Diploma in Biblical Studies

In Jesus are stored all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Colossians 2:3


To develop believers who are grounded in the Word and have a firm foundation of faith.


Foundational to every believer's life is knowing and trusting in Jesus. Before we can step into our calling, we must begin with a solid foundation of Jesus' love as well as an understanding of what and why we believe. This program is for those who want to take their faith to the next level in a stronger, more vibrant relationship with Him. 

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Describe the central theme of the Bible and explain how each book of the Bible contributes to that theme

  • Articulate the message of the gospel accurately using knowledge of biblical truth, basic apologetics, and personal testimony

  • Demonstrate competency in a church ministry area’s tasks, including basic goal-setting and communication skills
  • Practice spiritual disciplines habitually, including daily Bible reading and prayer, weekly church attendance, and serving
  • Explain the basics of the major branches of systematic theology and how they are relevant to today’s world

  • Apply biblical concepts and principles to their lives at home, at work, and in ministry

Program Components

The Diploma program consists of 30 credits: seven 4-5 week courses and a 3-credit Team Member Internship in a ministry area of your choice (1 credit each term). Students in the Diploma program have class one night per week for one year. Must be started at the beginning of the academic year. 

Minimum age for DBS is 16 years at time of application. If under 18, parental consent is required and student must be enrolled in high school with a GPA of at least 2.5 and an acceptable attendance record. Completed online application, including character reference and pastoral reference. High school transcript. 


Click on the area of study to see details about each course. 

Biblical and Theological Studies (19 credits)

BTS 101 - Theology 1: Bibliology, Theology Proper

BTS 102 - Theology 2: Christology, Soteriology

BTS 103 - Theology 3: Angelology, Pneumatology

BTS 201 - Old Testament Story

BTS 202 - New Testament Story

Leadership & Ministry Training (4 credits)

LMT 111 - Local and Global Missions

Personal and Spiritual Formation (4 credits)

PSF 101 - Spiritual Formation

Internship (3 credits)

INT 101 - Team Member: Fall Term

INT 102 - Team Member: Winter Term

INT 103 - Team Member: Spring Term