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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).

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

Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is a Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church that is committed to global liberal arts and professional education. The university system includes IWU—Marion, where about 3,000 students are enrolled in traditional programs on the main campus in Marion, Ind.; IWU-National & Global, which includes more than 9,000 adult learners throughout the world who study online or onsite at 14 education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio; and Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University, which offers a practical and student-centered approach for busy, working ministers. IWU’s DeVoe School of Business, the School of Nursing, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Educational Leadership, the School of Service and Leadership, and the Division of Liberal Arts are all housed within the National and Global campus. More information is available at www.indwes.edu.

Not all programs are offered at all Education Centers. Some programs may only be offered online.

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.

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 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, 2019, through June 30, 2020.
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

  1. 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.
  2. Submission of all required items for the admission process as outlined in the application procedures section of the application packet.
  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 credit 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 general education as specified (General Education Requirements).
  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:

  • 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.”

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 indwes.edu.

2. Transcripts
High School:
Applicants who have fewer than 12 passing semester hours of regionally accredited college coursework are required to submit a copy of a standard high school diploma or transcript or GED scores for admission.

College: Applicants to the bachelor program are required to submit an official 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). Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file only those transcripts sent 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 hours and grades. Note: Additional third party evaluators can be considered from an approved list and in some cases and internal international transcript evaluation can be done.


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.