Program

 

Guidelines for each Degree Program

Certificate Programs

Anyone may take a Certificate, no program prerequisites. After reading the quiz instructions and studying the course document and required readings, take the quiz until you achieve a passing score.

Bachelor’s Programs:

Anyone may apply to the Bachelor’s level programs. There are no prerequisites. However, students with limited understanding or background on topics related to Christianity, the Bible, and religion and those who are new to online learning in higher education may benefit by completing a Certificate program before beginning the Bachelor’s level programs.
Generally, the Biblical Studies program is appropriate for anyone whose personal interest and/or career goals would be enhanced through in-depth study and research on broader topics of the Bible, Christianity, religion (including world-religions), theology, apologetics, and similar. The Ministry focus is appropriate for those who are presently engaged in, or plan to be actively involved in any number of ministry activities –to include preaching, church ministry, missionary work, street ministry, prison ministry, and similar. While it is best for the student to declare their preferred major at the time of application, and to complete their coursework (quizzes, essays, and thesis) in the corresponding degree area; we do allow students to change over. If you are part way in one of the majors and decide you would like to change over, simply send your professor an email requesting the change. Regardless of degree major, all Bachelor’s students take the same ten core courses. Each course consists of one quiz and one essay. The degree major is determined by the student’s declaration of their preference and the direction of their thesis. For BBS students, this will be is a traditional thesis. The thesis for B.Min. students is a detailed and well researched proposal for a ministry initiative that is, a description and proposal for (a) a ministry that the student would hope/plan to develop and start; or (b) a ministry that the student may already be involved in and would like to expand. The BBS/BTH thesis tends to take on the form of a proposal; much like a new business develops a business plan or proposal.
Before starting to work on the thesis, the student must submit a proposal for the project of their choice. The thesis proposal must be approved by your assigned professor before starting to work on the actual project. A thesis will not be accepted without a previously approved proposal.

Master’s Programs:

Students enrolling in any Master’s level program must provide proof that they have earned a bachelor’s degree (any major). A bachelor’s degree from American Bible College and University meets this requirement and degrees from other colleges/universities will be considered. Applicants whose bachelor’s degree is from a university other than American Bible College and University may upload a copy of their degree or transcript in the designated area for this program.
Generally, the Biblical Studies program is appropriate for anyone whose personal interest and/or career goals would be enhanced through in-depth study and research on broader topics of the Bible, Christianity, religion (including world-religions), theology, apologetics, and similar.
The Ministry focus is appropriate for those who are presently engaged in, or plan to be actively involved in any number of ministry activities to include preaching, church ministry, missionary work, street ministry, prison ministry, and similar. While it is best for the student to declare their preferred major at the time of application, and to complete their coursework (quizzes, essays, and thesis) in the corresponding degree area; we do allow students to change over. If you are part way in one of the majors and decide you would like to change over, simply send your professor an email requesting the change. Regardless of degree major, all Master’s students take the same ten core courses. Each course consists of one quiz and one essay. The degree major is determined by the student’s declaration of their preference and the direction of their thesis. For MBS students, this will be a traditional thesis. The thesis for M.Min. students is a detailed and well researched proposal for a ministry initiative that is, a description and proposal for (a) a ministry that the student would hope/plan to develop and start; or (b) a ministry that the student may already be involved in and would like to expand.
The M.Min. thesis tends to take on the form of a proposal; much like a new business develops a business plan or proposal. Before starting to work on the thesis, the student must submit a proposal for the project of their choice. The student may wait until they have completed all 10 core courses and declare their major at the time of submitting their thesis proposal. The thesis proposal must be approved by your assigned professor before beginning to work on the actual project. A thesis will not be accepted without a previously approved proposal.

Doctorate Programs:

Students enrolling in any Doctorate level program must provide proof that they have earned a master’s degree (any major). A master’s degree from American Bible College and University meets this requirement and degrees from other colleges/universities will be considered.
Applicants whose master’s degree is from a university other than American Bible College and University may upload a copy of their degree or transcript in the designated area for this program. Generally, the Biblical Studies program is appropriate for anyone whose personal interest and/or career goals would be enhanced through in-depth study and research on broader topics of the Bible, Christianity, religion (including world religions), theology, apologetics, and similar. The Ministry focus is appropriate for those who are presently engaged in, or plan to be actively involved in any number of ministry activities to include preaching, church ministry, missionary work, street ministry, prison ministry, and similar.

While it is best for the student to declare their preferred major at the time of application, and to complete their coursework (quizzes, essays, and thesis) in the corresponding degree area; we do allow students to change over. If you are part way in one of the majors and decide you would like to change over, simply send your professor an email requesting the change.
Regardless of degree major, all Doctorate students take the same ten core courses. Each course consists of one quiz and one essay The degree majors determined by the student’s declaration of their preference and the direction of their dissertation. For DBS students, this will be a traditional dissertation. The dissertation for D.Min. students is a detailed and well researched proposal for a ministry initiative that is, a description and proposal for (a) a ministry that the student would hope/plan to develop and start; or (b) a ministry that the student may already be involved in and would like to expand. Before starting to work on the thesis, the student must submit a proposal for the project of their choice.


Doctor of Theology
A candidate must submit a dissertation often consisting of a body of original academic research, which is in principle worthy of publication. The candidate must defend his/her work in an online meeting forum before a panel of expert examiners appointed by American Bible College and University, the dissertation is examined by this panel of expert examiners who must stipulate whether the dissertation is in principle passable and the issues that need to be addressed before the dissertation can be passed.
The student may wait until they have completed all 10 core courses and declare their major at the time of submitting their dissertationj proposal. The dissertation proposal must be approved by your assigned professor before beginning work on the actual project. A dissertation will not be accepted without  previously approved proposal. After submitting your application, the professor in charge of the degree program to which you have applied will contact you by email to notify of the admission decision if you are approved to begin study.
If you are not approved to begin study in the program to which you applied, the responding professor will provide an explanation and will offer suggestions for correcting any deficiencies hindering your entrance into the degree program of your choice.
Once approved to begin study, you will complete all program requirements. All required readings will be downloaded to you. You are welcome to use books, journals, or other relevant literature available to you in your personal library, a public library, or otherwise. However, no text books are ever required.
Each degree level has varied requirements for outside reading and research (beyond the required readings). While outside readings may include hard copy references available to the student, all of the outside references may be obtained from online resources. All outside references must meet the American Bible

College and University definition for quality references.
Quality references are defined as: books (hard copy, ebooks, or online), professional journals, and well researched online documents. References from purely “opinion” oriented documents such as Wikipedia, blogs, and similar should comprise no more than 5% of the total references. American Bible College and University maintains an Online Library and Resource Room within the university discussion forums. This forum is a place for students and faculty to share resources available on the web for study and reference for American Bible College and University studies and/or for personal Christian growth.
You may find many quality references for your essays and thesis within this forum. Upon completion of all requirements for your degree program, you will be awarded your degree and transcript.

 

American Bible College and University advisers and instructors would like to encourage students to work hard. Students who do not achieve passing grades may try to improve their grades by retaking the courses they need to improve their grades.

Honorary Doctorate

American Bible College and University welcomes the opportunity to receive recommendations and nominations of persons in the ministry who deserve the Special Recognition and Honor of receiving the Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree.

An honorary degree or a degree honoris causa (Latin:”for the sake of the honour”) is an academic degree for which a university (or other degree-awarding institution) has waived the usual requirements, such as matriculation, residence, study and the passing of examinations. The degree is typically a doctorate or, less commonly, a master’s degree, and may be awarded to someone who has no prior connection with the academic institution. American Bible College and University, as with most institutions of higher education, does award Honorary Degrees. ABCU welcomes the opportunity to receive Recommendations and Nominations of persons in the ministry who deserve the Special Recognition and Honor of receiving the Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree. However each applicant must meet the criteria established by the ABCU Board of Regents/Trustees which will also be based upon their evaluation of information provided about the candidates. The Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree will be conferred upon distinguished Pastors, Evangelists, Ministers, and other Christian Leaders or Public Servants who have made significant contributions in their respective fields or for the extension of God’s Kingdom.

Since the recipient of an Honorary Degree represents the College/University should it become publicly known that the recipient no longer represents the purpose and mission of the College/University or if the recipient is found to have serious integrity issues the College/University may withdraw the Honorary Degree. All fees/tuition/donations however are not refundable.

To view the qualifications and criteria for the Honorary Doctorate Degree you may click here to download the file:

Honorary Degree Procedure

All Honorary Degrees are awarded solely for the accomplishments and contributions that a person has made. ABCU does not sell its Honorary Degrees, however there is a suggested donation amount. Please do not contact us if it is your desire  to receive this degree at no charge. The suggested donation and the necessary qualification must be met in order to receive this degree.

To apply for the Honorary Doctorate or to recommend a candidate you may fill out the form below. Please make sure that you or the candidate meets the necessary qualifications in order to receive this degree before making the suggested donation amount. All donations are non refundable.

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American Bible College and University Grading System

 

Exams and Tests

American Bible College and University administers both supervised and unsupervised testing and examination methods for the completion of an assigned course.

Unsupervised Method: After reading the PDF texts issued for a course, Certificate and Bachelor's degree students are required to write a five-page essay summarizing what they have learned. Master's and Doctorate degree students are required to submit a twelve-page essay. For Certificate and Bachelor's degree students, the five page essay must have one page of introduction, three pages of critical thinking regarding the subject matter, and one page of summary conclusion. For Master's and doctorate degree students, the twelve page essay must have one page of introduction, nine pages of critical thinking regarding the subject matter, and two pages of summary and conclusion. After the completion of the essay portion of the test, the student is required to create a set of twenty-five multiple choices questions and provide answers to those questions in a Question & Answer format. Completed tests must be submitted online for grading.

Supervised Method: After the student gets a passing grade for his/her essay and multiple test submissions, the student must notify his or her adviser when he/she is ready to take the required live testing to complete the course requirements.


100 - 90      4.00       A

89 - 80        3.00       B
79 - 70        2.00       C
69 - 60        1.00       D
59 - 0          0.00       F


Grading With Honors
4.0 Summa cum laude: Students graduating with a 4-point average will receive an honor ofA: an academic level of distinction used by educational institutions to signify an academic degree which was received "with highest honor." Summa cum laude is the highest distinction of the three commonly-used types of Latin honors recognized in the United States, the other two being magna cum laude and cum laude. 
3.0 Magna cum laude: Students graduating with a 3-point average will receive the honor of magna cum laude from American Bible College and University; an academic level of distinction used by educational institutions to signify an academic degree which was received "with great honor." Magna cum laude is one of three commonly-used types of Latin honors recognized in the United States, the other two being summa cum laude and cum laude. Magna cum laude is typically more prestigious than cum laude honors but less prestigious than summa cum laude honors.

How long will it take?

There is no maximum time limit for completion of certificate or degree programs. However, there is a minimum time line for completion at all degree level programs that is, the minimum time to complete any degree program is one year. More specifically, each degree program is comprised of 10 courses. Students may complete no more than one course per month regardless of specific course requirements for a given degree program. In other words, students are expected to invest at least one full month for completion of each of the 10 core courses in their respective degree program. Students are expected to invest at least one month for completion, submission, and approval of their thesis proposal; and then at least one month for completion and approval of their actual thesis.
The minimum time line is summarized as follows:
Courses: 1 per month x 10 courses = 10 months.
Thesis Proposal: 1 month.
Thesis: 1 month.
Total (minimum): 12 months
While there is no maximum time frame for completion of your degree program, you are expected to maintain regular and steady progress in your degree program. It is very important that you do not have long periods of no activity in your program. Inactivity on the part of the student is defined as no submission of assignments or lack of participation in the online discussion forums for a period of 180 days or longer. Failing to at least log in to your ABCU account at least once every 180 days signifies that you are in inactive status. Even if you do not have an assignment to submit in any 180 day period, you should at least log in and post a meaningful discussion in one of the forums. Doing so will signify your intent to remain active in your degree program and will protect your active status.
Students failing to demonstrate active involvement for greater than 180 days will automatically be removed from their program. Once removed from the program, all prior work is removed as well.
Therefore, students wishing to resume, will need to start from the beginning of the given degree program unless they have proof of previous grades. Students whose accounts have been closed due to inactivity may contact the school and request reinstatement of their program status.

Writing Standards for all Essays, Thesis, and Dissertation

1. Writing assignments are required for all degree levels, except the Certificate in Biblical Studies. Bachelors, Master’s, and Doctorate level programs each have writing assignments.
Specifically, each degree program beyond the certificate level requires completion of an essay for each of the 10 courses, and a culminating thesis –i.e. a Thesis for Biblical Studies; Ministry Proposal for Ministry Studies. Specific essay and thesis requirements are detailed under each
degree level description below. Where writing assignments are required, the student is to use their own thoughts and interpretation. Each program will have its own required word count per assignment.
Important Acceptable Document Formats:
All documents submitted to ABCU, be they essays, thesis and dissertation must be submitted in one of these formats: .rtf, .doc, .docx.
Note that PDF is not an acceptable format.
2.The first page of the writing assignment should contain: submission date, the program and course name, professor's name, student's name, and word count. Note, that in the case of the thesis and dissertation, a Table of Contents is required; however, the Table of Contents is not requires for essays. Bachelor’s, Master's and Doctoral degree program must be a 12 page essay excluding title page.
3.The Modern Language Association (MLA) is the most commonly used style used for writing papers and citing sources within the liberal arts and humanities. MLA tends to be the style most preferred by authors and publishers of religious-oriented literature, be it a book, journal article, or
otherwise.
American Bible College and University has established MLA as the standard for students to follow when preparing and submitting all essays, thesis, and dissertation. Any written assignment submitted in other than MLA format and style will be returned for a proper rework.
American Bible College and University does not require students to purchase any books or materials, the following online references will provide all of the information and guidance needed to prepare your essays  , thesis, and dissertation.
Summary of MLA Style Guide:
This guide is provided as a PDF document, through Western Michigan University Libraries. Use this guide for a quick reference; you may find answers to most of your questions in this brief five page PDF document. Link:
http://www.wmich.edu/library/help/guides/_pdf/mla.pdf MLA Formatting and Style Guide: This is a very extensive web-based guide provided by the "OWL" Writing Lab at Purdue University. This extensive reference includes a menu on the left side of the main page. Through that menu, you will find guidance on more advanced writing, formatting, and referencing topics.
Link: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/MLA Sample Paper:
This sample paper, prepared in MLA style, is also provided by the "OWL" Writing Lab at Purdue University. It is in PDF format. Your essays should look very similar to this example.
Link: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/media/pdf/20090701095636_747.pdf
MLA In-Text Citations:http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/02/
MLA Formatting Quotations:http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/03/
MLA Works Cited Page: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/06
/MLA Endnotes and Footnotes:http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource
/747/04/ Please use end notes rather than footnotes for all essays and thesis at ABCU.