Top 20 Online Bible College Graduate Programs 2016

Top 20 Bible College Graduate ProgramsContinuing our reviews and rankings for 2016, this ranking focuses on Online Graduate Programs offered among the top Bible Schools in the country.  We have reviewed institutions offering some of the best online graduate degree programs available.  Online education has progressed over the past decade and is a desirable option for many students.  Subject to the same accreditation as the on-campus counterpart, these Bible schools offer the most flexible and comprehensive Graduate Studies programs available.  Suitability for online learning may not be for every student, but for those balancing current ministry, outside work or home life, an online programs (or distance learning) is an excellent alternative to traditional education.

The methodology behind this ranking began with schools that are members of The Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), or accredited members of The Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS).  Theological affiliates of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) were also considered.  We then ranked each school using the number of fully online graduate degree programs and the average tuition cost.   Each category received a standardized score and were weighted equally.  These standardized scores were then summed to produce this ranking.

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Dallas Theological Seminary

Located in Dallas, Texas, Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) is a private, non-denominational evangelical institution established in 1924. DTS is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as well as by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. DTS offers a total of two online graduate-level degrees, namely a Master of Biblical & Theological Studies and a Master of Arts in Christian Studies. Each online course is taught by the same experienced faculty members who teach on-campus and prospective students are given the opportunity to sample classes on the DTS website to gain insight on what to expect as an enrolled student.

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Bob Jones University

Located in Greenville, South Carolina, Bob Jones University (BJU) is a private, non-denominational Protestant university established in 1927. An accredited member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, BJU offers a variety of online degree programs, including five graduate-level degrees. Degree options include a Master of Arts in Leadership; Master of Business Administration; Master of Science in Criminal Justice; Master of Science in Nursing; and a Master of Science in Organizational Management. A convenient, flexible option, courses begin seven-times throughout the calendar year. Known for its conservative culture and religious values, all of BJU’s classes are taught from a distinctly Christian worldview by experienced, qualified faculty.

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Kings University

Located in South Lake, Texas, The King’s University (TKU) is a private, Christian institution and is partnered with Gateway Church in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Accredited by both the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and the Association for Biblical Higher Education, TKU offers a wide range of online degree programs including a total of seven graduate-level degree programs. Options include a Master of Divinity; Master of Theology; M.A. in Journalism; M.A. in Graphic Arts; M.A. in Information Technology; Master of Business Administration; and an M.A. in Translation & Interpretation. Courses are taught over approximately seven week-long sessions and follow a traditional semester-based schedule.

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Cairn University

Located in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, Cairn University (formerly known as Philadelphia Biblical University) is a private, nondenominational Christian institution of higher learning. Established in 1913, Cairn University has regionally accredited by the Middle States Association since 1967 and was one of the first Bible colleges to be so. The school offers a total of five online Master’s degrees including a Master of Arts in Religion; Master of Science in Education; M.S. in Educational Leadership & Administration; Master of Business Administration; and an M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership. Cairn’s online course lengths range between seven to fourteen weeks, depending on the program and most degrees may be completed in as little as two years.

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Moody Bible Institute

Moody Bible Institute (MBI), located in the Near North Side of Chicago, Illinois, is a private institution of biblical higher education established in 1886 by well-known evangelist, Dwight L. Moody. Accredited through both the Higher Learning Commission and the Association for Biblical Higher Education, MBI offers a variety of online degree programs, including two graduate-level degrees – a Master of Arts in Applied Biblical Studies; and a Master of Arts in Biblical Exposition. MBI’s online courses last approximately eight-weeks long and are designed to provide a challenge without being overwhelming. Courses are self-paced and as such, offer a great amount of both convenience and flexibility.

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Columbia International University

Located in Columbia, South Carolina, Columbia International University (CIU) is a private, multi-denominational, Christian institution of higher education, established in 1923. CIU is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and offers a total of four online Master’s degrees, namely an M.A. in Intercultural Studies; M.A. in Muslim Studies; M.A. in Theological Studies; and a Master of Education. All of CIU’s degrees focus on equipping students with a solid theological foundation, creating a deeper understanding of their own Christian faith in order to produce students who are better equipped to make an impact for Christ. Designed for busy adults balancing work, family, and school, CIU’s online programs offer a flexible and convenient option.

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Ohio Christian University

Ohio Christian University (OCU) is a private institution of biblical higher education, located in Circleville, Ohio. OCU was established in 1948 and is affiliated with the Churches of Christ in Christian Union and is accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission and the Association for Biblical Higher Education. OCU offers a variety of online degree programs, including three online Master’s programs. Areas of study include a Master of Arts in Ministry; Master of Business Administration (with concentration options); and a Master of Management. A duel degree option is also offered, combining the MBA with an M.A. in Ministry. OCU’s online degrees are known for both their flexibility and affordability due to the school’s commitment to making tuition affordable through its multiple financial aid programs.

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Laurel University

Laurel University (formerly known as (John Wesley College), located in High Point, North Carolina, near the Piedmont Triad area, is a private, interdenominational Christian institution. Accredited through the Association for Biblical Higher Education, Laurel University offers a number of online degree programs including three graduate-level degrees. Online degree options include a Master of Business Administration; Master of Theological Studies; and a Doctor of Ministry. Geared especially towards students balancing a career, family, and school, classes are asynchronous, meaning students may access them at any time of day or night. A highly convenient, flexible option, Laurel’s online degree programs are designed to allow for quality student-teacher interaction.

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Multnomah University

Located in Portland, Oregon, Multnomah University (MU) is a private, non-denominational Christian institution consisting of a college, graduate school, seminary and Degree Completion program. Accredited through four accrediting bodies, including the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and the Association for Biblical Higher Education, MU offers a variety of online degree programs, including five Master’s level degrees. Online programs include an M.A. in Global Development & Justice; M.A. in Biblical Studies; M.A. in Christian Leadership; M.A. in Theological Studies; and a Master of Divinity. Designed to offer students an engaging and personal education that is rooted in the Word of God, MU’s online programs utilize Canvas, a mobile-friendly learning platform with features that allow students to interact easily with classmates and professors.

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Ecclesia College

Located in Springdale, Arkansas, Ecclesia College is a private, four-year institution that was established in 1975. Accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, Ecclesia College offers a variety of online degree programs, including one graduate-level degree, a Master of Christian Leadership. This degree program is designed to prepare Christian students of all ages who have a growing love for Christ to effectively lead in a variety of areas including church and parachurch organizations, missions, marketplace, and other ministry fields. Ecclesia’s online classes are taught by the same experienced faculty members who teach on-campus; courses last approximately eight weeks and are taught asynchronously, allowing students to access material at any time of day or night.

10

Johnson University

Johnson University (previously known as Johnson Bible College) is a private, Christian institution located in Knoxville, Tennessee and established in 1893. The school is affiliated with the Restoration Movement and holds regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as well as the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Johnson offers a number of online degree programs, including a total of four graduate-level degrees, including an M.A. in New Testament; M.A. in Intercultural Studies; Master of Business Administration; and a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies. A leader in distance education for over one hundred years, Johnson’s online degree programs promise quality, convenience, and flexibility.

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Epic Bible College

Located in Sacramento, California, Epic Bible College (EBC – formerly known as Trinity Life Bible College) is a private institution of biblical higher education. Though historically associated with the Assemblies of God, EBC is now nondenominational and was established in 1974 for the purpose of training up people for Christian ministry. EBC offers a single online graduate-level degree program, a Master of Arts in Ethical Leadership. A 48 quarter unit program, EBC’s Ethical Leadership program is designed to provide graduate level learning experience for the purpose of training up men and women to serve effectively in areas of ministry, non-profits, and a variety of organizations. EBC is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools.

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Bethesda University

Located in Anaheim, California, Bethesda University is a private, Christian institution of biblical higher education established in 1976 by Dr. David Yonggi Cho who had the vision of building up leaders with a heart for world missions. Bethesda University offers two online graduate degree programs, a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies and a Master of Divinity. A highly flexible and convenient study option, Bethesda’s online degree programs allow students to pursue their education from anywhere in the world where there is internet access. Bethesda is accredited through the BPPE (a division of the California Department of Education), the Association for Biblical Higher Education, and the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools.

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Fuller Theological Seminary

Fuller Theological Seminary (FTS), based out of Pasadena, California, is a private Christian institution of higher education, established in 1947 and named after founder Charles E. Fuller, a well-known radio evangelist. FTS is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools as well as the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The seminary offers a total of four online graduate-level degrees, including a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies; Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry; Master of Arts in Global Leadership; and a Master of Divinity. FTS’s online courses are designed to offer convenience and flexibility, allowing students to remain where they are by studying primarily online.

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Shasta Bible College & Graduate School

Located in Redding, California, Shasta Bible College and Graduate School (SBC) is a private, four-year Baptist institution of higher education, accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. SBC offers a variety of online degree programs including five distinct graduate-level degrees with multiple concentration options. Degree options include a M.A. in Christian Ministries (with five emphases choices); M.S. in School/Church Administration; M.A. in Biblical Counseling; M.A. in Christian Family Life Education; and a Master of Divinity (with four emphases options). A highly flexible and convenient degree option designed especially for busy professionals, SBC’s semesters last approximately 15 weeks with an additional week set aside for final exams.

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Virginia Baptist College

Located in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Virginia Baptist College (VBC – formerly known as Berean Baptist Institute) is a private Christian institution of biblical higher education. VBC offers multiple online degree programs, including a total of three online graduate programs. Degree offerings include a Master of Ministry; Master of Biblical Studies; and a Master of Christian Education. A highly flexible option, VBC’s classes are asynchronous, meaning that students are not required to log in on any certain day or time, but may access and complete assignments on their own schedule within a specified time-frame. The school is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools.

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Apex School of Theology

Apex School of Theology (ASOT) is located in Durham North Carolina and was established in 1995 by the Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Perkins of Apex First Baptist Church. ASOT offers a number of online degree programs, including four graduate-level degrees including a Master of Christian Education; Master of Arts in Christian Counseling; Master of Divinity; and a Doctor of Ministry. All of ASOT’s programs, both on-campus and online, follow the same curriculum and offer the same level of quality and academic rigor. ASOT is dedicated to providing an affordable education option to deserving students. The school is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools.

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Olivet University

Olivet University, located in San Francisco, California, is a private Christian institution of biblical higher education, established in 2000 and affiliated with the Evangelical Assembly of Presbyterian Churches in America. Olivet University is accredited through the Association for Biblical Higher Education and offers a variety of online degree programs, including seven graduate-level degrees. Degree options include a Master of Divinity; Master of Theology; M.A. in Journalism; M.A. in Graphic Arts; M.A. in Information Technology; Master of Business Administration; M.A. in Translation & Interpretation. Olivet’s online degree programs utilize the Moodle learning management system and each class is taught by qualified and experienced faculty.

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Summit University

Located in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, Summit University is a private Bible college, historically affiliated with the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches. Summit University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and The Association of Biblical higher Education. The school offers a total of nine online graduate degree programs, including a Master of Arts with concentrations in Bible, Counseling, Literature, Missions, and Organizational Leadership; a Master of Education; M.S. in Counseling; Master of Ministry; Master of Divinity; Doctor of Ministry; and a Doctor of Philosophy. Summit’s virtual classroom is hosted using Moodle and nearly all of the classes run in eight-week long sessions.

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Luther Rice College and Seminary

Luther Rice College and Seminary (LRC) is a private, Baptist-affiliated institution located in Lithonia, Georgia. Established in 1962, LRC is accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education and offers a total of seven online graduate-level degrees. Programs include an M.A. in Apologetics; M.A. in Biblical Counseling; M.A. in Christian Studies; M.A. in Ministry; Master of Divinity (with electives in Biblical Languages); and a Doctor of Ministry. Noted for its affordable tuition costs, LRC has over ten years of experience in offering online courses. LRC’s online program courses are asynchronous, meaning that students may log at any time to view and complete lessons and assignments, allowing for maximum convenience and flexibility.