Bible colleges are undergraduate schools that normally offer two- and four-year degrees, as well as one-year certificates. As undergraduate degrees, all of these are usually pursued after high school but before graduate studies (such as seminary).
The one-year certificates that bible colleges offer aren’t a complete degree, but they can provide some solid training in theological education. General Christian Studies Certificates can complement a secular degree, helping students to understand the foundations of their faith and how they can live that faith out in a non-church setting. Specialized certificates, such as a Youth Ministry Certificate, can provide focused training for bible college students who are pursuing a theological degree.
Associate degrees are two-year degrees. They may be used as a stepping-stone by students who ultimately want a four-year degree (or higher degree), or associate degrees might serve as a final degree in a student’s education.
Associate degrees are available in many different chrisitan fields, such as the Associate in Biblical Studies, Associate in Christian Education and Associate in Pastoral Ministry.
These degrees are commonly abbreviated “A.A.” or “A.S.”
Bachelors degrees are four-year degrees. They can be the final degree that a student pursues, or they can be completed before pursuing seminary (or other graduate studies). Most seminaries require students to earn a bachelors degree prior to enrolling in seminary, although the bachelors usually doesn’t have to be in a christian area of study.
Bachelors of Biblical Studies and Bachelors of Pastoral ministry are two common bachelors degrees that bible colleges offer. There are many others, such as a Bachelors of Christian Education or a Bachelors in Chrisitan Leadership, however.
Bachelors degrees are commonly abbreviated “B.A.” or “B.S.”
Explore Bible College Degrees
To explore these degree options in further depth, check out the various bible college degrees we have listed. From certificates to bachelors degrees, there are good options for all sorts of students.