institution attended. Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file only those transcripts sent in directly to IWU by the registrar of the attended institution(s). Official transcripts must exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar. Transcripts that are stamped “student copy,” “issued to student,” or “unofficial” cannot be accepted as official.
College Transcripts from Non-U.S. Schools
For college transcripts from non-U.S. schools, secure a “Course-by-Course Report” from Educational Credential Evaluators (see www.ece.org). Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. The evaluation must list course-by-course credit hours and grades.
- TOEFL Scores
Submit a copy of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores if English is not your primary language. For more information about this test, see www.toefl.org.
Prior Learning Assessment
Undergraduate students accepted to or enrolled in any of the CAPS associate or baccalaureate degree programs are eligible to complete Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Credit hours awarded may be counted toward general education, elective, or select core requirements as applicable to the undergraduate degree or as specified for approved graduate programs. Baccalaureate students may earn a maximum of 40 hours of credit through PLA. Associate degree students may earn a maximum of 18 hours through PLA. Undergraduate students may use PLA credit to accrue toward the 60 hours of credit required for admission to the bachelor’s core curriculum and/or to meet degree requirements while in the core and/or after the core has been completed.
Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the Bachelor of Science with a major in Biblical Studies program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.