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  • McDowell Bible College (MBC) is a FREE or very low cost tuition online college with no online fees offering a quality, full-term, diploma producing experience. Check out our cost page for information on scholarships for most students and low tuition everyone else.
  • However, we are not an easy degree mill or a church bible study site. If you are willing to do the hard work you will earn your certificate or diploma - it will not be given to you. Our academic standards are as high as many bible colleges and seminaries - higher than some.
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McDowell Bible College is dedicated to our Lord Jesus Christ and to His service. As the name implies, we are a bible-oriented college and seminary, and the curriculum is designed for Christian students who do not have major disagreements with our doctrinal statement (listed on the About Us page). They say that nothing is FREE, and they are right. Although we have free or low cost tuition, we demand the same work as any institution of higher learning and some students and alumni appreciate it enough to donate to the college as often they can. Our school was founded to help those who fall into one or more of the following categories:

      • Current or future church or non-profit religious organization employees who wish certification in their fields without taking the time earn a diploma. We offer certificates in Ministry, Biblical Studies, Information Systems Management for Churches and Non-Profit Organizations and Leadership and Administration for Churches and Non-Profit Organizations which require only 12 courses that can be accomplished in about a year to complete the certificate, while still earning college credit towards a future diploma.

      • College students who wish to earn a diploma related to service in churches or religious non-profit organizations. We currently offer two-year or four-year diploma programs in Ministry, Biblical Studies, Information Systems Management for Churches and Non-Profit Organizations and Leadership and Administration for Churches and Non-Profit Organizations.

      • College graduates who wish to earn a graduate diploma related to service in churches or religious non-profit organizations. We currently offer Master of Ministry, Master of Biblical Studies, Master of Information Systems Management for Churches and Non-Profit Organizations and Master of Leadership and Administration for Churches and Non-Profit Organizations..

      • Students who cannot afford the high cost of college or do not want to encumber themselves with a large amount of educational loan debt. Our tuition is currently free or very low cost and yet we provide a quality, full-term education and we are probably the only school that includes a better than state of the art on-line classroom experience for no additional fee. Others charge as much $100 or more per course for online fees alone. There are no fees except the graduation fee which simply pays for the graduation items, banquest and services. If you are unable to attend graduation due to being overseas or approved for some other special need, you can be mailed your diploma and cap and gown after graduation.

      • Students who want a FREE or low cost quality education. We do ask for students who can afford it to donate each term to help us continue this ministery, but otherwise it is indeed free or very low cost. McDowell Bible College is recognized by the National Bible College Association as an accredited educational institution meeting their standards for certification and accreditation. This is not a degree mill. If you are looking for an easy ride, we are not your school. Our academic standards are high and equivalent or exceeding the level of many if not most bible colleges and seminaries with on-line programs. You will be proud of the certificate or diploma you get at McDowell Bible College as it prepares you with the knowledge you need to conduct your ministry. (See About Us page for more information on state licensure exemption and accreditation and to view our certificates.)

Interactive Online Classroom -

We have a proprietary online classroom presentation system that is as user friendly as it is informing. Other on-line colleges and universities have to pass on to students hundreds of thousands of dollars in expense purchasing an external on-line classroom system such Blackboard or another system, charging additional fees up to $100 or more per class. There are no such fees at MBC. McDowell Bible College has our own in-house software and IT staff. Our online classroom experience includes pages where the following activities take place:

      • Classroom Office — The professor will post messages for the class here, so check regularly to get the latest update. This is also where you can interact with the instructor.

      • Class Document Folder — The course syllabus, links to course documents and any course E-books will be posted here.

      • Assignments — This page provides the dated weekly lesson folders for the class, within which you will find links to each lesson’s requirements for that week to include: class lecture(s), quizzes, exams or other class assignments that need to be turned in for that week. MBC has determined that visual lectures, presentations and graphics help you to better understand the material and we place everything you need for the lesson in the folder so that requirements are easy to understand and to access. Therefore, we offer many video lectures and audio-visual aids to learning for each and every course, not just a reading assignment every week. We also encourage students to contact their instructors or faculty advisor when help is needed.

      • Gradebook — As your grades become available for quizzes, exams or assignments, they are privately posted here with links to their graded answers and instructor comments.

      • Class Forum — Here is where students and faculty can interact for classroom discussions, make prayer requests and participate in discussion board assignments.

      • MBC Email — After you have established yourself as a serious student at MBC by completing 12 semester hours, you request an student email address accessible on the web and with an email client.

Become a Student Today!
We hope you will join us in the coming year for this program of quality, on-line education that is FREE (or very low cost tuition), demanding (but fair), and can be completed by anyone with reasonable effort. We will provide you with the tools you need for your area of study that is supported by in-house programming sometimes better than state of the art. Our tuition is low, so that is why a quality education with McDowell Bible College is not only a good deal, a comparison is almost non-existent. McDowell Bible College is set up on the standard tri-semester system with three full 15-week terms each year, Spring (January-April), Summer (May-August) and Fall (September-December). Before one of those term deadlines end, click “Apply” and become a student at MBC and you will never regret it.
MBC News for March

• The new McDowell Bible College 2021-2022 Catalog is now available online. Just go the website home page and click on the link on the left side of the page. The catalog and new tuition rates go into effect for the Summer 2021 term. I do not believe that the rates will affect anyone currently on the rolls, especially as most of our students are on scholarship at this time.
• We currently have two undergraduate and two graduate courses available for the Mini-Term II. Check the schedule and ask your academic advisor if you are eligible to take one or more of them. Remember, taking a Mini-Term course is like taking two courses with the same hours in workload.
• We have at least one student in Ethiopia who lives in the province where all the conflict is now going on and we have lost contact with him for several weeks now. We ask that you pray for him and other Christians in the area who are currently being killed and harassed. We also ask you to pray for the 317 young girls who were kidnapped in Nigeria, as well as others recently.
• Recently, an MBC student went through the tough times due to extreme cold weather, snow and blackouts in Texas. She had to put herself and children up in a hotel recently to get heat for her family. Praise God she has emailed us that it seems to all be over now. PTL, prayers work!
• Most of you will have mid-term exams or major papers due this week. I hope you do well with them. I have urged instructors to have the exams up by Wednesday evening at the latest so you will be able to take them without rushing and, as far as I know, all lessons, lectures and assignment details are posted already.
• We had students and instructors affected by COVID-19 - one of the instructors hospitalized. I myself suffered from a severe common cold and was bedridden for several days, so I appreciate the patience of students as we are all catching up the assignments and grading.
• Don't keep McDowell Bible College a secret. Tell others you know who could use good quality ministerial training without a huge price tag.

God Bless!
Larry McDowell
Dean, McDowell Bible College

Welcome to the Spring 2021 Class!
There are many students from around the world joining us this term and I want to welcome you to MBC. For those who suffered through the last two terms during COVID-19, including two instructors who were hospitalized in the last term, I want to thank you for your perserverance in coming back again this term. We had a number of problems come up and even had to extend the term so that students and faculty could catch up. Thanks to everyone who pitched in to help us through this. I wish you all well in the coming term. Work hard and I assure you that you will find the result quite rewarding- all for the Glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God Bless!
Larry McDowell
Dean, McDowell Bible College

McDowell Bible College
An on-line international school that serves English speaking Christian students around the world.
sed Deus illuminat - God Enlightens