Deciding which college to attend can be a lot to process. We tend to know the differences between a traditional university and a Christian focused college, but what’s the difference between a Bible college and a Christian university?
Carolina College of Biblical Studies is here to help! This is a fair question since there are many similarities between the two.
For example, both:
- have their niche in preparing students for kingdom work
- provide experiences for students to grow in their relationship with God
- offer classes taught through a biblical lens
- offer classes that educate students in a practical way so they’re ready for any type of career
- provide a Christian culture and campus organizations that allow students to form close relationships, walk with God, and participate in outreach ministries
- grant Associate, Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral degrees (such as the new Master in Divinity course offered at Carolina College of Biblical Studies)
However, the differences between a Bible college and a Christian university include:
- Christian colleges are liberal arts schools and offer art & science degrees and courses, in addition to Bible classes.
- Christian colleges prepare students for secular careers
- Bible college courses strive to provide more of an emphasis in Bible education
- Bible colleges focus more on Christian leadership- for example, CCBS offers a servant leadership course
- Bible colleges primarily prepare students for Christian ministry after graduation
- Bible colleges require volunteer projects and off-campus ministry events in order to graduate
While both provide a valuable education and there’s certainly a place for both, choosing between a Bible college and Christian university comes down to your personal goals and preferences.
Carolina College of Biblical Studies is a non-denominational Bible college located in Fayetteville, North Carolina. It’s our mission to disciple Christ-followers through biblical higher education, for a lifetime of effective servant leadership. Contact our admissions department today at (910) 323-5614 to learn more about our Bible college!