All courses carry a three-credit status. For periodic instruction, each class will consist of 12 two-hour classes. (I.e., each class will consist of 24 hours of instruction over a 12-week quarter). Certain courses may be given at a seminar level, in which the instruction is concentrated into a shorter time frame (e.g., 3 eight-hour sessions, etc.). Any of FBI’s courses may be taken at five different personal levels of commitment:
Audit: Students can take classes with no other educational prerequisites. Students who audit classes will gain the benefit of all the instruction but not be held accountable for homework or class projects.
Certificate of Biblical Studies: Students may enroll for our 12-course certificate program (C. B. S.) that gives a broad exposure to biblical content and Christian theology. There are no educational prerequisites for the certificate program.
Bachelor of Biblical Studies: The Bachelor of Biblical Studies (B. B. S.) program requires the student to have a high school diploma, GED equivalent or other evidence of high school completion. The Bachelor’s program will consist of 144 credits of instruction (48 courses).
Master of Biblical Studies: The Master of Biblical Studies (M. B. S.) program requires the student to already hold a Bachelor’s degree. The Bachelor’s degree does not need to be theological or religious. The Master of Biblical Studies program will consist of 72 credits of instruction (24 courses).
Master of Divinity: The Master of Divinity program (M. Div.) is the training program generally seen as standard preparation of men for vocational pastoral/missionary ministry. A Bachelor’s degree is required for entrance to the M. Div. program. The M. Div. program will include the 63 core credits of the M. B. S. program, but also require 54 credits of instruction in the two major biblical languages (27 credits of Old Testament Hebrew and 27 credits of New Testament Greek) and one additional 3 credit elective. If a student does not possess a prior Bachelor’s degree but completes all the requirements of the M. Div. program, the degree will carry the status of Bachelor of Theology. While men and women may enter and complete the Certificate of Biblical Studies, the Bachelor of Biblical Studies, and the Master of Biblical Studies, the M. Div. program is designed to train men only for pastoral/missionary ministry.
When FBI meets FBI offers 12-week courses
on a weekly basis as follows (exact schedules will be available by contacting
FBI directly or by online schedule postings):
1) Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and 8:00-10:00 p.m.;
2) Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and 8:00-10:00 p.m.;
3) One Saturday each month for eight hours (three eight-hour classes each quarter yield 24 hours of
4) Special occasions when expert guest lecturers are able to give distinctive seminars (dates and
times TBA as scheduled).
Where FBI meets
1) Courses are offered on the campus of FBI’s sponsoring church, Austin Bluffs Evangelical
Free Church (in Colorado Springs, Colorado). Address and directions are noted
in the next section.
2) Classes will also be available through a virtual classroom hosted at New Life Bible Church in Pueblo , Colorado. This virtual classroom will include an internet-based, live, two-way,
audio/video feed directly from the campus classroom at Austin Bluffs
Evangelical Free Church.
3) A future, second-phase element of our program is in process that will include non-live,
online instruction. When implemented, students will be able to pursue either
the Certificate in Biblical Studies or the Masters in Biblical Studies by
direct on-line access.
For more information about the faculty and course offerings, please visit the links below: