What is the Bible Certificate Program?

The Bible Certificate Program provides the opportunity to Bible leaders, Sunday school teachers and small group leaders, who desire to increase Bible knowledge, to take classes at Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary without the stress of time restraints or grades. All courses are online. Upon completion of the outlined course of study, the student will be presented with a Bible Certificate.


Why choose a Bible Certificate Program?

  • Quality Bible Courses
  • Flexible Schedule
  • Easy Accessibility
  • No Workshops or Trainings to Attend
  • Low Cost – Only $75 Per Course (Plus Books)
  • No Grades


How does the Bible Certificate Program Work?

This is a two-year online Certificate program designed for the student to take at lease one course in each of the four terms (Fall, Winter, Spring, & Summer) of the school year. In year one, the student chooses from Core Studies. In year two, the student chooses from Specialization Studies. Specialization Studies are divided between Bible Theology and Ministry.


First Year: Core Studies

  • I, II, III John
  • Bible Analysis
  • Bible Backgrounds
  • Church History
  • Elementary Homiletics
  • Genesis
  • Life of Christ
  • New Testament Intro
  • Old Testament Intro
  • Revelation

Second Year: Specialization Studies

Bible Theology

  • Christian Doctrine I
  • Christian Doctrine II
  • Daniel
  • David/Hosea
  • Galatians
  • James
  • Pastoral Epistles
  • Romans


  • Biblical Youth Ministry
  • Christian Leadership
  • Church Growth
  • Ministerial Practicalities
  • Personal Evangelism
  • Teaching Methods


What is an online course?

Online courses are conducted over the Internet and do not have meetings in a designated physical space.

What computer skills do I need to take an online course?

You will need to know the following:

  • how to send email
  • how to do basic downloads from the Internet
How much does a Bible Certificate course cost?

Each course cost:

  • $75 per course
  • Cost of Books
Do Bible Certificate Courses qualify for the ABA student discount?

Each course is already reduced in cost, so no discounts apply.

Would I have to be online at a certain time for class?

All of the work will be done on your own time according to your schedule – this gives you flexibility and the responsibility to stay on task.

What kind of technology would I need for an online course?

You will need an email account, a reliable Internet connection, and access to a computer.

How do I enroll for an online course?

You register for an online course as you do for any credit course. All students must logon to Populi for registration. You will find a link to Populi on the TBI homepage.

When does class begin?

Your course begins on the date specified on the TBI calendar.

TBI Calendar

How do I drop a Bible Certificate course?

You may drop a Bible Certificate course on Populi as you would any other course.

Who do I contact with SDL questions?

Send questions concerning the use of the SDL software (Populi) to the SDL Coordinator, Paula Sweeney at

How do I know the courses I have completed or need to take?

You may locate current and past course information by choosing the STUDENT tab in Populi. Choose DEGREE AUDIT to see courses completed and not completed towards your Bible Certificate.

Who monitors and submits my required assignments?

You are in charge of submitting assignments when due. The SDL coordinator monitors your progress but you are responsible for all of these submissions.

What if my Internet is not working?

A reliable Internet service is required. Please plan and submit assignments so as to allow for potential service interruptions. Contact the SDL coordinator with concerns or questions when necessary.

Who updates my profile information?

You must update your profile information and keep all contact information current.

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