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Corban University/Mars Hill Bible Certificate

Program Description

The Bible certificate is a 24 credit program designed cooperatively by Corban University faculty and Mars Hill Church staff.  The program is ideal for students who either want a strong biblical foundation before secular university studies or are looking for an inexpensive start to studies at a Christian university. The certificate is fully accredited by NWCCU, the same body that accredits University of Washington, Gonzaga and Washington State.

The course selections satisfy the general education requirements of many Christian universities and specifically match the degree requirements for any ministry program at Corban University. This certificate is a great first step for Christians beginning their college journey.

The program is divided into two sets of foundational courses:

Bible and Theology FoundationCredits
Survey of Biblical Literature I​​​3
Survey of Biblical Literature I​​​I3
​​Introduction to Theology​​3
Ministry Skills FoundationCredits
​​Bible Study Methods3
Biblical Spiritual Formation3
Introduction to Ministry3
Ministry Practicum3

Course Descriptions

Survey of Biblical Literature I, II

An introduction to both testaments of the Bible with a focus on the key themes, chronology, events, people and literature.

Introduction to Theology

A study of Christian doctrine that enables students to develop an integrated and biblical personal theology. Topics include the Bible, the Trinity, Christ, the Spirit, Humanity, Sin, Salvation, the Church and end times.


An in-depth study of the Christian worldview, founded on the biblical themes of authority and truth, creation, fall and redemption. Attention will also be given to analysis of non-Christian worldviews.

Biblical Spiritual Formation

An overview of the dynamics involved in the formation of mature character in the life of a Christian. Students will develop a biblical theology of Christian spiritual formation and develop an appreciation for the traditions and rich heritage of faith found within Christian spirituality through the ages.

Bible Study Methods

An introduction to the principles and practice of the inductive approach to studying the Bible, the development of techniques, the utilization of tools, and the employment of various methods, such as synthesis and analysis.  The basic principles of interpreting Scripture are also presented.

Introduction to Ministry

This course introduces students to the many facets of ministry.  Students will be encouraged to explore various ministries and their own abilities as a means of discerning God’s leading them into ministry.  Students will also be introduced to all the ministry programs and be guided in the process of applying to the ministry major.

Ministry Practicum

This practicum is designed to allow students to begin to explore involvement in church ministry, whether pastoral, youth, or children’s ministries. The objective of this practicum is to allow the student a more active leadership role in a local church.

Admission Policies

Students applying for admission must:

  • affirm they have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior
  • have a high school diploma (or the equivalent) and have earned at least a 2.7 GPA
  • provide information on the church they are attending


Pricing is $250 per credit/$750 per class.

Financial Aid

The Mars Hill Bible Certificate has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an eligible program for students seeking federal financial aid. To apply for aid you will need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at We will notify you of your aid package and options in an award letter sent to the email you provide in the FASFA.

Monthly Payment Plan

  • A payment plan is available to pay your tuition in 10 monthly installments set to automatically charge to the Bank Account or Credit Card of your choice. Payments begin in August and complete on May 1. Apply Now to get the process started.
  • The Payment Plan Application is available online
  • Cost: A $25.00 annual set-up fee. This protects you from an additional monthly Finance Charge on your descending balance over the course of the year.
  • Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have at (503)375-7030 or

Weekly Schedule 

Each of the four courses offered in a semester is taught in one of the following time slots:

Tuesday: 3:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Thursday: 3:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Thursday: 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Individual classes meet once a week for 150 minutes.


All courses are held at the Mars Hill School campus in Bellevue, Washington.

Academic Calendar (2014-2015)

Fall Semester
Fall course registration opens
June 2 (M)
Fall application deadline
Aug 15 (F)
Instruction begins
Sept. 2 (T)
Close of course registration
Sept 12 (F)
Last day to add courses to any class schedule
Sept 12 (F)
Last day to drop courses without a fee
Sept 12 (F)
Last day to drop any course
Nov 7 (F)
Thanksgiving vacation
Nov 26-28 (W-F)
Classes resume
Dec 2 (T)
Early scheduling for Spring Semester
Nov 10-Dec 12
Last day of instruction
Dec 4 (TH)
Final exams
Dec 9 & 11
Spring Semester
Registration for all new students
Jan 5 (M)
Instruction begins
Jan 6 (T)
Close of course registration
Jan 16 (F)
Last day to add courses to any class schedule
Jan 16 (F)
Last day to drop courses without a fee
Jan 16 (F)
Last day to drop any course
Mar 13 (F)
Spring break
TBA (to align with Wash. Spring Break)
Classes resume
Early scheduling for Fall Semester
Apr 6 - 24
Last day of instruction
Apr 23 (TH)
Final exams
Apr 28-30

Current Course Schedule for 2014-2015

Survey of Biblical Literature I (OT)
Ryan Welsh
Survey of Biblical Literature II (NT)
Steve Tompkins
Mark Driscoll
Introduction to Theology
Dave Bruskas
Introduction to Ministry
Leroy Goertzen
Ministry Practicum
Joe Stengele, David Fairchild
Bible Study Methods
Steve Tompkins
Biblical Spiritual Formation
Leroy Goertzen

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