Best Online Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies

Find top-ranked online bachelor’s in biblical studies degree programs to prepare students for becoming a counselor, Christian education director, writer, pastor, or missionary.

Best Online Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies

Frequently Asked Questions About Biblical Studies Degrees

Earning a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies opens the door for many different career paths.

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Students will gain a deeper understanding of the Bible, and learn how to apply this understanding in organizational and community settings. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to practice their oral and written communication skills while exploring the historical elements of the scriptures.

You can pursue either your Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies, either online or in person.

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The roughly 120 credits needed can be completed in about four to five years, and can qualify you to work as a counselor, Christian education director, writer, pastor, or missionary. Graduates, however, may want to check with their specific organization for additional ordination and educational requirements.

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Learn more about how to major in religious studies.

Best Online Bachelor's in Biblical Studies Degree Programs

How do we determine the best online biblical studies bachelor's degree programs?

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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.

Best Online Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies Degree Programs

  1. #1

    Biola University

    #788 institution's historical influence
    #1377 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $44K

    Acceptance

    64%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1195/24

    La Mirada, CA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Biblical Ministries
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
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  2. #2

    Moody Bible Institute

    #1170 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

    BS in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  3. #3

    Oral Roberts University

    #1075 institution's historical influence
    #798 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1114/21

    Tulsa, OK

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Biblical Literature

    Concentrations

    • English Bible
    • New Testament
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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  4. #4

    Houston Baptist University

    #1883 institution's historical influence
    #270 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $35K

    Acceptance

    72%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1100/21

    Houston, TX

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 125
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
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  5. #5

    Liberty University

    #988 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

    BS in Biblical And Educational Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Religion

    Concentrations

    • Biblical And Theological Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
  6. #6

    Regent University

    #1606 institution's historical influence
    #554 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/22

    Virginia Beach, VA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Biblical and Theological Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BA in English-Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Professional Studies – Biblical and Theological Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  7. #7

    Faulkner University

    #2784 institution's historical influence
    #1032 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $23K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    27%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1080/20

    Montgomery, AL

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 122
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  8. #8

    Cairn University

    #4261 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

    BS in Bible

    Concentrations

    • Biblical Studies
    • Christian Ministry
    • Intro to Counseling
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Accounting + Bible
    • Required Credits: 151
    • Completion time: 4-4.5 years
    • Format: Online
  9. #9

    The Master's University

    #4692 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    60%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    2K

    Santa Clarita, CA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Biblical Counseling
    • Required Credits: 52
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
    BA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 48
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  10. #10

    Luther Rice College & Seminary

    #6083 institution's historical influence
    #706 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    39%

    Graduation

    25%

    Student body

    <1K

    Lithonia, GA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Theology

    Concentrations

    • Biblical Studies
    • Minor In Biblical Counseling
    • Minor In Christian Worldview
    • Minor In Ministry
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 48 months
    • Format: Online
  11. #11

    Dallas Baptist University

    #3021 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

    BA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
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  12. #12

    Johnson University

    #3847 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

    Double Major: BA/BS in Bible & Theology and Applied Linguistics
    • Required Credits: 123
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Double Major: BS Bible & Theology and Organizational Psychology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Double Major: BA/BS Bible & Theology and Pastoral Care and Counseling
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Double Major: BA in Bible & Theology and Intercultural Studies
    • Required Credits: 123
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Double Major: BA/BS in Bible & Theology and Ministry Leadership
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Double Major: BS in Bible & Theology and Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Entrepreneurship
    • Required Credits: 130
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  13. #13

    Colorado Christian University

    #3934 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $25K

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    6K

    Lakewood, CO

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Applied Psychology

    Concentrations

    • Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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  14. #14

    LeTourneau University

    #3834 institution's historical influence
    #202 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $32K

    Acceptance

    56%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1200/25

    Longview, TX

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Biblical Studies and Ministry
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    Toccoa Falls College

    #5277 institution's historical influence
    #590 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $21K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1035/19

    Toccoa Falls, GA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Theology

    Concentrations

    • Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 126
    • Completion time: 48 months
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    Baptist College of Florida

    #6803 institution's historical influence
    #651 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1006/18

    Graceville, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  17. #17

    Southwestern Assemblies of God University

    #4571 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

    BA in Bible and Theology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
    BA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
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  18. #18

    Heritage Christian University

    #8926 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    14%

    Student body

    <1K

    Florence, AL

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 128
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  19. #19

    Belhaven University

    #3010 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

    BA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  20. #20

    Ozark Christian College

    #8510 institution's historical influence
    #984 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    98%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1055/21

    Joplin, MO

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Biblical Studies

    Concentrations

    • Biblical Education
    • Professional Education
    • General Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  21. #21

    The King's University

    #9298 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    45%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1046/22

    Southlake, TX

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Biblical and Theological Studies
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
    BA in Biblical Counseling
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  22. #22

    Ohio Christian University

    #7171 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Graduation

    34%

    Student body

    1K

    Circleville, OH

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Leadership And Ministry

    Concentrations

    • Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  23. #23

    Arizona Christian University

    #7253 institution's historical influence
    #225 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    985/18

    Glendale, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Biblical and Theological Studies
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  24. #24

    Bethesda University

    #12189 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Graduation

    24%

    Student body

    <1K

    Anaheim, CA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Religion

    Concentrations

    • Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 126
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  25. #25

    College of Biblical Studies

    #7663 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Graduation

    40%

    Student body

    <1K

    Houston, TX

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Biblical Studies & Biblical Counseling
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  26. #26

    Central Christian College of the Bible

    #9808 institution's historical influence
    #97 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    <1K

    Moberly, MO

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Biblical Ministry
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  27. #27

    Truett McConnell University

    #8011 institution's historical influence
    #966 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $22K

    Acceptance

    97%

    Graduation

    35%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1040/20

    Cleveland, GA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Theology

    Concentrations

    • Christian Studies - Biblical & Theological Studies
    • Required Credits: 125
    • Completion time: 48 months
    • Format: Online
  28. #28

    Manhattan Christian College

    #9364 institution's historical influence
    #293 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $17K

    Acceptance

    49%

    Graduation

    38%

    Student body

    <1K

    Manhattan, KS

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Biblical Leadership
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  29. #29

    Trinity Baptist College

    #8940 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

    BS in Degree in Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 128
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  30. #30

    Shasta Bible College and Graduate School

    #14676 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    100%

    Graduation

    75%

    Student body

    <1K

    Redding, CA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Bible and Theology
    • Required Credits: 128
    • Completion time: 4.5-5.5 years
    • Format: Online
    BA in Christian Professional Studies

    Concentrations

    • Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 88
    • Completion time: 4-5 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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