McDowell Bible College
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Registration begins April 26th and admissions ends May 8th for the Summer term.
  • We are a FREE or low tuition college offering a quality, full-term, diploma producing, fully on-line experience for no additional on-line fees.
  • All low to moderate income Pastors and members of evangelical churches attend FREE or pay only 50% tuition. Payment plans available to all others. Click on Cost page for details.
  • Our tuition is amongst the lowest you can find anywhere for a quality, diploma producing higher education.

McDowell Bible College is dedicated to our Lord Jesus Christ and to His service. As the name implies, we are a bible-oriented college and the curriculum is designed for Christian students who do not have major disagreements with our doctrinal statement (listed on the About Us page). Our school was founded to help those who fall into one or more of the following categories:

      • Current or future church or non-profit religious organization employees who wish certification in their fields without taking the time earn a diploma. We offer certificates in Ministry, Biblical Studies, Information Systems Management for Churches and Non-Profit Organizations and Leadership and Administration for Churches and Non-Profit Organizations which require only 12 courses that can be accomplished in about a year to complete the certificate, while still earning college credit towards a future diploma.

      • College students who wish to earn a diploma related to service in churches or religious non-profit organizations. We currently offer two-year or four-year diploma programs in Ministry, Biblical Studies, Information Systems Management for Churches and Non-Profit Organizations and Leadership and Administration for Churches and Non-Profit Organizations.

      • College graduates who wish to earn a graduate diploma related to service in churches or religious non-profit organizations. We currently offer Master of Ministry, Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry.

      • Students who cannot afford the high cost of college or do not want to encumber themselves with a large amount of educational loan debt. Our tuition is the lowest you can find that provides a quality, full-term education and we are probably the only school that includes a better than state of the art on-line classroom experience for no additional fee. Others charge as much $100 or more per course for online fees alone. We offer many scholarships where students pay only half, or sometimes none of their tuition cost depending on their income, payment plans for everyone else.

      • Students who want a want a quality education. McDowell Bible College is recognized by the National Bible College Association as an accredited educational institution meeting their standards for certification and accreditation. This is not a degree mill. If you are looking for an easy ride, we are not your school. Our academic standards are high and equivalent or exceeding the level of many if not most colleges and universities with on-line programs. You will be proud of the certificate or diploma you get at McDowell Bible College. (See About Us page for more information on state licensure exemption and accreditation and to view our certificates.)

Interactive Online Classroom -

We have a proprietary online classroom presentation system that is as user friendly as it is informing. Other on-line colleges and universities have to pass on to students hundreds of thousands of dollars in expense purchasing an external on-line classroom system such Blackboard or another system, charging additional fees up to $100 or more per class. There are no such fees at MBC. McDowell Bible College has our own in-house software and IT staff. Our online classroom experience includes pages where the following activities take place:

      • Classroom Office - The instructor will post public notices for the class here and provide contact information where you may privately interact with your instructor.

      • Document Folder - Here is posted links to the course syllabus, course documents and links to other information you may require for the course.

      • Assignments - This page provides the dated weekly lesson folders for the class, within which you will find links to each lesson’s requirements for that week to include: class lecture(s), quizzes, exams or other class assignments that need to be turned in for that week. MBC has determined that visual lectures, presentations and graphics help you to better understand the material and we place everything you need for the lesson in the folder so that requirements are easy to understand and to access.

      • Gradebook - As your grades become available for quizes, exams or assignments, they will be posted here in privacy. Instructors may provide additional comments that are linked to the graded items.

      • Forum - Some lessons will require assigned forum discussions where you will be required to post an answer to a question or response to a subject as assigned by your instructor. You will also be able to, and at times required, to respond to the posts of others in the discussion.

Become a Student Today!
We hope you will join us in the coming year for this program of quality, on-line education that is demanding, but fair and can be completed by anyone with reasonable effort. We will provide you with the tools you need for your area of study that is supported by in-house programming sometimes better than state of the art. Our tuition is low, so that is why a quality education with McDowell Bible College is not only a good deal, a comparison is almost non-existent. McDowell Bible College is set up on the standard tri-semester system with three full 15-week terms each year, Spring (January-April), Summer (May-August) and Fall (September-December). Before one of those term deadlines end, click “Apply” and become a student at MBC and you will never regret it.
Corona Virus

I want to personally ask each and every student, faculty or staff member of McDowell Bible College to pray for those affected by this epidemic. Being an online college, we are fortunate in that there is absolutely no interruption of our academic and student services. We have many faculty who do their work remotely already and have cautioned all of our staff and faculty to work from home for the forseeable future so that they will not be exposed. We have a skeleton staff on location to maintain the servers and physical tasks necessary to keep the school going, so you should not experience any interruptions. Students should contact their instructor if they are affected by this virus. I have instructed faculty members to make allowances due to the fact that some of our students in remote areas in some countries may depend on public internet for their work and to allow for some delays due to closures. I just ask that students do not abuse this excuse and get their work in as soon as they can.

I want to leave you with this scripture:
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 ESV)

God Bless!
Larry McDowell
Dean, McDowell Bible College

Graduation Cancelled

The 2020 graduation in May has been cancelled. We have made this decision with heavy hearts. However, with many graduating coming from our overseas student body and travel being highly restricted, even within the U. S., we decided this was the best course. Diplomas and graduation gowns and items will be shipped to students. I know a lot of you were looking forward to marching across the stage this May, but we do not want to risk those, who could still make it, contracting the corona virus. Our deepest apologies.
God Bless You All!
Qunhong Tan
Director of Admissions and Registration

MBC News

Beginning the Summer 2020 term, MBC are again offering a graduate programs in ministry, Leadership and Administration and Information Systems Management for churches and non-profits. The Master of Ministry will allow pastors to receive a minimum of seminary level training so that you are better prepared for your ministry. It also allows our students who finish their 4-year programs a way to continue their training through to the master's level. The only admissions requirement for all four programs is a four-year degree of 120 semester hours or more from an acceptable college or university and at least 18 semester hours in a related area at the four year level. Go ahead and click on the apply button if you have never taken courses from McDowell Bible College or contact your academic advisor if you wish to apply for one of these programs and already are a student or alumnus of MBC.
(Revision of original 1/4/2020, 1/13/2020 posts.)

McDowell Bible College
An on-line international school that serves English speaking Christian students around the world.
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