How many students attend MBC?
MBC has around 50 students, both full- and part-time.
Does MBC participate in the federal financial aid program (i.e. loans, grants, etc)?
MBC does not accept any direct or indirect federal financial aid. Why? The cost of administering Title IV funding in small schools like MBC is greater than the funds students would receive from federal financial aid. More significantly than the pragmatic reason, accepting student loans can create an unhealthy institutional dependence on money that may not always be there, and loans become a significant burden and hindrance to ministering where God wants His people. Montana Bible College wants God to receive the glory for assisting our students in their education! Thus, MBC has a scholarship program, offering need-based and merit scholarships. (For more information on MBC’s scholarship program, see the Scholarships page)
Will MBC credits from another institution transfer to MBC?
Montana Bible College will allow a student to transfer credits from other accredited schools (USDE, ABHE, Regional or CHEA approved), provided the student presents an official transcript showing grades of C or above on subjects parallel in content and credit value to courses in the Montana Bible College curriculum. Transfer students must earn a minimum of 32 credits at Montana Bible College in order to receive a bachelor’s degree through the College. Of these 32 credits, at least 9 credits must be earned in theology.
Credit transfer from non-accredited schools is subject to validation and occasionally limited to partial credit.
MBC currently has credit transfer articulation agreements with 21 schools: Adelphia Bible School in Ravensdale, Washington; Alaska Bible Institute in Homer, Alaska; Arrowhead Bible College in Fishtail, Montana; Camp Bighorn in Plains, Montana; Cornerstone Bible Institute, Hotsprings, South Dakota; Ecola Bible School in Canon Beach, Oregon; Free Lutheran Bible School in Plymouth, Minnesota; Gather 4 Him Christian College in Richland, Washington; His Hill Bible School in Comfort, Texas; Hope School of the Bible, Agusta, Montana; Jackson Hole Bible College in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Montana Wilderness School of the Bible in Augusta, Montana; Ethnos360 Bible Institute in Jackson, Michigan; Nicolet Bible Institute in White Lake, Wisconsin; Pacific Bible College in Medford, Oregon; Ravencrest Chalet in Estes Park, Colorado; Solid Rock Discipleship Program in Long Prairie, Minnesota; Southland Bible Institute in Ashland, Kentucky; Timberline Lodge Bible School in Winter Park, Colorado; Veritas Bible Institute in Pocatello, Idaho; and Word of Life Bible Institute in Pottersville, New York.
For questions about transferring credits from other non-accredited schools, please contact MBC.
NOTE: Credits taken under the quarter system transfer to the semester system at 3/5 value. A 5 credit class in the quarter system is worth 3 credits in the semester system. To make allowances for classes taken on a quarterly basis at other universities, the MBC academic committee may allow slight redistribution of the required credits between categories, provided the total semester hours equal the number required for the student’s emphasis. For example, a student with seven hours of English may reduce the hours needed in social science to five.
Will MBC credits and degrees be recognized by other colleges and universities?
Montana Bible College is nationally accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), which is a recognized accrediting body by the United States Department of Education.
MBC credits will readily transfer to other ABHE colleges and universities as well as other regionally accredited Christian colleges and universities. Generally, these are also members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). MBC degrees are also readily recognized by graduate level programs at seminaries.
In spite of the final ruling of the United States Department of Education and accompanying official clarification to eliminate the distinction between national and regional accreditation, the reality is that many regionally accredited colleges and universities still do not want to give credit transfers or recognize degrees from nationally accredited colleges and universities. Students who transfer from MBC to these colleges and universities or who pursue graduate education have experienced mixed results. It has sometimes been successful to respectfully inform a registrar’s office or similar of the USDE ruling.
Of course, it is to be expected that courses in Bible, theology, and the like would not transfer to degree programs that include no such courses, such as engineering or architecture, just as those courses would not be able to transfer and count toward a ministry degree at Montana Bible College.
If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact the Registrar’s Office at MBC.
What if I come for the certificate program and then decide I want to get a degree from MBC?
If you decide to pursue a degree while working toward fulfilling the certificate classes, it is a seamless transition from one program to the next as all of the certificate classes are the same as the freshman year classes for all of the degree programs.
Is MBC affiliated with any denomination?
MBC is an independent, non-denominational Bible college.
Is MBC accredited?
MBC is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation to grant certificates and degrees at the Baccalaureate level.
Can I start attending MBC in the spring semester or do I have to start in the fall semester? And if I start in the spring, will I be behind in the classes I need to take?
Yes, you can join us for the spring semester! All of the certificate/freshman level courses are offered on a yearly rotation, so you would simply take the spring semester courses followed by the fall semester courses.
What furnishings are provided in the dorms?
Single student apartments are furnished. Bedrooms have twin beds, nightstands, closets, and storage cubicles; living rooms are furnished; and kitchens include all major appliances and a table and chairs. Washers and dryers are in each apartment. Each apartment has two bathrooms.
What educational programs does MBC offer?
Our core programs in Biblical Studies is aimed at those who are preparing for full-time or part-time ministry in the future. There are five emphases in this program: Pastoral, Missions, Biblical Counseling, General Ministry, and Next Generation Emphasis. We also have a new Workplace Ministry Degree program and six new online partnership degree programs in partnership with Lancaster Bible College.
Does MBC have a dining facility?
On-campus students purchase their own food and do their own cooking in the full kitchens found in each apartment. This helps us keep tuition and fees low and provides real-life experience for students. Frequently, various apartments will join together for a shared meal and on occasion, a dorm meal is planned. On a specified day of the week, the entire student body is served a campus meal. This all-campus meal gathering allows for fellowship and interaction with the staff and faculty and well as visiting guest lecturers and speakers on campus that day.
Is MBC a safe campus?
Because our of smaller size, we are able to care for and watch over our students in a more proactive and personal way.
Are there planned activities?
MBC has a campus activity leadership team (officially named: SALT) which plans seasonal events for the student body throughout the academic year. These include something as simple as a game of ultimate frisbee on the lawn, the annual harvest festival, a Christmas banquet, a progressive dinner, to a variety talent show. Small group outings to the many great places to enjoy the outdoors right in our own backyard are common- hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, skating, etc.