Oklahoma Baptist University

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FAQs

Is the School of Christian Studies accredited?

The School of Christian Studies (SCS) is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools which means that its program has the same accreditation standards as OBU's on-campus programs. The SCS operates with the approval of the University's board of trustees. Those who teach SCS courses are required to have at least a master's degree from a Southern Baptist seminary and approval by the dean of the Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry. College-level curriculum materials and teaching aids used in SCS courses are written by faculty and adjunct faculty of the Hobbs College.

Oklahoma Baptist University has received a Letter of Exemption from Certification issued by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education to offer non-academic or church-related courses and grant non-academic awards or church-related degrees.

Where do classes meet?

SCS classes meet at SCS centers across Oklahoma and in other states. In addition, classes are also offered in an online format.

Who can enroll in SCS?

SCS is open to anyone who has graduated from high school or obtained a GED certificate. Students in Oklahoma must be 23 years of age or older.

How do I enroll?

1. Apply and be admitted to the program

Apply online and have official transcripts from your high school (or GED certificate) and any colleges, universities or seminaries attended mailed from the institution to the SCS office.

2. After being admitted to SCS, contact the SCS center nearest you or the SCS director (if taking an online course) in order to enroll.

What degree can I earn through SCS?

Course credit earned through SCS classes can be applied toward a Diploma, Associate of Arts, or Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies.

If you have already completed a bachelor's degree, you can obtain a second degree by completing a 39 credit hour program available through SCS.

General education courses required in the A.A. and B.A. degrees are not offered through SCS study, but students may complete those courses on OBU's Shawnee campus or another accredited college or university (See the OBU catalog for restrictions on transfer credit).

What kind of courses can I take through SCS?

The SCS provides courses in biblical studies, theology, church history, evangelism, missions, and ministry.

How do I take online SCS courses?

In order to enroll in an online course, please contact the SCS Director. After enrolling, students will be given access to the Moodle course site, facilitated by the course instructor. Students must have internet access, and be able to check their student email and the Moodleroom course site several times a week.

How much does SCS cost?

  • Tuition: $200 per credit hour ($100 per credit hour for members of BGCO churches)
  • Online Fee: $50 per course (Beginning Fall 2013)
  • Books: costs vary

Please note that SCS students can get Veteran's benefits, but cannot get federal or state financial aid.**

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