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Certificate in Biblical Studies

This program of study engages students in biblical studies for personal development and biblical literacy.

Dive into the content and context of Scripture.

This program is ideal for people who want a deeper understanding of Scripture. The courses required for this program focus on the Bible, without general education or elective requirements. All of the courses within this certificate program may also count toward one of the bachelor’s degree programs at Manna U. In addition to the 31 credit hours of academic studies, students are required to fulfill the Leadership in Action requirement.

  • Educate (Biblical Knowledge and Interpretation) Students will have a basic understanding of the Old and New Testaments through the effective use of hermeneutical principles with application to contemporary issues and personal spiritual growth.
  • Equip (Integration of Biblical Principles in Leadership) Students will have the ability to integrate biblical teachings by applying Christian leadership principles in real-world church, ministry, or community settings and reflecting on their experiences to enhance their practical and spiritual insights.
  • Empower (Preparation for Advanced Biblical Studies or Ministerial Work). Students will have the foundational knowledge required to contribute effectively to academic discussions, entry-level ministerial work, and continued academic pursuits in biblical studies or theology at the bachelor’s level.

Time & Cost

Many people would like to complete a degree and stay out of debt. 

The Certificate in Biblical Studies program requires 10 courses + Student Orientation (or 31 credit hours), which can be completed in 1 year for full-time students. Courses are offered on-campus or online (can be entirely online). Manna U’s low tuition rates enable students to receive solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience and not be hindered financially.

2024 - 2025 Undergraduate Tuition Rate

$230 per credit hour


Scholarships are available for students who do not use military education benefits or federal financial aid.


Full details can be found in the most recent academic catalog.

Leadership in Action

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
LIA 101 Leadership in Action (Two Semesters) Pass/Fail

Student Orientation

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ENG 107 Undergraduate Student Orientation 1


All Thirty Credit Hours Must Be Completed

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 101 Old Testament Survey 3
BIB 103 New Testament Survey 3
BIB 104 Hermeneutics 3
BIB 201 Writings of John 3
BIB 220 Defense Against the Dark Arts 3
BIB 230 Book of Genesis 3
BIB 240 Book of Psalms 3
BIB 301 Synoptic Gospels 3
BIB 303 Book of Romans 3
BIB 307 Wisdom Literature 3
Total Credit Hours: 30


To become a student at Manna U, follow these two steps:

1.  Complete an application, which includes:

  • A non-refundable application fee of $50 (linked to application)
  • An essay, written by the applicant, of his/her conversion experience (300-600 words), in a format that is typed and double spaced, using 12 pt. font size;
  • A Pastoral Reference* from the Pastor of the church that the applicant regularly attends;
  • A Personal Reference* from someone who has known you for two years or more and is not related to you.
    Applicants will enter an email address for their selected references and a link to the online reference forms will be sent once the application is submitted.

2.  Order your official high school, G.E.D., or previous college transcripts (minimum 2.0 GPA is preferred for Undergraduate Applicants, and a minimum 2.7 GPA is preferred for Graduate Applicants).

Note: official transcripts are sent directly from one school/college to another. You can arrange to have your transcripts sent electronically to, or a paper copy can be sent to our mailing address:

Manna University
Attn: Registrar’s Office
439 Westwood Shopping Center
PMB 106
Fayetteville, NC 28314

All applicants applying for admission to one of Manna U’s graduate programs must submit official transcripts showing an earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, or an equivalent academic achievement approved by Manna U’s Academic Office. Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What can I “do” with a Biblical Studies degree?

    This degree is ideal for any number of people interested in studying the Bible in an academic context. Our Certificate in Biblical Studies is ideal for those who want to get right to studying the Bible, but don’t want to take general education courses. Our Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies is the traditional undergraduate degree for students who want to study and apply the Bible. Our graduate degrees in Biblical Studies is ideal for those in Pastoral Ministry who preach or teach, those interested in a career in Biblical Studies or Theology, or those who already have a Bachelor’s Degree and want to know more about the Bible.

  • Does this degree require you to take a Biblical language course?

    It depends entirely upon your degree level. Certificate in Biblical Studies students are not eligible to take any biblical language courses, whereas some higher degree levels require Greek, Hebrew, or both. 

  • I just want to know more about the Bible. Is this degree program right for me?

    If your main interest is learning more about the content and context of Scripture, then one of our Biblical Studies degrees would be perfect for you! The Certificate in Biblical Studies is designed for undergraduate students seeking to know more about the content of Scripture, while our Graduate Certificate and Master of Arts degrees in Biblical Studies are designed for those who already have a Bachelor’s Degree and want to study at a deeper level.

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Jesus chose twelve leaders who were from differing backgrounds. Many religious leaders in that time would have overlooked them. Through teaching and training, He prepared them to lead a movement that changed the world. Whatever your call may be, training at Manna U can help you engage in this kind of transformational leadership.

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