Each semester and summer we offer several undergraduate and graduate online classes. Online classes are designed to be flexible and yet structured. A qualified faculty member will set assignment deadlines and monitor student progress throughout the course, but you’ll be able to listen to the lectures according to your own schedule. For example, you may be assigned to complete 7 lessons during the first week, but you can choose when to listen to the lectures and complete the work. Throughout the course you’ll be expected to interact with both the faculty member and other students. Each course lasts 6–8 weeks, so you should be able to work a full-time job and still complete an online course. You will need to purchase your own textbooks.
Our online classes are asynchronous. You will be expected to meet assignment deadlines, but you will be able to fit the lectures around your own schedule. However, you will need to plan to be online at a specific time to take your tests through ProctorU. Go to ProctorU for information about scheduling test times and taking tests online.
- Online classes: $350/credit hour
If if a student registers for at least 6 hours of online courses during a semester or summer, he may be eligible for federal financial aid.
If you are working on a degree from BJU, email the Financial Aid office for more information.
Full payment for your course must accompany the registration.
Students who cancel their registrations before their start date will receive a 100% refund on tuition. Consult the table below for dropping/withdrawing from a course after the start date.
|Drop/Add Period||Last day to drop as withdrawal (W)||Last day to drop as withdrawal/fail (WF)|
|Online Course||First 2 or 3 days of the session: 80% refund||Prorated refund||No refund|
Distance learning students who are residents of Iowa or Maryland will receive the greater of BJU’s standard refund as described above or the refund specified by their respective state’s law. Residents of Iowa and Maryland may contact the Center for Distance Learning for more detail.
No. If you are going to be away from the internet for a week or more during an online course, you should not register for it. Our online courses are designed to promote high interaction between students and instructors.
Most online courses require that you spend 10-15 hours per week working on the course.
No. Online courses are designed to promote high interaction between students and instructors. Having students at significantly different places in the course undermines the effectiveness of the interaction.
Unless otherwise noted in the course description, you are expected to purchase your own copy of the textbook(s) for your course. Two websites that may help you find your textbook(s) are Amazon.com and Addall.com. Courses that require you to purchase your textbook through bju.textbooktech.com will be specifically noted.
Windows XP (SP2), Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit), Mac OS 10.4.8+ (Intel-based) (PPC-based NOT supported)
Pentium 1.8 GHz or higher (Note for Macs: Intel-based processor; PPC-based not supported)
Minimum 768 Kbps download/384 Kbps upload
Applications: (Latest Version)
Adobe Flash Player, Microsoft Silverlight
Compatible Browsers: (Latest Version)
Internet Explorer*, Firefox, Chrome, Safari
*BJUOnline does not support Internet Explorer 10 Metro.
You will need a webcam to take your tests. See ProctorU for more information.
Note: These are minimum requirements. Individual systems may vary.
No. Formal admission to Bob Jones University is not required in order to enroll in and earn credit for BJUOnline courses. Acceptance into a course does not imply admission to BJU or to a particular degree program. If you are interested in enrolling in a degree program through BJU, email Admission for further information.
If you plan to use financial aid to help pay for your course, you should register at least 2 weeks before the start date. Otherwise, you should sign up for an online undergraduate online course at least 1 week before it is scheduled to start, and for an online graduate course at least 2 weeks before it is scheduled to start. Individual registration deadlines are listed with course descriptions.
You will receive access to your course syllabus in the BJUOnline learning management system 7 days before the course is scheduled to start. Online students will receive full access to the first week’s course content 3 days before the course is scheduled to start.
Nearly all of our courses require that students take their tests using a webcam-based proctoring service, ProctorU. See ProctorU for more information about how this works.
A few of our courses use paper tests because of the nature of the subject matter being covered. If you are taking a course that requires paper testing, you must use a college or university testing service or a commercial testing service to take your tests. You will receive your tests in sealed envelopes that may be opened only in the presence of your proctor. Once you have completed each test, your proctor will mail it back to the University for grading.
Students who need technical assistance while taking a course may contact our 24/7 technical support line in one of the following ways:
- Call toll-free: 855.839.6179
- Call international: 678.208.3030
- Chat: chat.ihdservices.com
- Email: email@example.com
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Students having difficulty with course content may contact our office directly from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.
- Call toll-free: 888.253.9833
- Call international: 864.242.5100, ext. 2045
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Transfer of Credits
College Credit/Course Limits
Check with your high school administrator to see if your school accepts them.
Credits at Bob Jones University are assigned on a credit-hour basis. Indicated after the description of each course is the amount of credit that the course carries. Credit is given in semester hours, each semester hour representing 16 hours of course work.
Students may register to take up to 9 credits of online classes simultaneously. Course load limits for each semester apply (see the appropriate catalog for more information about load limits.)
No, there is no limit to how many distance learning courses you can take.
Yes. However, you may not take a course later for credit once you have audited it. If you audit a course, you are not required to take tests or submit projects. There is no price difference between a course taken for credit and a course that is audited.
No. The Center for Distance Learning exists to support BJU’s undergraduate residence degree programs, not to replace them.
If you are a BJU student, check the requirements for your degree program in your undergraduate or graduate catalog. If you have further questions, contact your advisor. Non-BJU students should check with their registrar or academic dean to determine whether a course will meet their degree requirements.
Institute of Biblical Education
We give you great content without the pressure of papers, projects, tests and everything else that goes with a college education. Although many IBE courses are captured from university Bible classes, we have taken out the academic requirements—quizzes, report cards—you name it! You don’t have to worry about letter grades; all you have to do is fill in the blanks and answer the questions. This doesn’t mean we will abandon you in your studies; we will keep in touch with you, review your progress, and answer any questions you may have about the content.
Certainly. If you have a group of three or more students, you qualify for special group discounts. The leader is not expected to lecture but conducts group sessions according to the instructions provided in the leader’s guide. The leader’s guide adds a variety of application and discussion ideas. The group leader also reviews participants’ progress and reports completion to the IBE office.
Possibilities for IBE group use include the following:
- Adult Sunday school classes
- Bible institute courses
- Discipleship ministries
- Informal Bible studies
- Training-hour programs
About half of our courses use a written format, so no videos are required. Just read a Scripture passage and study a lesson that expounds that passage and highlights its practical application. Then answer several review questions and memorize an assigned memory verse or passage. Additional activities are often suggested. In a group setting, participants complete each lesson at home and then meet to review and discuss what they have learned.
The other half of the curriculum uses a video format. Most of IBE’s video courses consist of lectures recorded from Bible classes offered at Bob Jones University. Each lecture averages 30 to 45 minutes in length. As you watch the video, you complete a fill-in-the-blank outline in the accompanying study guide. Each lesson typically includes a Scripture reading, a memory passage, and an optional textbook-reading assignment. Video courses are available in DVD format.
All of our courses are also available online in either a web-based workbook or web-based video version. In addition to a Scripture passage and a study/video lesson, the online format offers facilitator and peer interaction, no shipping fees and a quick enrollment process. Online courses are only available for the individual study format.
For individuals, most of our video courses are just $35 per unit, and written courses are $12 per unit. For groups, most video courses are $100 for the DVD rental plus $4 per participant. Each person receives his or her own study guide. Written courses are just $6 per person.
All of them. No, really, we like all of our courses, but some of them are especially good. For video courses, people seem to really like Principles of Christian Growth with Dr. Mark Minnick.
Ordering is easy. You can order online and get started right away. You can also order by calling toll-free at 888.253.9833 or 864.242.5100, ext. 2042. We’ll be glad to answer any questions that you may have. Payment can be made by credit card, check or money order. Most orders are shipped via UPS and arrive approximately one week after receipt of payment.
IBE courses are for personal enrichment. As such, they are not offered for college credit.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for each IBE course. The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a measurement that documents participation in non-academic-credit continuing education programs. BJU offers 2 kinds of CEUs for participation in IBE courses:
- Standard CEU: One standard CEU equals ten contact hours (50 to 60 minutes of instruction). When appropriate, a fractional part of a standard CEU may be awarded, but not less than 0.1 (1 hour equals .1 CEU). A transcript is available for standard CEUs. Most employers and licensing/accrediting bodies use the standard CEU definition. If you request a standard CEU transcript, a transcript of all of the BJU CEU activities in which you have participated will be sent.
- ACSI CEU: One Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) CEU equals 6 to 11 contact hours. Only whole numbers may be awarded (e.g., 1, 2, 3, etc.). A certificate is available for ACSI certification. If you request an ACSI CEU, a certificate for only the course/activity that you indicate will be sent.
The number of Standard and ACSI CEUs available are listed with all the courses. A $10 fee per transcript/certificate requested will apply.
Everything you need to complete the course successfully! If it’s a video course, we’ll send your DVDs, which are provided on a 6-month rental basis. At the end of your study, please return the video materials to the address listed on the last page of your study guide. If it’s an online course, all the required materials are available on the Internet.
Optional textbooks may be purchased from the Bruins Shop (toll-free 800.252.1927).
The IBE curriculum consists of 46 units, most of which contain 12 to 15 lessons. There are 24 written units and 22 video units. These are distributed among 5 divisions: Old Testament Studies, New Testament Studies, Theological Studies, Practical Studies, and Special Topics. Each division consists of a 2-unit “core course” and additional “supporting courses.” Generally speaking, the core course serves as an introduction to the division, and the supporting courses are electives that focus on biblical books or topics in more detail. View our courses
No, you are free to take the courses in whatever order best fits your interests. We can make some recommendations, but ultimately the choice is up to you!