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Explore the deep, faith-building benefits of completing one of our Certificate Programs. 


Each of our practical certificates serves as a building block as you progress towards larger goals, like one of our Degree or Diploma programs as you advance in your ministry.  


Would you like help navigating your goals?  Which program is right for you?  

Reach out to us via email  or call (262) 644-5504 to speak with a staff member about meeting your ministry and spiritual goals with the Berean Bible Institute. 

Associate of Biblical Studies (ABS)

This  two year degree designed to supply the learner with intense Biblical training. The ABS degree is designed around a full 60 credits of Bible and Ministry courses (a minimum of 30 credits must be taken through BBI). The ABS degree requires no general education courses and can be completed completely through BBI. 

The ABS is not intended to fully equip anyone for full-time vocational ministry. It is a transitional degree designed to encourage and equip the laymen to better serve Christ in the local church. The ABS degree maybe used as a transition into a Diploma of Advanced Biblical Studies or a Bachelor of Ministry degree offered at Berean Bible Institute.

The Associate of Biblical Studies degree may be earned through BBI’s distance studies program combined with BBI’s on campus courses. Should a student desire to pursue a Diploma of Advanced Biblical Studies or a Bachelor degree, that student would be required to sign a statement of agreement with the BBI doctrinal statement.

This  transitional degree better equips and encourages the man or woman of God as laymen and laywomen serving within the local church.   For those seeking full-time vocational ministry, this degree serves as an intermediate stepping stone as a bridge to our Diploma of Advanced Biblical Studies (Dip. ABS) or Bachelor degree (B. Min.).

This degree particularly serves well:

  • Christians currently studying at a secular university
  • New Christians
  • Sunday School Teachers
  • Pastors/Ministry Leaders (transition to further study)
  • Elders (transition to further study)

A total of 60 credit hours are required to earn this degree, with a minimum of 30 credit hours being taken from BBI. 

Required courses:

  • 101 Dispensational Survey (2 credit hours)
  • 102 Apologetics (2 credit hours)
  • 103 Bible Exposition I (4 credit hours)
  • 105 Basic Bible Doctrines I (2 credit hours)
  • 106 Basic Bible Doctrines II (2 credit hours)
  • 107 Personal Evangelism (2 credit hours)
  • 108 Romans (2 credit hours)
  • 109 Dispensational Hermeneutics (2 credit hours)
  • 110 Acts (2 credit hours)
  • 116 Biblical Worldview (2 credit hours)
  • Christian Education (202 or 302) (2 credit hours)
  • Additional Bible Exposition (104, 203, 204, 303 or 304) (12 credit hours)
  • Practical Dispensational Theology (205, 206, 305 or 306) (4 credit hours)
  • Bible Electives (207, 208, 308 or 312) (4 credit hours)
  • Approved Electives (16 credit hours)*

*Approved electives for the Associate of Biblical Foundations are chosen by the student with the recommendation of an academic advisor.

All required courses can be taken via any combination of the following delivery formats:

  • On Campus Courses (schedule varies)
  • Instructor-Led, Virtual Courses (schedule varies)
  • Self-Directed Courses (start at any time)

While the most motivated students can complete 60 credit hours of study in as little as 2 academic years, students have the flexibility to work at a pace that works with the needs and demands of their life and ministry.  Call BBI today to discuss how we can support you personally in your training goals.  

Students, paying at the full tuition rate, will be charged for 60 credit hours at $100 per credit hour for a total of $6,000. Textbooks, course materials and fees are additional expenses.

See our financial information page for further details on our generous discounts and all applicable scholarship opportunities.

Are you ready for success?


"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service." Romans 12:1


"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15


"Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13-14