College of Biblical Studies

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The College of Biblical Studies is a unique program designed to train leaders from Christian worldview. We believe God uses Christians to lead in all arenas: business, education, politics, engineering and ministry to name a few. It is an honor and privilege to train leaders for these fields. We could be the answer to your prayers!

We are committed to fostering your spiritual growth in Christ and providing exemplary academics so that, by His grace, God may use Calvary Chapel University as an instrument for you to fulfill His call upon your life. The School of Biblical Studies offers unique programs of study to train leaders with a distinctly Christian approach. 

Rationale

The College of Biblical Studies at Calvary Chapel University exists to train up leaders to serve and lead in all arenas: business, education, politics, engineering, and ministry, among others. The College accomplishes this by equipping students with knowledge, understanding, and skills in light of scriptural truth. Through a thorough equipping, in knowledge of the Bible, development of godly character, communicating and collaborating effectively, and thinking both critically and creatively, graduates are empowered to make an impact for Christ as they fulfill their calling as servants and leaders in families, communities, churches, and workplaces throughout our nation and the world. 

Programs offered

(Click on Programs for more information)

Certificate Programs
(24 Units)

Specializations:
Biblical Counseling
Christian Leadership
Christian Education
Women’s Ministry
Youth Ministry
Biblical Knowledge

Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies
(120 Units)

Specializations:
Biblical Counseling
Christian Leadership
Christian Education
Women’s Ministry
Youth Ministry

Master of Arts in Biblical Studies
(36 Units)

Specializations:
Biblical Counseling
Christian Leadership
Christian Education
Women’s Ministry
Biblical Theology

Master of Divinity
(72 Units)

Specializations:
Biblical Counseling
Christian Leadership
Christian Education
Women’s Ministry
Biblical Theology

Admission Requirements

Individuals seeking admission to a Calvary Chapel University Biblical Studies program must:

  • Fill out and submit the online application through the Populi system;
  • Pay an application fee:
    • Certificate Program: $50,
    • Undergraduate Program: $50,
    • Graduate Program: $100.
  • Request official transcripts for high school and all college or university coursework.  Verification of high school completion or an equivalent must be verified by the Registrar through official transcripts prior to admissions, enrolling, and matriculation.
  • Overall grade point average requirements:
    • Certificate Program: GPA 2.0 minimum
    • Undergraduate Program: GPA 2.0 minimum
    • Graduate Program: GPA 3.0 minimum
  • Complete Student Reference Requests.

The spiritual requirements for admission involve demonstrating a commitment to Christ and to the authority of Scripture, and is evidenced by a lifestyle of consistent Christian character and the utilization of spiritual gifts for the building up of the Body of Christ.

Notification of Admission

Once the Admissions Office receives a completed application, confer official transcripts of earned credits or an earned 4-year undergraduate degree (verified by the Registrar), references and fees, the Admissions Committee will make a decision regarding acceptance.  Applicants can expect to receive notification within one week of the application being complete.  Once an admission decision is made, applicants will receive information on registration, finances, and new student orientation. Upon acceptance at CCU, students must complete an Enrollment Agreement prior to course registration.

Competency Assessment

Applicant’s skills and competencies to succeed in a distance education environment are assessed prior to acceptance via official transcripts, the online application, and required admission materials including a personal testimony to determine spiritual readiness.

Technology Requirements

  • 2.0 GHz processor or higher
  • 4 GB RAM
  • High Speed Internet
  • Speakers/Headphones
  • Microphone (external or built-in)
  • Webcam (internal or external)

Software

  • Zoom
  • Google Suite of applications
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (available free from the Adobe website)

Online Instructional Methods

Courses are disseminated 100% online through Populi.com. Programs in the College of Biblical Studies will use instructional methods such as, but not limited to: video lectures, reading and writing assignments, discussion boards, quizzes, and tests.

Online Grading Practices

Final tests or examinations are course specific and assessed with a rubric. Passing grades are determined by each instructor and stated in the course syllabus. Within 48 hours of submitting assignments, work is evaluated, and a grade is posted in the online course grade book. Students have access to view their personal grades at any time. There is no mailing of institutional responses or evaluations of students’ work. All grading and communication with students is conducted within Populi, the online operating system.

Graduation Requirements

CCU awards an academic diploma to students who are in good standing upon the satisfactory completion of all degree requirements, as listed in the University Catalog for the year during which the student first enrolled.

To be eligible for a Certificate Program diploma, a student must:

  • Complete the approved program consisting of 24 credits through Calvary Chapel University,
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00, and
  • Meet all University financial obligations.

To be eligible for a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies diploma, a student must:

  • Complete the approved program consisting of 120 credits,
  • Complete a minimum of 30 credits through Calvary Chapel University (CCU),
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00, and
  • Meet all University financial obligations.

To be eligible for a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies diploma, a student must:

  • Complete the approved program consisting of 36 credits,
  • Complete a minimum of 24 credits through Calvary Chapel University (CCU),
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • Degree must be completed within 7 years, and
  • Meet all University financial obligations.

To be eligible for a Master of Divinity diploma, a student must:

  • Complete the approved program consisting of 72 credits,
  • Complete a minimum of 54 credits through Calvary Chapel University (CCU),
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • Degree must be completed within 7 years, and
  • Meet all University financial obligations.

Note: No grade below a C- will be applied toward a degree program at Calvary Chapel University. Please submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester. In order for you to receive your diploma all financial obligations must be met.

Occupation Opportunities

CCU equips students for the work of the ministry. Therefore, ministry related jobs such as, but not limited to, pastors and ministry leaders are the professional aim of most CCU students. The Standard Occupational Code (SOC) for Clergy is 21-2011.00. This SOC code identifies employment positions related to clergy and is described as: Conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Tasks and activities for individuals pursuing this line of work include assisting members by providing spiritual and moral guidance.

Clergy Tasks

  • Administer religious rites or ordinances.
  • Collaborate with committees or individuals to address financial or administrative issues pertaining to congregations.
  • Conduct special ceremonies, such as weddings, funerals, or confirmations.
  • Counsel individuals or groups concerning their spiritual, emotional, or personal needs.
  • Devise ways in which congregational membership can be expanded.
  • Instruct people who seek conversion to a particular faith.
  • Organize and lead regular religious services.
  • Organize or engage in interfaith, community, civic, educational, or recreational activities sponsored by or related to religious programs.
  • Participate in fundraising activities to support congregational activities or facilities.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as overseeing building management, ordering supplies, contracting for services or repairs, or supervising the work of staff members or volunteers.
  • Plan or lead religious education programs.
  • Pray and promote spirituality.
  • Prepare and deliver sermons or other talks.
  • Prepare people for participation in religious ceremonies.
  • Read from sacred texts, such as the Bible, Torah, or Koran.
  • Refer people to community support services, psychologists, or doctors.
  • Respond to requests for assistance during emergencies or crises.
  • Share information about religious issues by writing articles, giving speeches, or teaching.
  • Study and interpret religious laws, doctrines, or traditions.
  • Train leaders of church, community, or youth groups.
  • Visit people in homes, hospitals, or prisons to provide them with comfort and support.

Clergy Detailed Work Activities

  • Counsel clients or patients regarding personal issues.
  • Develop educational programs.
  • Develop promotional strategies for religious organizations.
  • Interpret cultural or religious information for others.
  • Intervene in crisis situations to assist clients.
  • Lead classes or community events.
  • Manage organizational or program finances.
  • Plan conferences, programs, or special events.
  • Refer clients to community or social service programs.
  • Train staff members in social services skills.
  • Visit individuals in their homes to provide support or information.