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BA, Biblical Studies (Adult Degree Completion)

Purpose

The Biblical Studies, Adult Degree Completion track is a pathway to a Bachelor of Arts degree designed for mature Christian students who come to MBTS having made significant progress in their undergraduate studies, usually in the form of an Associate of Arts degree. This program shares the same purpose and learning objectives as the Bachelor of Arts, Biblical Studies degree. This it prepares the graduate for service in local church ministries, evangelism, international or North American missions, denominational service, and/or other Christian ministries by providing increased knowledge of the Bible and its interpretation.

Biblical Studies, Adult Degree Completion Objectives

Students completing their education with a Biblical Studies major will be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate increased understanding of biblical material
  2. Interpret Scripture using appropriate hermeneutical and historically informed principles
  3. Demonstrate skill in communicating biblical truth.

Adult Degree Completion Structure and Duration

The Bachelor of Arts, Biblical Studies major requires 120 credit hours, 60 hours of which can be satisfied by entry into the Adult Degree Completion program with an accredited Associate of Arts degree; and in such cases, the duration of the remaining course of study is determined by the number of credit-hours that are awarded on the basis of documented experiential learning. Up to 24 credit-hours can be awarded on the basic of previous life-experience. In GS495 Portfolio, entering students are given specific instruction regarding the process required to document previous experiential learning. Students lacking an Associate of Arts degree must satisfy additional requirements to reach Associate of Arts equivalency. Thus two degree outlines appear below, one designed for the Associate of Arts graduate and another for students lacking the Associate of Arts degree.

Catalog

With Associate’s

BIBLICAL STUDIES MAJOR (30 Hours) Adult Degree Completion
GS495 Portfolio
Portfolio Hours Earned (up to 24)
GS181 Integrative I, Leadership (1 hr)
MN250 Integrative II, Assessment (1 hr)
GS183 Integrative III, Capstone (1 hr)

BIBLICAL CORE (30 Hours)
BS115 Old Testament Survey I
BS116 Old Testament Survey II
BS117 New Testament Survey I
BS118 New Testament Survey II
HM300 Introduction to Philosophy
HT104 The Church
HT350 Christian Doctrine I
HT351 Christian Doctrine II
HT415 Introduction to Ethics
MN201 Personal Evangelism & Discipleship

ASSOCIATE DEGREE (60 Hours)
Associate Degree

Without Associate’s

BIBLICAL STUDIES MAJOR (30 Hours) Adult Degree Completion
GS495 Portfolio
Portfolio Hours Earned (up to 24)
GS181 Integrative I, Leadership (1 hr)
MN250 Integrative II, Assessment (1 hr)
GS183 Integrative III, Capstone (1 hr)

BIBLICAL CORE (30 Hours)
BS115 Old Testament Survey I
BS116 Old Testament Survey II
BS117 New Testament Survey I
BS118 New Testament Survey II
HM300 Introduction to Philosophy
HT104 The Church
HT350 Christian Doctrine I
HT351 Christian Doctrine II
HT415 Introduction to Ethics
MN201 Personal Evangelism & Discipleship

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE (39 Hours)
BN170 Introduction to Business and Finance
BS205 Historical Geography of the Bible
CM110 Basic Communication
GE101 English Composition I
GE102 English Composition II
GE135 Quantitative Reasoning
GE185 Introduction to Physical Science
GE240 Survey of World Literature
HM344 Christianity and the Arts
HT210 American History
HT411 World Religions
MS201 Global Missions
PY100 Introduction to Psychology

ELECTIVES(21 Hours)

Online Option

You can now complete the BA in Biblical Studies degree using one of three different formats: on-campus, online, or a blended format. MBC provides a Christian environment in which to study and learn. Our smaller size allows you to have more personal contact with your professors. Our new online program allows you the convenience of study on your schedule and in your home or office. The blended format provides the advantages of both. Many of the online courses offered in the BA in Biblical Studies degree plan meet the requirements of several degree plans offered through Midwestern College; however, before registering for a course, be sure it meets the requirements for your specific degree plan.