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What defines an online class at Baptist Bible College & Seminary?
At Baptist Bible College & Seminary, an online class is a course that is taught in a virtual classroom. You will interact with professors and classmates, read textbooks and do assignments, and receive credit for the course. You can take classes online that would move you toward a degree or just for personal enrichment.

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How can I find out which online courses are available?
A listing of the Baptist Bible College, Graduate Studies, and Seminary online and distance learning courses with descriptions are available online at the following links:

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How much time do online classes take?
Students should plan on 30 minutes of online time at least five days a week as well as the time necessary to complete offline reading and assignments. Total time required to complete coursework varies according to the individual, but the average time commitment for a three-credit-hour class would be 18 hours a week, including online time.

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How long are the online course and distance learning education classes?
Almost all online and distance learning education classes run in eight-week sessions.

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How much do online classes and distance learning education classes cost?
You can review the online College, Graduate Studies, and Seminary costs at the following:

Online Bible College classes, degrees, descriptions, and pricing
Online and distance learning Graduate courses, degrees, descriptions, and pricing
Online Seminary courses, degrees, descriptions, and pricing

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Will I need to buy course materials?
Yes. Most online and distance learning courses will require textbooks just like courses offered in an on-campus classroom setting.

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Are online classes self-paced or are there due dates?
Classes have due dates for assignments to help you pace yourself.

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Can I earn my entire degree online?
It depends on which degree you choose to pursue. BBC&S offers the following degrees completely online:

• Associate of Arts
• Bachelor's degrees
• Bible Certificate

• Master of Arts
• Master of Ministry

• Master of Divinity


With the exception of three courses, which each incorporate one-week on-campus modules along with online elements, all other M.S. in Counseling Ministries courses are completely online.

Online Doctoral of Ministry courses are being added on a regular basis. Several other programs are comprised of both online and on-campus classes.

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Will my online degree be competitive?
Yes. It doesn't matter if you take all your coursework online, on campus, or a combination of the two. Your degree will be from Baptist Bible College & Seminary. Your online or distance learning degree will be just as competitive as if you had done all your coursework on campus.

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Is an online degree accredited the same as on-campus degrees?
Yes. BBC&S is accredited by The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, The Association for Biblical Higher Education, and The Pennsylvania Department of Education. Your degree is accredited regardless of whether you earn it online, on campus, or utilize a combination of the two.

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Can I start online and/or distance learning anytime?
Class sessions begin five times each year: August, October, January, March, and May. You can start in any term.

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Will I need to be online at specific times?
No. You can do your coursework at any time. Many assignments will be due by midnight on the due date, but there are no "real-time" requirements.

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As an online or distance learning student, will I be interacting with others?
Yes. Online courses are heavily interactive. You will be communicating with your professor and participating in discussion with your classmates. Some classes incorporate collaborative group projects as well. This is an exciting opportunity to build relationships with classmates from around the country and the world.

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What advising services are available to online students?
Students are assigned an advisor when they are enrolled as students in an academic program. Additional student services and benefits, including discounts on software and access to a wealth of resources through the Murphy Memorial Library, are also available.

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What standards of academic progress do I need to maintain to remain in the program?
The standards of academic progress will vary according to the particular degree requirements. Please inquire about the program requirements for answers to your specific questions.

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What technology do I need for online distance learning education?

Do I need a webcam to participate?
The majority of online classes will not require a webcam to participate or complete assignments. Some specialty classes may require a webcam.

Will I need to download media files?
Downloading media files is not required for every class but is a component of some online classes.

How fast does my Internet connection need to be?
Anything faster than 56k (dial-up) will be sufficient. You will be better served with a high-speed connection.

What computer hardware and software do I need?
The hardware requirements are those of a standard computer set-up – either a laptop or a desktop computer with a monitor and keyboard. Computers must be able to play sound files. Supported Windows operating systems include 98, 2000, XP and Vista. XP or Vista is recommended. Mac OS X is also supported.

You should have the most recent version of your web browser—Internet Explorer (6 or later) and Firefox (1 or later) are recommended. There are known issues with Safari browser on Mac.

Software requirements include a program that allows you to create and read Microsoft Office documents. Specialty
classes may require specialty software or plug-ins. If you are using Microsoft Office 2007, be sure to
install Service Pack 1.

After enrolling, you will be eligible to receive student discounts on software. Go to www.selectstudents.com/aicup. Select Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania from the school list. Do not click "Go"; you will be automatically directed to the site.

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How do I turn in my online course assignments?
Online course assignments are uploaded into eLearn, the program which hosts Baptist Bible College & Seminary online classes. This is a very simple process, similar to attaching a document to an email. On rare occasions, coursework may need to be mailed in, such as a project that is not done in an electronic format.

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How do I obtain my grades?
All students may set up a Portal account at https://portal.bbc.edu. Once this account has been created, students may access all the resources available on Portal, including viewing their final grades. Throughout the course of the class, assignment grades are posted in eLearn.

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Is online distance learning education right for me?
Answer each question true or false:

  1. 1. I am comfortable using a computer and the Internet.
    2. I have access to a computer with an Internet connection.
    3. I am self-motivated and can set my own goals.
    4. I am conscientious of my time and can plan ahead.
    5. I like interacting with those who are different from me.
    6. I am comfortable expressing myself in writing.
    7. I enjoy reading and researching new things.
    8. I can devote approximately 18 hours a week to online education.
    9. I enjoy critical thinking and healthy debate.
    10. My family and/or friends are a good support system for me.

There is no cut-off score, but if you answered true to a majority of these questions, you are a good candidate for online distance learning education.

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