Accrediting Bodies in Religious Studies
Ames Christian University – Bachelor of Biblical Studies
This Bible study bachelor’s degree allows majors in “Christian counseling," “Youth Ministry," “Music Ministry," “Evangelism" and “Pastoral Ministry." A three credit course costs $198. This school is accredited by the World-Wide Accreditation Commission of Christian Educational Institutions (WWAC). This accrediting body is not recognized by the DOE.
Even so, the fact that the school operates out of Florida makes it potentially exempt, as a religious school, from the need for accreditations. This limits the educational value of its bachelor’s degrees to use within ministry work.
Christian Leadership University – Bachelor in Bible Knowledge
Students must finish a 120 credit program that covers Bible Knowledge, Life in the Spirit, Life Skills and Leadership Skills. This school, too, is accredited by the WWAC. In addition, it holds a certification from the Apostolic Council for Educational Accountability (ACEA). Neither bodies are recognized by the DOE.
Oral Roberts University – Bachelor of Science
ORU offers bachelor degrees in Christian Care Giving, Business Administration, Liberal Studies and Church Ministries. Per credit, tuitions costs about $399. Unlike the other schools, it is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which is recognized by the Department of Education and therefore also eligible for financial aid.
In addition, it is recognized by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). Moreover, its individual programs also hold accreditations by various accrediting organizations. For example, the School of Business is recognized by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).