IBCS offers the Certificate in Biblical Studies to interested individuals who, as God-fearing leaders, wish to increase their knowledge of the Bible, particularly in the areas of historical content, the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, and basic Christian doctrine. This 18-credit-hour program will profit those who may not intend to pursue a degree but wish to enhance their effectiveness as a lay-teacher or worker in a local church. The courses are typically offered both during the regular class day and during evening hours over a span of two years. If a full-time academic schedule is possible then the program may be completed in one year. Since the certificate program is a non-degree-seeking program, students enrolled in this program are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid.
The two-year, 67-credit-hour Associate’s degree may be completed in a total of 2 years: four semesters plus two winter terms with the option of a summer term. This program is designed to prepare men and women for active ministry either as lay-leaders in the local church or as support personnel in a Christian school.
Each Bachelor of Arts degree is designed as a four-year, 130+ credit hour academic program. All who obtain this degree earn a double major, one in Bible and one in the area of their academic emphasis. Courses for this degree should be taken during the following academic sessions:
- Approximately 120 hours during fall and spring.
- Approximately 10 hours during the winter term.
- Approximately 3 hours during the summer term.
Whereas a full-time undergraduate student is define by one who takes 12+ credit hours per fall and spring semesters, the student who wishes to complete a B.A. in four years must commit to averaging approximately 18 credit hours per semester.
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree is designed to mentor God-fearing leaders for fundamental Baptist churches and ministries of like faith in the West and throughout the world. Its purpose is to provide advanced professional preparation for the Christian school teacher, supervisor, or administrator.
The Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A.Min.) degree is designed to equip students to be more effective servants and leaders. It is also designed to provide an introduction to the Master of Divinity program for men preparing for pastoral-level ministry leadership. The M.A.Min. consists of a core of practical ministry classes with ample electives to meet the students’ individual needs. A full-time student can complete the degree in as little as two years, including winter and summer terms.
The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree is the standard professional seminary degree for those training for pastoral-level leadership in the local church or in missionary, chaplaincy, or evangelistic ministries. It consists of 96 hours of graduate credit designed to provide a broad range of studies, primarily in the areas of Bible, Theology, and Practical Ministry. A full-time student can complete the program in as little as four years including winter and summer terms.
The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is designed for pastors and church workers with a minimum of two years ministry experience. The program schedule accommodates those in full-time ministry.