Online Bachelor's - Biblical Studies

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

- Paul Garverick


Overview of the Biblical Studies Online Bachelor's Program

Online Or Onsite

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biblical Studies focuses on studying Scripture carefully and theologically employing the inductive Bible study approach. Students will delve into the background, genre, contents, and theological themes of most books and blocks of the Bible. Attention will also be given to cultural and philosophical dynamics, both in the interpretation and application of Scripture. The focus on Scripture will be complemented by material on theology, spirituality, leadership, and teaching. Graduates will be prepared to serve in ministry positions, especially in roles that emphasize preaching and teaching the Bible and/or as preparation for Masters level divinity, ministry, or Biblical Studies.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the relevant background, genre, contents, and theological themes of select books of the Bible.
  • Apply the principles and techniques of inductive Bible study to various biblical materials.
  • Explain the relevance of diverse historical and cultural circumstances on the interpretation and application of Scripture.
  • Relate interpretations of Scripture to key aspects of Wesleyan theology.
  • Design Bible study lessons based on exegetical analysis and effective learning techniques.
  • Integrate the study of Scripture into one’s own spiritual, character, and leadership formation.

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


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at


Tuition & Financial Aid

Status Credit Hours Onsite Tuition Online Tuition
Non-Pastor 54 Total $392 / credit hour $392 / credit hour
Pastor1 54 Total 25% Discount Per Credit Hour 25% Discount Per Credit Hour
Wesleyan Pastor2 54 Total 45% Discount Per Credit Hour 45% Discount Per Credit Hour

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

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


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.


Prerequisite Courses


Core Courses



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

  • Proof of standard high school diploma or GED certification.
  • Original transcript from each undergraduate college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (DoED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • Prior completion of at least 60 transferable credit hours is required before the student is eligible to start a bachelor core program.

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

  • Completion of 120 semester hours.
  • Overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Completion of the required core courses with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Completion of 30 hours of general education as specified in IWU Catalog (General Education Requirements)
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.

Transfer Credit Policy

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

  • Credit must have been earned at a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (USDoE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) with a minimum grade of "C".

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.