McDowell Bible College
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  • We are a low tuition college offering a quality, full-term, diploma producing, fully on-line experience for no additional on-line fees.
  • Medium to low-income pastors of all denominations pay little or no tuition.
  • SBC aligned church paid and volunteer staff are discounted 50% to 100% on tuition.
  • Full and partial scholarships or payment plans are available for all. Click on the Cost page for details.
  • Our tuition is the lowest you can find anywhere for a quality, diploma producing higher education.

McDowell Bible College is dedicated to our Lord Jesus Christ and to His service. As the name implies, we are a bible-oriented college and the curriculum is designed for Christian students who do not have major disagreements with our doctrinal statement (listed on the About Us page). Our school was founded to help those who fall into one or more of the following categories:

      • Current or future church employees who wish certification in their fields without taking the time earn a diploma. We offer certificates in Ministry, Worship Ministry, Biblical Studies, Church Administration and Church Media and Computer Sciences which require only 12 courses that can be accomplished in about a year to complete the certificate, while still earning college credit towards a future diploma.

      • College students who wish to earn a diploma related to service in churches or religious non-profit organizations. We currently offer two-year or four-year diploma programs in Ministry, Worship Ministry, Biblical Studies, Church Administration and Church Media and Computer Sciences.

      • College graduates who are seeking advanced diplomas. We offer a Master of Ministry, Master of Administration and Leadership for Churches and Religious Non-Profits, Master of Information Systems Management for Churches and Religious Non-Profits, and Master of Divinity. Admissions to our masters programs require only the completion of any four-year degree as long as it comes from a reputable college. The degree does not have to be related to religion or ministry but does require good English academic writing skills.

      • College graduates who already have a masters degree who want to work to elevate themselves in their church or religious non-profit field. We have recently added a Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Administration and Leadership for Churches and Religious Non-Profits. See the admissions page for the detailed admissions requirements for all our degrees.

      • Students who cannot afford the high cost of college or do not want to encumber themselves with a large amount of educational loan debt. Our tuition is the lowest you can find that provides a quality, full-term education and we are probably the only school that includes a better than state of the art on-line classroom experience for no additional fee. Others charge as much $100 or more per course for online fees alone. We offer many scholarships where students pay only half, or sometimes none of their tuition cost. We do not offer government supported loans and grants, but you will not need them. We provide payment plans, as well as partial or full scholarships to those in need so you do not have to be burdened with loan debt or dependent on government grants.

      • Students who want a want a quality education. McDowell Bible College is recognized by the National Bible College Association as an accredited educational institution meeting their standards for certification and accreditation. This is not a degree mill. If you are looking for an easy ride, we are not your school. Our academic standards are high and equivalent or exceeding the level of many if not most colleges and universities with on-line programs. You will be proud of the certificate or diploma you get at McDowell Bible College. (See About Us page for more information on state licensure exemption and accreditation and to view our certificates.)

Interactive Online Classroom -

We have a proprietary online classroom presentation system that is as user friendly as it is informing. Other on-line colleges and universities have to pass on to students hundreds of thousands of dollars in expense purchasing an external on-line classroom system such Blackboard or another system, charging additional fees up to $100 or more per class. There are no such fees at MBC
. McDowell Bible College has our own in-house software and IT staff. Our online classroom experience includes pages where the following activities take place:

      • Classroom Office - The instructor will post public notices for the class here and provide contact information where you may privately interact with your instructor.

      • Document Folder - Here is posted links to the course syllabus, course documents and links to other information you may require for the course.

      • Assignments - This page provides the dated weekly lesson folders for the class, within which you will find links to each lesson’s requirements for that week to include: class lecture(s), quizzes, exams or other class assignments that need to be turned in for that week. MBC has determined that visual lectures, presentations and graphics help you to better understand the material and we place everything you need for the lesson in the folder so that requirements are easy to understand and to access.

      • Gradebook - As your grades become available for quizes, exams or assignments, they will be posted here in privacy. Instructors may provide additional comments that are linked to the graded items.

      • Forum - Some lessons will require assigned forum discussions where you will be required to post an answer to a question or response to a subject as assigned by your instructor. You will also be able to, and at times required, to respond to the posts of others in the discussion.

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We hope you will join us in the coming year for this program of quality, on-line education that is demanding, but fair and can be completed by anyone with reasonable effort. We will provide you with the tools you need for your area of study that is supported by in-house programming sometimes better than state of the art. Our tuition is low, so that is why a quality education with McDowell Bible College is not only a good deal, a comparison is almost non-existent. McDowell Bible College is set up on the standard tri-semester system with three full 15-week terms each year, Spring (January-April), Summer (May-August) and Fall (September-December). Before one of those term deadlines end, click “Apply” and become a student at MBC and you will never regret it.
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Registration for the Fall term begins July 29th, so start looking at the schedule that is already posted for the Fall 2019 term. If you need help, contact an academic advisor. If there is a course you really needed to take in the Fall term, but you do not see it in the schedule, contact your academic advisor. If it is a course for which there is sufficient interest, it may be added up all the way until mid-August.

If you have not completed your admissions application or are missing some requirements such as ordering official transcripts from your school(s), you should get on it right away so that you can begin the registration process when it opens next week. although Admissions applications can be received up until August 30th, do not wait until the last minute and miss out on the next term.

Beginning the Summer 2019 term of the 2019-2020 year, MBC will expand the curriculum to create five four-year programs for the existing diplomas and one seminary program, Master of Ministry. These programs will begin appearing on the website by the end of the Spring 2019 term and in the 2019-2020 catalog when it comes out in August. This will allow our students in the five programs to advance to a four-year diploma and even obtain an advanced degree. Graduates of any four-year program from any legitimate college or university will be able to proceed on to graduate studies in Ministry. Henceforth, we will offer four college levels: one-year certificates, two-year programs, four-year programs and a master’s level seminary program.

The Master of Ministry will be offered with concentrations in five areas:

* Pastoral Ministry
* Worship Leadership
* Biblical Studies
* Church Media and Computer Science
* Church Administration

For example, a person pursuing a concentration in Biblical Studies will receive a Master of Ministry with a Concentration in Biblical Studies. Students will take core courses in ministry required by all, then courses specific to their concentrations. Details and breakdown of these courses for each concentration will appear in the new catalog coming out sometime in August. Currently, the MA in Ministry includes only courses for the Pastoral Ministry track, but the website will reflect all five concentrations by mid-August if not sooner as soon as the new catalog is completed.
(This is a fourth revision of the 12/17/2018, 01/21/2019, 03/18/2019 posts.)

We have added more graduate courses to the Fall schedule so that full-time students who work hard on their studies and take more hours per term can actually complete a Master of Ministry in about one calendar year. Students who work full time, or have an active ministry that takes up a lot of their time, are recommended to take only one or two courses per term (3 - 6 sem. hrs.) In either case, the Master of Ministry degree may be completed in about a year for full-time students and two or three years for part-time students.

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