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B.S. in Biblical Studies

“Students really get engaged in the study of scripture in a really meaningful, relevant kind of way.”

- Paul Garverick

 

Overview

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

Liberal Arts courses are offered through Indiana Wesleyan University and are available at many sites throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and online.

Indiana Wesleyan University

Founded in 1920, Indiana Wesleyan University is a comprehensive, Christian university committed to liberal arts and professional education. Over 10,000 students are enrolled in classes throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and online.

IWU’s innovative Adult and Graduate programs are offered at our 16 regional Education Centers. Each Education Center houses state-of-the-art classrooms, library resources, study rooms, computer labs, and conference rooms. Programs are also available at a number of convenient learning sites located throughout Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Since 1997, most of these programs have been available online, making quality education accessible throughout the United States and around the world.

Accreditation

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org, 312-263-0456. IWU is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, www.cccu.org, 202-546-8713.

Education programs at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, 1140 19th Street, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-223-0077.

Not all programs are offered at all locations and some may only be available online.

Off-Campus Library Services

Library instruction is provided to students at the start of their program at IWU. Reference and document delivery services give students access to all collections of the Jackson Library on the IWU residential campus, as well as Instructional Resource Center services, Interlibrary Loan services, and many e-books and online journals. For more information, see indwes.edu/ocls.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Status Credit Hours Onsite Tuition Online Tuition
Non-Pastor 42 Total $375 / credit hour $375 / credit hour
Pastor1 42 Total $230 / credit hour $230 / credit hour
Wesleyan Pastor2 42 Total $195 / credit hour $195 / credit hour

* Effective July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.
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.

Payment Process

Deposit: Once you are accepted, your program representative will contact you in regards to payment of the required $100.00 deposit. This deposit reserves your place on the class roster. Payment can be made by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Service fee may apply.

Payment Options: Your program representative will work closely with you to choose a payment option that best fits your needs. Your options may include Federal financial aid, company reimbursement tuition deferral, company direct-bill, self-pay, military benefits, etc.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email NonResAid@indwes.edu.

Courses

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

Prerequisite Courses

BIL-101,BIL-102,REL-232,BIL-202

Core Courses

REL-227,BIL-203,BIL-303,BIL-301,BIL-302,BIL-304,REL-424,BIL-410,BIL-404,BIL-402,REL-241,BIL-412,REL-410,REL-483

Requirements

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.

Admission Requirements

  1. Proof of high school graduation or GED certificate.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Minimum Computer Requirements

Students are expected to possess a computer throughout the duration of their program. Student computers must be able to run a supported browser and handle additional plug-ins as identified by the Learning Management System (LMS) company. Students should be able to produce, send, and receive documents that are compatible within the two most recent offerings of Microsoft Office to complete most of the assignments. IWU will offer support to students on only these two offerings of office software. Computer and Internet connection may need to be fast enough in some courses to watch streaming videos, participate in live meetings, upload large files, install software, and listen to audio lectures. In addition to these minimum expectations, participation in a CAPS course or program may entail additional computing and/or technology requirements.

Graduation Requirements

  1. A total of 120 semester credits hours.
  2. Completion of all required core courses with a GPA of 2.50 or higher.
  3. Overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  4. 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.)
  5. Payment of all tuition and fees.

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer credit for core curriculum requirements for undergraduate program within the School of Service and Leadership may be granted as follows:

  • Credit must have been earned at a regionally accredited college or university or an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education with a minimum grade of “C.”
  • Courses must be approved by the School of Service and Leadership.
  • Students must complete at least 30 hours of the core program at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Application Procedures

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.

  1. Application

    Apply online at www.indwes.edu.

  2. Transcripts

    High School
    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.

    College
    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.

  3. 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.

Start Dates

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.