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Certificate/Diploma Requirements and Prerequisites

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Certificate in Ministry (36 hrs.)
Certificate in Biblical Studies (36 hrs.)
Certificate in Information Systems Management for Churches and Nonprofits (36 hrs.)
Certificate in Leadership and Administration for Churches and Nonprofits (36 hrs.)
Associate of Ministry (60 hrs.)
Associate of Biblical Studies (60 hrs.)
Associate of Information Systems Management for Churches and Nonprofits (60 hrs.)
Associate of Leadership and Administration for Churches and Nonprofits (60 hrs.)
Bachelor of Ministry (120 hrs.)
Bachelor of Biblical Studies (120 hrs.)
Bachelor of Information Systems Management for Churches and Nonprofits (120 hrs.)
Bachelor of Leadership and Administration for Churches and Nonprofits (120 hrs.)
Master of Ministry (45 hrs.)
Master of Biblical Studies (45 hrs.)
Master of Leadership and Administration of Churches and Nonprofits (45 hrs.)
Master of Divinity (90 hrs.)
Master's Certificate in Ministry Instruction (1 hrs.)
Doctor of Ministry (30 hrs.)


(Click on the course title to see the course details.)

Certificate in Ministry
(Prerequisites: High School, GED or equivalent.)

BIB1001-Survey of the Old Testament
BUS1001-Management for Churches and Nonprofits
ENG1001-Written Communications for Christian Scholars I
LDR1001-Leadership for Churches and Nonprofits
BIB1002-Survey of the New Testament
ENG1002-Written Communications for Christian Scholars II
BIB1005-Biblical Interpretation
BIB1801-Genesis
BIB1901-Mark
BIB2001-Teaching the Bible
MIN2501-Sermon Preparation
MIN2502-Sermon Delivery
Total Semester Hours Required: 36

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Certificate in Biblical Studies
(Prerequisites: High School, GED or equivalent.)

BIB1001-Survey of the Old Testament
COM1001-Computer Applications for Churches and Nonprofits
ENG1001-Written Communications for Christian Scholars I
BIB1002-Survey of the New Testament
ENG1002-Written Communications for Christian Scholars II
BIB1005-Biblical Interpretation
COM1005-Visual Presentation Preparation for Churches and Nonprofits
BIB1801-Genesis
BIB1901-Mark
BIB2001-Teaching the Bible
Electives: 6 semester hours in biblical studies or languages
Total Semester Hours Required: 36

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Certificate in Information Systems Management for Churches and Nonprofits
(Prerequisites: High School, GED or equivalent.)

COM1001-Computer Applications for Churches and Nonprofits
ENG1001-Written Communications for Christian Scholars I
MAT1001-Mathematics for Churches and Nonprofits
ENG1002-Written Communications for Christian Scholars II
COM1005-Visual Presentation Preparation for Churches and Nonprofits
COM1201-Programming and Logic for Churches and Nonprofits
COM2012-Database Programming and Design for Churches and Nonprofits
COM2205-Church Media and Computer Resources
COM3205-Advanced Programming for Churches and Nonprofits
COM4101-Website Programming and Design I for Churches and Nonprofits
COM4102-Website Programming and Design II for Churches and Nonprofits
COM4601-Information Systems Management for Churches and Nonprofits
Total Semester Hours Required: 36

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Certificate in Leadership and Administration for Churches and Nonprofits
(Prerequisites: High School, GED or equivalent.)

BIB1001-Survey of the Old Testament
BUS1001-Management for Churches and Nonprofits
COM1001-Computer Applications for Churches and Nonprofits
ENG1001-Written Communications for Christian Scholars I
LDR1001-Leadership for Churches and Nonprofits
MAT1001-Mathematics for Churches and Nonprofits
BIB1002-Survey of the New Testament
ENG1002-Written Communications for Christian Scholars II
COM1005-Visual Presentation Preparation for Churches and Nonprofits
LDR2001-Leadership Communication for Churches and Nonprofits
BUS2003-Bookkeeping and Accounting for Churches and Nonprofits
BUS2901-Budget and Fiscal Planning for Churches and Nonprofits
Total Semester Hours Required: 36

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Associate of Ministry
(Prerequisites: Certificate in Ministry or at least 30 hours of college.)

BIB1001-Survey of the Old Testament
BUS1001-Management for Churches and Nonprofits
COM1001-Computer Applications for Churches and Nonprofits
ENG1001-Written Communications for Christian Scholars I
LDR1001-Leadership for Churches and Nonprofits
MAT1001-Mathematics for Churches and Nonprofits
SPC1001-Speech for Christian Service
BIB1002-Survey of the New Testament
ENG1002-Written Communications for Christian Scholars II
BIB1005-Biblical Interpretation
BIB1801-Genesis
BIB1901-Mark
BIB2001-Teaching the Bible
HIS2001-History of the Church I
HIS2002-History of the Church II
REL2201-Introduction to Spiritual Formation
MIN2501-Sermon Preparation
MIN2502-Sermon Delivery
SOC3201-Christian Counseling
MIN4201-Pastoral Ministry
Total Semester Hours Required: 60

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Associate of Biblical Studies
(Prerequisites: Certificate in biblical studies or at least 30 hours of college.)

BIB1001-Survey of the Old Testament
COM1001-Computer Applications for Churches and Nonprofits
ENG1001-Written Communications for Christian Scholars I
MAT1001-Mathematics for Churches and Nonprofits
SPC1001-Speech for Christian Service
BIB1002-Survey of the New Testament
ENG1002-Written Communications for Christian Scholars II
BIB1005-Biblical Interpretation
COM1005-Visual Presentation Preparation for Churches and Nonprofits
BIB1801-Genesis
BIB1901-Mark
BIB2001-Teaching the Bible
HIS2001-History of the Church I
HIS2002-History of the Church II
Electives: 18 semester hours in biblical studies or languages
Total Semester Hours Required: 60

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Associate of Information Systems Management for Churches and Nonprofits
(Prerequisites: Certificate in Information systems management or at least 30 hours of college.)

BIB1001-Survey of the Old Testament
BUS1001-Management for Churches and Nonprofits
COM1001-Computer Applications for Churches and Nonprofits
ENG1001-Written Communications for Christian Scholars I
LDR1001-Leadership for Churches and Nonprofits
MAT1001-Mathematics for Churches and Nonprofits
SPC1001-Speech for Christian Service
BIB1002-Survey of the New Testament
ENG1002-Written Communications for Christian Scholars II
COM1005-Visual Presentation Preparation for Churches and Nonprofits
COM1201-Programming and Logic for Churches and Nonprofits
HIS2001-History of the Church I
HIS2002-History of the Church II
COM2012-Database Programming and Design for Churches and Nonprofits
COM2205-Church Media and Computer Resources
COM3205-Advanced Programming for Churches and Nonprofits
PHI3601-Christian Ethics
COM4101-Website Programming and Design I for Churches and Nonprofits
COM4601-Information Systems Management for Churches and Nonprofits
Total Semester Hours Required: 60

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Associate of Leadership and Administration for Churches and Nonprofits
(Prerequisites: Certificate in leadership and administration or at least 30 hours of college.)

BIB1001-Survey of the Old Testament
BUS1001-Management for Churches and Nonprofits
COM1001-Computer Applications for Churches and Nonprofits
ENG1001-Written Communications for Christian Scholars I
LDR1001-Leadership for Churches and Nonprofits
MAT1001-Mathematics for Churches and Nonprofits
SPC1001-Speech for Christian Service
BIB1002-Survey of the New Testament
ENG1002-Written Communications for Christian Scholars II
COM1005-Visual Presentation Preparation for Churches and Nonprofits
HIS2001-History of the Church I
LDR2001-Leadership Communication for Churches and Nonprofits
HIS2002-History of the Church II
BUS2003-Bookkeeping and Accounting for Churches and Nonprofits
BUS2102-Administration for Churches and Nonprofits
REL2201-Introduction to Spiritual Formation
COM2205-Church Media and Computer Resources
BUS2901-Budget and Fiscal Planning for Churches and Nonprofits
SOC3201-Christian Counseling
PHI3601-Christian Ethics
Total Semester Hours Required: 60

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Bachelor of Ministry
(Prerequisites: Certificate and Associate in ministry or at least 60 hours of college.)

BIB1001-Survey of the Old Testament
BUS1001-Management for Churches and Nonprofits
COM1001-Computer Applications for Churches and Nonprofits
ENG1001-Written Communications for Christian Scholars I
LDR1001-Leadership for Churches and Nonprofits
MAT1001-Mathematics for Churches and Nonprofits
SPC1001-Speech for Christian Service
BIB1002-Survey of the New Testament
ENG1002-Written Communications for Christian Scholars II
BIB1005-Biblical Interpretation
BIB2001-Teaching the Bible
HIS2001-History of the Church I
LDR2001-Leadership Communication for Churches and Nonprofits
HIS2002-History of the Church II
REL2201-Introduction to Spiritual Formation
MIN2501-Sermon Preparation
MIN2502-Sermon Delivery
SOC3201-Christian Counseling
PHI3601-Christian Ethics
MIN4201-Pastoral Ministry
BIB5801-Genesis
BIB5901-Mark
Minor: 36 semester hours in a certificate program other than Ministry.
Electives: 18 semester hours, 3 hours in science and the rest in ministry or biblical studies.
Total Semester Hours Required: 120

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Bachelor of Biblical Studies
(Prerequisites: Certificate and Associate in biblical studies or at least 60 hours of college.)

BIB1001-Survey of the Old Testament
COM1001-Computer Applications for Churches and Nonprofits
ENG1001-Written Communications for Christian Scholars I
MAT1001-Mathematics for Churches and Nonprofits
SPC1001-Speech for Christian Service
BIB1002-Survey of the New Testament
ENG1002-Written Communications for Christian Scholars II
BIB1005-Biblical Interpretation
COM1005-Visual Presentation Preparation for Churches and Nonprofits
BIB1801-Genesis
BIB1901-Mark
BIB2001-Teaching the Bible
HIS2001-History of the Church I
HIS2002-History of the Church II
Minor: 36 semester hours in a certificate program other than Biblical Studies
Electives: 42 semester hours, 3 hours in science and the rest in biblical studies or languages.
Total Semester Hours Required: 120

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Bachelor of Information Systems Management for Churches and Nonprofits
(Prerequisites: Certificate and Associate in ISM or at least 60 hours of college.)

BIB1001-Survey of the Old Testament
BUS1001-Management for Churches and Nonprofits
COM1001-Computer Applications for Churches and Nonprofits
ENG1001-Written Communications for Christian Scholars I
LDR1001-Leadership for Churches and Nonprofits
MAT1001-Mathematics for Churches and Nonprofits
SPC1001-Speech for Christian Service
BIB1002-Survey of the New Testament
ENG1002-Written Communications for Christian Scholars II
COM1005-Visual Presentation Preparation for Churches and Nonprofits
COM1201-Programming and Logic for Churches and Nonprofits
HIS2001-History of the Church I
HIS2002-History of the Church II
COM2012-Database Programming and Design for Churches and Nonprofits
COM2205-Church Media and Computer Resources
COM3205-Advanced Programming for Churches and Nonprofits
PHI3601-Christian Ethics
COM4101-Website Programming and Design I for Churches and Nonprofits
COM4601-Information Systems Management for Churches and Nonprofits
Minor: 36 semester hours in a certificate program other than Information Systems Management for Churches and Nonprofits
Electives: 27 semester hours, 3 hours in science and the rest in leadership, management or information systems.
Total Semester Hours Required: 120

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Bachelor of Leadership and Administration for Churches and Nonprofits
(Prerequisites: Certificate and Associate in leadership and administration or at least 60 hours of college.)

BIB1001-Survey of the Old Testament
BUS1001-Management for Churches and Nonprofits
COM1001-Computer Applications for Churches and Nonprofits
ENG1001-Written Communications for Christian Scholars I
LDR1001-Leadership for Churches and Nonprofits
MAT1001-Mathematics for Churches and Nonprofits
SPC1001-Speech for Christian Service
BIB1002-Survey of the New Testament
ENG1002-Written Communications for Christian Scholars II
COM1005-Visual Presentation Preparation for Churches and Nonprofits
HIS2001-History of the Church I
LDR2001-Leadership Communication for Churches and Nonprofits
HIS2002-History of the Church II
BUS2003-Bookkeeping and Accounting for Churches and Nonprofits
BUS2102-Administration for Churches and Nonprofits
REL2201-Introduction to Spiritual Formation
COM2205-Church Media and Computer Resources
BUS2901-Budget and Fiscal Planning for Churches and Nonprofits
LDR3001-Leading Organizational Culture for Chuches and Nonprofits
SOC3201-Christian Counseling
PHI3601-Christian Ethics
LDR4001-Leading Change Management for Churches and Nonprofits
Minor: 36 semester hours in a certificate program other than Leadership and Administration for Churches and Nonprofits
Electives: 18 semester hours, 3 hours in science and the rest in leadership, management or information systems.
Total Semester Hours Required: 120

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Master of Ministry
(Prerequisites: 4-year degree with at least 120 semester hours.)

BIB5001-Introduction to the Old Testament
BUS5001-Management for Churches and Nonprofits
ENG5001-Academic Writing and Research for Christian Scholars
LDR5001-Leadership for Churches and Nonprofits
BIB5002-Introduction to the New Testament
BIB5005-Hermeneutics
SOC5201-Christian Counseling
MIN5601-Pastoral Ministry
BIB6001-Issues in Teaching the Bible
THE6001-Systematic Theology I
THE6002-Systematic Theology II
REL6201-Spiritual Formation
EVA6501-Evangelism and Apologetics
MIN6801-Sermon Preparation and Delivery
MIN6990-Ministry Project and Thesis
Total Semester Hours Required: 45

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Master of Biblical Studies
(Prerequisites: 4-year degree with at least 120 semester hours.)

BIB5001-Introduction to the Old Testament
ENG5001-Academic Writing and Research for Christian Scholars
BIB5002-Introduction to the New Testament
BIB5005-Hermeneutics
COM5005-Visual Presentation Preparation for Churches and Nonprofits
BIB5801-Genesis
BIB5901-Mark
BIB6001-Issues in Teaching the Bible
REL6201-Spiritual Formation
BIB6990-Biblical Studies Project and Thesis
Electives: 15 semester hours in biblical studies or languages.
Total Semester Hours Required: 45

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Master of Leadership and Administration of Churches and Nonprofits
(Prerequisites: 4-year degree with at least 120 semester hours.)

BUS5001-Management for Churches and Nonprofits
ENG5001-Academic Writing and Research for Christian Scholars
LDR5001-Leadership for Churches and Nonprofits
BUS5003-Accounting for Churches and Nonprofits
COM5005-Visual Presentation Preparation for Churches and Nonprofits
SOC5201-Christian Counseling
LDR5501-Leadership Communication for Churches and Nonprofits
LDR6001-Leading Organizational Culture for Chuches and Nonprofits
MKT6001-Marketing and Outreach for Churches and Nonprofits
LDR6501-Leading Change Management for Churches and Nonprofits
COM6601-Information Systems Management for Churches and Nonprofits
PHI6601-Christian Ethics
COM6801-Issues in Security for Churches and Nonprofits
BUS6901-Budget and Fiscal Planning for Churches and Nonprofits
LDR6990-Leadership and Administration Project and Thesis
Total Semester Hours Required: 45

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Master of Divinity
(Prerequisites: Master's degree of at least 30 semester hours of credit.)

BIB5001-Introduction to the Old Testament
BUS5001-Management for Churches and Nonprofits
ENG5001-Academic Writing and Research for Christian Scholars
LDR5001-Leadership for Churches and Nonprofits
BIB5002-Introduction to the New Testament
BIB5005-Hermeneutics
SOC5201-Christian Counseling
MIN5601-Pastoral Ministry
BIB5801-Genesis
BIB5901-Mark
BIB5904-John
BIB6001-Issues in Teaching the Bible
HIS6001-History of the Church to 1517
THE6001-Systematic Theology I
HIS6002-History of the Church from 1517
THE6002-Systematic Theology II
THE6003-Systematic Theology III
REL6201-Spiritual Formation
EVA6501-Evangelism and Apologetics
PHI6601-Christian Ethics
MIN6801-Sermon Preparation and Delivery
MIN6990-Ministry Project and Thesis
Electives: 24 semester hours in electives.
Total Semester Hours Required: 90

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Doctor of Ministry
(Prerequisites: Master of Divinity with at least 90 graduate hours credit.)

ENG7001-Advanced Writing and Research
LDR7001-Issues in Church and Nonprofit Leadership
BIB7005-Issues in Biblical Teaching and Exposition
REL7201-Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Warfare
PHI7601-Contemporary Problems in Church Ethics
MIN8201-Contemporary Issues in Ministry
SOC8201-Christian Counseling
EVA8501-Contemporary Evangelism and Apologetics
MIN8801-Advanced Expository Preaching
MIN8990-Doctor of Ministry Project and Dissertation
Total Semester Hours Required: 30

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Certificate/Diploma Requirements and Prerequisites

Click on each course for course descriptions and prerequisites.
• All 1-year certificates require a total of 36 semester hours of credit and their requirements are listed above.

• The 2-year diplomas required 60 semester hours credit, including the requirements for the degree listed above for each program, with the electives and core requirements (i.e. English, science, history, Old and New Testament survey courses, etc). This diploma must be requested from your advisor after completing 60 semester hourse of credit. The Dean is the final arbiter of whether you meet requirements for a 2-year degree.

• All 4-year diplomas require a total of 120 semester hours of credit: 60 semester hours of credit listed above for the major, a 36 hour minor in a second area (see certificates for minor requirements of different field). As credits between major and minor overlap, you will be required to take a number of electives to complete the 120 smester hours for the diploma.

• Master's degrees require 45 semester hours of graduate work as specified in the listing above, except the Master of Divinity which requires 90 semester hours. All of our master's degrees require a four-year degree of at least 120 semester hours on any major, with a 3.0 (B) grade point average for all previous college work, or a 2.5 (C+) grade point average with probation and to earn a 3.0 in all future work. All require the completion of a project thesis.

• The Doctor of Ministry Degree Begins in the Fall 2022 Term. The degree requires 30 doctoral semester hours, including a Doctor of Ministry Dissertation project. You must complete a doctoral proposal (as taught in ENG7001) and have it approved prior to taking that dissertation project class. The dissertaion project must be approved by a dissertation committee of faculty appointed by the Dean before the DMin degree is awarded. There is no deadline on the Doctor of Ministry Project and Dissertation class, nor weekly requirements. It is a self-paced program. Also, there is only one tuition charge for the class. However, all Dmin requirements must be met within 8 years from the start of the program. Admissions into the DMin program requires a Master of Divinity Degree with at least 90 graduate semester hours of credit. If your MDiv did not have 90 hours, we will accept you into the program with any MDiv with at least graduate 60 semester hours, but you will have to complete any hours below 90 in our masters program before actually taking courses for the DMin. For example, if your MDiv only had 78 sem. hrs., you will need to complete 12 sem. hrs. at the master's level before starting the DMin courses.

• Degree Requirement Grandfathering: Requirements are subject to change from term to term due to changes in standards without individual notice. Only those who have accomplished at least 75% of their required degree hours are exempt from thoses changes and grandfathered to older degree requirements. Course hours acquired at MBC prior to the changes may still be counted towards the total hour requirement despite changes or transfer credits, with permission from the Dean.


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