certificate in biblical studies

Overview of Certificate in Biblical Studies

The world today is constantly challenging our beliefs in the Bible. Through this one-year program you’ll gain an introductory knowledge and understanding of the Word of God and its application to the world in which we live.

You’ll be equipped with a strong foundation of Bible content, application skills, and outreach opportunities.

Who Should Apply

This course of study is valuable for anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of Scripture and deepen their walk with God.

Career Paths

You will be prepared for further education or to serve in churches, para-church agencies and/or personal ministries.

Required Credits

30 credits required including: Biblical Studies (18), Christian Ministry (8 or 9), Free Electives (3 or 4). 


Each academic program of the college provides the context for whole life transformation through biblical life preparation. Students come to learn, learn to serve, and serve to change lives. Through the courses offered in each program, students will develop a Christ-centered worldview and be prepared to make a difference in the world through their lives, work and service to others.

The courses of study in each degree proceed from foundational to exploratory to immersion courses. Areas of study for each degree will include general education, biblical studies, Christian ministry and service, and core courses in the major.

Students will be challenged to grow in their knowledge of self, others, the world and the Bible. They will be challenged to grow in their critical
thinking, development of a biblical worldview and the integration of their faith and learning.

Foundational courses – 20 credits

Biblical studies – 12 Credits
  • Old Testament Survey (3 credits)
  • New Testament Survey (3 credits)
  • Interpretation of Biblical Literature (3 credits)
  • Christian Faith (3 credits)
Christian ministry – 8 Credits
  • Spiritual Formation I (3 credits)
  • Spiritual Formation II (3 credits)
  • Faith and Life (2 credits) 

Explorational courses – 6 credits

Biblical Studies – 6 Credits
  • Old Testament Elective (3 credits)
  • New Testament Elective (3 credits)

Free electives – 4 Credits

Dr. Gale struthers

Director of biblical studies

Director: Biblical Studies, Associate in Arts in Biblical Studies, Certificate in Biblical Studies 
Instructor: Biblical Studies, Hebrew

B.A. in Biblical Studies 
Oak Hills Bible College, Bemidji, MN 
Graduate Studies 
Institute of Holy Land Studies, Jerusalem, Israel 
M.A. in Biblical Studies 
Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, IL 
Ph.D. in Biblical Theology 
Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL 
OHCC since 1988

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