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Undergraduate Programs

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If you want to study the Bible, this is the place for you. We have Bible and ministry programs that range from one semester to four years. You can transfer your associate degree to earn a bachelor’s degree in just two more years. Our ministry degrees will help you prepare to work at a church or nonproft organization. Every student who earns a ministry degree completes an internship with an experienced leader at a successful location.

Marketplace Ministry Programs
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If you want to earn a degree in something other than Bible or are looking for a regionally accredited program, we have options for you! As a Central student, you can study with one of our partner institutions through dual- enrollment. You can serve in the church with a full-time career or pursue a specialized ministry career. Follow the above links to find out more about the programs or see which programs are offered in partnership with Moberly Area Community College and Indiana Wesleyan University.

Certificate Programs

Tuition-paid, Relevant Preparation for Ministry in Church and Para-church Organizations

Central’s Certificate Programs allow current or potential students the opportunity to study a specialized area of courses.

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Policies and Costs

  • Courses are available at the Moberly campus or online (*).  Each online course is 8 weeks long.  The total cost for a student to complete these certificates vary based on whether taking courses as a residential, off-campus, or online student.
  • All certificate courses may apply towards an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
  • Biblical Knowledge and Bible & Ministry certificate programs are not eligible for Federal Student Aid unless combined with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
  • Financial aid may be available for qualified students who have paid the certificate enrollment fee (or the matriculation fee).
  • Course formats include traditional weekly classes, online courses, and hybrid courses meeting both in the classroom or online.
  • BA, BRS, or BS students may add one ministry certificate in addition to the degree’s ministry program.
  • No field education experience is required, but the 48-hour certificates require a capstone paper or project where students express their philosophy of ministry and overview plans for future ministry opportunities and personal development strategies.

For students not pursuing a degree from Central, our Bible Certificates provide 16-32 hours of study in biblical and ministry courses, available either online or at the Moberly campus.

Students with an associate or bachelor’s degree can add one of the Ministry Certificates to prepare for specialized service in the church.

Bachelor’s degree students may add a Career Certificate from Moberly Area Community College to prepare for a bi-vocational ministry or mission opportunity.

God’s word is at the heart of our education.

In terms of credit hour requirements, a Central student will spend more time in Biblical Studies courses than any other subject. As one supporter put it, “Central is the college with ‘the Bible’ in it!” We are committed to this emphasis on Scripture. Since the Bible is the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice of the church, it is the basic text of study at Central. The message of the Bible must be clearly understood in order for the church to govern itself properly, to develop a proper theology, and to establish a biblical, ethical system. The principles for shaping and guiding the lives of others in every aspect of life are drawn from this same unchangeable word of God. Biblical courses equip students with tools and training for accurately handling the Bible, with studies in Old Testament, New Testament, and Theology.

Students also learn to use the Bible by studying other areas. Professional Studies courses explain how the Bible can benefit one’s own walk with Christ, bring others to a relationship with Christ, and bless the body of Christ. Service and Leadership Training (SALT) courses are an important part of each ministry program, bringing biblical truths into a ministry context.

We live and minister in a complex world, filled with people who do not recognize the truths of God’s word. General Studies courses help students better understand today’s culture and how to communicate with people. This informs how the church ministers in the world and how Scripture can apply to the world.

Explore the pages above to learn more about the programs we offer to prepare students in Bible and Ministry. All two-year and four-year degrees include significant study in the areas mentioned above. Each program is designed to prepare students for multiple career possibilities, some of which are described.