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Virginia – Biblical Studies Programs

These programs facilitate academic study of the Christian Scriptures at a variety of levels.

The Certificate in Biblical Studies is an introductory program centered around studying the content and context of the Bible. Students will take both survey and book-study courses to deepen their understanding of Scripture. This program is ideal for students who want to study the Bible, but who do not necessarily want to pursue a full degree. 

The Associate of Biblical Studies (A.B.S.) is ideal for people who want a deeper understanding of Scripture in an academic setting. The courses required for this program focus on the Bible, in addition to general education and elective requirements. In addition to the 64 credit hours of academic studies, students are required to fulfill the Leadership in Action requirement.

Bachelor of Biblical Studies (B.B.S.) students will take a variety of Bible/Theology, General Education, and Open Elective courses in this 124 credit-hour program. Traditionally, this program takes four years to complete. Students will study the Christian Scriptures, Hermeneutics, and Biblical Greek during this program.

The Master of Biblical Studies Program  (M.B.S.) is a Bible-research based graduate degree designed to prepare emerging leaders for preaching, teaching, Bible-based ministry, and further graduate studies in the fields of Bible and theology. Students in this program learn fundamentals of biblical Greek and Hebrew as well as advanced skills in biblical research and writing. Plus, students learn from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

The M.B.S. is for anyone who desires graduate level training designed to dig deeper into God’s word. In this program you’ll learn how to apply advanced hermeneutics to a variety of contexts. You’ll explore every book of the Bible, biblical languages, biblical leadership, and put it all together in a graduate thesis (written project).

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Certificate in biblical studies

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.

Outcomes
  • 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.

 

Undergraduate Tuition

Fees

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

Courses

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

Leadership in Action

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
LIA 101Leadership in Action (Two Semesters)Pass/Fail

Student Orientation

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENG 107Undergraduate Student Orientation1

Nonelectives

All Thirty Credit Hours Must Be Completed

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIB 101Old Testament Survey3
BIB 103New Testament Survey3
BIB 104Hermeneutics3
BIB 201Writings of John3
BIB 220Defense Against the Dark Arts3
BIB 230Book of Genesis3
BIB 240Book of Psalms3
BIB 301Synoptic Gospels3
BIB 303Book of Romans3
BIB 307Wisdom Literature3
Total Credit Hours:30

Associate of biblical studies

Dive into the content and context of Scripture.

This program is ideal for people who want a deeper understanding of Scripture in an academic setting. The courses required for this program focus on the Bible, in addition to general education and elective requirements.  In addition to the 61 credit hours of academic studies, students are required to fulfill the Leadership in Action requirement.

Outcomes
  • Educate (Comprehensive Biblical Knowledge): Students will have a deep and comprehensive understanding of the Bible, hermeneutical techniques, and historical and contemporary theological issues.
  • Equip (Leadership and Practical Application): Students will have skills necessary to translate biblical knowledge into effective leadership within church and community settings.
  • Empower (Further Educational and Vocational Pursuits): Students will have the basic knowledge, skills, and foundation for seamless transitions into bachelor’s degree programs or various roles within their church and community.

Time & Cost

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

The Associate of Biblical Studies program requires 21 courses + Student Orientation (or 64 credit hours), which can be completed in 1-2 years 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.

 

Undergraduate Tuition

Fees

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

Courses

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

Leadership in Action

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
LIA 101Leadership in Action (Four Semesters)Pass/Fail

Student Orientation

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENG 107Undergraduate Student Orientation1

Bible & Theology Nonelectives

Students Must Complete All Twenty-One Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIB 100Destiny and Calling3
BIB 101Old Testament Survey3
BIB 103New Testament Survey3
BIB 104Hermeneutics3
BIB 201Writings of John3
THE 101Introduction to Theology3
THE 301Kingdom of God3
Total Credit Hours:21

English Nonelectives

All Students Must Take ENG 111 & ENG 112

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENG 111College Writing3
ENG 112Research for Writing3
Total Credit Hours:6

Math or Science Elective

Select Any Three Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MTH 211College Mathematics3
MTH 230Introduction to Statistics3
SCI 310Biology3
Total Credit Hours:3

Personal Formation Nonelectives

Students Must Complete All Six Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
CLG 201Spiritual Formation3
LEA 220Mentoring and Coaching3
Total Credit Hours:6

A.B.S. Major Courses

Select Any Twelve Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIB 301Synoptic Gospels3
BIB 302Pauline Epistles and Leadership3
BIB 303Book of Romans3
BIB 330Book of Revelation3
BIB 401Book of Mark3
BIB 4111 Peter: Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation3
ELE 109Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval)3
HUM 110Survey of Biblical Literature3
THE 103Introduction to Apologetics3
THE 104Apologetic Issues for Cross-Cultural Engagement3
THE 201Systematic Theology I3
THE 202Systematic Theology II3
THE 300Writings of the Church3
Total Credit Hours:12

Open Electives

Select Any Twelve Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
CLG 120Jesus and Women3
CLG 145Leadership Practicum I (a)3
CLG 146Leadership Practicum I (b)3
CLG 210Women in the Church3
CLG 211Church Life3
CLG 247Leadership Practicum II (a)3
CLG 248Leadership Practicum II (b)3
CLG 270Facilitating Leadership and Growth in Others3
CLG 282Personal Growth and Leadership3
CLG 351Changing the World by Making Disciples/Mentoring3
CLG 401Pastoral Ministry3
CLG 410Homiletics3
CLG 480Church Growth3
CNS 201Counseling I3
CNS 220Psychology of a Leader3
CNS 230Research Methods3
CNS 302Marriage & Family in Society3
ELE 104Transfer/Substitution Elective3
ELE 105Transfer/Substitution Elective3
ELE 106Transfer/Substitution Elective3
ELE 107Transfer/Substitution Elective3
ELE 108Transfer/Substitution Elective3
GRK 305Greek I(a)1.5
GRK 306Greek I(b)1.5
HUM 210Western Europe Study Tour3
LEA 210Christian Leadership3
LEA 310Introduction to Organizational Leadership3
LEA 330Foundations of Marketing3
MIS 130Concepts in Leading Short-Term Missions3
MIS 200Missions and the Local Church3
MIS 201World Missions3
MIS 202Intercultural Communication I: General Focus3
MIS 311Intercultural Communication II: Middle East Focus3
MIS 312Intercultural Communication II: U.S. Indigenous Populations Focus3
PHL 120Philosophy of Leading Teams3
Total Credit Hours:12 
  

Advanced Ministry Practicum

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

CLG 347

Advanced Ministry Practicum I

3

Bachelor of biblical studies

Dive into the content and context of Scripture.

This program is ideal for people who want a deeper understanding of Scripture in an academic setting. The courses required for this program focus on the Bible, in addition to general education and elective requirements.  In addition to the 124 credit hours of academic studies, students are required to fulfill the Leadership in Action requirement.

Outcomes
  • Educate (Biblical and Theological Acumen): Students will have a profound understanding of biblical texts and their contexts, critically engaging with the Word of God to explore humanity’s alienation and redemption through Christ.
  • Equip (Effective Communication and Analytical Skills): Students have the knowledge and ability to articulate theological concepts clearly and persuasively, preparing them for roles that require teaching, preaching, and engaged dialogue within both church and academic circles.
  • Empower (Practical Ministry and Leadership Experience): Students will have basic practical ministry experience and the tools for transition into impactful careers in ministry or further theological studies.

Time & Cost

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

The Bachelor of  Biblical Studies program requires 40 courses + Student Orientation (or 124 credit hours), which can be completed in 3-4 years 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.

Undergraduate Tuition

Fees

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

Courses

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

Leadership in Action

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
LIA 101Leadership in Action (Eight Semesters)Pass/Fail

Student Orientation

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENG 107Undergraduate Student Orientation1

Bible & Theology Nonelectives

Students Must Complete All Twenty-One Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIB 100Destiny and Calling3
BIB 101Old Testament Survey3
BIB 103New Testament Survey3
BIB 104Hermeneutics3
BIB 201Writings of John3
THE 101Introduction to Theology3
THE 301Kingdom of God3
Total Credit Hours:21

General Studies Nonelectives

Students Must Complete All Twenty-One Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENG 111College Writing3
ENG 112Research for Writing3
HST 110World History I: World History to 15003
HST 120World History II: World History Since 15003
MIS 301Cultural Anthropology3
MTH 211College Mathematics3
SCI 310Biology3
Total Credit Hours:21

Personal Formation Nonelectives

Students Must Complete All Six Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
CLG 201Spiritual Formation3
LEA 220Mentoring and Coaching3
Total Credit Hours:6

Bible & Theology Electives

Select Any Nine Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIB 301Synoptic Gospels3
BIB 302Pauline Epistles and Leadership3
BIB 303Book of Romans3
BIB 330Book of Revelation3
BIB 401Book of Mark3
BIB 4111 Peter: Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation3
ELE 109Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval)3
HUM 110Survey of Biblical Literature3
THE 103Introduction to Apologetics3
THE 104Apologetic Issues for Cross-Cultural Engagement3
THE 201Systematic Theology I3
THE 202Systematic Theology II3
THE 300Writings of the Church3
Total Credit Hours:9

General Studies Electives

Select Any Twelve Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
CNS 110General Psychology3
CNS 120Human Growth & Development3
ELE 101Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval)3
ELE 102Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval)3
ELE 103Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval)3
ENG 201The Writings of C.S. Lewis3
HST 302History of Great Leaders3
HST 320History of Missions3
HUM 101Introduction to Fine Arts3
HUM 130Communicating to Oral Cultures3
MTH 230Introduction to Statistics3
PHL 101Philosophy and Worldview3
PHL 102World Religions3
Total Credit Hours:12

Open Electives

Select Any Fifteen Credit Hours

Select Any Fifteen Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours  
CLG 145Leadership Practicum I (a)1.5  
CLG 146Leadership Practicum I (b)1.5  
CLG 211Church Life3  
CLG 247Leadership Practicum II (a)1.5  
CLG 248Leadership Practicum II (b)1.5  
CLG 270Facilitating Leadership and Growth in Others3  
CLG 282Personal Growth and Leadership3  
CLG 351Changing the World by Making Disciples/Mentoring3  
CLG 401Pastoral Ministry3  
CLG 410Homiletics3  
CLG 480Church Growth3  
CNS 201Counseling I3  
CNS 220Psychology of a Leader3  
CNS 230Research Methods3  
CNS 302Marriage & Family in Society3  
ELE 104Transfer/Substitution Elective3  
ELE 105Transfer/Substitution Elective3  
ELE 106Transfer/Substitution Elective3  
ELE 107Transfer/Substitution Elective3  
ELE 108Transfer/Substitution Elective3  
GRK 305Greek I(a)1.5  
GRK 306Greek I(b)1.5  
LEA 210Christian Leadership3  
LEA 310Introduction to Organizational Leadership3  
LEA 330Foundations of Marketing3  
MIS 130Concepts in Leading Short-Term Missions3  
MIS 200Missions and the Local Church3  
MIS 201World Missions3  
MIS 202Intercultural Communication I: General Focus3  
MIS 311Intercultural Communication II: Middle East Focus3  
MIS 312Intercultural Communication II: U.S. Indigenous Populations Focus3  
PHL 120Philosophy of Leading Teams3  
Total Credit Hours:15   
    

Bachelor of Biblical Studies Major Courses

B.A. in Biblical Studies Students Take the Following Courses as a Part of Their Major

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIB 220Defense Against the Dark Arts3
BIB 230Book of Genesis3
BIB 240Book of Psalms3
BIB 301Synoptic Gospels3
BIB 303Book of Romans3
BIB 307Wisdom Literature3
BIB 401Book of Mark3
ENG 495Senior Seminar & Capstone3
GRK 305Greek I(a)1.5
GRK 306Greek I(b)1.5
LEA 201Ethics3
THE 201Systematic Theology I3
THE 202Systematic Theology II3
Total Credit Hours:36

Advanced Ministry Practicum

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

CLG 347

Advanced Ministry Practicum I

3

Master of biblical studies

The Master of Biblical Studies Program  (M.B.S.) is a Bible-research based graduate degree designed to prepare emerging leaders for preaching, teaching, Bible-based ministry, and further graduate studies in the fields of Bible and theology. Students in this program learn fundamentals of biblical Greek and Hebrew as well as advanced skills in biblical research and writing. Plus, students learn from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

The M.B.S. is for anyone who desires graduate level training designed to dig deeper into God’s word. In this program you’ll learn how to apply advanced hermeneutics to a variety of contexts. You’ll explore every book of the Bible, biblical languages, biblical leadership, and put it all together in a graduate thesis (written project).

Outcomes
  • Educate (Advanced Scriptural and Exegetical Knowledge): Students will have a sophisticated understanding of the Old and New Testaments, focusing on deep exegesis and the application of advanced hermeneutic techniques.
  • Equip (Research and Analysis Skills): Students will have advanced skills in biblical research and writing.
  • Empower (Leadership in Biblical Contexts): Students will have applied their advanced biblical knowledge and research skills in leadership roles and scholarly research across Christian ministry contexts.

Time & Cost

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

The M.B.S. degree requires 14 courses (or 39 credit hours), which can be completed within 3 years 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.

 

Graduate Tuition

Fees

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

Courses

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

 

All Courses

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

MENG 500

Graduate Student Orientation

0

MBIB 501

New Testament Introduction

3

MBIB 502

Old Testament Introduction

3

MBIB 503

Advanced Hermeneutics

3

MBIB 504

Advanced Theology I

3

MBIB 505

Advanced Theology II

3

MBIB 506

Biblical Greek I

3

MBIB 507

Biblical Hebrew I

3

MBIB 601

Historical Biblical Leaders

3

MBIB 602

Biblical Issues for Leadership

3

MBIB 603

New Testament Exegesis

3

MBIB 604

Old Testament Exegesis

3

MBIB 620

Culminating Project I

3

MMIN 610

Practicum I

3

Total Credit Hours:

39

 

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