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Because of the very nature of service and outreach, the availability of online Christian colleges is increasing year after year. Religious-minded academics have made creating accessible, online Bible study curriculums a prerogative since the advent of web-based education. Some colleges in the U.S. have created thriving distance learning campuses that reach students not just in America, but internationally as well.

Students choose online Bible colleges, in particular, because they are interested in a career focused on service, compassion and humanitarian works, yet need the flexibility to balance family, work, and education. Whether this means working for a non-profit, pastoral professions, or areas such as Christian counseling and education, scholars will find a degree in theology, divinity and ministry work from a Bible college instrumental to their success.

Online colleges make sense for many men and women who are looking to make their passion for Christ an integral part of their career. The fastest growing demographic of students is adults who work 20 hours a week or more; many of these prospective students are exploring a Bible-based degree program online. This is because distance learning caters to busy, working adults and creates a learning environment that is both welcoming and structured.

The following schools have been included in our lists of top Christian colleges because of their Christ-centered online programs and academic merits. We have assessed each school's overall academic strengths by reviewing their acceptance, enrollment, retention and graduation rates, as described in the methodology applied to all rankings on the site. We then review the merits of the school's online programs and compile a list of the very best programs based on our findings.

Best Online Bible Colleges

  1. Rank School Location Tuition +
  2. Rank
    1
    School

    Johnson University

    Location
    Knoxville, TN
    Tuition
    $280 per hour online

    Websites

    Address

    7900 Johnson Dr
    Knoxville, TN 37998
    (865) 573-4517

    Accreditation

    ABHE/CA, SACS/CC

    School Description

    The Program

    Johnson University has a tradition of Christian education that goes back to 1893. Today, the university system offers campuses in Tennessee, Florida and online, and the school’s graduates have gone on to become leaders in ministry, nonprofits and churches around the world. Whether students are looking to major in ministry, business or human services, there are programs for students seeking certificates, associate and bachelor degrees, master’s work and Ph.D. studies.

    One of the unique features of Johnson Online is the college’s partnerships. Through the Forge program, MA and PhD students have the opportunity to benefit from coursework that is offered entirely online, but to also participate in missional work, adding a service learning component to some degree programs. The college also partners with Pioneer Bible Translators to offer bachelor's and master’s degree candidates a service learning opportunity.

    The Platform

    Sakai is the learning management system in place at Johnson University. This platform is where students and instructors engage, collaborate and communicate with one another, using tools like discussion boards, assignment portals, video conferencing and online testing materials.

  3. Rank
    2
    School

    Moody Bible Institute

    Location
    Chicago, IL
    Tuition
    $300 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    820 N LaSalle Blvd
    Chicago, IL 60610-3284
    (312) 329-4000

    Accreditation

    ABHE/CA, NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The Program

    There are currently several certificates, associate degrees, bachelor's and master's programs available entirely or in part online at Moody Bible Institute. The college also offers a First Year Online Program. Students can receive personal mentorship during their first year of online study, including assistance in finding an internship, facilitating connections with other like-minded students, automatic registration for courses and one-on-one guidance regarding options for second year courses of study as a sophomore.

    Students find this sort of advocacy and fellowship vital to their success as graduates. "Even though I was never on campus," says Jamie, a BS student in Biblical Studies from Waco, Texas, "I still felt connected to Moody, to my professors and to fellow students. [...] Many of the students who I met through my online classes are still my friends. We still keep in contact on Facebook and e-mail."

    The Platform

    Moody Bible Institute uses a Blackboard learning management system. Classes are administered asynchronously, and can be taken in eight week sessions or in 16-week self-paced blocks. Most required textbooks can be purchased online, and students and faculty are easily reached day or night thanks to Blackboard’s convenient course email lists.

    Moody offers a trial course to give students an idea of what to expect from their curriculum online.

  4. Rank
    3
    School

    Manhattan Christian College

    Location
    Manhattan, KS
    Tuition
    $368 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    1415 Anderson Ave
    Manhattan, KS 66502-4801
    (785) 539-3571

    Accreditation

    ABHE/CA, NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The Program

    At Manhattan Christian College, students can earn a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Leadership or Management & Ethics, as well as a 21 credit hour Certificate in Biblical Leadership, all completely online.

    Christian service is a requirement for all students enrolled at this Bible-based college. Advisors can facilitate volunteer and service learning opportunities for online students.

    Full-time online students in twelve states typically enroll in two classes per term. There are two terms each semester, making online students who enroll full-time eligible for financial aid. Classes can begin in August, October, January, March and June.

    The Platform

    Manhattan Christian College offers classes online in twelve states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. Students who do not reside in these states are still encouraged to contact the admissions office for more information about eligibility.

    Learning takes place on a Moodle-based learning management system (MCC Online), and students can access their personal information at all times online through Empower, the college’s student information hub.

    MCC also requires all students to have Logos Bible Software: Bronze edition. Students can purchase this program at a half-off price of $335. Students who already own this software are eligible to upgrade at a discount once accepted.

  5. Rank
    4
    School

    Barclay College

    Location
    Haviland, KS
    Tuition
    $295 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    607 N Kingman
    Haviland, KS 67059-0288
    (620) 862-5252

    Accreditation

    ABHE/CA, NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The Program

    This college in Haviland, Kansas has come a long way since its founding 1917 by Quaker settlers. However, the formation of a strong moral character and Christian spirit are still strong tenets of an education at Barclay College.

    Barclay College offers a handful of Bible-focused bachelor degree options online, as well as a general associate degree and certificate programs in subjects that mirror the online bachelor’s degree offerings. The subjects students can study online include Christian ministry, Bible studies, business management and psychology.

    The Platform

    The college not only uses Moodle-based learning management, but also a learning management system designed by Nazarene Bible College called dCourseWeb. Like many other online programs, Barclay provides access to learning and test materials, tools for productivity like email and document sharing, and a discussion forum for their students to help online learners stay connected.

  6. Rank
    5
    School

    Lancaster Bible College

    Location
    Lancaster, PA
    Tuition
    $410 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    901 Eden Rd
    Lancaster, PA 17601-5036
    (717) 569-7071

    Accreditation

    ABHE/CA, MSCHE

    School Description

    The Program

    The Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees at Lancaster Bible College are perfect for the working student. For those enrolled in four or more courses per semester (full-time), these students can earn their degree in as few as 15 months. Part-time students can expect to complete their program in as many as two years, if that time frame is more convenient. The fast-track program also accepts transfer students.

    Distance learners can earn a Christ-centered associate or Bachelor of Science degree in Bible Studies, a BA in general studies or a Concentrated Bible Course Certificate at Lancaster Bible College.

    The Platform

    Online degree programs at LBC are currently exempt or authorized in every state except: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Students from these regions who wish to apply should contact admissions for more details.

    Class sizes are small in these online programs; most courses contain 20 or fewer learners and a student-teacher ratio of 15:1.

    Students use a Moodle-based learning management system called LBConline. Here, learners will access modules and assessments, discuss weekly assignments and readings among their peers for credit and complete asynchronous course loads day or night, all from the comfort of home. Students will also be given access to Office 365 for their productivity and email needs.

  7. Rank
    6
    School

    Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

    Location
    Kansas City, MO
    Tuition
    $300 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    5001 N. Oak Trafficway
    Kansas City, MO 64118-4697
    (816) 414-3700

    Accreditation

    CAATS, NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The Program

    Prospective students at Midwestern Baptist University Theological Seminary should be prepared to demonstrate their faith and academic readiness. All applicants must provide an endorsement from their regular church, a recommendation from their pastor and two personal recommendations as a condition of admission. For students 21 or under, ACT or SAT scores are also needed.

    Of the many master and bachelor degrees offered through MBTS, some are available completely online or in hybrid format. All of these courses place emphasis on Christian ministry and theological studies.

    The Platform

    Students will use Blackboard Learn for the delivery of all course materials Midwest Baptist Theology Seminary. Students will do their reading, tests and quizzes, group projects, assignments and class discussion online through this portal.

    MBTS also offers a mobile app, which, though more limited than the desktop service, allows students to check their grades, review course materials and access campus email on the go.

  8. Rank
    7
    School

    Ecclesia College

    Location
    Springdale, AR
    Tuition
    $266 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    9653 Nations Dr
    Springdale, AR 72762
    (479) 248-7236

    Accreditation

    ABHE/CA

    School Description

    The Program

    Like so many Christian colleges, Ecclesia College’s students are presented with an academic experience that is biblically informed and that places an emphasis on becoming upright and moral citizens, not just excellent students or successful graduates.

    The college reports that online students have been proven in studies to perform better academically than on-campus learners. Online, Ecclessia College students can earn a Master of Christian Leadership, Bachelor of Christian Leadership, Bachelor of Biblical Studies or Associate of Biblical Studies. Classes are held in two sessions each quarter, and the average course is six weeks in length.

    Tuition at Ecclesia is competitively low, at only $799 per class. Students in Arkansas are eligible for a scholarship of up to $2,000 per year, and there are many more opportunities for Arkansas students, out-of-state students and international students.

    The Platform

    The learning management system in place at Ecclesia, Moodle, makes online learning accessible and interactive. Students can access pre-recorded lectures, PDF and Powerpoint presentations, and participate in focused discussions with peers and instructors online. Students also have a dedicated school email, and access to Moodle’s peripheral functions, as well as wiki tutorials and Microsoft Office.

  9. Rank
    8
    School

    Oak Hills Christian College

    Location
    Bemidji, MN
    Tuition
    $350 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    1600 Oak Hills Rd SW
    Bemidji, MN 56601-8834
    (218) 751-8670

    Accreditation

    ABHE/CA

    School Description

    The Program

    This Christian college currently offers two degrees online: a baccalaureate Business Administration degree with a biblical focus, and a degree in Leadership & Ministry that aims to shed light on contemporary leadership issues with a Christian emphasis.

    Among the admission requirements for online and on-campus programs at Oak Hills are passing ACT/SAT scores. Students of all faiths are welcome to apply, so long as they have faith in Christ and are eager to explore a Bible-based education.

    Tuition is more affordable at Oak Hills distance learning program; annually, students save roughly $5,000 by pursuing an off-campus degree program. Full-time students online can also apply for out-of-state, military and other scholarships to help further offset the cost of tuition.

    The Platform

    Students learn using the Knowledge Elements learning management system. Once logged in to Atheneo, students can study, complete tests, collaborate with peers and discuss coursework from anywhere.

    The college also offers Post-Secondary Enrollment Options for qualified high school students that are offered both on-campus in Minnesota and online. Non-degree seeking students or those looking to audit one or more courses can also take classes online at Oak Hills as part of the school’s continuing education initiative.

  10. Rank
    9
    School

    Piedmont International University

    Location
    Winston Salem, NC
    Tuition
    $295 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    420 S. Broad St.
    Winston Salem, NC 27101
    (336) 725-83447962

    Accreditation

    TACCS/AC

    School Description

    The Program

    Students can choose from one of several associate and bachelor degree programs online at Piedmont International University. The college currently offers programs in Christian ministry and Bible studies, as well as minors in subjects that place further emphasis on Christian service and ministry.

    A typical course is seven weeks in length. There are six 7-week sessions per year, two per term in the spring, summer and fall semesters. Class sizes for distance students are usually small; not exceeding 15 students.

    The Platform

    PU’s Spurgeon School of Online Education has used the Blackboard learning management system since 2005. With it, Piedmont is able to administer PowerPoint and audio/video lessons, chatrooms and discussion forums to students alongside standard course material delivery. A demo course is currently available for prospective students online, and students can access this from a desktop or online.

    Students of Piedmont also benefit from Google’s suite of education apps, Office365, and a dedicated college email address. Those who can visit the campus also have access to a network of files and printers and a student center with computer access.

    Currently, students are eligible to enroll from the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

  11. Rank
    10
    School

    Bethesda University of California

    Location
    Anaheim, CA
    Tuition
    $231 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    730 N. Euclid St
    Anaheim, CA 92801
    (714) 517-1945

    Accreditation

    ABHE/CA, TACCS/AC

    School Description

    The Program

    Available not just in the U.S. but the world over, the online program at Bethesda University is a perfect fit for students with an interest in marrying faith with higher education. The college offers five online degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels cumulatively, and all emphasize a Bible-focused education.

    There is very little difference in tuition between in and out-of-state residents at Bethesda University. In addition, the tuition rate for online students at BCU is competitively low.

    The Platform

    Distance learners will use Moodle, BUC’s learning management system, to receive course content. The college provides a dedicated student email address hosted by Google, alongside Google’s suite of open-source productivity tools like Sheets and Docs for students.

    Through video clips and other conferencing tools, students are expected to take notes on worship service and submit these impressions at the end of each semester. This allows students to earn credit for supervised ministry and Christian service.

    Students will access lectures via video, collecting and submitting notes about the material contained therein. In a further effort to keep online students active in the classroom, discussion boards require a student’s weekly participation online at Bethesda University.

  12. Rank
    11
    School

    Lincoln Christian University

    Location
    Lincoln, IL
    Tuition
    $419 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    100 Campus View Drive
    Lincoln, IL 62656-2111
    (217) 732-3168

    Accreditation

    ABHE/CA, NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The Program

    For students seeking a flexible degree program, the offerings at Lincoln Christian University are many. There are several master's, bachelor's and associate degrees and certificates offered completely online at LCU. Prospective master’s degree students will also find no shortage of hybrid offerings from the college.

    Degrees focus on Bible studies, divinity, theology and Christian services such as psychology and leadership.

    Seminary and undergraduate students may find LCU’s Intensive Week classes to be of interest. These options allow students to complete an entire course within the span of one highly committed week.

    The Platform

    Among the services that Lincoln offers online is referral assistance for students (which informs candidates about open ministry positions), access to LCU sermons online via podcast and a distance library with online-accessible materials.

    In the classroom, students will use the Angel learning management system to access all of their course materials, tests, communication tools and student information. A sample of the structure of an online class is available online at LCU for prospective students to explore.

  13. Rank
    12
    School

    Dallas Christian College

    Location
    Dallas, TX
    Tuition
    $465 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    2700 Christian Pkwy.
    Dallas, TX 75234-7299
    (972) 241-3371

    Accreditation

    ABHE/CA

    School Description

    The Program

    There is no reason to wait when it comes to enrolling in courses at Dallas Christian College. With start dates every six weeks, it is possible to begin courses with seven weeks of receiving an acceptance letter. Motivated students attending full-time can earn their associate or their bachelor’s degree in as little as two years thanks to DCC’s FlexCampus programs.

    FlexCampus presents students with three ways to attend classes at this military-friendly Texas school: on-campus, online and on-demand. Prospective students can receive a Bible-rich education from the comfort and convenience of their home or workplace in undergraduate subjects like business, practical ministry, psychology, humanities and interdisciplinary studies.

    The Platform

    These online programs are unique to so many other distance learning opportunities today in that students at DCC can attend online courses via synchronous web conference. Whether or not students are physically able to visit the campus, all are welcome to join in on a live feed on a weekly basis. For those unable to make it to these scheduled, one-night-a-week lectures, these sessions are recorded.

    Those who are able to attend will listen and interact alongside their peers in a traditional classroom setting. For those who can attend via live link, these students will still be able to ask questions and speak to the room. After class, students can interact on Moodle alongside their peers in small class sizes.

  14. Rank
    13
    School

    Central Christian College of the Bible

    Location
    Moberly, MO
    Tuition
    $200 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    911 E Urbandale Dr
    Moberly, MO 65270-1997
    (660) 263-3900110

    Accreditation

    ABHE/CA

    School Description

    The Program

    Students who seek an education that marries Christian service to a strong general curriculum will appreciate the Bible-based distance learning at Central Christian College. There are a number of undergraduate degrees that students can earn online, including an Associate of Biblical Studies, Bachelor of Religious Studies and two Bible certificates.

    Distance learning at CCC is asynchronous, and most courses are held in eight week long intensive classes. Students can expect to read roughly 100 pages a week online, as well as complete the more traditional coursework: discussion forums, assessments and modular learning materials. In addition, audio/video lectures are another way that distance students learn at Central Christian College.

    The Platform

    Whatever avenue of Christian leadership students at CCC choose to pursue, they will use Canvas to access their course materials on the web. Students will find information about their reading assignments, learn how to connect with their peers, study for and take class tests and exams and turn in individual and group projects online using this learning management system.

    Students can enroll in these programs whether they have attended college before or have not yet earned any college credit, and most students complete their degree within 2 years.

  15. Rank
    14
    School

    Shasta Bible College and Graduate School

    Location
    Redding, CA
    Tuition
    $300 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    2951 Goodwater Ave.
    Redding, CA 96002
    (530) 221-4275

    Accreditation

    TACCS/AC

    School Description

    The Program

    The distance learning offerings are robust at Shasta Bible College. This university offers three certificate programs, five master’s degrees, three bachelor’s curriculums, one diploma (three years in length) and two associate degrees. Each of these theological courses are available completely online. The college asks prospective students to reach out to advisors and program coordinators before enrolling in order to determine whether these programs are available within the state where students reside.

    Through Shasta’s ASCEND program, students can complete a bachelor’s degree in Professional Studies with concentrations in either Bible studies, counseling or education if they already possess an associate degree or 60 transferable credits. All of the online degrees offered at this college focus on providing Christian students with the tools necessary to create positive change, as well as to become leaders within their communities.

    The Platform

    Using Populi, distance learners will enjoy the same educational tools and materials that on-campus students can access. This learning management system gives students access to all of their classroom units, course materials and syllabi, as well as assessments and a virtual assignment drop-box. Students also receive a secure, personalized campus email account upon enrollment.

  16. Rank
    15
    School

    Clear Creek Baptist Bible College

    Location
    Pineville, KY
    Tuition
    $223 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    300 Clear Creek Rd
    Pineville, KY 40977-9752
    (606) 337-3196

    Accreditation

    ABHE/CA, SACS/CC

    School Description

    The Program

    Clear Creek Baptist College offers two undergraduate degree tracks for its online students. The Certificate in Bible requires a total of 28 credit hours and focuses on the study of equal parts Old and New Testament reading. The other online program, the Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (130 credit hours), prepares students for ministry work in a church setting as a pastor or associate pastor.

    Each semester, baccalaureate students must participate in non-credit activities such as chapel, two separate Christian service assignments and a once-per-semester Christian Service Guidance activity.

    The Platform

    CCBC offers comprehensive distance learning through the LAMP Schools consortium. Using the Sakai learning management system, students will access web-based classroom environments. By logging in to a secure student portal, scholars can earn a Bible-focused degree by accessing and assessing the course materials found therein.

    Participation in tests, lectures and classroom discussion boards are all a mandatory part of earning a degree at CCBC.

    Students can also access their personal information, grades, transcripts and complete Christian Service Guidance reporting online via SonisWeb. Using Moodle-based Learning House software, students have access to even more video and sharing tools. Of course, the college also offers secure campus email to all enrolled students, as well as access to Office365.

  17. Rank
    16
    School

    Baptist Bible College and Seminary of Pennsylvania

    Location
    Clarks Summit, PA
    Tuition
    $310 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    538 Venard Rd
    Clarks Summit, PA 18411-1250
    (570) 586-2400

    Accreditation

    ABHE/CA, MSCHE

    School Description

    The Program

    From certificate programs to doctoral studies, this college offers many undergraduate and graduate degrees completely online. Several more programs are also available in a hybridized format.

    Though the learning is online, students say that the quality of their education has been just as rich as on-campus learning. "BBC online has been challenging and rewarding," says distance student Mike Tallarico. "The instructors each have been firm but fair, intelligent, loving, and have exemplified Jesus in their leadership and skills."

    The tuition at Baptist Bible College & Seminary is competitively low, and there is no difference between in and out-of-state tuition. In addition, 95% of the students at BBC receive financial aid, and online students may qualify for the tuition relief payment plan.

    The Platform

    Courses online are asynchronous, are approximately eight weeks in length and are delivered through the Moodle learning management system. Distance learning programs have start dates in August, October, January, March and May.

    Students online have access to the same resources that on-campus learners use thank to this platform and its savvy interface and collaboration tools. Students can find all of their lessons, quizzes and discussion boards on this easy-to-navigate learning portal.

  18. Rank
    17
    School

    Epic Bible College

    Location
    Sacramento, CA
    Tuition
    $249 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    4330 Auburn Boulevard
    Sacramento, CA 95841
    (916) 348-4689

    Accreditation

    TACCS/AC

    School Description

    The Program

    Epic Bible College’s online program is designed to provide students with an education rich in the knowledge of Christ. They hope to accomplish this by offering their degree programs on and off-campus.

    Online programs at this college are asynchronous unless otherwise noted, and provide students with the convenient ability to study at one’s own pace. Some of the programs offered at Epic include associate programs in ministry and Christian studies, a master’s degree in ethical leadership and also a bachelor’s degree in ministry studies.

    A degree from Epic College prepares students for work in pastoral positions or in ministry. These programs offer volunteer and networking opportunities, and can train students for work as teachers, pastors, counselors and more.

    The Platform

    Students access their online course materials through Blackbaud, an online learning management platform. All course material is available to distance learners from this portal, including assessments, assignments and discussion forums. The college also offers an online library to enrolled students called Destiny.

  19. Rank
    18
    School

    Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary

    Location
    Jacksonville, TX
    Tuition
    $160 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    1530 E Pine St
    Jacksonville, TX 75766-5407
    (903) 586-2501

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC, CAATS

    School Description

    The Program

    The Master of Arts in Religion is one of the courses that is offered 100% online at Baptist Missionary Association Seminary. Other degree programs are delivered in a hybrid curriculum, such as the Bachelor of Arts in Religion or Associate of Divinity. Still other degrees can be earned through distance education, provided that the student be able to attend seven or eight on-campus meetings and lectures.

    With the exception of one week of discipleship, the aforementioned programs may be completed at any time online. Discipleship, however, must be completed on-campus.

    The Platform

    To organize important student information, including tuition payments, course grades, transcripts and more, learners at BMATS will use DiscipleLink. In addition, course materials (including video and audio lectures) can all be found online through Baptist Missionaries learning management system, Moodle.

    The college occasionally offers free courses online. Students can visit the school's website for more details.

  20. Rank
    19
    School

    Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary

    Location
    Kansas City, MO
    Tuition
    $340 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    15800 Calvary Road
    Kansas City, MO 64147-1341
    (816) 322-0110

    Accreditation

    ABHE/CA, NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The Program

    A Bible-focused education in business, ministry and music is within reach online at Calvary Bible College. Students can earn their degree in traditional, on-campus courses, too, or in a hybrid environment that blends brick-and-mortar instruction with six-week intensive courses that take place one evening per week. These intensive courses are designed specifically for non-traditional students aged 21 and older.

    Online classes are typically held in 8-week blocks. All bachelor’s degrees at Calgary involve a major that deals with the Bible or theology in addition to a professional major. The application for admission at Calvary Bible College is available for free online.

    The Platform

    Calvary students have access to quality distance education thanks to a partnership with Knowledge Elements Education Network (KEEN). This college’s course management system portal, Atheneo, allows instructors to present course materials to students, and makes use of discussion boards and forums to foster communication and participation amongst students and faculty.

  21. Rank
    20
    School

    Grace Bible College

    Location
    Wyoming, MI
    Tuition
    $395 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    1011 Aldon SW
    Wyoming, MI 49509
    (616) 538-2330

    Accreditation

    ABHE/CA, NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The Program

    Grace Bible College prepare students for lives that are informed by Christ, preparing them for roles as leaders in business, ministry and service.

    Educators at GBC know that their student’s time is valuable. For that reason, the school of Adult & Online Education extends accelerated associate and bachelor degree programs to its scholars. Also offered in the evening for just one night a week, these classes are held on campus in Grand Rapids as well as online.

    The college offers an associate and a bachelor degree option for three majors: Leadership & Ministry, Human Services and Business.

    This institution is proud to be a military friendly college, and is able to extend a special price of $250 per credit hour for military personnel. This amount matches the GI Bill allowance for most service men and women, and thereby offering students an education with no out-of-pocket cost.

    The Platform

    Those who enroll in any one of GBC’s six online degree choices will be pleased at the small classroom sizes and cohort groups of between 10 and 18 students. The classes combine an active learning approach with didactic learning at Grace, and the results are a quality online education.

    Like many schools that offer online degrees, GCB uses Blackboard Learn to deliver courses to its students. While this learning management system facilitates the actual learning that takes place online, Google’s productivity apps provide students with a secure and extension-rich productivity suite that includes email, shareable document and spreadsheets, as well as a social media and discussion function.

  22. Rank
    21
    School

    Messenger College

    Location
    Euless, TX
    Tuition
    $250 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    400 S Industrial Blvd
    Euless, TX 76040-4202
    (817) 554-5950101

    Accreditation

    TACCS/AC

    School Description

    The Program

    Messenger College offers two degrees online, both of which can be earned online, on-site or any combination of the two. These degrees, a BA in Business Administration or a BA in Christian Ministry, reflect MC’s values and commitment to helping Third World nations, supporting Christian assistance programs and living a morally upstanding life.

    Designed for working adults, Messenger’s Learning Education & Adult Program is a low-cost way for those interested in non-profit and ministry work to complete their college degree in just 24 months. This flexible curriculum is designed specifically for working adults aged 21 and over who have completed their first two years of college. An asynchronous cohort program, students can earn their degree one night a week from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., or else completely online.

    The Platform

    This college uses Populi for the delivery of course materials. Students will find lessons, course syllabi, audio/visual materials, assessments materials and discussion forums all at their fingertips when they choose to study online at Messenger.

  23. Rank
    22
    School

    Luther Rice College and Seminary

    Location
    Lithonia, GA
    Tuition
    $235 per credit hour online
    +

    Websites

    Address

    3038 Evans Mill Rd
    Lithonia, GA 30038-9869
    (770) 484-1204

    Accreditation

    TACCS/AC, ABHE/CA

    School Description

    The Program

    Luther Rice College has offered students who show an interest in living a faith-driven life a quality online education for more than a decade. Today, the college hosts programs for nine degrees and three undergraduate majors, all of which are available to busy students 100% online.

    These degree programs are flexible and trusted among Luther Rice alumni, but prospective students might also appreciate that the tuition at this college is ranked among the lowest 10% of four-year private nonprofit schools in the U.S.

    The Platform

    Luther Rice College & Seminary also offers a sample online course to prospective students. While heavily diluted, this offers students a fair idea of the framework of these programs and some insight into their delivery.

    Distance learners may recognize right away that LRC&S uses Blackboard Learn to deliver its online course materials. Tests, assignments, chat and discussion boards are conveniently accessible day or night in these asynchronous courses. The college also uses Google’s educational apps to organize students' emails and enhance productivity and collaboration.

  24. Rank
    23
    School

    Colorado Christian University

    Location
    Lakewood, CO
    Tuition
    $498 per credit hour online
    +

    Websites

    Address

    8787 West Alameda Avenue
    Lakewood, CO 80226
    (303) 963-3000

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The Program

    At Colorado Christian University, learning takes place in a traditional Christian cohort environment and classes are delivered one-at-a-time. The curriculum is dispatched according to a set schedule, and distance learners can expect to take all of their classes in a prescribed order.

    Students can choose from 25 online degrees at the associate, bachelor's or master’s level. There are also 15 certificate programs and 9 minors available for students to choose from online at Colorado Christian University.

    The Platform

    Blackboard is the learning management system used at Colorado Christian University. On a desktop or mobile platform, students can use this portal to access their classroom tools, learning materials, peers and faculty from anywhere.

    Discussion board participation is an online course requisite. The Cohort Model at CCU, which essentially pairs students together based on their enrollment dates and study-focus, creates an added notion of community in the distance learning classroom.

  25. Rank
    24
    School

    Beulah Heights University

    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    Tuition
    $336 per credit hour online
    +

    Websites

    Address

    892 Berne St SE
    Atlanta, GA 30316
    (404) 627-2681

    Accreditation

    TACCS/AC, ABHE/CA

    School Description

    The Program

    Beulah Heights University welcomes students from all over the world to its biblically-informed undergraduate and graduate degree programs online. These asynchronous courses focus heavily on subjects such as religious study, leadership, business, divinity and ministry, all within the framework of a traditional Christian education.

    The Platform

    Beulah Heights uses the Edvance360 learning management system. This compendious platform gives students the tools to connect with one another, explore course materials at their own pace and securely complete assessments and communicate with peers and faculty.

    Chat and virtual classrooms are also possible thanks to collaboration software that works with Beulah360 to create an interactive experience for distance students. Learners can connect with teachers or with their peers, and even attend synchronous lectures or study groups using this courseware. Students also use the Blackbaud LMS to compliment web content. Students will find their course materials here, as well as a shortcut to their student email and other relevant tools and links online.

  26. Rank
    25
    School

    New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

    Location
    New Orleans, LA
    Tuition
    $200 per credit hour online
    +

    Websites

    Address

    3939 Gentilly Blvd
    New Orleans, LA 70126
    (504) 282-4455

    Accreditation

    CAATS, SACS/CC

    School Description

    The Program

    The Leavell College of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary offers online degrees for students who are looking to earn a degree without ever having to set foot on campus. There are undergraduate and graduate degrees to choose from online. Missiology, apologetics, Christian ministry and Christian education are just some of the subjects that students can study at NOBTS.

    New Orleans Baptist Seminary organizes its graduate degree programs into a neat list that makes it simple for prospective students to discern at a glance if a degree program is right for them. While most of these curriculums are hybrids and are not offered wholly online, many of them offer the kind of strong credentials that graduates need to begin a pastoral or ministerial career.

    There are several states in which it is not possible to earn a degree online from NOBTS at this time. A list of these states is available online.

    The Platform

    Like many other colleges in the U.S., NOBTS trusts Blackboard Learn to deliver classroom materials and tools to its students. The university hopes to help mold Christian men and women of strong character and moral aptitudes with these online degree programs, and the collaboration tools in this course help to foster fellowship among students no matter where they study from.

  27. Rank
    26
    School

    Heritage Bible College

    Location
    Dunn, NC
    Tuition
    $300 per credit hour online
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1747 Bud Hawkins Road
    Dunn, NC 28334
    (800) 297-6351

    Accreditation

    TACCS/AC

    School Description

    The Program

    Students can earn several bachelor's degrees in subjects like Christian Counseling, Pastoral Ministry, Discipleship and Youth Ministry, as well as an associate degree in Christian Studies. These courses are offered on-campus, but they can also be studied online.

    These courses all have one thing in common: they aim to instill the skills and competencies of pastoral and ministry professionals in HBC’s graduates. With average student-instructor ratio of 7:1, and with more than half of the student body at Heritage representing non-traditional students (age 25 and older), HBC understands the needs of their working students.

    The Platform

    Distance learners use Scholar360’s Edvance360 learning management system. This easy-to-use portal connects students to all of their course materials, and offers collaborative multimedia like video-conferencing and audio presentations to supplement course reading. Heritage Bible College also uses Google’s educational suite of productivity tools.

  28. Rank
    27
    School

    Crossroads Bible College

    Location
    Indianapolis, IN
    Tuition
    $395 per credit hour online
    +

    Websites

    Address

    601 N Shortridge Rd
    Indianapolis, IN 46219-4912
    (317) 789-8255

    Accreditation

    ABHE/CA

    School Description

    The Program

    The mission at Crossroads Bible College is to train Christian leaders to connect with a multiethnic and urban community. The college’s diverse student body reflects this commitment to educating students of all ages and cultural backgrounds under the commonality of faith and biblically-informed learning.

    Well over 60% of the students at this college are 25 or older. Only 38% of the student body are non-minority students, and at least 30% of the students at Crossroads participate in at least some distance learning.

    The current online offerings at Crossroads include a bachelor's degree in urban leadership or biblical counseling. Courses are eight weeks in length, and students enrolled in these studies are eligible for financial aid.

    Faculty at CBC encourages students to garner experiential learning and missional service to supplement the knowledge-based education that they receive online and on-campus. Instructors and advisors are available to guide students to community service and volunteer opportunities that are right for them.

    The Platform

    CBC uses both Populi and Atheneo to manage and sustain their learning management system. Between these two services, students at CBC are able to access their classroom learning, textbook materials, collaboration tools and secure student portal with ease and confidence 24/7.

  29. Rank
    28
    School

    Saint Louis Christian College

    Location
    Florissant, MO
    Tuition
    $295 per credit hour online
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1360 Grandview Dr
    Florissant, MO 63033
    (314) 837-6777

    Accreditation

    ABHE/CA

    School Description

    The Program

    St. Louis Christian College offers an Associate of Arts in Religious Studies degree, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministry degree, both online. The two-year associate degree program is designed to lay the groundwork for more courses at SLCC, and places a focus on general education as well as Bible and ministry studies. The bachelor degree is designed for students looking for leadership skills in a Christian environment.

    Distance education programs at St. Louis Christian College were designed for students aged 21 and older. Younger students may be eligible for admission, however, and are welcome to contact an advisor for more details about this program. Financial aid is also available to distance students at SLCC.

    The Platform

    The primary online platform for learning management at SLCC is Atheneo. This program is available as part of the college’s membership to the Knowledge Elements Education Network. The college also uses Blackbaud OnDemand for some of their course delivery needs, and uses Office365 for some productivity needs such as webmail.

  30. Rank
    29
    School

    Hobe Sound Bible College

    Location
    Hobe Sound, FL
    Tuition
    $170 per credit hour online
    +

    Websites

    Address

    11298 SE Gomez
    Hobe Sound, FL 33455-1065
    (772) 546-5534

    Accreditation

    ABHE/CA

    School Description

    The Program

    The online degree programs at Hobe Sound Bible College were constructed with the adult student in mind. The courses for these programs are offered entirely online, and a typical course will last seven weeks. The last week of each session is dedicated to final projects and exams.

    Some of the multimedia materials for online courses, such as CDs and DVDs are provided by the college. These tools are to be returned at the end of a session or semester. The cost of all required course materials will be included in the price of every Hobe Sound Bible College course.

    The bachelor degree offerings at HSBC are varied. These program in ministry, Christian and pastoral studies include concentrations such as education, counseling, Bible studies and intercultural studies.

    Tuition is modest at HSBC. For a three credit-hour class, for example, students can expect to pay around $510, plus the cost of books and supplies. Any learner who is not eligible for financial aid will be furnished with a $125 discount on the tuition cost of a three hour class.

    The Platform

    Moodle learning management system is responsible for delivering classroom materials for Hobe Sound’s online degree programs. Here, online learners will review a new module each week, completing assignments and turning them in by week’s end. Some teachers may choose to share videos and multimedia learning devices alongside lectures and PDF lessons. Students should expect that they be required to participate in classroom discussion and keep in contact with their instructors regularly.

  31. Rank
    30
    School

    Heritage Christian University

    Location
    Florence, AL
    Tuition
    $4,476 per semester in state
    +

    Websites

    Address

    3625 Helton Dr
    Florence, AL 35630-9977
    (256) 766-6610

    Accreditation

    ABHE/CA

    School Description

    The Program

    At Heritage Christian University, students can earn one of five biblically-focused undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students can earn their associate and later their Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies (or even an accelerated BABS), as well as one of two master’s degrees online.

    The instruction at this Bible college is very personalized, because the student-teacher ratio is at Heritage is a mere 5:1. This allows for one-on-one interaction for students who desire it, between both peers and faculty. Although the courses in these programs are online, HCU does ask that their students commit to roughly 2 hours of Christian service each week.

    The Platform

    Using the Populi learning management system and Tegrity, students can access all of their course materials and collaboration tools anywhere they have an internet connection. The Tegrity portal allows students to playback classroom lectures, presentations, slideshows and digital recordings for supplemental learning. This web-based classroom allows students to access lessons and supplemental materials, as well.

  32. Rank
    31
    School

    Trinity College of Florida

    Location
    Trinity, FL
    Tuition
    $375 per credit hour online
    +

    Websites

    Address

    2430 Welbilt Boulevard
    Trinity, FL 34655-4401
    (727) 376-6911319

    Accreditation

    ABHE/CA

    School Description

    The Program

    Distance learners enjoy studying alongside their adult colleagues at Trinity College of Florida. Here, those with prior learning can apply their life experience towards their degree in the form of college credit, and may choose to study at one of three campuses (Trinity, St. Petersburg or Tampa), as well as online.

    Currently, Trinity offers a bachelor's in Christian ministry, counseling and management & ethics for its online students. On-campus, students enrolled in these accelerated degrees attend one evening each week for five intensive weeks per session. Whether students study off-campus or on-site, they can expect to take just one course at a time to ensure retention and immersion. Most Trinity students in this program complete their bachelor’s degree in roughly two years.

    The Platform

    Students can access this college’s Bible-based course materials and learning modules online using Moodle’s learning management system. TrinFlix gives students access to videos on desktop and mobile devices, but faculty can also use Moodle to share video, audio and other multimedia.

    In addition to these features, students can view grades, access professor-created wikis and glossaries, complete quizzes, begin or contribute to discussion board posts and more using Moodle.

  33. Rank
    32
    School

    Southern California Seminary

    Location
    El Cajon, CA
    Tuition
    $290 per credit hour online
    +

    Websites

    Address

    2075 E. Madison Avenue
    El Cajon, CA 92019-1108
    (619) 201-8999

    Accreditation

    TACCS/AC

    School Description

    What to Expect

    Diversity is embraced at Southern California Seminary, where education is academically rigorous and Bible-focused. There is a strong presence of minority students, as well as non-traditional learners and online degree seekers at this West Coast seminary. All denominations and faiths are welcome.

    There are eight online degrees that students are able to earn at SCS. The college offers undergraduate degrees in Christian ministry and Bible studies, although the graduate programs at Southern California Seminary are by far the most popular. Master's and graduate degrees are available in counseling, psychology and divinity.

    Online Environment

    SCS’s student portal is well-organized and easy to navigate. From here, distance learners can log in to the college’s learning management system, Blackboard. All of their course modules, testing materials and discussion board information can be located in this LMS. They can also access productivity apps, like Microsoft Outlook. The college also enjoys a partnership with San Diego Christian College’s research library, and this is a wonderful tool for Christian learners.

  34. Rank
    32
    School

    Apex School of Theology

    Location
    Durham, NC
    Tuition
    $233 per credit hour online
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1701 T.W. Alexander Drive
    Durham, NC 27703
    (919) 572-16257012

    Accreditation

    TACCS/AC

    School Description

    What to Expect

    The Apex School of Theology has an incredibly diverse student body. For one, 97% of the students who attend Apex are non-traditional students who are aged 25 and older. For another, a whopping 90% of undergraduates at this college choose to earn their degrees online; 78% of graduate students choose to do the same. Apex also boasts a 91% minority-based enrollment.

    ApexDE (Distance Education) offers five degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Some of the most popular subjects that students can study online at AST include counseling, education and divination.

    Online Environment

    Apex trusts Blackboard Learn to deliver its course materials to distance students. Blackboard is a trusted learning management system used by many colleges and universities. Apex students can easily review their weekly course goals and learning materials, study individually or in collaborative groups via discussion board posts, complete assessments and reach out to instructors and peers using this educational hub.

  35. Rank
    32
    School

    Faith Evangelical College & Seminary

    Location
    Tacoma, WA
    Tuition
    $165 per credit hour online
    +

    Websites

    Address

    3504 N Pearl St
    Tacoma, WA 98407-0186
    (253) 752-2020

    Accreditation

    TACCS/AC

    School Description

    What to Expect

    Faith Evangelical College & Seminary currently has three Bachelor of Arts degree programs available in a hybrid format. These programs focus on religion, education and leadership.

    The college also offers a Graduate Certificate in Leadership, which can be earned with a concentration on Professional Development, Life Coaching or Missional-Church Studies. This program is offered online, as a webinar and in a hybrid format as well as on site.

    The college also offers four master’s programs in other subjects common among Bible colleges, such as divinity, Christian ministry, education and theology.

    This college also offers a Chinese language graduate certificate, and also a Korean division that serves hundreds of global alumni and has offered many the chance to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree online.

    Online Environment

    Students combine web-based delivery of course materials via Canvas with DVD-based distance education in many of this college’s online learning programs. Course content will be completed similarly to on-site classes, and students are asked to communicate online through Canvas, as well as through another learning management system used on campus called Populi.

    Students at FEC&S also have access to the college’s comprehensive online library, which can be accessed online and offers access to specialized reference material 24/7.

  36. Rank
    32
    School

    Grace College of Divinity

    Location
    Fayetteville, NC
    Tuition
    $140 per credit hour online
    +

    Websites

    Address

    5117 Cliffdale Road
    Fayetteville, NC 28314-2343
    (910) 221-2224

    Accreditation

    ABHE/CA

    School Description

    What to Expect

    Grace College of Divinity has made its mission accessible and convenient for students across the country to embrace. The institution aims to provide students with practical ministry experience while heightening their knowledge of God and the Bible.

    The college offers both its two-year associate degree and its four-year bachelor's in divinity degree online, catering to the school’s high demographic of adult learners. These programs are identical to their on-campus counterparts and are designed for those students who are seeking out a profession in ministry. Both of these majors ask students to fulfill a service leadership requirement. This hands-on experience provides degree candidates with the skills and knowledge that a pastoral or non-profit career is founded on.

    This college offers several scholarships, some of which may be right for online learners. Students who qualify for aid will be able to demonstrate academic merit, financial need or a commitment to service excellence.

    Online Environment

    One of the web-based resources that busy students will appreciate at GCD is the ready access to an online library of scholarly journals through ProQuest, as well as links to electronic book databases like EBSCO and others.

    Populi is the learning management system that students will use to access their online classes. Teachers will post lesson plans, reading guides and discussion board schedules here for students, as well as other course expectations and announcements. At the discretion of the instructor, assessments and other classroom materials will also be available through this portal.

  37. Rank
    32
    School

    Grace School of Theology

    Location
    Conroe, TX
    Tuition
    $180 per credit hour online
    +

    Websites

    Address

    3705 College Park Dr Ste 140
    Conroe, TX 77384-4894
    (877) 476-8674

    Accreditation

    TACCS/AC

    School Description

    What to Expect

    A college that offers a biblically-based perspective on education, Grace School of Theology has five locations in Texas. The college offers several of its graduate degrees in a completely online or hybrid environment. Students may earn their Master of Ministry or Biblical Studies, Divinity or Theology in this flexible format.

    These four-year curriculums are designed for working professionals in ministry and Christian service and focus on core competencies, Bible study and practical skills for pastors. Students must earn under 50% of their Grace School degree at a learning site; the remainder can be taken online or as a hybrid class.

    Students can count on a personalized learning experience at Grace School of Theology. The student-instructor ratio at this college is at an unheard of 2:1. 94% of the students at Grace are non-traditional learners, and 44% of undergraduates earn their degree entirely online. 73% of graduates choose to study online only.

    Online Environment

    Web-based courses at Grace can be either synchronous or asynchronous, pre-recorded lectures and lessons or any combination of the instructors choosing.

    This program uses the Populi learning management system, and also uses LifeSize Video to stream synchronous content and real-time lectures or meetings. Students will also have remote access to thousands of peer-review journals and research resources through the school’s online library.

  38. Rank
    32
    School

    Nazarene Bible College

    Location
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Tuition
    $450 per credit hour online
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1111 Academy Park Loop
    Colorado Springs, CO 80910-3704
    (719) 884-5000

    Accreditation

    ABHE/CA, NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    What to Expect

    In 1998, this Bible college was the first Nazarene higher-learning institute to offer web-based courses. Today, Nazarene boasts a 94% completion rate since the school began offering degree programs online; the national average is 47%.

    These classes are held in six-week intervals, of which there are seven per year. Students can earn nearly all of the degrees that this institution offers online at the Nazarene College. From a Ministry Preparation Program to a Bachelor of Arts in Counseling or Ministry, Nazarene seeks to prepare students for careers in ministry and discipleship.

    Online Environment

    Class materials are all available online in a "store and retrieve" newsgroup format at NBC. For convenience, the information online can be stored and saved to be viewed offline; this is a unique feature to this program.

    Nazarene’s learning management system is self-sufficient and asynchronous; it contains a class discussion area, all course materials, access to assessments and more. DCourseWeb was designed by Nazarene Bible College, and allows for offline study and discussion board responses. Students can literally study anywhere, with or without an internet connection, at NBC.

    Students are expected to post 10-15 responses to the posts of their peers each week in order to earn credit for participation online, typically twice a day for five days. This sort of engagement creates fellowship and a sense of community amongst students.

  39. Rank
    32
    School

    Shiloh University

    Location
    Kalona, IA
    Tuition
    $450 per unit
    +

    Websites

    Address

    100 Shiloh DR
    Kalona, IA 52247
    (319) 656-2447

    Accreditation

    DETC/AC

    School Description

    What to Expect

    Shiloh University offers students two undergraduate and two graduate degree programs that are available to earn online. Biblical and pastoral studies and divinity are a great choice for students looking to pursue an education with a biblical worldview.

    Each of these programs, such as the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Pastoral Studies or the Master of Divinity, offer students the skills need to create spiritual and academic growth among graduates. The average course is 15 weeks in length, and most of these degrees require four years to complete.

    Online Environment

    Learning takes place via the college’s Moodle-based learning management system. Students will have access to course materials online and will participate alongside their peers in discussion about topics explored in class.

    Students at Shiloh will need to purchase Logos Bible Software, and are entitled to a 50% academic discount if they do not own it already. The college also recommends that students invest in a Living Word Digital Library, offered from Living Word Publications, which students can also purchase for half off thanks to an academic discount from Shiloh.

    Students also have access to Tren and LIRN, and Bible studies students are encouraged to visit these resources to gain access to theological dissertation titles, as well as millions of peer-reviewed journals, magazines and articles.

  40. Rank
    32
    School

    South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary

    Location
    Deerfield Beach, FL
    Tuition
    $250 per credit hour online
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1100 S Federal Hwy
    Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
    (954) 545-4500

    Accreditation

    ABHE/CA

    School Description

    What to Expect

    The REACH degree completion program at South Florida Bible College offers a bachelor's degree with two concentrations to students 23 years of age or older. Nearly 50% of these courses can be taken online; the remainder meet one night each week from 6 pm to 10 pm on the Deerfield Beach campus.

    Most students who enroll in these hybrid programs have already completed at least two years of college. The programs take roughly 2 years to complete. Most are able to complete the degree in roughly 2 years. These courses are taken in a specific order, and students participate in these cohort programs in sequence.

    Leadership & Ministry and Business Administration & Management degrees at SFBC offer contemporary skillsets for students interested in working in nonprofit or pastoral positions.

    Online Environment

    South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary uses Populi and has a partnership with Knowledge Elements. Students register for these cohort programs in a group, and move forward together, encouraging each other both on-campus and in online classrooms. This creates a fellowship among students and enriches the interaction in discussion boards.

    As with most online programs, students can expect to complete assignments and some exams online. Reading and course materials will be available online, as well as grades, fee schedules and secure student email.

  41. Rank
    32
    School

    Virginia Baptist College

    Location
    Fredericksburg, VA
    Tuition
    $200 per credit hour online;
    $2,400 per semester online
    +

    Websites

    Address

    4111 Plank Rd
    Fredericksburg, VA 22407
    (540) 785-5440310

    Accreditation

    TACCS/AC

    School Description

    What to Expect

    There are four undergraduate degrees that students with an interest in a faith-based education can enroll in at Virginia Baptist College. Christian education and ministry are some of the bachelor's and associate degrees that students can pursue. Students looking to earn a master’s degree can explore a biblical studies or education program.

    There are also a range of popular minors that scholars can choose from. All of these degree programs, in addition to a one-year Bible certificate, are available entirely online. These distance programs are available to both U.S. and international students.

    Online Environment

    Virginia Baptist College uses the Populi learning management system, as well as other software like Adobe Connect and webmail. Theology and fellowship are at the heart of an education at VBC, and so peer interaction and student-faculty connections are a large part of the experience at this college. Students outweigh teachers only 5:1, which makes collaboration online via discussion boards and emails uncomplicated and convenient.

Best Online Christian Liberal Arts Colleges

  1. Rank School Location Tuition +
  2. Rank
    1
    School

    Liberty University

    Location
    Lynchburg, VA
    Tuition
    $358 per credit hour online
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1971 University Blvd
    Lynchburg, VA 24515
    (434) 582-2000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    As one of the world's largest Christian universities, Liberty Online prides itself on its vast selection of degree programs that cover a diversity of fields, including aeronautics, business, criminal justice and education. Distance students are supported academically and spiritually through a writing center, 24/7 virtual tutoring and online ministries.

    Blackboard hosts Liberty's virtual learning ecosystem, and a new student orientation is provided to acclimate students who are new to distance learning.

    Quick Facts

    • Students enrolled in the online program have the option to attend one-week of intensive classes, tours and commencement ceremonies on campus.
    • The online school year consists of three terms: fall, spring and summer, each divided into three eight-week sub-terms, and one semester-long sub-term between 14 and 17 weeks in length. The 60 credit hours long program is delivered in an 8-week format.
    • Professors post assignments, make announcements and interact with students through Blackboard.
    • The paralegal associate degree allows students to segue directly into a bachelor’s program (also offered online at Liberty) if they so choose, allowing them to earn two degrees in the time it would typically take to earn one.
  3. Rank
    2
    School

    Bethel University

    Location
    McKenzie, TN
    Tuition
    $345 per credit hour online
    +

    Websites

    Address

    325 Cherry Ave
    McKenzie, TN 38201
    (731) 352-4000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    Bethel University’s Success Undergraduate Degree Program is designed for adults over 23 years of age with a high school diploma or GED and at least 3 years of work experience. Bethel caters to busy adults in need of flexibility to complete a college degree.

    At Bethel there are no SAT or ACT requirements for admission, and all admitted online students receive a laptop or tablet to facilitate class participation. Programs include Organizational Management, Criminal Justice, Emergency Services Management and General Studies.

    Quick Facts

    • Student assessment is fully writing based, no tests take place
    • Technology and textbooks are included in tuition
    • Online classroom hosted by Moodle
  4. Rank
    3
    School

    University of Findlay

    Location
    Findlay, OH
    Tuition
    $400 per credit hour online
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1000 North Main Street
    Findlay, OH 45840-3653
    (419) 422-8313

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The University of Findlay offers online programs guided by the same instructors responsible for teaching on-campus courses. The Findlay faculty are known for their original research, textbook authorship and professional organization leadership. Blackboard hosts the virtual environment at Findlay, known as UF Online.

    For undergraduates, Findlay offers a degree completion program in business management, with tracks in Health Care Management, Business Management, Environmental Safety & Health and Emergency Operations. Applicants must have at least 61 transferable credit hours at a C level.

    Quick Facts

    • Financial aid available for all online programs
    • Named “Best Midwestern College” by the Princeton Review
    • 100% of UF students receive some type of financial aid
  5. Rank
    4
    School

    Indiana Wesleyan University

    Location
    Marion, IN
    Tuition
    $350 per credit hour online
    +

    Websites

    Address

    4201 S Washington St
    Marion, IN 46953-4974
    (765) 674-6901

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC, CAATS

    School Description

    With Education Centers and Learning Sites scattered throughout Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana, IWU Online is an ideal option for distance learners wanting access to a physical campus. With over 80 programs offered at undergraduate, graduate and certificate levels, there should be an online option that caters to everyone's interests.

    As a faith-based university, IWU offers Christ-centered spiritual support for all its students through access to online forums to post prayer concerns and access e-devotionals.

    Quick Facts

    • The average undergraduate GPA at Wesleyan is 3.59.
    • Student-to-faculty ratio is 14 to 1.
  6. Rank
    5
    School

    Southeastern University

    Location
    Lakeland, FL
    Tuition
    $390 per credit hour online
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1000 Longfellow Blvd
    Lakeland, FL 33801-6034
    (863) 667-5000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    Southeastern University offers a student focused community in a Christ-centered environment. The school offers degrees in Business, Criminal Justice, Ministry, Nursing, Education and Behavioral & Social Sciences through the Moodle learning management system. A mandatory online student orientation is in place to help students acclimate to the quirks of a virtual education.

    The cost per credit hour is typically around $390, but may vary between programs. Each program requires the completion of General Education Requirements in addition to specialized studies related to each major. Most programs also offer a healthy choice of electives.

    Quick Facts

    • Students should expect to spend between 12-15 hours per week on coursework
    • An online student handbook is available for interested applicants to view
    • If students do not actively participate in course discussions each week, they will be dropped from the class
  7. Rank
    6
    School

    Azusa Pacific University

    Location
    Azusa, CA
    Tuition
    $450 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    901 E Alosta
    Azusa, CA 91702-7000
    (626) 969-3434

    Accreditation

    WASC/SCUC

    School Description

    Students wanting an education strongly centered in Christian values will want to explore the degree offerings at APU. "God First Since 1899" is the motto driving the staff and faculty, and it is evidenced in their many services, including a live chapel feed. The school offers a variety of programs at the certificate, associate, bachelor's and master's levels.

    The completion time for each degree varies; for instance, the B.A. in Applied Studies requires about 10 months to complete, while a B.A. in Clinical Psychology requires 2-4 years.

    Quick Facts

    • Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges
    • One of the largest Christian colleges in the United States
    • The Sakai LMS powers the online ecosystem
  8. Rank
    7
    School

    Mississippi College

    Location
    Clinton, MS
    Tuition
    $412 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    200 South Capitol Street
    Clinton, MS 39058
    (601) 925-3000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    Mississippi College is a Christian institution that prides itself on maintaining a high standard of academic rigor. With over 80 undergraduate majors, more than 50 graduate offerings and 16:1 student-faculty ratio, students can be confident they are receiving a top-quality education.

    Moodle provides the structure of the virtual classroom at MC, and there are a host of resources available to students to ensure a smooth transition into the distance learning environment.

    Quick Facts

    • The oldest institution of higher learning in Mississippi
    • Ranked #4 in "Best Value Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report
    • More than $53 million in scholarships and financial aid awarded each year
  9. Rank
    8
    School

    Anderson University

    Location
    Anderson, SC
    Tuition
    $391 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    316 Boulevard
    Anderson, SC 29621-4035
    (864) 231-2000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    The Moodle-based virtual environment at Anderson offers 14 undergraduate degrees and 6 graduate degrees in both fully online and hybrid formats. The school offers a number of unique services to students, including prayer request forums and textbook delivery. Federal aid is available for all online students.

    Degree programs are hosted in areas such as Health, Human Services, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement and Liberal Studies.

    Quick Facts

    • More than 33% of AU students take at least one hybrid or online course
    • Can choose from a variety of electives in each program
    • Recognized by U.S. News and World Report as an affordable college
  10. Rank
    9
    School

    Concordia University – Wisconsin

    Location
    Mequon, WI
    Tuition
    $442 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    12800 N Lake Shore Dr
    Mequon, WI 53097-2402
    (262) 243-5700

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The largest Lutheran university in the United States, Concordia offers undergraduate programs in Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Healthcare Management, Criminal Justice, Human Resource Management and Business Management. As a school dedicated to providing a personal and spiritual experience, each online student is assigned a support specialist to act as a personal distance learning guide.

    Sample courses are available to demonstrate to interested applicants the immense possibilities of online learning powered by the ANGEL LMS.

    Quick Facts

    • One-on-one interaction with professors available
    • Courses offered in a collaborative or self-paced format
    • Over 99% of those that need financial aid receive assistance
  11. Rank
    10
    School

    California Baptist University

    Location
    Riverside, CA
    Tuition
    $511 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    8432 Magnolia Ave
    Riverside, CA 92504-3297
    (951) 689-5771

    Accreditation

    WASC/SCUC

    School Description

    California Baptist University (CBU) offers one of the broadest catalogs of online majors powered by the very popular Blackboard LMS. Accelerated programs are available for those wanting to complete unfinished degrees as quickly as possible. The school provides a number of additional resources to online students, including a career center, virtual tutoring and live online support.

    Available bachelor's degrees span a wide range of areas: Accounting, Business, Christian Ministries, Communications, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Studies, Graphic Design, Kinesiology, Marketing, Nursing, Public Administration, Public Health and Sociology, to name a few.

    Quick Facts

    • Accelerated degrees can be earned in 16 months
    • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for admission
    • Programs geared towards working adults
  12. Rank
    11
    School

    Palm Beach Atlantic University

    Location
    West Palm Beach, FL
    Tuition
    $444 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    901 S. Flagler Drive
    West Palm Beach, FL 33401
    (561) 803-2000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA), a leading Florida Christian University, is actively engaged in faculty and student research. PBA online undergraduate offerings are in Ministry, Organizational Management and Psychology. The virtual classroom is powered by the eCollege LMS.

    Time required to complete an online degree at PBA can range from 1 year and 4 months to 2 years and 10 months. Enrollment is in August, January and May.

    Quick Facts

    • 13:1 undergraduate student-faculty ratio
    • $1,000 scholarships are available to some new, full-time, online students
    • Class sizes kept small for more personalized learning
  13. Rank
    12
    School

    Campbellsville University

    Location
    Campbellsville, KY
    Tuition
    $399 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    1 University Dr
    Campbellsville, KY 42718-2799
    (270) 789-50005000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    Campbellsville offers bachelor’s degrees in Nursing, Business Administration, Healthcare Management, Human Resource Management and Criminal Justice. They also host a number of degrees at the associate and master's level. Over 90% of students receive financial aid, including those pursuing degrees online.

    Moodle runs the virtual learning environment for CU, and the school relies on a variety of other online resources, such as the Smarthinking online tutoring service.

    Quick Facts

    • Recognized by U. S. News & World Report and America’s Best Christian Colleges
    • Relaxed requirements allows for easier admission for adults
    • Online tuition is less than traditional programs
  14. Rank
    13
    School

    Ohio Christian University

    Location
    Circleville, OH
    Tuition
    $398 per credit hour online
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1476 Lancaster Pike
    Circleville, OH 43113-9487
    (740) 474-8896

    Accreditation

    ABHE/CA, NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    Ohio Christian University (OCU) employs an asynchronous format, allowing students to log in at any time to access course material. The school recently made a change to their learning management provider, switching to the Edvance360 system to provide advantages such as ePortfolios, group discussion boards and social media integration. Available subjects include Business, Criminal Justice, Ministry, Nursing, Psychology and Substance Abuse Counseling.

    OCU carries a favorable student to faculty ratio of 15:1. Credit for prior learning is available for all online programs.

    Quick Facts

    • 99% of students receive some sort of financial aid
    • Online students have full access to the university library
    • Credit for past pastoral training can go towards an OCU degree
  15. Rank
    14
    School

    Olivet Nazarene University

    Location
    Bourbonnais, IL
    Tuition
    $395 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    One University Avenue
    Bourbonnais, IL 60914-2271
    (815) 939-5011

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    Olivet Nazarene University offers undergraduate programs in Applied Sciences, Business Administration, Criminal Justice and Nursing. Degrees are typically competed in two years or less. Olivet Nazarene allows for program payment in-full or by monthly installments. Up-front payment provides enrolled students with a partial discount.

    Starting dates begin in March and every six weeks thereafter. Online class meetings occur weekly.

    Quick Facts

    • One of the most user friendly online learning environments
    • Many online faculty members involved in research and leadership roles
    • Candidates may transfer up to 82 hour of credits