Certificate in Biblical Studies

A one-year course in foundations of Scripture

Certificate in Biblical Studies

The Certificate in Biblical Studies program is a one-year course designed to give students a solid foundation in the basics of Scripture, Christian living, and ministry. It is ideal preparation for high school graduates who plan to attend a university, university graduates who plan to enter the work force, or students who want a solid biblical foundation to help prepare them for a life of Christian living and service. This program also serves missionary candidates who are required to have at least one year of Bible college education.

To receive the one-year program certificate, a student must successfully complete the following 34 semester hours of prescribed courses. Though courses may be transferred in toward the one-year certificate to fulfill some of the courses listed below, other MBC courses may not be substituted for these courses to earn the one-year certificate. This program provides the opportunity to transfer into the baccalaureate program at MBC and still complete a bachelor’s degree in four years. The objectives for the certificate program are:

  1. To grow in foundational biblical and theological knowledge. Though students may come to us with a general knowledge of the Bible well in hand, we recognize the value of obtaining a comprehensive understanding of all books of the Bible and basic doctrines. This knowledge is intended to ground students firmly in the skills of biblical interpretation and application.
  2. To learn the basic skills of discipleship with the ultimate goal of service in a local church. In order to carry out the command of “making disciples” in the great commission, students must have a working understanding of how to minister within the church in the manner prescribed by Jesus. A basic theology of discipleship ministry and skills development in how to disciple is introduced.
  3. To learn of opportunities for future ministry. Ministry is expected in the future of every student. The real question is in what capacity they will minister. Students will gain understanding of what is involved in various capacities of full-time ministry in such positions as pastor, missionary, missions support staff, etc. Alongside such exposure, students will also come to an understanding of how they fit in the Church, even if they are not in the position of full-time service.

Fall Semester Schedule

Course # Course Name Credits
SF 100 Chapel 0
BS 101 Old Testament Survey 3
BS 103 Bible Study Methods 2
BS 215 Bible Exposition – Genesis 2
LS 101 Family Development 2
LS 115 Effective Written Communication 2
SF 105 Evangelism & Discipleship 2
TH 101 Survey of Doctrine 3
Total: 16

Spring Semester Schedule

Course # Course Name Credits
SF 100 Chapel 0
BC 101 Introduction to Biblical Counseling 3
BS 102 New Testament Survey 3
BS 104 Applied Bible Study Methods 2
BS 212 Bible Exposition – John 2
EP 102 Logic & Revelation 2
MI 101 Christian Mission Perspectives 2
TH 102 Apologetics 3
Total 17
John Smith, current student

“I appreciated the Certificate in Biblical Studies program to help me establish myself in God’s Word before deciding how I wanted to continue on in my ministries and pursuits.”