Accredited Online Christian Colleges: How to Choose a School

Accredited Christian colleges vary widely in the degrees offered and institutional styles. Often, the choice of what college to attend depends mostly on a student's preference. Students interested in a traditional Christian education may prefer colleges with more rigorous standards. Christian colleges can be found throughout the U.S.

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How to Find the Right Online Christian College

There are almost as many choices in accredited degree programs from online Christian colleges as there are from traditional on-campus programs. Finding the right college often isn't so much a matter of finding the best or most reputable Christian college as it is finding an institution and degree program that are the best fit for an individual student's interests and beliefs.

Considerations

  • Area of study
  • Personal compatibility
  • Religious beliefs

Area of Study

The first step for prospective students is to determine what sort of degree best fits with their career plans, and to decide what kind of institution best fits their personal temperament. Because Christian colleges are often much smaller than public universities, many of them have a very limited number of choices in degree programs and focuses. Some are seminaries that offer courses of study specifically in the Bible. Others offer traditional degree programs. The program a student chooses often limits their choices in what college they attend.

Personal Compatibility

Some Christian colleges are relatively strict and require their students to promise that they will not drink alcohol or participate in activities such as dancing while in college. Others are more liberal in their requirements, requiring only that they behave in a responsible manner while in college.

Religious Beliefs

Some colleges, though they are Christian colleges, invite students of all faiths to attend. Others require students to agree with a set of beliefs and doctrines in order to attend. Which university a student attends is often purely a matter of personal preference and of the institutional style they are comfortable with.

Available Programs and Formats

Degree Availability and Types

Degrees from Christian colleges are often as varied as those from public universities, though often an online Christian college will not offer as wide a range of degree options as public colleges, and comparatively few Christian colleges offer associate's degrees via distance learning. Degrees are offered at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. Examples include:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Divinity
  • Doctor of Ministry
  • Doctor of Religious Studies
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    • Must be a high school graduate or have completed GED

    What is your highest level of education?

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    • Undergraduate applicants must be a high school graduate or have completed GED; Graduate program applicants must have a master's degree or higher

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    • Bachelor
        • BS in General Studies
    • Associate
        • AS in General Studies

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    • Must be a high school graduate or have completed GED

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    Which degree level do you plan to pursue?

  • Minimum eligibility requirements:
    • Must be 21 years of age or older and have completed some college or 24 years of age or older and a high school graduate for a Bachelor's degree
    • Masters degree applicants must have a Bachelors degree
    • Doctorate degree applicants must have a Masters degree

    What is your highest level of education?

  • Minimum eligibility requirements:
    • Must hold a Bachelor's degree or higher

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    During which term would you like to start?

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    • Must be a high school graduate or have completed GED

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    • Bachelor
        • BS in Psychology of Religion

    What is your highest level of education?

  • Minimum eligibility requirements:
    • Must be 18 years of age or older

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    • Must be a high school graduate or have completed GED

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      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
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      • Liberal Arts, Humanities, and General Studies
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