2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    Apr 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVE]

Bible & Theology Certificate

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The Bible and Theology Certificate provides students with the 27 semester hours of Bible, theology, worldview, and spiritual formation courses necessary to pursue a graduate-level degree at Columbia Biblical Seminary (CBS). It gives students a solid biblical-theological foundation, facilitates growth in godliness, and prepares them for higher-level studies at the master’s level.

The Bible and Theology Certificate is available fully online. Please contact Admissions for further information.

Admission Requirements 

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • Affirm to be a Christian and agree with CIU’s Statement of Faith
  • Official transcript for highest earned degree and any master’s level credits earned with a minimum GPA of 2.5 for the most recent degree earned
  • Essay (800 words total)
  • Church Leader Reference

Transfer Credit

Students may receive transfer credit for a maximum of two-thirds of the Bible and Theology Certificate, subject to the provisions of CIU’s Transfer Credit Policy.

Time Limitation

The expected time limit for completing all the requirements for the Bible and Theology Certificate is ten years, measured from the date a student begins coursework in the degree. Students may request that courses completed outside the expected limit be reviewed by the dean’s office on a case-by-case basis.

Completion Requirements

Students must satisfy the following requirements in order to graduate:

  • Complete all required hours of specified coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Complete reading of the entire Bible following admission, including selections assigned in Bible courses. This requirement must be completed six weeks prior to graduation.
  • Affirm CIU’s Statement of Faith.

Course of Study (27)


This certificate program is not eligible for federal Title IV financial aid funds – i.e. Federal Direct Loans. Students who are interested in exploring other financial aid options should contact the Financial Aid Office.

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