Degree Programs

Maranatha Bible College (“MBC”) offers three Biblical Studies degrees through its affiliation with Calvary Chapel Bible College (“CCBC”): the Diploma in Biblical Studies (D.B.S.), the Associate of Biblical Studies (A.B.S.), and the Bachelor of Biblical Studies (B.B.S.).

Students are eligible to earn up to 18-36 semester credits at MBC (about 25% of their degree) before transferring to CCBC (i.e. Murrieta Campus, Costa Mesa Campus, Distance Learning, or Teaching Sites). All students pursuing a degree will graduate from CCBC. Please visit our Graduation Requirements page or CCBC’s Affiliate Schools page to learn more about transferring options.

Diploma in Biblical Studies (D.B.S.)

The D.B.S. requires 72 semester credits and is composed primarily of eight Bible Core Classes (each representing a section of the Bible), foundational courses in theology, Bible Survey courses, verse-by-verse studies of Bible books, and Practical Christian Ministry. Various Elective courses in Christian ministry are also available. No prior college education or general studies courses are required for this program, only a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Associate of Biblical Studies (A.B.S.)

The A.B.S. requires 72 semester credits and all requirements of the D.B.S. Of the 72 credits required, a minimum of 18 must be earned in general studies courses completed at CCBC or transferred to CCBC from a DOE recognized, accredited college.

Bachelor of Biblical Studies (B.B.S.)

The B.B.S. requires 120 semester credits and all the requirements of the D.B.S. Of the 120 credits required, a minimum of 36 must be earned in general studies courses at CCBC or completed separately and transferred to CCBC from a DOE recognized, accredited college.

Individuals interested in pursuing any of the above degrees must enroll as a Credit Student by completing a New Student Application package; must take all the required courses at MBC or CCBC; and pass them with a grade of C- or better.


Non-Degree Programs

Audit Program

Through its affiliation with CCBC, Maranatha Bible College also offers an Audit Program for enrolled students who desire to grow spiritually without earning credits. Students earn an “AU” if he/she attended a minimum of 75% of the class (11 sessions for weekly classes), otherwise they will receive a “UA” for “Unsuccessful Audit”. Audit students must sign the sign in sheet at class. No college credit is given and students who audit a class may not change the class to a credit class at any time. There is no degree or certificate credit awarded for classes that are audited. A student may take classes for credit and audit, but only the classes taken for credit will apply toward a degree.

Guest Program

Maranatha Bible College exists for Christ & His Church and has chosen to make classes available to all who desire to grow in their relationship with their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In that spirit, Maranatha Bible College offers a Guest Program for non-students.

Unlike Credit and Audit Students, Guests are not enrolled students at Maranatha Bible College. As such, Guests will not be regarded as “Credit” or “Audit” students. Guests are not required to complete assignments, tests, etc. nor do they have attendance requirements.

All Guests registering for courses at Maranatha Bible College agree to respect the academic environment provided for enrolled students at Maranatha Bible College. Further, it is our hope and prayer that Guests take full advantage of the accountability for learning which is present in academic environments such as at Maranatha Bible College.