Best Online Associate in Biblical Studies

Find top-ranked online associate’s in Biblical studies degree programs that will prepare students to pursue a wide variety of careers including social service positions, youth ministry, or missions-related positions.

Best Online Associate in Biblical Studies

Frequently Asked Questions About Biblical Studies Degrees

Earning an associate degree in biblical studies is a great way to combine your faith and your future career goals.

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On average, this roughly 60-credit degree takes about two years to complete, with programs available both online and in person.

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Students will dive into courses that discuss topics like Christian doctrine, the Old and New Testament, and spiritual leadership, all of which will equip them with the foundational knowledge needed to enter the workforce.

Additionally, some students may choose to pair this degree with another area of study, such as social work, family counseling, or nonprofit management.

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Upon graduation, students will be prepared for several ministry, mission, and social services positions, including youth ministers and program supervisors.

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Learn more about how to major in religious studies.

Best Online Associate in Biblical Studies Degree Programs

How do we determine the best online biblical studies associate degree programs?

Methodology

Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

25 Best Online Associate in Biblical Studies Degree Programs

  1. #1

    Moody Bible Institute

    #1249 institution's historical influence
    #152 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    98%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1095/20

    Chicago, IL

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    Online Degrees

    ABS in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  2. #2

    Liberty University

    #1070 institution's historical influence
    #116 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    75K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1150/24

    Lynchburg, VA

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 1.5 years
    • Format: Online
  3. #3

    Nyack College

    #2340 institution's historical influence
    #1082 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $26K

    Acceptance

    97%

    Graduation

    43%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    945/20

    New York, NY

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    Cornerstone University

    #3766 institution's historical influence
    #373 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $26K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1070/22

    Grand Rapids, MI

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    Online Degrees

    AS in Bibllical Studies
    • Required Credits: 62
    • Completion time: 28 months
    • Format: Online
  5. #5

    Dallas Baptist University

    #3128 institution's historical influence
    #1101 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $32K

    Acceptance

    99%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1140/23

    Dallas, TX

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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  6. #6

    Cairn University

    #4370 institution's historical influence
    #1304 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $30K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1123/21

    Langhorne, PA

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Bible
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    AA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 61
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  7. #7

    Johnson University

    #3977 institution's historical influence
    #143 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $18K

    Acceptance

    55%

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1107/21

    Knoxville, TN

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    Online Degrees

    AA/AS in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
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  8. #8

    Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

    #5084 institution's historical influence
    #482 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    97%

    Graduation

    40%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1115/22

    Kansas City, MO

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  9. #9

    Colorado Christian University

    #3913 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $25K

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    6K

    Lakewood, CO

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
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  10. #10

    Northpoint Bible College

    #8189 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    <1K

    Haverhill, MA

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Bible/Theology
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  11. #11

    College of Biblical Studies

    #7714 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Graduation

    40%

    Student body

    <1K

    Houston, TX

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  12. #12

    Southwestern Assemblies of God University

    #3597 institution's historical influence
    #92 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $21K

    Acceptance

    89%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1010/19

    Waxahachie, TX

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Bible
    • Required Credits: 64
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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  13. #13

    Heritage Christian University

    #8968 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    14%

    Student body

    <1K

    Florence, AL

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 63
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  14. #14

    Belhaven University

    #3117 institution's historical influence
    #810 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $27K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    4K

    Jackson, MS

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 62
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  15. #15

    Mid-Atlantic Christian University

    #8481 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Acceptance

    43%

    Graduation

    38%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1010/17

    Elizabeth City, NC

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 61-62
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    Davis College

    #7806 institution's historical influence
    #1429 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $17K

    Acceptance

    29%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    <1K

    Johnson City, NY

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    Online Degrees

    AAS in Bible and Theology
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  17. #17

    Lincoln Christian University

    #9352 institution's historical influence
    #197 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Graduation

    43%

    Student body

    <1K

    Lincoln, IL

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Bible
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  18. #18

    Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary

    #12645 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Graduation

    11%

    Student body

    <1K

    Charlotte, NC

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 66
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  19. #19

    Hampton University

    #675 institution's historical influence
    #666 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    36%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    4K

    Hampton, VA

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  20. #20

    Calvary University

    #8941 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1125/21

    Kansas City, MO

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 66
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  21. #21

    Central Christian College of the Bible

    #9841 institution's historical influence
    #97 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    <1K

    Moberly, MO

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    Online Degrees

    ABS in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  22. #22

    Trinity Baptist College

    #8981 institution's historical influence
    #337 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    32%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    975/19

    Jacksonville, FL

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    Online Degrees

    AS in Degree In Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 65
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  23. #23

    Shasta Bible College and Graduate School

    #14693 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    100%

    Graduation

    75%

    Student body

    <1K

    Redding, CA

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 65
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  24. #24

    St. Louis Christian College

    #14109 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    68%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    <1K

    Florissant, MO

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    Online Degrees

    AAS in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 24 months
    • Format: Online
  25. #25

    Amridge University

    #5911 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Graduation

    25%

    Student body

    <1K

    Montgomery, AL

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Ministry/Bible
    • Required Credits: 64
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online

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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require a time of adjustment. Although you’ll typically learn the same material and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, going online will require greater independence and responsibility than going in person. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, for harnessing the online educational technology that you’ll need to use, and for completing the course requirements, such as listening to lectures, learning lessons, reading texts, and handing in assignments. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take the initiative in building relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier than campus-based education is ease of access: all you need is a computer and an internet connection for online education. But even this seeming advantage of online education can be misleading: what’s easier, studying online with your computer and internet connection from your home where you need to cook, clean, pay rent, and maintain a job? Or studying on campus in a dorm where all your living needs are handled by the school, and college staff are there to help you every step of the way?

If you take the commute to campus out of the equation, campus-based education is easier. All the support structures available on campus for students, especially with real people to help you in person, are not there online. The demands on you as an online student will largely be the same as for your campus-based counterpart, but without the same helps.

In general, your online courses will present the same material and test you in the same way as traditional in-person courses. In many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning with remote educational technology for the first time, online college may be considerably more challenging than campus-based college. For a few insights on how to manage this new online experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable non-profit institutions on the one end and less-than-reputable for-profit institutions on the other end. Accreditation gives you the power to identify the more reputable actors in online education. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency indicating that a college or university is meeting standards of quality and credibility. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university that is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. For students seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that they opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree. For more on this important topic, check out our What is Accreditation and Why Does It Matter? College & University Accreditation Guide.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited (see the previous point), you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer of credits. In many cases, you will encounter some bureaucratic haggling in which some of your credits will be transferred and others may be refused. However, provided that you have attended an online school with recognized regional accreditation, you should be in good shape in transferring your credits earned online.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript, or resumé differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

Some employers may express the concern that because you did your degree online, you may need to transition from an online education experience to in-person workplace experience. But in an age of Covid, that concern seems much diminished. The fact is that much employment these days is remote. And collaboration increasingly happens online over Zoom. Many employers will therefore view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will be less than ideal for you (though depending on your circumstances, it may also be the only viable option).

While there is much in traditional campus-based education that can be substituted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing that can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual in-person classroom setting. As you transition to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face in getting the most out of your online classes is overcoming this difference between “real reality” and “virtual reality.” Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. Above all, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete at your own pace and on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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