FAQs for Diplomas
Q: Is there an enrollment deadline?
No. There is not a deadline for enrollment. You may work through the courses anytime. The suggested schedule gives you a structure to study with a group over a 9 month period of time. Some churches and small groups go from September to May.
Q: How long do I have to complete the Diploma?
A: The Foundations Bible Diploma is designed to be completed within 3 academic quarters, which is a 9-month period from the date of enrollment. We will grant a 3-month extension.
Q: Which track do you recommend?
A: We recommend Track 1 if you have already completed 52 Major Stories of the Bible, so there is no overlap.
Q: I do not have anyone I can invite to study with me. Will I be successful if I study on my own?
A: Absolutely, you can be successful on your own. We encourage believers to study in community. However, we recognize that cannot always happen. If you do enroll, you would have an online group which would include individuals who have also enrolled individually. In addition, BT staff will occasionally be online to check the forums.
Q: Are the Diploma programs appropriate for an adult Sunday School program?
A: Yes! It gets everyone studying together with structure. It also follows an academic year, which means you would be studying during the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters and be done by summer.
Q: Does the certificate that I earn qualify for college or seminary credit?
A: No. The classes in the Foundations Diploma are foundations level classes. They are not accredited for college or seminary credits or degrees.
Q: How do I join an online study group?
A. If you are studying with a group, have your group leader enroll using "Enroll and Create a Private Group" option. Your leader can then give you the group code. You can enter your group code when you enroll by choosing the "Enroll and Join an Existing Group" option.
Q: What if I am not in a group?
A: Enroll using "Single Enrollment."
Q: Where can I find my online group associated with my Diploma?
A: After you log in to www.biblicaltraining.org, go to "My Account." Scroll down a little and on the left side you will see a heading that says "My Groups." From there you can click on the link and see and send messages to others taking the same Diploma.
Q: Do you offer scholarships or any other financial assistance for the Diploma program?
A: At this time we do not offer any scholarships. However, we do offer monthly payment plans. For questions about a payment plan, please contact [email protected].
Q: Are some of the classes also in the Certificate of Biblical Studies?
A: Yes, the Bible Survey Class is in both. If you already completed the Certificate in Biblical Studies, we encourage you to stay with the schedule and to review and possibly learn something new from Dr. Downs' class. We also recommend that you take Track 2 which has the 52 Stories of the Bible instead of the Survey classes that are in the Biblical Studies certificate.
Q: Does the $495 cover the entire Diploma course? I see where it says two different enrollments.
A: The price is for the entire diploma course. You have the option of choosing Track 1 OR Track 2 depending on whether you want the OT and NT Survey classes OR the 52 Stories of the Bible class for the survey part of the diploma. All the other courses are the same. If you take Track One, you can take the 52 Major Stories of the Bible course as a certificate on its own.