Biblical Ministries, B.S.


The B.S. in Biblical Ministries exists to provide adult learners with training in Biblical interpretation, theological understanding, and practical ministry skills for effective service in their local contexts.

Degree Program

The Bachelors of Science in Biblical Ministries is a program aimed at enabling adult learners to earn a bachelor’s degree and providing them with training for ministry in their local contexts. Intended for adults who already possess ministry experience and some college credits, this 100% online program provides a faster time to completion by utilizing Biola’s trimester system, thus enabling students to take courses year-round and allowing them to complete their degrees in as little as 24 months (assuming all of their general education requirements are completed before entering the program). The program combines excellent education in biblical and theological studies as well as training in practical ministry skills with professors from Biola’s Talbot School of Theology.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Biblical Ministries, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the basic contents of all books of the Old and New Testaments, including the ancient world contexts of the Bible. Apply the biblical teaching for Christian faith and practice (ULO 1, 2).
  2. Appraise the biblical, philosophical, and theological foundations of ministries within churches and parachurch organizations (ULO 1).
  3. Demonstrate skills in ministry leadership functions (e.g. teaching, evangelism/discipleship, counseling and administration skills) (ULO 3).
  4. Describe a personal relationship with God in a maturing Christian faith and practice, and demonstrate leadership ability by examining additional theological issues as they relate to doctrine, life and ministry (ULOs 2, 3).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete the Biola University undergraduate application including personal statement of faith in Jesus Christ (the applicant's statement of faith will be articulated in the personal essay section of the application).
  2. Complete an autobiographical essay describing the desire to pursue a B.S. in Biblical Ministries degree and goals upon completion.
  3. Have previously completed 45 undergraduate semester credits at Biola or as acceptable transfer credits.
  4. Have attained a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all college level work.
  5. Have completed five years of work experience, college, and/or significant life experience since graduating from high school.
  6. Accept the requirement that, once coursework toward the Biola degree has commenced, all further major and biblical studies courses must be completed at Biola University.

Curriculum Requirements

Program-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses
The Core Curriculum (GE) requirement for PE has been waived for this major.
Bible Requirement
Biblical Interpretation and Spiritual Formation
Foundations of Christian Thought
Old Testament History and Literature
New Testament History and Literature
Theology I
Theology II
Early Christian History - Acts
Methods of Bible Study
Jesus' Life and Ministry
Integration Seminar
Program Courses
BBST 311Biblical Backgrounds3
CEED 150Foundations of Ministry3
CEED 254Leadership Development3
CEED 255Foundations of Spiritual Formation3
CEED 312Christian Ministry Skills3
CEED 313Christian Ministry Discipleship3
CEED 326Counseling Methods3
CEED 330Biblical Interpretation and Teaching3
CEED 415Organization and Administration of Christian Ministries3
Select 6 credits of upper-division BBST or CEED elective courses6
Total Credits33