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Biblical Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
El Cajon, CA, United States
The curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies degree from Southern California Seminary is a 120-unit course of instruction designed to develop Christian character, a sound knowledge of the English Bible, and the skills appropriate for ministry in a local church, mission field, or other Christian ministry. 
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By taking 12 units each trimester, the program can be completed in four years. Students at the Southern California Seminary who have earned an Associates degree may request to have their transcript reviewed to see if they qualify for the AA/AS to Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. 

A minor provides a structured selection of courses to augment or complement the BABS degree by broadening a student’s academic experience or serving as preparation for a specific career.


The purpose of the BABS program is achieved by enabling students to:

  • Explain and summarize the Bible, including a comprehensive understanding of the major books.
  • Defend a theological position based on a grammatical-historical hermeneutic and apply it to contemporary issues.
  • Present an increasing likeness to Christ as manifested in love for God, love for others, and the fruit of the Spirit.
  • Become more involved in a local church, global missions, and/or other ministries with which they are associated by means of leadership and communication skills, evangelism, and Christian service.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biblical Interpretation
  • Doctrine of the Bible
  • Christian Theology
  • Spiritual Disciplines
  • Critical Thinking and Writing
  • Introduction to Natural Science

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Apply for Admission
  • Request Official Transcripts
  • Submit Essay
  • Apply for Financial Aid

Tuition Fee

  • International

    433 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 433 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    433 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 433 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for El Cajon

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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