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B.S. 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 an 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 Bible and the Christian faith more deeply. Graduates will be prepared to undertake 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 plus the Bachelor's in Biblical Studies degrees with additional select courses can fulfill academic requirements for ordination (check with your advisor).

 

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and be able to communicate a Christian worldview and biblical morality.
  • Have a solid grasp of the biblical principles associated with the Wesleyan-Arminian tradition.
  • Develop significant understanding of major segments and books of the Bible.
  • Be able to compare and contrast the various schools of biblical interpretation and assess the strengths and weaknesses of each school.
  • Apply principles and techniques for fruitful biblical study and biblical communication.

 

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.

 

Accreditation

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at www.indwes.edu/about/iwu-profile/accreditation.

 

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


* Effective July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.
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 IWUfinaid@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,BIL-440,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

  • Proof of standard high school diploma or GED certification.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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 general education as specified (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 may be granted as follows:

  • Courses must be approved by the School of Service and Leadership.
  • Students must complete at least 30 hours of the core curriculum at Indiana Wesleyan University.
  • 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 (DoED) 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.