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In the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18–20), Jesus did not say, “Go and learn more stuff!” He didn’t instruct us, “Impress the world with more and more letters after your name!” He never told anyone, “Your reason for being here is to cram as much knowledge inside your head as you can!”
At Covenant Bible Seminary, we are continually asking, “So what? Now what?” That means that every academic course, every assignment, needs to have a purpose. No sermons, no Bible lessons, no worship services without a practical application that will Make A Difference in the world around us.
Jesus said, “As you are going around in life, help more and more people become Followers (yes, big F) of Me. Baptize them into this new life. Teach them how to obey what I have taught—you’ll find it in the Word of God. By the way, I will be with you every step of the way. You cannot fail if you will just follow My example!”
Reach the world with the Good News of a Savior who loves people so much He’d rather die than let them go.
Use your experience to bless the world–at–large.
Use our academic success to appropriate the power of God, defeat a determined army of evil, and rescue people who are at great risk of destruction by God’s enemies.
into the lives of defeated, guilt–ridden, fearful, angry people who desperately want to know Jesus—they just don’t know yet that they want to know Jesus.
Students are admitted to the Seminary who have experienced a spiritual rebirth, (John 1:12-13), by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior and who have the desire to serve Him with all of their heart. Seekers may also be admitted, subject to the approval of the Dean.
SPECIAL STUDENTS, AUDITORS AND CERTIFICATE PROGRAM:
We recognize that an academic degree is not always required to function in a viable ministry; therefore, students may be admitted to the Seminary without seeking admission to any particular degree program as a special student or auditor, as well as those who are simply seeking to learn more about the Christian faith. Students earning forty-five (45) credits at the Seminary may be awarded a certificate upon written request by the student, and approval by the Dean.
Students who seek to enroll in a degree program must meet the prior academic standing required for that degree. Students admitted to the degree programs of the Seminary are those who exhibit the academic and spiritual characteristics which are necessary for successful completion of the program to which they are applying, subject to approval of the Dean.
WORK STUDY EXPERIENCE FOR ACADEMIC CREDIT:
A maximum of one (1) year (45 academic credits) may be earned by "work experience", of not less than three (3) years in an approved ministry. This applies to either the Undergraduate School or the Master of Divinity Degree Program, but not both, with approval by the Dean.
Students may enroll in either Resident or Independent Study Subjects.
Students are considered full-time who take between 9-12 quarter credit hours. More than 12 hours may be taken with approval of the Dean. Students taking less than 9 credit hours are considered part-time.
TRANSFER STUDENTS MUST EARN 15 CREDITS AT CBS:
Students with credits from other institutions are encouraged to set up an appointment with the Dean to determine if these credits may be applied to a degree program at Covenant Bible Seminary. A minimum of fifteen (15) quarter credit hours must be taken at Covenant Bible Seminary, in addition to any credits transferred, to qualify for graduation in any degree program of the Seminary.
The Seminary, through the Registrar's Office, will submit Progress Records (grades) to all students within thirty (30) days after the end of each quarter of attendance or the completion of an Independent Study subject(s).
There is a $10.00 fee per Official Transcript. All transcript requests must be in writing and signed by the student. No emails will be accepted and no transcripts will be granted if there is tuition owed by the student. Current and permanent records are maintained for all students.
It is the desire of the Seminary that each enrolled student will complete his/her degree program with this institution; however, if a student wishes to transfer to another institution, at any time, it is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not credits will be accepted by another institution of the student’s own choice. It should be remembered that Transfer-Of-Credit may only be accepted insofar as the credits apply to the curriculum of the receiving institution. The Seminary participates in and contributes to collegial and professional development activities of both accredited and unaccredited institutions. We will assist our students, in writing, to any institution of their choice for Transfer-Of-Credit, with the understanding that the final decision is made by the receiving institution.
The Association of Theological Schools (ATS), is an organization of institutions of higher education that conduct graduate professional degree programs in theological education. The ATS Commission on Accrediting, in Degree Program Standards, (A.4.2), published January 1, 2015, states: “As many as 15 percent of the students in the M.Div. degree program may be admitted without possession of the baccalaureate degree or its educational equivalent. An institution admitting persons without a baccalaureate degree or its educational equivalent shall demonstrate that its process and criteria for evaluating academic ability are educationally appropriate and rigorous.”
These ATS Standards for Admission to one of their accredited school’s degree programs may be applied for by a mature student, at Covenant Bible Seminary, who has demonstrated academic skills equivalent to the baccalaureate degree. However, the Seminary requests that any student seeking admission to another institution of higher education be a graduate, with at least the baccalaureate degree; wherefore admission may then be applied for, by Transfer-Of-Credit, with the understanding that the final decision is made by the receiving institution. Covenant Bible Seminary will consider all accredited and unaccredited institutions alike for Transfer-Of-Credit. Contact the Registrar’s Office for more information.
The Seminary employs the quarter credit system for each subject studied
In Resident Study, at C.B.S., each quarter (fall, winter, spring and summer) requires ten (10) weeks of one (1) hour (60 min.) periods of classroom instruction of ten (10) hours for one (1) quarter credit, per subject, successfully completed by the student. Additional quarter credits per subject, require the same quarter hours of study. For example: three (3) quarter credits require thirty (30) hours of classroom instruction, per subject, for a ten (10) week quarter. The same formula is used for all additional quarter credits, per subject. Quarter credits are based on 60 min. periods, per a ten (10) week quarter, which is equivalent to a twelve (12) week quarter of 50 min. periods that may be required by some other institutions. Both will equal 600 minutes of classroom instruction per subject, per quarter credit.
Independent Study (and Online Study) Clock Hours:
In Independent Study, at C.B.S., each credit earned is based on the same formula as the quarter credit system in Resident Study. However, there is not a quarter system time limit to complete a subject in Independent Study. Therefore, clock hours are used for each subject to be studied and they require the same number of hours of study to complete as if they were in Resident Study. For example: three (3) credits require, at least, thirty (30) clock hours of Independent Study. All clock hours are based on a quarter credit hour standard with the maximum of one (1) credit being based on a ten (10) week quarter credit hour system of one (1) credit per ten (10) hours of Independent Study, per subject successfully completed.
The Seminary does not employ the semester credit system, but it should be understood by all students. A semester is an academic term of about eighteen (18) weeks. Two semester terms make up an academic school year. Due to each semester being longer than the quarter and where three (3) quarters will equal a two (2) semester system, the rule for Transfer-Of-Credit is as follows: all semester credits that may be transferred to C.B.S. are to be transferred at 1.5 times the credit being transferred. In other words, 30 semester credits x 1.5 = 45 quarter credits.
Covenant Bible Seminary is an interdenominational Bible college and graduate school for Christian education of Covenant Bible Fellowship, Inc., which is a Washington non-profit church corporation with the purpose of "establishing and operating churches, missions, seminaries of religious learning, Bible schools, colleges, for the study of the Scriptures, in the State of Washington or in the United States of America".
This church corporation was recognized, "Approved and Filed February 14, 1946" by the Secretary of State of the State of Washington and granted Affiliate Status with the Full Gospel Fellowship of Churches and Ministers International, with General Offices at 1000 N. Belt Line Road, Suite 201, Irving, Texas 75016-4000. www.fgfcmi.org
Covenant Bible Seminary was also recognized, approved and granted Affiliate Status with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (Formerly: The Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges) on April 14, 2005. The Association is committed to advancing and assuring quality Biblical higher education.
The Association was founded in 1947 and has held U.S. Department of Education recognition since 1952. The following Statement of Faith must be subscribed to annually, by each Affiliate Institution of the Association, through the signature of the President of that Institution:
1. We believe that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Deut 6:4; 1 John 2:22-23, 2 Cor. 13:14).
2. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible authoritative Word of God (Ps. 119:89, 2 Tim. 3:16, 2 Pet. 1:21).
3. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious atonement through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal and visible return in power and glory (Col. 1:15, John 1:1, John 1:14, Luke 1:35, Heb. 4:15, Acts 2:22, 1 Pet. 2:24, Luke 24:1- 48, Acts 1:9, John 14:2-3, Acts 1:11).
4. We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he was tempted by Satan and fell, and that, because of the exceeding sinfulness of human nature, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary for salvation (Gen. 1:27, Gen. 3:15, Rom. 5:12, Ps. 51:5, Rom 3:10, Rom 3:23, Titus 3:5, 1 Pet. 1:18-19).
5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life, and by whom the church is empowered to carry out Christ’s great commission (John 14:15-17, Acts 1:6- 8, Acts 13:2-4, Rom. 8:14).
6. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost; those who are saved unto the resurrection of life and those who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation (Matt. 25:31-46, 1 Th. 4:13-18, John 5:28-29).
The signature of the President of Covenant Bible Seminary is on record with the Association for Biblical Higher Education, with General Offices at 5575 S. Semoran Blvd., Suite 26, Orlando, FL. 32822-1781.
Covenant Bible Seminary is additionally recognized, approved and granted Affiliate Status with ACCESS: the Association of Christian Continuing Education Schools and Seminaries for Distance, Independent Study, Higher Education Courses and Degree Programs. ACCESS also subscribes to the Statement of Faith of the Association of Biblical Higher Education which Covenant Bible Seminary is an Affiliate Institution. The website for ACCESS is www.accessed.org.
Covenant Bible Seminary is an interdenominational Christian educational institution and, as such, does not ordain candidates for the Ministry, as this is the role of the Church. Ordinations may be officiated by the student’s own Church organization. It is the goal of the Seminary to educate and train our students to know their Bible and the doctrines of the Christian faith in order to become a Candidate for Ordination, as a Minister of the Gospel in a Bible believing Ministry.
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