The Christian Bible College and Seminary, or CBCS, is a distance learning institution dedicated to providing students with the means to learn theology at their own pace. It was founded in 1990, headquartered in Independence, Missouri, and now functions as a non-for-profit institution in that state. It is accredited by the Accrediting Commission International. CBCS is nondenominational but overtly Christian, and defines its faith as being in Jesus Christ. Of course, the school does not discriminate based on religion, race, or any other factor as prescribed by law.
Academics are the core of the university. The school offers a variety of degrees, including Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral Degrees. All coursework is done by distance learning, including books, taped lectures, and other traditional means of learning. Students are encouraged to be flexible and design their own path towards a degree.
The school offers several specializations for degrees at all levels. Bachelors, for instance, may specialize in Bible Studies, Christian Ministry, Theological Studies, Religious Education, and Biblical Counseling. The master’s and doctoral programs offer even broader ranges of topics to specialize in. Students may also enroll in a combination program which combines a master’s degree with a certificate program in Christian Counseling Therapy.
CBCS has a generous credit transfer policy and will accept transfer credits from all other theological schools. However, credits from secular schools must be evaluated by the school’s review board before a credit can be given.
The school has a flexible academic policy. There are no final exams for any courses, all courses are a standard five credits, and (except for a few counseling programs) there are no core courses.
Unlike most schools, CBCS does not charge by the course or credit hour – it charges a fixed fee for each degree. All degrees require exactly 60 credit hours, or 12 courses, but compound on one another (E.G. one must have an associate’s degree before one can earn a Bachelor’s degree). There is no time limit for students to earn a degree – students are always encouraged to work at their own pace in a way that fits in well with their current life.
Tuition, which may be discounted, ranged from $1,400 to for the Associate’s degree to $2,100 for the Doctoral Degree – extremely affordable compared to other universities. This is in accordance with the Christian values of CBCS, which strives to make Christian education affordable to everyone. Bear in mind, though, that students are expected to cover the cost of textbooks, audiotapes, and other course materials, which typically cost the same as they would from a Christian bookstore.
Although the school does not participate in federal financial aid programs, it does offer financial assistance to all students and allows total tuition to be broken up and paid over time.
In conclusion, the Christian Bible College and Seminary is an excellent and very affordable option for those seeking to learn more about theology at their own pace in a very traditional academic setting.