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B.S. in Bible, Theology, and Apologetics

Talbot School of Theology

Overview

The fully online B.S. in Bible, Theology, and Apologetics degree will train you to see all aspects of life from a biblical perspective. Over the course of your studies, you’ll expand your understanding of the Scriptures and dive into deep theological questions. You will also wrestle with and learn how to respond to some of the most significant challenges to the Christian faith. This program offers you the time and space to explore and better understand Christianity, which you can apply to any ministry or cultural context.

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Why Choose Bible, Theology, and Apologetics at Biola?

  • Develop a Compelling Case for the Christian Faith
    This program is designed to give you the space to learn about your Christian faith in a deep and meaningful way. You’ll learn how to read and interpret the Scriptures, understand the landscape of theology and explore the most significant intellectual and cultural questions facing Christianity.

  • Learn From Leading Biblical and Apologetics Scholars
    As a student in the Bible, theology, and apologetics program, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from leading scholars, such as Sean McDowell, in a fully online environment. Biola University is home to a large faculty dedicated to biblical and theological studies, which means this program’s curriculum offers a robust, diverse set of courses.

  • Pursue Seminary Studies at Talbot School of Theology
    The courses you take as a student in the B.S. in Bible, Theology, and Apologetics program can help you easily transition into graduate study at Talbot School of Theology. This degree can give you a clear pathway to seminary programs like the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) or the Master of Arts – Christian Apologetics.

  • Earn Your Degree at an Affordable Price
    Whether you’re currently working in ministry or simply looking to deepen your personal walk with the Lord, this program will equip you with sound biblical knowledge and theological insight — all with tuition priced roughly one-third of the cost of Biola’s traditional undergraduate programs.

  • Study At Your Own Pace
    You can complete our flexible, convenient online program in as little as 24 months (depending on your existing credits and chosen course schedule). Our courses are asynchronous, which means you can learn at your own pace, according to your busy schedule.


What Will I Study?

The B.S. in Bible, Theology, and Apologetics offers robust, biblically integrated courses that can be applied to your current ministry, social and cultural context. Some courses include:

  • Foundations of Christian Thought — Explore several foundational features related to the exciting fields of biblical studies, theology, and apologetics.

  • Bible Theology and Integration (Gospel Kingdom Culture) — Intellectually engage with several significant modern social and cultural issues through the lenses of a Christian worldview.

  • Advanced Study: Old Testament (Geography of Israel) — Take a virtual trip through ancient Israel, guided by leading Old Testament scholarship and filmed, in part, in the Holy Land.

  • Jesus' Life and Ministry — Chronological study of the gospels, exploring the historical, cultural and theological factors aiding in interpreting events and teachings.

  • God, Evil, and Suffering — Examine the historical, theological, and philosophical issues related to understanding why God allows evil and suffering in our world.

Biblical Studies Minor

Your B.S. in Bible, Theology and Apologetics coursework allows you to earn the 30 credits of Bible and Theology required of all Biola students while specializing in upper division Bible coursework. This means you’ll also earn a Bible minor along with your bachelor’s degree. You’ll dive deeper into the historical and cultural context of Christianity, and engage in thoughtful, intellectual dialogue surrounding questions of faith in our current era.

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2-3 years
Standard Duration
This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary depending on transferred coursework and preferred courseload.
120
Total Program Credits
Total program credits include a combination of major/concentration, Bible/theology and general education credits.
WSCUC
Accreditation
Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.

Career Paths

Earning a B.S. in Bible, Theology, and Apologetics will equip you with important critical thinking skills that can be applied in any work, ministry or cultural context. Some possible paths include:

  • Graduate study (e.g. pursuing seminary studies at Talbot School of Theology)
  • Bible teacher or pastor
  • Parachurch ministry leader
  • Church administrator
  • Missionary

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