Online Bachelor's Biblical Studies

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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.

You’ll Learn To…

  • 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.

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54 Total
$392/ Credit Hour*

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing

DISCOUNTS: Pastor - 25% Discount Per Credit Hour; Wesleyan Pastor - 45% Discount Per Credit Hour


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


Here is the list of courses required to complete the program. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles. For further information, feel free to contact us.

21 Core Courses

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence. For a full list of courses required to complete your degree, please visit the university catalog.



Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. 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 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.

  • 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".


Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.


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

*Effective 07-01-2021 through 06-30-2022