Diploma in Biblical Studies

Christian University GlobalNet’s 36-credit Diploma in Biblical Studies is designed for those who want to develop a solid foundation of biblical knowledge for their own learning and/or to allow them to be more effective in their teaching or preaching of God’s Word. The program begins with Core 1 self-study courses and then moves to the Core 2 semester intensive model of online learning. In Core 2, students join an interactive online student group and, with an online instructor guiding the learning and the discussion, they go deeper into the study of the Old and New Testaments and delve into theology, church history, and spiritual formation.

Downloadable Program Brochure (PDF Format): Diploma in Biblical Studies Program

Next Steps:

1. Apply for the Diploma in Biblical Studies anytime throughout the year using the above Admissions Requirements.
2. Receive welcome instructions via email from the Admissions Office.
3. Take the optional free AP Bible exam OR Enroll in your first course and begin your work.
4. You will receive transcript credit for each course that you successfully complete.
5. When you have received credit for all of the courses required, the Registrar will issue your Christian University GlobalNet Diploma in Biblical Studies.

Core 1: Self-Study

Course Description

The term hermeneutics can be intimidating. It sounds academic and is foreign to most of our vocabularies. However, the act of interpretation is as common as communication itself. This course will instruct in various parameters for biblical interpretation and will show how specific methods are applied to Bible study.

Credits

2 Credits

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

New Testament Basics: Things We Thought We Knew provides an introduction to the New Testament as it surveys vital information that guides the student’s thinking in the study of the New Testament books. This information is both basic and essential to an accurate understanding of New Testament Scriptures.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Craig L. Blomberg, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Matthew - Mark: Two Presentations of Jesus introduces students to the Gospels as literature and then focuses in on the Gospels of Matthew and Mark. Students will study the specific purposes of each book and how the writers told the account of Jesus’ life to accomplish their unique goals.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Craig L. Blomberg, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Luke - John: Two Interpretations of Jesus provides two different renditions of Jesus’ life and ministry. Adding the perspectives of Luke and John to those given by Matthew and Mark will provide additional detail and explanation to the incredible life of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Craig L. Blomberg, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

During Jesus’ time in Galilee, He introduced the basic rules of life for the Kingdom He was offering to His people. This course, Jesus in Galilee: Popularity and Misunderstanding, studies the great Galilean phase of Jesus’ ministry, which is the setting for the Sermon on the Mount, and then actually studies the Sermon itself.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Craig L. Blomberg, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

As amazing as it seems, the people Jesus came to save actually rejected Him. In Luke – John: Jesus in Judea—Opposition and Rejection students will survey the Judean phase of Jesus’ ministry and gain insight into His teachings and actions that increased the Jewish opposition to the point where they would turn one of their own countrymen over to the Romans for crucifixion.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Craig L. Blomberg, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Most people recognize the fact that the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ was the turning point of world history. After His resurrection and ascension, His disciples spread His Church across the Roman Empire and changed the world. Acts: Crucifixion, Resurrection & Proclamation will add depth to the student’s understanding and appreciation of these world-changing and individual life-changing events.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Craig L. Blomberg, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

The New Testament epistles to the Galatians and Thessalonians are Paul’s earliest preserved letters. In them he began to lay a theological and behavioral foundation for Christian belief and conduct. This course, Galatians - 1 Corinthians: Paul’s Earliest Letters, surveys these early writings.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Craig L. Blomberg, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

The Corinthian church was planted in a moral cesspool. The people who came to Christ and formed that church brought a wagon-load of philosophical, religious, and moral baggage with them that made this a tough church. The two letters we have from Paul to the Corinthians deal with some of the most thorny spiritual and moral issues addressed anywhere in the Bible. This course, 1 & 2 Corinthians: Two Letters to a Tough Church, contains essential help for the Church in any age.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Craig L. Blomberg, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Rome was the capital of the world. Although Paul hadn’t yet visited there when he wrote his epistle to the Christians at Rome, he wanted to make certain they were clear on what the Gospel really was. In the Roman epistle, we have Paul’s great theological statement on God’s salvation. Later, Paul was imprisoned in Rome while waiting for his trial before Caesar. While there, he wrote four letters. In this course, Romans - Ephesians: The Letter to the Roman Church & Letters from a Roman Prison, we study the letters Paul wrote both to and from Rome.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Craig L. Blomberg, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

This course, 1 Timothy - Hebrews: Letters to Pastors & a Church Struggling to Believe, combines three letters of instruction to young pastors and a letter to a church struggling with its foundational beliefs. The Pastoral Epistles provide doctrinal and tactical help to those who lead God’s people; and Hebrews presents Jesus Christ as the sovereign Savior and Lord of His church and encourages its readers to pursue unreservedly their relationship with Him.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Craig L. Blomberg, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Unlike Paul’s epistles, the general epistles were not addressed to a particular city or person. These letters deal more with the broader topics of suffering and the dangers of false teachings and unbelief among Christians. This course, James - Jude: Letters to Everyone – General & Johannine Epistles, covers these epistles.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Craig L. Blomberg, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

In Revelation: The Book of Revelation – The End and the Beginning, the New Testament and the Bible culminate with this glorious description of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. All of history’s events are culminated in this fantastic story of Christ’s ultimate triumph over evil and the restoration of all things to their created design.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Craig L. Blomberg, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Genesis - Leviticus: God Builds a People for Himself tells the story of Israel’s roots. From the creation of all things to the creation of Israel as a nation at Sinai, this course studies God’s process of building a nation to represent Him on earth. It is the foundation for understanding the struggles and triumphs of the relationship between God and Israel that is recorded in the rest of the Old Testament books.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Douglas K. Stuart, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Numbers-Joshua: The Tragedy of Fear and the Glory of Faith is a study of contrasts. Israel’s fear prevented them from entering the land God promised to give them, resulting in the story of wandering and death recorded in Numbers. In contrast, the books of Deuteronomy and Joshua record the preparation and triumph of faith as the people allowed God to win the Promised Land for them.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Douglas K. Stuart, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

This course, Judges-1 Samuel: Israel’s Choice From God-Rule to Human-Rule, covers the books of Judges, Ruth and the book of 1 Samuel. These books contrast Israel as they rebelled against God’s rule in the period of Judges, but Ruth gives a snapshot of obedience during that same period. 1 Samuel examines Israel’s amazing transition from having God-as-their-King to having men-as-their kings.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Douglas K. Stuart, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

2 Samuel-2 Kings: The Difference Leaders Make will guide students through a study of Israel’s kingdom era—as a united nation and as a nation divided into Israel and Judah. It not only covers this critical time in Israel’s history, but also provides an essential foundation for studying Israel’s prophets.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Douglas K. Stuart, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

1 Chronicles - Nehemiah describes the fact that while Israel and Judah flaunted their disobedience in God’s face and persecuted His prophets, He kept His commitment to His covenant promises. Chronicles traces the Davidic kings through whom God would bring His Messiah. Although God exiled His people, Ezra and Nehemiah tell how He restored them to their land and life.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Douglas K. Stuart, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Pressure and pain are realities of life. One of the verifying realities of the Old Testament record is its openness about the difficulties God’s people often suffered—and were often confused by. This course, Job-Lamentations: God’s Path Through Pain, studies three books that deal head-on with the pain and pressure often associated with being God’s people.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Douglas K. Stuart, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Times change and life’s issues take new forms. Solomon never sat in a traffic jam on the freeway and we never fret over an attack by the Philistines, but human emotions remain the same. In this course, Proverbs-Psalms: Singing the Sounds of Real Life, students will study the distilled language of Israel’s poets as they sang the songs of their lives. They are, amazingly, like the songs of people’s lives today.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Douglas K. Stuart, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

God’s prophets stood up and spoke out when it was very unpopular to do so. As men with a message from God, they were preachers with a message that God-rejecting Israel and Judah wanted no part of. This course, Daniel-Micah: Studies of Integrity—Good Men in Bad Times, presents the men, their messages and their times.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Douglas K. Stuart, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

This course, Ecclesiastes-Isaiah: God Guides His People Through Poets and Prophets, takes students through two of the Old Testament books of poetry and then introduces them to the writing prophets—who also used a great deal of poetry in their writings. Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs present the importance of living life under God’s direction. Isaiah introduces the prophetic literature, which is a series of calls to abandon the pursuit of alternative lifestyles and live life God’s way.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Douglas K. Stuart, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

In this course you will study two prophets whose ministry related to Jerusalem’s fall to the Babylonians. This unthinkable event – that the city where God lived in His temple could be destroyed – is studied as a threat in Jeremiah and as a historical reality in Ezekiel. The miserable failure of God’s people, and God’s success in judging and yet preserving His people, are surveyed in this course that studies these two prophets.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Douglas K. Stuart, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

This course demonstrates the fact that while God had chosen Israel as His covenant people, His compassion extended beyond Israel to all people. We study prophets whom God sent to Israel’s great oppressor and prophets God sent to Judah.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Douglas K. Stuart, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

The prophets studied in this course ministered after Jerusalem’s destruction and, in Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi, during the return and reconstruction of Jerusalem after the exile in Babylon. They demonstrate God’s concern for all His people, Jew and Gentile and emphasize the essential place of obedience to His moral will.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Douglas K. Stuart, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare you spiritually and emotionally as you begin your biblical and theological studies. You have a desire to know more about the Bible and to develop your relationship with God. Sometimes forward movement can occur most effectively after a backward look.

Credits

2 Credits

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

John Worgul, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Core 2: Semester-Based

Course Description

Church history is the heart of His story, God’s kingdom work on earth. This course explores the development of the Christian church from Pentecost to the present day. It covers key people and events that God used throughout history to bolster His Church and also those negative influences that infected her.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

8 Weeks

Professor

Garth M. Rosell, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

In this course, students complete a chronological and synthetic study of the Gospels’ accounts of Christ’s birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension. The course focuses on the time, place, circumstances, and people involved in the events of our Lord’s ministry. From the incarnation to the ascension, students will grasp a fuller understanding of Christ’s words and works in light of Old Testament prophecy and cultural context.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

8 Weeks

Professor

Terry C. Hulbert, Th.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Correct theology is inseparable from correct living. The New Testament epistles reinforce this concept as they demonstrate both the why and how of kingdom living. This course surveys the New Testament epistles and the book of Revelation, examining both the introductory issues and the basic content of each book. Students will wrestle with significant and challenging passages by exploring the major issues and then interacting with specific passages through inductive Bible study. The goal of the course is to gain an increased commitment to and capacity for applying these portions of God’s Word to the world and Christian living today.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

8 Weeks

Professor

Craig L. Blomberg, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

In order to understand and apply any passage of Scripture faithfully, one must begin with the foundational concepts and theology that precede and inform it. Averbeck introduces the content and theology of the books of Genesis through Kings, identifying the foundational themes that emerge and tracing them through the rest of the Bible. In this way, he shows how the theology of the Old Testament is basic and essential for understanding Jesus Christ, the church, and the Christian life.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

8 Weeks

Professor

Richard E. Averbeck, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

In order to understand and apply any passage of Scripture faithfully, one must begin with the foundational concepts and theology that precede and inform it. In biblical theology, the foundation is developed in the Latter Prophets and Writings (Job–Malachi). The history, poetry, wisdom, and prophecy of these books are essential for fully grasping the meaning and message of Jesus’ teaching and the mission of the church today. Averbeck introduces the content and theology of the Writings and Latter Prophets, working through the books section-by-section, focusing on major passages and their theological connections throughout all of Scripture.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

8 Weeks

Professor

Richard E. Averbeck, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

This course will help to teach you the basic research and writing skills that are necessary for clear and accurate written communication.  The goal is to prepare you for research project requirements for courses at CUGN, but also in any academic endeavor you might pursue.  The course includes five lectures on topics including selecting a topic, conducting research, citing sources, ethics and legalities, and, finally, proofreading and publishing.  These topics, which are succinctly presented, will serve as an online resource for you to return to often in your academic pursuits.  The ultimate goal of this course is to equip you to deliver clear written communication, not just in your studies but throughout your life.

Credits

0 Credits

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Linda Triemstra-Cook

Syllabus

Course Description

Spiritual formation is a topic of discussion in many circles. We all long for intimacy with God, but how is spiritual growth and maturity developed? What are the dynamics in which God most often works in the heart of believers to make them like His Son, Jesus Christ? In this seminar, Dr. Richard Averbeck addresses these and other questions in order to lay a biblical foundation for proper Christian thought and behavior. In this course, he identifies and describes specific practices that can be applied immediately to your walk of faith.

This course is designed to help students grow in intimacy with God and to mature in spiritual life and relationships. Averbeck traces the work of the Holy Spirit through the Old and New Testaments and identifies specific spiritual practices that encourage growth in the spiritual life. The course utilizes lectures from SF403 as a basis for the practice of contemplative exercises and online discussion of issues related to the spiritual life.

Credits

1 Credit

Course Duration

8 Weeks

Professor

Richard E. Averbeck, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

How is spirituality formed both in private and in community? This course explores the meaning of biblical Christianity and its relation to faith and practice, giving special attention to spiritual formation through prayer, meditation, and personal disciplines. The lectures form a paradigm of spiritual growth and maturity that will affect both the individual and the church.

Credits

1 Credit

Course Duration

8 Weeks

Professor

Gordon T. Smith, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Theology can be intimidating for beginners. Many students have been overwhelmed by the diversity of opinions and sheer volume of information to comprehend. If they are to succeed in theological studies they must first establish a foundation of concepts and terminology on which to build their theological framework. In this course, Dr. Frame covers the essentials of all major areas of systematic theology with the goal of orienting listeners to the basic material necessary to understand and study God’s Word. Focusing on the overarching theme of God’s Lordship, Dr. Frame uses three “Lordship Attributes” (control, authority and presence) to organize the doctrines and help listeners remember and apply them to life.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

8 Weeks

Professor

John M. Frame, D.D.

Syllabus

Linda Triemstra Cook

Teaching Career: Co-teacher of the Writer’s Publishing Workshop held twice each year at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary   Other Career Highlights: Owner, Gold Leaf Editorial Services Editor of trade and academic books, with emphasis on reference works and commentaries Editor of seven Gold Medallion winners  

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John Worgul, PhD

Education Dropsie College, PhD Westminster Theological Seminary, MAR Bethel College, Minnesota, BA   Teaching Career: He has taught at Sminary of the East (now Bethel Seminary) since 1987 both full time and as adjunct   Other Career Highlights In addition to biblical studies, Dr. Worgul has a deep interest in spiritual theology and formation  

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Douglas K. Stuart, PhD

Education: Harvard University, PhD Yale Divinity School, graduate studies Harvard University, BA   Teaching Career: Professor of Old Testament, specializing in Assyrian and Babylonian languages and literature, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Co-chair of the Old Testament Colloquium for the Boston Theological Institute Visiting professor, guest lecturer, and speaker at colleges, seminaries, and universities across the United States   Other Career Highlights: Activity in several organizations, including The Evangelical Theological Society, the International Organization for Septuagint and…

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Gordon T. Smith, PhD

Education: Loyola School of Theology, the Ateneo de Manila University, PhD Canadian Theological Seminary, MDiv   Teaching Career: Academic Vice President, Regent College Dean, Regent College Associate Professor of Spiritual Theology, Regent College Researched key studies in Christian living, including the Lord’s Supper, Christian Spirituality, and Christian Community Theology instructor, Canadian Theological Seminary Theology instructor, Alliance Biblical Seminary in the Philippines   Other Career Highlights: President of reSource Leadership International Pastor in Canada and the…

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Garth M. Rosell, PhD

Education: Oxford and Cambridge, sabbatical studies Fuller Seminary and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, graduate studies University of Minnesota, PhD Princeton Theological Seminary, MDiv and ThM Wheaton College, BA   Teaching Career: Professor of Church History and Director Emeritus, Ockenga Institute at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Academic Dean, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (9 years) – helped secure regional accreditation for the Seminary Three of his courses voted “Course of the Year” Named “Professor Who Has Had…

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Terry C. Hulbert, ThD (1925-2014)

Education: Dallas Theological Seminary, ThM and ThD University of Western Ontario, BA   Teaching Career: Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Columbia Biblical Seminary, now Columbia International University Teacher of Bible courses, Columbia Biblical Seminary (1972-2010) Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Columbia Biblical Seminary (1988-1994) President, Columbia Biblical Seminary (1990-1991) Academic Dean, Columbia Biblical Seminary (1972-1988) Faculty, Northwestern College (1951-1957) Helped found and establish the Urban Theological College of Central Africa   Other Career Highlights: Missionary…

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Craig L. Blomberg, PhD

Education: University of Aberdeen in Scotland, PhD Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, MA Augustana College, BA   Teaching Career: Distinguished Professor of New Testament, specializing in New Testament Studies, Denver Seminary Senior Research Fellow, Tyndale House in Cambridge, England Professor, Palm Beach Atlantic College Visiting professor, Petersburg Christian University, Russia; ACTS in Canada; the Seminario Teológico Centroamericano in Guatemala; the Irish Bible Institute in Ireland and at the Wiedenest Bibelschule in Germany Special guest lecturer or visiting…

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Richard E. Averbeck, PhD

Education: Annenberg Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, PhD Grace Theological Seminary, MDiv and MA Calvary Bible College, BA   Teaching Career: Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Dallas Theological Seminary (1990-1994) Chairman of the Old Testament Department, Grace Theological Seminary (1980-1990) Visiting lecturer at the Lutheran School of Theology in Copenhagen and Åarhus, Denmark Preached and taught in China, across Germany, and West Africa Expertise in Old Testament…

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Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., PhD

Education: Brandeis University, MA and PhD Wheaton College, BA and BD   Teaching Career: President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Old Testament and Ethics, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Distinguished Colman M. Mockler Professor of Old Testament Studies, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Professor, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1966-1993) Professor of Bible and Archaeology, Wheaton College (1958-1966) Leader of more than 20 graduate and undergraduate study tours abroad, while lecturing and preaching at thousands of schools and churches around…

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John M. Frame, DD

Education: Belhaven College, DD Yale University, MPhil Westminster Theological Seminary, BD Princeton University, AB   Teaching Career: D. Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary Founding faculty member (taught apologetics and theology courses), Westminster Theological Seminary, California (1980-2000) Professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia (1968-1980) Balanced time between teaching and extensive academic research   Other Career Highlights: Discerning…

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This is an online program. In order to complete it, you must have internet access and basic computer skills. To be admitted, simply submit:
Costs for your 36-credit hour Diploma in Biblical Studies will be as follows:

Tuition $4,680–$5,280* (depending on 3-month subscription plan plus application fee and textbooks, as needed)

You will pay tuition course-by-course when you register for each. Full program tuition payment is not required.

*Payment plans are available. Click here to read more.

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We do not presently offer any financial aid related to FAFSA. However, we have a limited number of scholarships available for qualifying students. Click here to learn more about scholarships. 
Earning a Diploma in Biblical Studies prepares individuals seeking or already involved in a wide variety of ministry opportunities. See below for possibilities:

Senior Pastor, Associate Pastor, Children's Pastor, Youth Pastor, Christian Education Director, Small Group Leader, Outreach Director, Church Administration, Missionary, or Life-long Learner.
Consider taking the free Advanced Placement (AP) exam.

The multiple-choice AP exam tests your basic Bible knowledge and, if you pass it with a score of 80 percent or higher, you can be granted advanced placement for many or all of the Bible Survey courses (OT216-OT227, NT217-NT228). Scores are individually evaluated by the Registrar’s Office.

Taking the AP Exam does not affect your academic grade point average nor is there a cost. Simply apply for the Diploma in Biblical Studies and request to take the AP exam through the Admissions Office (admissions@cugn.org).
Click here to learn about the mentor requirements for this program.
In order to receive your diploma, you must complete all of the requirements listed herein within five years of registration for the program.

In order for any course in this program to apply toward the diploma, you must achieve a grade of C or higher in the course.

The Diploma in Biblical Studies is not a 4-year undergraduate degree, however these credits may apply towards our undergraduate degree options. Click here to read more.


Upon completing the above course requirements, submit the graduation request form to receive your diploma.