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Student Catalog

Introduction
Accreditation
Covenantal Documents
Facts
History
TBS Staff
TBS Board
TBS Faculty
Calendars
Academic Programs

This “Student Catalog” serves as a companion to the TBS Student Handbook to provide specific information relative to students.  Thus, for student purposes, the “Student Handbook” should be considered Part II, and this catalog Part I of a continuous document. The most recent version of this document is available for viewing and printing on the TBS website under “About – TBS Documents.”


Contact Information


Main Campus Address

2655 S Mason Rd, Katy, TX 77450


Mailing Address

23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd, STE H120-930, Katy, TX 77494-3109


Office Hours

Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Phone Directory

Main Office: 281-646-1109


  • Prayer | God and Jesus Christ, Lord Almighty and Savior

  • x 800 | Dr K. Lynn Lewis, President

  • x 807 | Dr. Scott Stripling, Provost

  • x 804 | Dr. Israel Steinmetz, Dean of Graduate Programs

  • x 801 | Rick McCalip, Vice-President of Finance and Administration

  • x 808 | Carousel Pieterse, Office Manager and Registrar

  • x 802 | Blake Quimby, Communications Director

  • x 810 | Angela McClinton, Development Director and Librarian

  • x 806 | Allison Taylor, Marketing Director


Info@TheBibleSeminary.edu



Welcome to The Bible Seminary!


For nearly two thousand years, Jesus Christ and the 66 books known collectively as the Bible have shaped the history of our planet. The records and teachings within this singular document span from the beginning to the prophetic end of the universe as we know it. This content has been heard, held, read, studied, and adapted into more forms of media expression by more people than any other book in history.


The influence of Christ and the Bible have been major driving forces in the rise and fall of nations, the beginning and end of wars, exploration, enlightenment, renaissance, passionate expansion of civilization, and compassionate action. The sweeping impact is visible in nearly every sector of cultures and major institutions worldwide, and the essence of many public and private debates includes the understanding and significance of Scripture and of Jesus Christ.


At The Bible Seminary, we believe these facts warrant reverence, and we firmly believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, crucified Savior, and resurrected Lord, and that the Bible is the complete and true Word of God. Rooted in fervent prayer and heart-felt compassion, we aim to glorify God by training Christian believers in a context of biblical community in all 66 books of the Bible so they can serve the local church and fulfill the Great Commission by the power of God’s Spirit.


This student catalog has been prepared to provide information about the seminary, including our policies, programs, and people. For more information, contact the TBS main office.




Introduction

The Bible Seminary (TBS) is an independent, non-denominational, 501(c)(3) charitable institution of higher education incorporated in Texas in 2010 to offer training for laity and vocational ministry professionals. On-campus and Distance Education programs include a non-degree certificate program, as well as Dual Degree Completion, Master of Arts, and Master of Divinity degree programs. The seminary is an Accredited member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) approved to offer Distance Education, a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), an approved CEU provider for the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), and an accredited member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


TBS aims to glorify God by impacting multitudes of souls for Christ and to help fulfill the Great Commission by the power of God’s Spirit. Our mission is to foster biblical literacy through comprehensive and strategic studies of all 66 books of the Bible, cultivate professional leadership skills for life and ministry, and deploy Christian disciples in service worldwide. Faculty integrate studies of the Bible with historical, theological, and practical disciplines and engage in experiential education through classroom instruction, study tours, hands-on ministry training, and community-based training with ministry professionals.


Leadership includes Dr. K. Lynn Lewis, President; Dr. Scott Stripling, Provost and Vice-President of Donor Relations; Dr. Israel Steinmetz, Dean of the Graduate Programs and full-time Professor; numerous adjunct faculty, ministry professionals, and mentors who serve as part of the teaching team; and a Board of Trustees.


Accreditation

The Bible Seminary is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) [15935 Forest Road, Forest, VA 24551; Telephone: (434) 525-9539; e-mail: info@tracs.org] having been awarded Accredited Status as a Category III institution by the TRACS Accreditation Commission on October 26, 2020. This status is effective for a period of five years. TRACS is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDOE), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE). For more information, visit TRACS.org.


TBS is an Accredited member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). Based on the ECFA Seven Standards of Responsible StewardshipTM, including financial accountability, transparency, sound board governance and ethical fundraising, ECFA accredits leading Christian nonprofit organizations that faithfully demonstrate compliance with the ECFA Standards pertaining to financial accountability, fundraising, and board governance. For more information, visit ECFA.org or call 1-800-323-9473.


The Bible Seminary is a participating member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), a private nonprofit organization [501(c)(3)] that helps expand students’ access to educational opportunities and ensure more efficient, consistent, and effective regulation of distance education programs. For more information, visit NC-SARA.org.


TBS is a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the only national organization focused exclusively on accreditation and quality assurance in accredited colleges and universities throughout the United States.


TBS is listed on GuideStar and holds a GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency. Foundation Center, formerly the largest source of information about global philanthropy, and GuideStar, formally, the largest source of information on U.S. nonprofit organizations joined forces to become Candid in 2019 to help connect people who want to change the world to the resources they need to do it. For more information, visit Candid.org or GuideStar.org.


For additional information, visit TBS profiles on the following websites:


  • Council for Higher Education Database of Accredited Institutions

  • Great Nonprofits Top-Rated list

  • U.S. Department of Education Database of Accredited Institutions



Covenantal Documents and Personnel


Calendars

Fall Semester, 2023-24

Unless otherwise noted, all courses are available live on campus and live or asynchronously via Distance Education.

 

May 1: Course Registration Opens

Aug 18: Course Registration Deadline

Aug 18: Payment Deadline

Aug 25: Last Day for LATE REGISTRATIONS

Aug 28: First Day of REGULAR Fall Graduate classes

Nov 20-24: Thanksgiving Break (Reading weeks) – No classes

Dec 8: Last Day of Final Exams




Spring Semester, 2023 -24

Unless otherwise noted, all courses are available live on campus and live or asynchronously via Distance Education.


Oct 2: Course Registration Opens

Jan 12: Course Registration Deadline

Jan 19: Payment Deadline

Jan 19: Last day for LATE REGISTRATIONS

Jan 22: First Day of REGULAR Spring Graduate classes

Mar 11-15: Spring Break (Reading week) – No classes

May 3: Last day of Final Exams



Summer Semester, 2023 -24

Unless otherwise noted, all courses are available live on campus and live or asynchronously via Distance Education.


Apr 1: Course Registration Opens

May 10: Course Registration Deadline

May 10: Payment Deadline

Jun – Aug: Summer Semester

Aug 18: Commencement, 4:00 p.m.




Academic Programs 


The Bible Seminary’s programs of academic study include the following: 

  • Certificate of Theological Studies (27-credit hours)

  • Dual Degree Completion (138 to 174-credit hours)

  • Master of Arts

    • Master of Arts in Biblical History and Archaeology (60-credit hours)

    • Master of Arts in Biblical Languages and Culture (54-credit hours)

    • Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (60-credit hours) 

      • With a concentration in Biblical Leadership (60-credit hours)

      • With a concentration in Christian Education (60-credit hours)

      • With a concentration in Media Production (60-credit hours)

      • With a concentration in Missions (60-credit hours) 

    • Master of Arts in Church History and Theology (48-credit hours)

  • Master of Divinity (84-credit hours) 


Certificate of Theological Studies (CTS)

The Certificate of Theological Studies (CTS) is a 9-course, 27-hour non-degree credit program that offers vital educational experiences beneficial for anyone serving or who wants to serve in biblically-based, Christ-centered ministry leadership. The curriculum includes 7 CORE graduate courses common among all TBS degree programs, plus 2 ELECTIVE courses selected from any other available options. Fundamental skills and topics studied include hermeneutics, church history and theology, ministry leadership, public speaking/teaching, and spiritual formation, as well as a survey of all 66 books of the Bible and in-depth studies of numerous biblical books.


Non-degree students are billed at the Audit rate per course (equivalent to the tuition cost of 1-credit hour). However, CTS students also have the option to earn 3-hour, graded credit by paying full course tuition and fees, attending and participating in course sessions, submitting all assignments, exams, and projects. Earned credit hours can be applied toward a graduate degree program should they desire to do so.


Program Objectives

  1. The student will understand all 66 Bible books and major movements and personalities in church history.

  2. The student will gain confidence in his or her teaching and/or preaching skills.

  3. The student will develop ministry skills in counseling and leadership.


Learning Outcomes

  1. The student will demonstrate a knowledge of the thematic, chronological, and geographical flow of the entire Bible through the SFM 500 final exam.

  2. The student will demonstrate the ability to teach/preach expository and thematic messages as evidenced by assessed classroom speaking assignments.

  3. The student will demonstrate a knowledge of counseling and leadership skills through final exams/projects in PAS 501 and PAS 511.


Frequency of Offering

CTS students are eligible to take any TBS graduate course. TBS generally offers at least one CORE course every semester at each location where graduate courses are offered. Students can take more than one course per semester, without needing to follow the sequence. Students may take their two elective courses at any point. There are no prerequisites for this program.


 CORE Courses (all 7 required, 3-hour credit per class) 


BSM 501: Bible Study Methods - Esther, Obadiah, Mark

THE 501: Theology I - Genesis (or THE 502, THE 503, or THE 504)

THE 510: Church History I - Luke, Acts

PAS 501: Pastor-Shepherd I - Job, Jeremiah, Lamentations

PAS 511: Pastor-Leader I - Ruth, Samuel, Kings

PRE 501: Expository Preaching/Teaching I - Isaiah

SFM 500: Spiritual Formation & Ministry - Bible Panorama


CORE hours = 21


ELECTIVE Courses (two required, 3-hour credit per class)


(Any other TBS graduate course)

(Any other TBS graduate course)


ELECTIVE hours = 6


CTS Total = 9 courses, 27-credit hours


 
Dual Degree Completion (DDC)

The Dual Degree Completion (DDC) program allows students with an Associate’s degree (or equivalent), coursework toward an unfinished undergraduate degree, and life experiences that may count toward college credit to enroll in The Bible Seminary on a degree track culminating in both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. Students who 

successfully complete this program earn a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies (BACS), and either a companion Master of Arts (MA) or a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree as described elsewhere in this catalog. The BACS incorporates previous college coursework (such as a 60-credit hour Associate’s degree), prior learning assessments, additional college studies, and TBS core graduate courses that can serve as dual bachelor/master credits. 


Details 

  • TBS only offers a combined BA/MA or BA/MDiv – or a separate MA or MDiv – but not a stand-alone BA.

  • The combined degree can be completed in as few as two (2) or three (3) years for some full-time students. Additional time may be required for students who have not satisfied all of the non-TBS degree requirements.

  • Accepted students may enroll in a TBS graduate program without any modifications and transfer in or work concurrently to complete any non-TBS undergraduate requirements.

  • Dual-degree graduates complete a combined total of between 138 and 150-credit hours for a BA/MA degree, or 174-credit hours for the BA/MDiv degree.

  • Students are eligible to receive both degrees together after all requirements are completed for BOTH the undergraduate and graduate degrees and after all other conditions are met as detailed in the Graduation Policy in the TBS Student Handbook and TBS Policy Manual.

  • The customized degree may require students to take courses from other colleges or universities. Tuition for any additional college courses and prior learning assessments outside of TBS and required to complete the bachelor’s degree are the responsibility of the student.

  • Students enrolling in the program are responsible for applying, registering, enrolling, and transferring in credits from other schools and LearningCounts.org with respect to non-TBS undergraduate degree requirements. TBS tuition and fees for dual-credits and graduate credits are the same.

  • This type of combined degree structure conforms to the guidelines found in various accrediting agencies, including ABHE (Association for Biblical Higher Education), ATS (Association of Theological Schools), SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), and TRACS (Transnational Association of Christian Schools).

  • Financial aid through the TBS Student Scholarship Fund may be available to help fund dual-credit and graduate-level courses offered by TBS. See “Financial Aid” resources for more information.



 
Master of Arts

The MA curricula integrates an in-depth study of the Bible with basic historical, theological, and practical disciplines critical to developing professional skills for ministry in the 21st century. All MA programs include a sequence of CORE and ELECTIVE 3-credit hour courses designed to cover all 66 books of the Bible over a 2-year course of study offered during standard semesters per year, with additional in-depth studies of numerous biblical books. The MA programs are available for both FULL-TIME students (registered for 9 or more credit hours per semester), PART-TIME students, and auditors. 


Master of Arts in Biblical History and Archaeology (MABHA)

60-credit hours 

The purpose of the MABHA is to offer students opportunities to study under recognized leaders in archaeology and related fields. Students strategically and comprehensively study all 66 books of the Bible; learn basic historical, theological, and practical knowledge critical for serving in professional ministry leadership; and experientially explore basic archaeological history, theories, and methodologies. 


Program Objectives 

MABHA Objectives include the following: 

  1. To train students in basic archaeological history, background, and methodology, using data for both apologetic and hermeneutical purposes.

  2. To expose students to the synchronistic relationship between archaeological data and biblical texts.

  3. To address critical research issues in biblical scholarship through scientific excavations in Bible lands.


Learning Outcomes 

Graduates of the MABHA program will possess the following competencies: 

  1. The student will demonstrate an awareness of the history and issues of Biblical Archaeology through assessed competence on research papers and projects (ANE 501, ARC 501, and THE 520).

  2. The student will demonstrate the ability to use archaeology for apologetic and hermeneutical purposes as evidenced by his or her capstone project (CAP 590).

  3. The student will demonstrate an ability to excavate following sound methodology through mentored field practicums (ARC 520 and 521).

  4. The student will interpret archaeological data in light of regional settlement patterns and biblical narratives as demonstrated by written research assignments (ANE 501, ARC 501, and THE 520).

  5. The student will express comprehensively the chronological, geographical, and thematic flow of the Bible as measured by the post-course assessment in SFM 500.

  6. The student will master typologies and demonstrate an ability to date material remains based on typologies as evidenced through a mentored course (ARC 510) with a ceramics specialist.


Frequency of Offering 

Select courses required for the MABHA program are offered during typical fall, spring, and summer semesters, regularly on the main campus and intermittently at various remote instructional locations. Uniquely for this degree, several courses are offered on location in Israel. See the Academic Calendar for specific times and availabilities. 



Master of Arts in Biblical Languages and Culture (MABLC) 

54-credit hours 


The purpose of the MABLC is to offer students opportunities to study all 66 books of the Bible strategically and comprehensively, learn basic historical, theological, and practical knowledge critical for serving in professional ministry leadership, and experientially explore 

and practice ministry skills related to in-depth knowledge of biblical languages and culture. 


Program Objectives 

MABLC Objectives include the following: 

  1. To train students in the biblical languages of Hebrew, Greek, and at times, Aramaic.

  2. To expose students to sound exegetical and hermeneutical methodology.

  3. To address critical research issues in biblical scholarship through textual analysis.

  4. To learn about the ancient Near Eastern cultures that comprised the biblical world.


Learning Outcomes 

Graduates of the MABLC program will possess the following competencies: 

  1. The student will read and write the biblical languages of Hebrew and Greek as demonstrated by final exams in HEB 502 and GRK 502.

  2. The student will demonstrate sound exegetical and hermeneutical principles through the Bible Study Methods (BSM 501) projects and/or final exam, and as assessed in class preaching demonstrations in Expository Preaching and Teaching I (PRE 501).

  3. The student will interpret biblical texts in light of genre and textual variants as evidenced by his or her Capstone Project (CAP 590).

  4. The student will express the chronological, geographical, and thematic flow of the Bible comprehensively as demonstrated on the Spiritual Formation and Ministry (SFM 500) post-course assessment.

  5. The student will demonstrate an awareness of critical research issues and an ability to understand and articulate all sides of these issues through research assignments in courses including, but not limited to, Church History (THE 510), Ancient Near Eastern Cultures (ANE 501), and other courses.


Frequency of Offering 

At least some courses required for the MABLC program are offered every fall and spring semester on the main campus, and some core courses are also offered at various remote instructional locations. See the Academic Calendar for specific times and availabilities. 


Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (MABS) 

60-credit hours 


The purpose of the MABS program is to offer students opportunities to strategically and comprehensively study all 66 books of the Bible, learn basic historical, theological, and practical knowledge critical for serving in professional ministry leadership, and experientially explore and practice a broad range of ministry skills. In addition to the general degree option, four concentrations are available: Biblical Leadership, Christian Education, Media Production, and Missions. 


Concentration Options 


  • Biblical Leadership for business, government, and other executive professionals, as well as professional and volunteer ministry leaders.

  • Christian Education for Christian school administrators and teachers, most likely those teaching in private schools but available to any educator interested in leading/teaching from a strong biblical worldview.

  • Media Production for employees or volunteers leading or working in various areas of media production or publishing in businesses, churches, community organizations, schools, etc.

  • Missions for persons interested in preparation for working in foreign missions. Program Objectives


MABS Objectives include the following: 

  1. To train students in the background and content of all 66 biblical books.

  2. To equip students to address a wide array of ministerial duties.

  3. To empower students to prioritize the nurture of their own souls.

  4. To broaden students’ paradigms through dynamic elective courses.


Learning Outcomes 

Graduates of the MABS program will possess the following competencies: 

  1. The student will demonstrate a mastery of the background and content of all 66 biblical books through the SFM 500 post-course assessment.

  2. The student will demonstrate competency in a wide array of ministerial duties as measured by assessments, in-class preaching assignments in PRE 501 and final exams in PAS 501, PAS 511, and SFM 501.

  3. The student will nurture his or her own soul as demonstrated by the course project for PRA 501 and the Capstone project (CAP 590).

  4. The student will demonstrate an ability to defend his or her faith as evidenced by a class presentation for APO 501.


Frequency of Offering 

At least some courses required for the MABS program are offered every fall and spring semester on the main campus, and some core courses also are offered at various remote instructional locations. See the Academic Calendar for specific times and availabilities. 







Master of Arts in Church History and Theology (MACHT) 

48-credit hours 


The purpose of this program is to offer MACHT students opportunities to study all 66 books of the Bible strategically and comprehensively, learn basic historical, theological, and practical knowledge critical for serving in professional ministry leadership, and 

experientially explore and practice ministry skills related to in-depth knowledge of church history and theology. 


Program Objectives 

MACHT Objectives include the following: 

1. To train students in the background and content of all 66 biblical books. 2. To expose students to the major theological concepts and doctrines.3. To teach students the major personalities and events of church history. 4. To prepare students for success in ministry and/or doctoral studies. 


Learning Outcomes 

Graduates of the MACHT program will possess the following competencies: 

  1. The student will demonstrate a mastery of the background and content of all 66 biblical books through the SFM 500 post-course assessment.

  2. The student will demonstrate mastery of major theological concepts and doctrines as evidenced by research papers and post-course assessments in the Theology sequence (THE 501 – 504).

  3. The student will demonstrate mastery of the major personalities and events of church history through exams, research assignments, and presentations in THE 510 and/or THE 511.

  4. The student will demonstrate a preparation for success in ministry and/or doctoral studies by completing a summative and comprehensive Capstone project (CAP 590).


Frequency of Offering 

At least some courses required for the MACHT program are offered every fall and spring semester on the main campus, and some core courses may also be offered at various remote instructional locations. See the Academic Calendar for specific times and availabilities. 



 

Master of Divinity (MDiv) 

The purpose of the Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is to integrate an in-depth study of the Bible with the standard historical, theological, and practical disciplines critical to developing professional skills for ministry in the 21st century. The program includes 28 courses (84-credit hours) designed to teach all 66 books of the Bible over a three-year course of study. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will receive a Master of Divinity degree. The program is available for FULL-TIME students (registered for 9 or more credit hours per semester), PART-TIME students, and auditors. 


Program Objectives 

TBS MDiv Objectives include the following: 


  1. To equip students with in-depth background and content knowledge of all 66 biblical books

  2. To expose students to the major theological concepts and doctrines

  3. To teach students the major personalities and events of church history

  4. To prepare students for success in ministry and/or doctoral studies

  5. To expose students to a wide array of ministerial duties

  6. To enable students to maintain a healthy balance between family and ministry

  7. To equip students to use the original biblical languages in their preaching and teaching


Learning Outcomes 

Graduates of the TBS MDiv program will possess the following competencies: 


  1. The student will demonstrate mastery of the background and content of all 66 biblical books through the SFM 500 post-course assessment.

  2. The student will demonstrate mastery of major theological concepts and doctrines through post-course assessments and final exams in the theology sequence (THE 501 – 504) and the church history sequence (THE 510 and THE 511).

  3. The student will demonstrate mastery of the major personalities and events of church history through exams, research assignments, and presentations in THE 510 and/or THE 511.

  4. The student will demonstrate preparation for success in ministry and/or doctoral studies by completing a summative and comprehensive Capstone project (CAP 590).

  5. The student will demonstrate mastery of a wide array of ministerial duties as measured by assessments, in-class preaching assignments in PRE 501 and final exams in PAS 501, PAS 511, and SFM 501.

  6. The student will demonstrate competency in Hebrew and Greek through final exams in HEB 502 and GRK 502.

  7. The student will develop the ability to exegete, exposit, and defend his or her faith as demonstrated by post-course assessments in APO 501, GRK 502, HEB 502, and PRE 501.


Frequency of Offering 

At least some courses required for the MDiv program are offered every fall and spring semester on the main campus, and some core courses are also offered at various remote instructional locations. See the Academic Calendar for specific times and availabilities. 


CORE Courses (Required)


Culture and Languages

GRK 501: Greek Language and Culture I – Jude, 2 & 3 John 

GRK 502: Greek Language and Culture II – 1 John 

GRK 503: Greek Exegesis – Gospel of Luke (or HEB 503: Hebrew Exegesis – Habakkuk)

HEB 501: Hebrew Language and Culture I – Jonah, Nahum 

HEB 502: Hebrew Language and Culture II – Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi 


Hermeneutics

BSM 501: Bible Study Methods – Esther, Obadiah, Mark 


History and Theology

THE 501: Theology I – Genesis 

THE 502: Theology II – Romans, Hebrews 

THE 503: Theology III – 1 & 2 Corinthians; 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus

THE 504: Theology IV – Joel, Daniel, 2 Peter, Revelation 

THE 510: Church History – Acts 

THE 520: Biblical Archaeology – Judges 


Leadership

PAS 501: Pastor-Shepherd I – Job, Jeremiah, Lamentations 

PAS 502: Pastor-Shepherd II – Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon 

PA S511: Pastor-Leader I – Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings 

PAS 512: Pastor-Leader II – Joshua, Ezra, Nehemiah


Missions and Evangelism

APO 501: Apologetics – Proverbs, James, 1 Peter 

MIS 501: Missions I (Perspectives on the World Christian Movement) 

MIS 502: Missions II (Discipleship, Evangelism, and Church Planting) – Deuteronomy, Galatians 

MIS 503: Missions III (Anthropology) – Hosea, Amos, Micah, Zephaniah 


Preaching and Teaching

PRE 501: Expository Preaching/Teaching I – Isaiah 

PRE 502: Expository Preaching/Teaching II – 1 & 2 Thessalonians 


Spiritual Formation and Ministry

PRA 501: Prayer & Worship I – Leviticus, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Psalms 

SFM 501: Spiritual Formation & Ministry I – Exodus, Numbers, Matthew

SFM 505: Spiritual Formation & Ministry V (Career Placement) – Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes 

SFM 506: Spiritual Formation & Ministry VI – Ezekiel, Gospel of John


Other

CAP 590: Capstone 


CORE = 27 courses, 81-credit hours


ELECTIVE = 1 course, 3-credit hours


* If you have other degree requirements such as Doctrine, History, and Polity courses associated with your church, denomination, or other organization, TBS can work with you to help make sure your educational journey includes the appropriate course(s).


Distinctives 


BEST PRACTICES TOURS 

On-site visits to successful churches and ministries, including in-depth interactions with key leaders. Students visit denominational churches, independent churches, synagogues, and more of all sizes and ranging from well-established to newly planted. Site leaders serve as guest faculty for TBS for the day by hosting and teaching the class, and by sharing their own personal journeys of faith, the history and summaries of their ministry, and leadership insights relative to the course topic(s). Students often visit 30+ ministry locations during their TBS educational experience. 


EDUCATIONAL IMMERSIONS 

Unique experiences inside and outside the classroom including visits to a cemetery, funeral home, hospital, prison, sheep farm, various retreat centers, and interactions with executive leaders in business, education, government, and ministry. 


HOLY LAND TRIP 

Study tours, archaeological digs, and other optional opportunities are available for students (and family members and friends) who would like to enjoy on-site educational experiences in the Holy Land. 


SPECIAL EVENTS 

Entertainment, retreats in various retreat centers, local and regional trips, special tours, and world-class guest speakers. 


VOCATIONAL MINISTRY SERVICE 

Regular and special ministry activities and leadership involvement in regional congregations and ministry organizations.

 

CAREER SHEPHERDING 

Graduate with a strong team of mentors and experienced leaders available to journey with students and provide a personal, critical support network throughout their ministry career. 


View TBS Graduate Courses



Admissions 

The Bible Seminary (TBS) offers training for laity and vocational ministry professionals through the degree and non-degree programs below. 


Certificate of Theological Studies (CTS) – Enrolling in TBS graduate courses at a non- degree (audit or certificate) level requires completion and return of a "Non-degree Student Application.” Contact our office or click “Admission – Apply” on TheBibleSeminary.edu


Dual Degree Completion, Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Divinity (MDiv) – Prospective graduate students seeking to prepare for vocational, professional ministry may initiate a degree application process as follows: 


  • Submit an inquiry online at TheBibleSeminary.edu under “Admissions – Apply”

  • Send an e-mail message to info@thebibleseminary.edu

  • Call 281-646-1109. Normal office hours are typically 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If no one answers, please leave a message and someone will promptly return your call.

  • Visit the TBS at 2655 South Mason Road, Katy, TX, 77450. Please call in advance to confirm an appointment. 


The application process will proceed through several steps. Please contact admissions by e-mail or phone for assistance. Each applicant must provide the following information:


  • A completed Degree Application. Forms are available online at TheBibleSeminary.edu under “Admissions” or can be provided by e-mail or mail.

  • A $50 non-refundable application fee. Several payment options are available.

  • Official transcript(s) submitted directly from the college or university to The Bible Seminary address.

  • Four references (including at least one pastoral reference) submitted by e-mail or mail to the Provost.

  • Authorization for a criminal background check. Other than as specifically requested by questions in the Degree Application, an external criminal background check is not completed or utilized as a part of the admissions process. However, depending on the ministry options selected by an admitted student, a background check may be required prior to beginning to serve in certain ministries.

  • A personal interview, to be scheduled during the admissions review process in person or by phone.


Admission to a degree program will be at the discretion of the TBS Admissions Committee, based on their review of the information provided. General criteria considered as minimum requirements include the following:


  • Evidence of a clear calling of the applicant to a life of personal and professional ministry as a pastor, missionary, church planter, or other servant of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  • Applicant agreement to and acceptance of The Bible Seminary's Covenantal Documents.

  • Accredited baccalaureate degree or courses applicable to a baccalaureate degree with a minimum of 2.5

  • For students whose primary language is not English, a TOEFL iBT score of at least 79, TOEFL CBT of 213,


The TBS Admissions Team is afforded discretion to grant exceptions to degree, grade point, and English language criteria, within the bounds of applicable accreditation standards.

 

Admissions Procedure – Initial contact with TBS inquiring into a degree program earns prospective students a status of “Inquiry.” Following the submission of a completed application and payment of the application fee, the TBS Admissions Team will open an application file for the student and move them from “Inquiry” to “Applicant” status. Generally, “Applicant” files are reviewed and students notified on a monthly cycle, as reviews are conducted and students notified within a maximum of 30 days. Regular notifications, usually by e-mail or phone, inform students about their application status, as well any notes, requests, or items pending receipt or review. Upon receipt and review of all application materials requested, the TBS Admissions Team makes a determination of “Accepted Applicant” or “Denied Applicant” and follows up with both a letter sent by postal mail and e-mail. Acceptances additionally include information about enrollment procedures, financial aid awards, and upcoming dates, deadlines, and events. Accepted applicants who subsequently enroll in at least one seminary course within one year of the date of acceptance will be moved to “Student (Graduate)” status. Accepted applicants who subsequently fail to enroll in at least one class within one year of the date of acceptance may be marked “Applicant Withdrawn.” Reconsiderations may be granted on a case-by-case basis.

 

Competency Assessment – The Admissions Committee, comprised of all full-time faculty members and administrators, seeks to ensure that students have the thinking, writing, and research skills to succeed at TBS. An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution normally demonstrates acceptable mastery in these critical areas. The Admissions Committee further seeks evidence that a prospective student possesses a baseline of biblical knowledge. Undergraduate or graduate degrees in Bible or a related field of study normally satisfy this criterion. Students with undergraduate degrees in unrelated fields may be asked to complete an admissions exam if they are unable to establish through a portfolio that they satisfy this requirement.

 

Residency Requirements

  • TBS does not offer residential housing as part of the on-campus experience.

  • TBS does not require students who are U.S. citizens or legal residents to live on or within a certain distance of the main campus, any branch campus or teaching site, or any remote instructional location.

  • Students may participate in courses exclusively live on-campus, live online (synchronously), recorded online (asynchronously), or a hybrid mixture.

  • TBS is NOT currently a Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) approved school and cannot accept applicants in the U.S. under an F-1 Student Visa.

 

Special Admissions Requirements – Students whose GPA is below 2.5 may be admitted to TBS on academic probation for a specified period of time, until they demonstrate the ability to successfully complete graduate-level work. Students who are incarcerated or who have been incarcerated may have additional requirements.

 

Credit for Prior Learning – TBS does not grant credit for prior learning at the graduate level; however, students in the TBS dual-degree program may be awarded credit by exam, on the basis of certificates, or by assessment of prior learning, in compliance with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).

 

Admissions Policies Exceptions – Students seeking exceptions to TBS admissions policies must petition the Provost in writing. The Provost may grant exceptions to the stated admissions policies, assuming that the exceptions do not violate accreditation standards. The Provost or a designee monitors all students on probation and provides a written update to these students at the end of each academic year.

 

Probation

  • Undergraduate students in graduate programs – Dual-degree students will remain on academic probation until they complete all general education deficiencies or complete at least 12 TBS hours with a minimum GPA of 3.00.

  • New Students – Students admitted on academic probation may be removed from probation following successful completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours and earning a minimum of a cumulative 2.50 grade point average.

  • Existing Students – Current students may be placed on academic probation if the cumulative grade point average slips below 2.00 – the standard threshold for consideration for graduation with a graduate degree. Probationary status may require a student to take a reduced workload. Students on Probationary status for more than two consecutive terms will be dropped from seminary enrollment.

  • Readmission - Any student dropped from enrollment due to academic probation for two consecutive terms or a student conduct violation may, after a period of one calendar year from the date of removal, seek readmission. In order to reapply for admission and reconsideration, the student must explain how he or she has addressed the deficiencies in their education or conduct that will enable them to succeed the second time. All students readmitted will be placed on academic probation. No student will be allowed to reapply if he or she has been dropped from seminary enrollment twice. 


Withdrawal Procedure – Applicants and Accepted Applicants may withdraw their application at any time by contacting the Provost. There are no refunds of Application Fees. Enrolled Students may request withdrawal from the institution by contacting the Provost. All outstanding tuition and fees owed are still due in accordance with the policy below. Unpaid tuition and fees will result in a lock on student records and transcripts. Only upon payment in-full of all tuition and fees due will a former student’s records and transcripts be released to the student and/or any other institutions. The following conditions define the amount of refunds of tuition and fees paid to the seminary by a student or on behalf of a student may be issued for students who withdraw from TBS classes. Refunds will generally be returned to the original Payee(s) on record. 


Normal course schedule 


  • Prior to the first day of the semester – Full tuition and fees refund, less a 5% administrative fee.

  • On or up to 10 calendar days after the first day of the semester – Refund of 90% of the tuition paid; no

  • After 10 calendar days after the first day of the semester, but not later than 30 calendar days after the

  • After 30 calendar days after the first day of class – No refund.


In cases where PART-TIME students withdraw who are taking a special or intensive class not concordant with the standard semester schedule, the policy below applies.


Special course schedules


  • Prior to the first day of the class – Full tuition and fees refund, less a 5% administrative fee.

  • On or up to one calendar day after the first day of class – Refund of 75% of tuition paid; no refund of

  • On or up to two calendar days after the first day of class – Refund of 50% of tuition paid; no refund of

  • On or up to three calendar days after the first day of class – Refund of 25% of tuition paid; no refund of

  • On or after four calendar days after the first day of class – No refund.


Hardship and other circumstances may necessitate special consideration of refunds, at the discretion of the Provost. In no case will scholarship funds credited to a student’s account be repaid to a student upon withdrawal. These unused scholarship funds will be redirected back into the seminary scholarship fund for use by other students.


New Student Orientation

Newly accepted students will have an opportunity to attend New Student Orientation, usually at or near the beginning of the student’s first semester of enrollment. Orientation may consist of a private or group meeting with the Provost and others and generally includes an overview of TBS academic programs, policies, procedures, resources, and student services. Instructions will be provided on how to access and use the Student Information System (currently OasisSIS and accessed from the “My TBS – Student Login” link on TheBibleSeminary.org web site). Additional resources such as catalogs and handbooks can be accessed under the “My TBS – Docs” link on the web site. For more information, contact the Provost or seminary office.


Tuition and Fees

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Notes:


  1. Graduate degree programs

    1. Audit non-credit = $375 per COURSE (no other fees required)

    2. Tuition for-credit = $375 per CREDIT HOUR

    3. Per SEMESTER fees = $125 (registration, library, and technology)

    4. Per COURSE fees = $60 (student activities, student services, and transportation)

  2. Total Minimum Cost calculates expenses based on least expensive course options

    1. CTS = full-time attendance based on 5 courses one semester + 4 courses another semester

    2. MA = full-time attendance based on 5 courses for three semesters plus any additional remaining balance the last semester

    3. MDiv = full-time attendance based on 5 courses each semester for five semesters + 3 courses one semester

  3. Biblical History and Archaeology degrees incur additional costs NOT listed here such as expenses for trips to archaeological sites.

  4. Fee Definitions

    1. Library – Contributes to the cost of book and journal acquisitions, maintenance, and circulation.

    2. Registration – Contributes to the administrative cost of processing a student’s registration.

    3. Student Activity – Contributes to the cost of student activities such as retreats, concerts, class parties, and classroom refreshments.

    4. Student Services – Contributes to the cost of connecting students with career and ministry opportunities, including opportunities to engage with guest speakers and other professionals in class and on-location.

    5. Technology – Contributes to the cost of providing students with state-of-the-art Bible/study software and training, online course management and student management software, and campus Wi-Fi service.

    6. Transportation – Contributes to the cost of transportation for field learning exercises to locations such as camps, churches, cemeteries and funeral homes, farms, hospitals, libraries, museums, radio stations, etc.

  5. The tables on this form do NOT include:

    1. Book costs

    2. One-time Application Fee ($50) for graduate degree students

    3. One-time Graduation Fee ($325 MDiv/MA, $375 DDC, $125 CTS)

    4. Outside Dual Degree Completion program costs since these vary widely across courses and institutions.            


View Financial Aid information


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General Information

Academic Advising

Students have access to faculty for advising outside of actual class time. Faculty typically maintain availability at least 15 minutes both before and after classes as a recommended minimum. Additional time(s) of availability and contact information should be noted in course syllabi. Full-time faculty and employees may utilize their own office space on campus, anyone may use available classrooms and library/conference room spaces, and adjunct faculty may utilize the adjunct office space behind Classroom 250 that includes a desk, chairs, and a couch. Off- campus advisement is also acceptable, for instance at teaching sites, at an adjunct’s regular office or at restaurants or other establishments, provided all meetings in all circumstances abide by the TBS

Ethos statement. 


Academic Calendar 

The Bible Seminary’s standard academic calendar includes one Fall Semester (typically September through December), one Spring Semester (typically January through May), and one Summer Intensive (typically June through August). 


Academic Progress 

  • Academic progress in currently enrolled classes is available 24/7 to all students through their personal account in the OasisSIS Student Management System (SMS).

  • Overall GPA, degree audit, and enrollment history with GPA also available in student’s online accounts.

  • Faculty members grade and return normal assignments within one week and research papers within

  • By following the assignment values in the course syllabus and by visiting their online accounts, students

  • End of semester grades are typically posted online within one week but no later than two weeks after final exams.

  • Prior to registration for each semester, students should meet with the Provost or their assigned advisor to assess academic progress toward graduation.


Academic Standing

TBS defines “Good Academic Standing” as having a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 for all course work, satisfactory progress toward the completion of degree requirements, and a reasonable expectation of successfully completing the degree program.


Attendance Policy

The seminary process of learning and discipleship includes consistent interaction with classmates, faculty, and other professionals. The Bible Seminary expects students to participate in all regularly scheduled course activities. Excused absences caused by emergency, illness or other justifiable reasons are permitted by instructors as excused. Students who expect to miss a class should notify the professor ahead of time, and all absences should include follow-up by the student to gain access to and review notes, videos, etc. from the missed class(es). For all courses, students must attend at least 75% of class sessions. Course designs determine the maximum absences allowed. For a 5-session course, 1 absence is allowed; an 8-session course, 2; a 13-session course, 3; and a 26-session course, 6. A student with excess absences may be removed from the course, may fail and be required to retake it to obtain credit, and unexcused absences may result in academic probation. Virtual participation, synchronously or asynchronously, is considered the same as being physically present in the classroom.


Class Schedules 

Semester classes for the graduate programs are generally held weekdays. Most three-credit hour classes meet twice per week throughout a semester, although some courses may occasionally be held in one week or longer condensed intensives. 


Classroom Experiences 

TBS offers courses on-campus with distance education options. “On-campus” classes are usually taught on the main campus, but may also be taught at remote instructional locations such as camps, cemeteries, churches, farms, funeral homes, hospitals, ministries, museums, prisons, radio stations, retreat facilities, or other schools. 


Some classes are conducted on-site in more distant locations, such as in Israel, often in association with specialized degrees and additional, elective educational opportunities (e.g. Holy Land Study Tour). 


Most courses involve face-to-face, live, on-site faculty teaching on-campus. Some course sessions and occasional courses involve faculty teaching live from a remote location, and some may include recorded content shared asynchronously with a live class. 


Students may also participate synchronously (live) via online platforms or asynchronously by watching recorded audio/video provided to enrolled students typically within 48 hours of class. Students participating via any of these alternate modes of delivery are held to the same standards as students who attend face-to-face. 


Course Load 

The Bible Seminary accepts full-time, part-time students, and audit students for most graduate classes, with some limitations, according to the definitions below. The standard course load for full-time students is 9 hours per Fall and Spring semesters, and three hours per Summer term. 


  • Full-time (nine or more credit hours per semester) – Students accepted, registered, paying according to a full-tuition schedule, and attending 9 or more credit hours per Fall or Spring semester and 3 credit hours for Summer terms.

  • Part-time (eight or less credit hours per semester) – Students accepted, registered, paying according to a part-time tuition schedule, and attending less than nine credit hours per Fall or Spring semester and less than 3 credit hours for Summer terms.

  • Audit – Students registered, paying according to audit tuition schedule, and attending 1 or more credit hours per term. The number of students allowed to audit a course may vary per course in accordance with the class structure and provision(s) offered by the professor(s).


Course Repetition

Students who receive a passing grade in a course are not allowed to repeat the course for credit. Students who fail a course by receiving an “F” (Fail) may repeat the course for credit, and the failing grade from the first attempt only can be converted to a “NC” (No Credit) and not included in the calculation of the student’s cumulative grade point average. Grades from all subsequent attempts following the first one will be included in calculating grade point averages.


Course Work

Each standard three-credit hour course at the graduate level typically requires an additional five to seven hours of work per week outside of class. Full-time students should expect to spend approximately 40 hours per week engaged in classes and course study and preparation.


Credit Hour

One credit hour at The Bible Seminary is equivalent to a minimum of 750 minutes of formalized instruction. Instruction may include classroom instruction, exams, experiential learning (such as internships), field trips, hybrid instruction, online instruction (timed and reported), scheduled formal reading and study sessions, supervised individual instruction and/or team projects, and workshop instruction, as well as breaks. A three-credit hour course totals 45 hours, including 32.5 hours of formalized instruction. Typically, out-of-class assignments average twice the amount of formalized instruction (1,500 minutes per credit hour). Most graduate courses at The Bible Seminary are designed to include weekly 180-minute sessions. Standard course designs for a 3-credit hour course are based on a 15-week semester that includes a reading week and final exam week and 13-weeks of: 


  • Two weekly sessions of one-hour-and -fifteen minutes each = three hours minus two 15-minute breaks

  • One weekly session of two and half hours = three hours minus two 15-minute breaks


Certificate-level students earning 1-credit hour engage in a minimum of 1/3 of a graduate course, with the option to additionally participate in the full graduate course classroom experience, if desired.


Credit Transfers

The Bible Seminary (TBS) is open to considering the eligibility of credits earned at other educational institutions toward course and program requirements at TBS. Likewise, credits can be transferred from one TBS degree to another TBS degree. Finally, TBS credits may be transferred from TBS to other educational institutions.


Transfer of Credit to TBS

  • TBS accepts credits earned at accredited institutions of higher education as long as they are a comparable match in content to the parallel TBS course.

  • Credits from unaccredited institutions may be considered on a case by case basis.

  • Graduate students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for their degree from TBS, although at least 49% is preferred.

  • Assessment of credit eligibility may be determined in accordance with standards used by the National Course Atlas (www.courseatlas.com) or other acceptable comparison resources.

  • Credit(s) earned at an undergraduate level are not eligible for transfer toward a graduate program, but they can apply for undergraduate requirements for dual-degree students.

  • The grade received in the course must be equivalent to a C (2.0) or higher at TBS. Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit courses will not be transferred. Rare exceptions may be granted by the Provost.

  • Credit transfers do not include the course grade, but only the credit hours. Thus, transferred credits do not count toward a student’s overall GPA at TBS.

  • For institutions that utilize another form of academic credit (quarter hours/units/trimesters) besides 15-week semesters, transferred credit(s) will be converted into semester hours.

  • Students desiring to transfer credits must request that their school(s) submit an official transcript to TBS for evaluation. In some cases, a school catalog and/or course syllabus will also need to be submitted to assist in determining credit transfer eligibility.

  • Notification of assessment to students will include the course(s) eligibility (Yes or No), any equivalency to TBS credit(s) and a determination of credits assigned toward a student’s program of study at TBS, as well as any relevant notes.

  • Verification of eligible credits and associated documentation must be kept on record in the student’s official file at TBS.

  • Assessment of credit transfer eligibility and final determinations are made by the office of the Provost. Reconsideration of denied credit may be requested on appeal to the Provost, but only after submitting full documentation and a formal case for appeal for each credit requested. Appeals will be decided, and the student notified within 30 days of submission.

  • Current TBS students considering taking a course from another institution to apply toward required program credit at TBS should submit a request for consideration of potential eligibility to the Provost prior to taking a course. Completion of a course anticipated to be eligible, but not confirmed in writing prior to taking, may or may not be approved. Upon completion of a pre-approved course, the student must request that the school(s) submit an official transcript to TBS for final verification, and final approval must be documented, filed, and the student notified as outlined above.

Transfer of Credit from one TBS Degree to Another TBS Degree

  • Students with a completed TBS Master of Arts (MA) degree could apply 100% of all applicable hours to a TBS Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree.

  • Students with a completed TBS MDiv degree may apply 100% of all applicable hours to a single additional TBS MA degree. For example, a student with an earned TBS MDiv degree who desires to complete the TBS Master of Arts in Biblical Languages degree would only need to complete the language and culture hours not taken as part of the MDiv degree.

  • Exceptions may be considered on a case by case basis.


Conversion of TBS Audit coursework to TBS Degree Credit

  • TBS graduate course audit students have the option of requesting that their work be graded and may take exams and finals in case they do decide to eventually pursue a degree. In such cases, students may petition the Provost to convert audit course work for graduate credit. If approved, the student would be responsible for paying the difference between the audit fee and the graduate cost per course.


Transfer of TBS Credit to Another Educational Institution

Educational institutions are autonomous in determining policies for transfer of credit. Since transfer credit is controlled by receiving institutions, TBS does not guarantee transfer of credits either to or from another educational institution. Students should thoroughly examine the policies of other schools to which they may wish to apply in the future regarding the potential acceptance, or non-acceptance, of TBS credit(s) or a degree.


  • TBS has no means to regulate or guarantee how other educational institutions handle the transfer of TBS credits.

  • Students are responsible for checking with any potential transfer universities to determine transferability of TBS credits.

  • No formal articulation agreements are in place between TBS and other educational institutions.

  • TBS students have historically transferred credit without prejudice to graduate programs, including doctoral programs, at other institutions of higher learning.


Course Exemption

In some cases, students may request exemption from required courses based on previous course work completed at another school, or based on relevant, verifiable life experience. However, exemption does not necessarily equal a transfer of credit. As such, alternate courses may need to be taken to make up the total number of credit hours required for a degree. Students desiring exemption should submit all pertinent documentation and a formal request in writing to the Provost.


Degree Completion Parameters

Full-time students can expect to complete the 84-hour Master of Divinity program in three years, or the 48 to 60-hour Master of Arts programs in two years. Students have up to 10 years from the date of first enrollment to complete the program.

Full-time non-degree students could complete the Bible Certificate or Vocational Ministry Certificate programs in as little as one year, depending on the availability of courses.


Denominational Requirements

Students with requirements for ordination and/or certification should consult with their organizational representative(s) AND the TBS Provost to ensure mutual compliance throughout the educational journey. Courses such as “THE 550: Denominational History” and “THE 551: Denominational Doctrine and Polity” are designed for unique adaptation depending on the specific denominational cohort enrolled. TBS works with denominational representatives to ensure that course contents, experiences, and teaching team members meet stipulated approvals and parameters.


Enrollment Classifications 

  • Master Arts (MA)

    • Juniors – First-year students with 0-30 credit hours

    • Seniors – Second-year students with 31+ credit hours 

  • Master of Divinity (MDiv) Juniors – First-year students with 0-30 credit hours

    • Middlers – Second-year students with 31-60 credit hours

    • Seniors – Third-year students with 61+ credit hours 


Enrollment Status 


  • Enrolled – All students accepted into the graduate program and actively enrolled in specific course(s) will be considered enrolled, with one of the following qualifications: 

  • Leave of Absence – If it is necessary for a student to take a leave of absence (e.g., maternity, paternity, illness, etc.) for an entire semester or longer his or her standing as a student is not affected for a period of up to six (6) consecutive semesters or three years. At the end of the leave of absence, not to exceed six (6) consecutive semesters or three years, the student may enroll again in classes. If a student takes a leave of absence during the semester than he or she can potentially receive an “I” (incomplete) for all courses by contacting the Provost.

  • Non-enrollment - Students not enrolled in any class(es) for a period of one-year from the date of last enrollment will be inactivated, except under special, pre-approved circumstances as noted below. Inactive students will be required to reapply for admission.

  • Medical Leave – Provisions can be made for students with documented medical or psychological circumstances to maintain their acceptance status during leave without requiring reapplication for admission. This must be documented by appropriate professionals, and conditions of leave must be mutually agreed upon between the student and registrar and must be pre-approved by the seminary registrar, except in sudden emergency cases.

  • Military Leave – Similar provisions noted above can be made for students in military service.

  • Limitation on Term of Leave – Leave lasting longer than two years may require reapplication.

  • Delinquent payments – Students with delinquent payments may jeopardize their official status as enrolled students, including being dropped from a course or courses, and withdrawn for non-payment from the program altogether. Students withdrawn for non-payment and who desire to continue to study at The Bible Seminary must reapply for admission and reconsideration.


Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) 

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. This document details those rights. 


Students have the right to inspect and review their education records within 45 days after the day The Bible Seminary receives a request for access. 


A student should submit to the Registrar a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The Registrar will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the Registrar’s Office, the Registrar shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed. 


Students have the right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. 


A student who wishes to ask The Bible Seminary to amend a record should write the school official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed and specify why it should be changed. 


If The Bible Seminary decides not to amend the record as requested, the seminary will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing. 


Students have the right to provide written consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information from their education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. 


An exception which permits disclosure of education records without a student’s prior written consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official includes a person employed by The Bible Seminary in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person serving on the board of trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the seminary who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of personally identifiable information from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent or a student volunteering to assist another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official typically has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for the seminary. 


FERPA also permits disclosure of personally identifiable information from students’ education records without the student’s written consent if the disclosure meets the following conditions: 


  • To officials of another school where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer

  • To authorized representatives of the U. S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such as a State postsecondary authority that is responsible for supervising the university’s State-supported education programs. Disclosures under this provision may be made, subject to the requirements of §99.35, in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal- or State-supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs.

  • In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid.

  • To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, in order to: (a) develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b) administer student aid programs; or (c) improve instruction.

  • To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions.

  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena.

  • To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency.

  • Information the school has designated as “directory information.”

  • To a victim of an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, subject to the requirements of § 99.39. The disclosure may only include the final results of the disciplinary proceeding with respect to that alleged crime or offense, regardless of the finding. (§ 99.31(a)(13)).

  • To the general public, the final results of a disciplinary proceeding, subject to the requirements of § 99.39, if the school determines the student is an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense and the student has committed a violation of the school’s rules or policies with respect to the allegation made against him or her. (§ 99.31(a)(14)).


The Bible Seminary may disclose Directory Information without a student’s prior written consent. The seminary has designated the following personally identifiable information as Directory Information: Name, address, telephone number, date/place of birth, field of study, dates of attendance, previous educational institutions, degrees/awards received, participation in officially recognized activities, denomination, spouse’s name, home state, full or part-time status and other similar information. Students may restrict the release of Directory Information, except to school officials with legitimate educational interests and others as indicated in point #3 above. To restrict the release of Directory Information, a student must make the request in writing to The Bible Seminary, 2655 S Mason Rd, Katy, TX 77450. Once filed, this request becomes a permanent part of the student’s record until the student instructs the Registrar’s Office, in writing, to have the request removed. Even if a student blocks directory information, those persons authorized by law to inspect education records without consent may still inspect it.

FERPA privacy guidelines pertain to traditional face-to-face TBS students and those who receive all or some of their instruction via any alternative instructional delivery methods.

The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by The Bible Seminary to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:


Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202


Cick here for more information regarding FERPA.



  • Incomplete Work – A student may receive an “I” (Incomplete) in a course if all work for that course is not submitted to the professor or other designated person by 5:00 p.m. on the last day of Final Exam week each semester. Except for unavoidable emergencies, this circumstance requires pre-approval from the professor and the Registrar. Students will generally have up to the end of ten weeks into the following semester to complete the work, or the “I” (Incomplete) will be converted to an “F” (Fail). Students with an active “I” (Incomplete) in two or more classes will not be allowed to enroll in a new semester.

  • Pass/Fail Option – Students enrolled in an accelerated degree completion program may elect to take a maximum of six credit hours as pass/fail. Students successfully completing a course-designated pass/fail will receive a grade of “P” and those students unsuccessfully completing the course will receive a grade of “F.” A grade of “P” is not calculated in a student’s grade point average. A grade of “F” is calculated in the student’s GPA.

  • Repeating Courses – Students may repeat a course for which they receive a grade of “F.” Students are permitted to re-enroll one time in a course for which they previously earned a grade of “D” or higher. The grades and credit hours from all courses, not just the re-take, impact students’ cumulative grade point average.

  • Grade-Point Average – The grade points earned in each course are computed by multiplying the number of credit hours for the course by the grade-point value of the letter grade received. The student’s grade

  • Academic Honor Roll – The Academic Honor Roll includes students who earn a semester GPA of 3.25 or higher while taking 9 or more graduate credit hours.

  • Graduation Honors – The Provost certifies students for graduation honors according to the following standards:


Summa Cum Laude: 3.75 – 4.00

Magna Cum Laude: 3.50 – 3.74

Cum Laude: 3.25 – 3.49

Students who violate the Academic Integrity policy more than once are ineligible to receive graduation honors.


  • Change of Grade Policy – In the event that a student has a concern that a grade is inaccurate, he/she should approach the faculty member and provide documentation for the alleged inaccuracy within thirty (30) days of the last day of the term. Faculty members may submit a grade change request that must be approved by the Provost up to 90 days after the grade was originally submitted.

  • Policy on Returning Student Assignments – Returned work should be retained by the student in case it is required for a grade appeal. It is the responsibility of the student to collect work from the TBS faculty member. In the event that a student is unable to obtain the work directly from the professor and desires to have assignments returned by mail, a self-addressed stamped envelope with sufficient postage should be included with the assignment when it is turned in. After a period of one semester, TBS and its faculty members reserve the right to destroy any unclaimed work. In the event the professor is willing to accept an assignment via email, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure the professor received the e-mailed assignment. TBS faculty are only required to keep e-mails with assignments for six months from the date the assignment was originally sent to the faculty member.


Probation

  • New Students – Students admitted on academic probation may be removed from probation following successful completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours and earning a minimum of a cumulative 2.50 grade point average.

  • Existing Students – Current students may be placed on academic probation if the cumulative grade point average slips below 2.00 – the standard threshold for consideration for graduation with a Master of Divinity degree. Probationary status may require a student to take a reduced workload. Students on Probationary status for more than two consecutive terms will be dropped from seminary enrollment.

  • Readmission – Any student dropped from enrollment as a result of being on academic probation for two consecutive terms may, after a period of one calendar year from the date of removal, seek readmission. In order to be readmitted, the student must reapply for admission and reconsideration. The student must explain how he or she has addressed the deficiencies in their education that will enable them to succeed the second time. All students readmitted will be placed on academic probation. No student will be allowed to reapply if he or she has been dropped from seminary enrollment twice.


Proctored Exams 

The identity of all graduate students is verified through the degree application process, which includes submission of an application, background check, official transcript reviews,

interactions with references, personal interviews, resume vetting, and financial transactions. 

Matriculated students receive secure log-in credentials to personally and privately access the OasisSIS Student Management System (SMS). All agree to adhere to the TBS Covenantal Documents, including the TBS Ethos Statement that includes commitments to “uphold integrity, respect, honor and character (2 Timothy 2:20- 22)” and “do my best to live by this Ethos Statement with God’s help and power through Jesus Christ and for His glory.” 


If students are not physically present for a quiz or exam, they must pre-arrange a time to take their exam by proctor or to make-up the assessment in person. The professor may delegate a proctor or students may submit a suggested proctor for pre-approval by the administration. Students are responsible to follow up and ensure that they make up exams within one week. Exceptions may be granted on a case by case basis. Students not physically present for an assessment may be required to show a photo ID to the designated proctor to verify their identity before taking the assessment. All course syllabi specify the proctor process for Distance Education students. 


TBS Grievance Policy 

  1. A grievance is, first of all, a personal and private responsibility, not purely an administrative matter. The possibility that the problem may be simply an interpersonal conflict must be settled. A faculty member or student who feels that he or she has been treated unfairly has the biblical responsibility to meet with the person with whom he or she has the conflict. An administration official who has knowledge of a grievance against him by a faculty member or student has the biblical responsibility to approach that person with the intent of working out the difficulty. Discipline imposed by the Provost or other supervisor(s) may be appealed in writing within two weeks to the academic affairs committee.

  2. If the grievance cannot be solved personally and privately, it becomes a peer-group responsibility. The academic affairs committee will serve as the grievance committee. This committee will provide due process for the TBS faculty member. It is the purpose of this committee to discuss and resolve matters relating to the welfare of the faculty. All matters presented to this committee must be submitted in written form. This committee will bring its recommendation to the Provost in writing within five days. The Provost will then meet with the parties with the goal of satisfactory resolution. If the grievance is against the Provost, the President will serve as the mediator.

  3. If the problem still has not been resolved, and the grieving party wishes to pursue the matter further, it then becomes a presidential responsibility, unless the president is the involved administration official; in such cases the grievance process moves to step four. The Provost should make a written report to the President concerning his or her observations and accumulation of facts. The President or other designated official will then meet with the involved parties and attempt to resolve the conflict or satisfy the grievance.

  4. If the problem still has not been resolved, and the grieving party still wishes to pursue the matter, it then becomes a paternal responsibility. The TBS Board Executive Committee will meet with the plaintiff, defendant, and President, and reach a decision. This decision shall be final (1 Corinthians 6:1-14).


Regardless of how far a grievance moves through the resolution process, upon closure administration will provide the plaintiff instructions on how to file a complaint with TRACS or any other pertinent government organization. The Provost will provide the President with a summary report and supporting documentation of the grievance from beginning to end. The summary report will be kept for seven years in a locked cabinet in the Provost’s office. The President will within one week of closure, provide TRACS with a copy of the summary report and documentation. 


Student Life 

TBS aims to compliment the educational aspects of the institution with additional elements that can help provide wholesome experiences that are nurturing, provisional in keeping with the size and style of TBS, and safe. Although the TBS campus model offers no standard residential student life components, the seminary does provide beneficial student services through the Student Services Coordinator and other staff under the direction of the Provost. 


Student Administrative Services 

Key administrative services offered to TBS students include assistance exploring educational opportunities, applying, enrolling, registering for classes, paying tuition and fees, finding and accessing classroom locations, classroom support while on campus, course materials and resources support, and digitally accessing and navigating the TBS web site and Student Web Portal. 


Additional services may include: 


  • Financial assistance – helping students find and apply for scholarships, helping students produce and mail personal support newsletters, helping students nurture a support network for immediate and long- term ministry.

  • Residential assistance – helping students find a place to live while attending TBS.

  • Study Tour assistance – helping students find, apply for, fund, prepare for and travel to Israel and

  • Technological assistance – helping students access and learn how to effectively use various devices in

Travel assistance – helping students arrange for and travel to and from certain class locations.



Student Clubs and Organizations

Student Government Association (SGA) - provides organization and leadership for the Student Body at large in order to promote the best possible communication, understanding, and cooperation among administration, faculty, and Student Body as they uphold the biblically-based educational philosophy of the seminary.

 

SGA Officers, 2023-24

  •  President, Dan Lawless

  • Vice-President, Shelley Neese

  • Secretary/Treasurer, Rebekah Yi

  • Chaplain, Patrick Wise

  • Activities Director, Meredith Ridenour

  • Virtual Liaison, Manessah Luka

 

Students wishing to form additional clubs or organizations should schedule a meeting with the Provost, followed by a written request. Examples of clubs include the Foreign Languages Club or the Biblical Archaeology Club.


Student Complaints 

Students or prospective students of The Bible Seminary with a complaint should follow the rule of Matthew 18:15-16 as their primary model and as outlined in the TBS Grievance Policy on the previous page. This includes speaking directly and confidentially with the person most responsible for the situation in a timely manner (within 14 days) in attempt to resolve the problem with dialogue through calm, rational dialogue and Christ-like demeanor. If the conversation does not bring a satisfactory response, or if it is not appropriate for the student or prospective student to speak with the person, the student or prospective student should speak confidentially with the Provost, who can assist in resolving his or her informal complaint. 

If this process proves unsatisfactory, a formal complaint may be filed to allow both parties due process in resolving an issue not able to be settled informally. The Provost serves as the Complaint Officer for TBS, will advise persons through the formal complaint process outlined in the next section, and keep documentation of formal academic complaints in a locked file in the Provost’s office. 


Complaint Notification Process 


  1. It is advisable (although not required) for a student to meet with his or her academic dean to discuss the matter prior to writing a complaint letter.

  2. Official complaints should be submitted in writing to Provost either by e-mail or letter.

  3. Complaints should clearly denote date(s), facts, person(s) involved, and specific details.

  4. Except in extenuating circumstances, complaints must be signed and dated by the complaining party.


Complaint Review Process 


  1. The Provost will review the complaint and notify the appropriate person(s) for further action.

  2. The appropriate person(s) will investigate the complaint and, as necessary, meet with the complainant

  3. A report of the investigation and results will be submitted to the Office of the Provost, and a written

  4. If the written response does not resolve the complaint, the Provost will bring the parties together for a


Appeal 

  1. Complainants desiring to appeal a decision may submit a signed statement of appeal within two business weeks of the decision to The Bible Seminary, Office of the President, 2655 S Mason Rd, Katy, TX 77450.

  2. The Office of the President or designee will all documentation related to the situation and review the appeal and may choose to meet with the complainant and/or other parties.

  3. The Office of the President will respond in writing concerning the disposition of the appeal within two business weeks of receiving the appeal.

  4. If the issue is still not satisfactorily resolved, a final court of appeal in the form of a Judicial Panel may be appointed by the President, and consist of the President, a representative of the Student Government, and a member of the Board of Trustees. Their decision is final and binding.


After exhausting each procedural step of the above complaint procedures, persons still not satisfied with the outcome may file a complaint with the appropriate agency as outlined below. To the extent in which TBS has control, TBS ensures that all administrators, faculty, staff, and students will fully cooperate with the agencies listed below in the event of any complaint proceedings involving TBS. 


National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) – Student Complaint Process (https://www.nc-sara.org/student-complaints)


Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) 


  1. An individual may make an inquiry to the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) regarding complaint procedures or about issues and concerns that could be considered complaints at which time TRACS will direct the individual to the TRACS website at www.tracs.com with instructions on downloading the packet containing the Policies and Procedures for Complaints Against Member Institutions, the TRACS Complaint Information Sheet, and the TRACS Complaint Processing Form. However, TRACS response and its obligations to meet the specific timetables outlined in these procedures will begin only after the complainant submits all documents required in the TRACS Complaint Information Sheet. A formal complaint is one that is: submitted in writing using the TRACS Complaint Processing Form (including all required supporting documentation); signed; and sent to the attention of the President of TRACS by the complainant(s). Complaints which are not in writing, anonymous, or sent electronically or through facsimile transmission will not be considered.

  2. Once the complainant has filed a complaint on the TRACS Complaint Processing Form, the following procedures will be followed for review and consideration of the complaint:

    1. TRACS will acknowledge receipt of the complaint within 15 working days.

    2. Within 30 working days of receipt of the complaint, the TRACS staff will review the complaint and its documentation and determine:

      1. Whether it is within the jurisdiction of TRACS and is related to one or more of the TRACS Standards;

      2. If there is adequate documentation in support of the allegations; and

      3. Whether the complaint raises questions regarding the institution’s compliance with the TRACS Standards sufficient to require the institution to submit information and documentation regarding the complaint.

  3. By the end of the 30 working days review TRACS will inform the complainant regarding one of the following dispositions of the complaint:

    1. The complaint will not be processed further because it is not within the jurisdiction of TRACS (not related to a TRACS Standard) or there is inadequate documentation to raise questions concerning the institution’s compliance with the TRACS Standards.

    2. Documentation is inadequate and additional documentation may be necessary from the complainant.

    3. The institution will be asked for information regarding the complaint.

  4. If information is required from the institution, TRACS will forward a copy of the complaint to the institution’s President who will be asked to respond and provide all documentation to TRACS within 30 working days of receipt of the complaint.

  5. Within 20 working days of receipt of the institution’s response, the President of TRACS will make one of the following determinations regarding the complaint:

    1. There is insufficient evidence of significant non-compliance on the part of the institution and the complaint will not be processed further. The decision of the President of TRACS is final.

    2. TRACS is unable to determine compliance at that time and the case will either be included in an upcoming scheduled visit to the institution or a special Focus Team will be sent to the institution to examine documents, interview appropriate individuals, make a determination regarding the compliance of the institution, and prepare a report with recommendations for bringing the institution into compliance.

    3. No response was received from the institution or evidence suggests the institution is not in significant compliance with one or more of the TRACS Standards and what steps will be taken to correct the issues up to and including possible Adverse Action.

  6. If either b. or c. above occurs, within 20 working days the President of TRACS will notify the complainant that the complaint is settled and which of those options TRACS will pursue and also notify the institution which of those options TRACS will pursue.

  7. The President of TRACS will present the findings of any team report to the Commission along with a recommendation at the next scheduled meeting; at which time the Commission will make a decision regarding the disposition of any non-compliance. The decision of the Commission is final.

  8. Following that meeting, the complainant and institution will be notified of the decision of the Commission.


For more information on TRACS complaint policies, a complaint information sheet, or to obtain a complaint form, visit “Resources – Publications and Information – Complaint Packet” at TRACS.org. Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), 15935 Forest Road, Forest, Virginia 24551; Phone: 434-525-9539; Fax: 434-525-9538; Email: info@tracs.org; Website: www.tracs.org.


For complaints related to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, complainants may contact the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Office of General Counsel, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, TX 78711-2788. For complaints related to Title IX—Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1999 Bryan St., Suite 2600, Dallas, TX 75201. For additional information about filing complaints through other governmental agencies, visit DOL.gov, EEOC.gov, or TWC.Texas.gov.


Student Conduct

All TBS students acknowledge in their initial application their agreement with, and promise to abide by, the TBS Ethos statement, as well as other core documents. In some cases, certain student behavior(s) may appear questionable and/or seem to warrant disciplinary action. In such cases, the student and the behavior(s) in question may be investigated by a Student Council under the authority of the Office of the Provost. If not already provided for by a Student Council, a designated team of representative administrators, faculty, and students (at least one of each) should be appointed by the Provost either annually or as needed to serve in the capacity of a Student Review Board.

 

Notification – Official charges should be submitted in writing, sealed, addressed to the “Student Council,” and delivered to the seminary’s main office. Charges should clearly denote date(s), facts, person(s) involved, and specific details. Except in extenuating circumstances, charges must be signed and dated by the submitter. Anonymous charges, or charges on behalf of persons not directly involved but submitted on behalf of someone else, will not be accepted or reviewed. Charges will be subjected to a preliminary review by the Student Council, or appointed sub-committee, within 30 days. If the preliminary review finds basis for continuance, a hearing will be scheduled and the student(s) in question notified – in writing – regarding the specific charge(s), time and place of the Student Review Board hearing, name(s) of the person(s) directly responsible for having reported the alleged violation(s), and copy of the TBS code, ethic, guideline, law, or other principle supposedly violated. With the exception of felonies or other instances that legally require disclosure, descriptions of alleged violations, the decision(s) rendered, and the person(s) involved in hearings will remain confidential.

 

Hearing – A Student Review Board hearing will be held in which both sides can be heard. The hearing should be recorded on audio or audio/video. At the hearing, the defendant is entitled to: 1) Appear in person to present a defense and call witnesses. The defendant's failure to appear at the hearing should not be interpreted as an indication of guilt; 2) Ask questions of the Student Review Board and any witnesses; 3) Receive an expeditious hearing of the case; and 4) Ask that one of the Student Review Board members serve as an advisor to help him or her understand the procedures of the hearing.

 

After the Hearing – An immediate explanation of the recommendations of the verdict shall be forwarded to Office of the Provost, or designated appointee, by the Student Review Board. Written notification of the decision should be provided to the student as soon as possible following the hearing. A record of the allegations, supporting materials, meeting notes, and recommended action(s) will be maintained in the student’s file during the time the student is enrolled at The Bible Seminary.

 

Automatic Suspension or Expulsion – The following violations may result in an automatic referral to the Student Review Board for removal from the campus and other disciplinary action: verbal or physical abuse; tampering with fire safety equipment; tampering with locks, keys, or security; possession and/or use of illegal explosives; illegal or unlicensed possession and/or threatening use of lethal weapons on campus; possession and/or use of illegal drugs; or illicit sexual activity. For readmission details, see “Admissions – Probation – Readmission” on p. 62.

 

Appeal of Disciplinary Action – Both complainants and defendants have the right to appeal a decision of the Student Review Board. Appeals must be submitted in writing to the seminary office and addressed to the “Student Council.” Appeals must be submitted within one week following notification of a decision. In the event of an appeal, the initial decision shall be stayed until an appellate board ruling is rendered. Appeals must include the specific ground on which the appeal is based, such as: 1) An error in due process which impaired either party; or 2) Evidence of a substantial nature that was either withheld or grossly misconstrued. Appeals should be reviewed by the Office of the Provost within one week of filing. The Provost, or designated appointee, should consider the original complaint, the decision of the initial hearing, the written appeal, and (if needed) the recording of the original hearing. Then, a decision should be rendered on the appeal, and the student(s) involved notified of the decision. A copy of all appellate meetings and communications should be kept in the student’s file. If an appeal is granted, the operational procedures guideline outlined above will be utilized in scheduling the appeal hearing.

 

Decision on Appeals – Based on evidence presented in an appeal, one of the following actions will occur: 1) The original decision and disciplinary sanction is upheld; 2) The original decision is upheld, but disciplinary action is modified; or 3) The original decision and disciplinary action is reversed.

 

Grievance Procedure – Should a student feel that TBS policy or the application of TBS policy is unjust, the student should first seek to resolve the issue with the person(s) involved. If the issue is not satisfactorily resolved, the situation should be presented to the Provost. Ultimately, a final court of appeal in the form of a Judicial Panel may be appointed by the President, and consist of the President, a faculty member, a student, and a member of the Board of Trustees. Their decision is final and binding.


Main Campus Resources 

TBS facilities are commonly identified using the nomenclature of “TBS@XYZ” to denote the primary location, plus additional “Classroom ###” to identify a specific location on that particular campus. 


TBS@Home identifies the seminary’s main campus at 2655 S Mason Road, Katy, TX 77450. Classroom 270 on this campus is a standardized classroom equipped with student desks and chairs, a teaching platform with a pre- configured presentation computer, platform desk with a moveable podium, chair or stool, lighting, electrical power, wireless Internet (contact the office for the password), variable dual video projection, and built-in interactive audio capabilities. Classroom 263 serves multiple purposes as a smaller classroom, conference room, and main library. Former Classroom 250 has been converted to a museum during 2022. 


These main campus classrooms have a posted emergency plan, fire extinguisher, doors to both interior and exterior building access, and interior access to restroom facilities and water fountains. Free water is also available from the water cooler in Classroom 270. Students who would like to utilize available coffee makers on campus should bring their own coffee and contribute other occasionally supplies as needed. 


Students have access to seminary copy/fax services, paper, and other basic classroom and office supplies within reason. Some services and supplies, such as large volume copying and some color copying, may require additional charges. For more information, contact the Office Manager. 


The following are distinctive features of individual facility areas. For more information, speak with the professor, Provost, or other TBS staff member. 


Classroom 270 

  • Two built-in video projectors offering dual or separate HD output

  • Built-in automatic tracking video camera

  • Built-in room microphone

  • Presentation computer on the teaching platform

  • Production computer to manage presentations and connect online. The TBS Communications Director or associate typically manages this computer and production process, including synchronous live productions and online interactions, recording of classes and uploading final productions for asynchronous access.

  • Built-in dry erase board with markers

  • Built-in Logitech Scribe video conferencing camera accentuating a clear view of material written on the board.

  • Comfortably seats 40 persons but can accommodate up to 56.

  • Includes a small kitchen area with cabinets, coffee makers (bring your own supplies), a microwave, a standard size household upright refrigerator and freezer (no ice maker), and a large bottled water cooler. Students should label any personal items in the refrigerator or freezer.


Classroom 263

Main Library and Conference Room

  • Variable use room that includes books and other media resources in shelving on all four walls.

  • One large conference table that comfortably seats 8 to 10 persons

  • Two moveable tables configurable as follows:

o Pushed together and seating 8 to 10 persons 

o Separated and seating 6 to 8 persons at each table 

  • Comfortably seats 16 persons but can accommodate up to 26

  • Includes a small kitchen cabinet with a Keurig drink maker (bring your own supplies), small microwave,


Classroom 250

3J Museum, Offices, Production Studio, and Archaeology Library Collection


Other Classrooms 

For the most current information about other TBS@XYZ locations, see the TBS Student Catalog under “Campus Resources – Instructional Locations,” the web site under “Academics – Campus” or contact TBS. 


Campus Offices 

The seminary’s main campus offices are located in the Great Southwest Equestrian Center office complex just north of The Mansion on the Grace Fellowship campus, as noted on the campus map. 


Campus Study Space(s) 

The TBS classroom and main library can be available for independent or group study when not otherwise scheduled. The Grace Fellowship Worship Center porch just south of the TBS main campus offers a variety of outdoor gathering spaces with comfortable seating on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


Campus Technology 

Access to electrical power and wireless Internet are available in seminary classrooms, offices, the library, and some outside areas on campus. Additional technology assistance may be available from seminary staff, and, if necessary, can be arranged for a fee from an outside contractor associated with the seminary. 

Laptops and other portable devices are welcome in classrooms as long as they are used for educational purposes and their use is not disruptive to other students or instructors. Cell phones should be set on silent during class, and phone calls should never be conducted in the classroom during class time. In case of an emergency call, please exit the classroom to answer. 


Disability Access and Use 

The TBS main campus includes designated handicap parking spaces, ramp access available for all three main entrances, and handicap-accessible restroom facilities. Other instructional sites also have handicap- accessible parking, entry/exit access, and restroom facilities available. For equipment availability and use by those with disabilities, please contact the TBS office for assistance. For more specific details, see the “Building Use Policy” in the TBS Policy Manual available on at TheBibleSeminary.edu under “About Us – TBS Documents” under “Policy Manual.” 


Great Southwest Equestrian Center Campus 

The seminary is located on the 80-acre Great Southwest Equestrian Center (GSWEC) campus. Exterior common space includes paved and grass parking areas. Primary student parking for the main campus is located in the paved parking lot in front of the seminary offices and classrooms (the west side of the buildings). Interior facilities available for seminary use include common restroom facilities and a water foundation. Also, most GSWEC events are free and open to the public. 


Grace Fellowship Campus 

The seminary is located in proximity to the 30-acre Grace Fellowship campus, which includes ample additional parking south and southwest of the seminary facilities, a large worship center with a sizeable outdoor front porch, and several various sized meeting facilities. For access to these facilities, please contact the seminary office to help facilitate necessary arrangements. The porch is open without reservation to TBS students. 



Libraries 

On campus facilities include a library of more than five thousand theological study resources that include books, periodicals, and other items in various media formats (CD, DVD, video), including a special archaeology library. TBS libraries are open whenever the offices and classrooms are open. General office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. See the current Academic Calendar for classroom hours. If you need special access, please contact the seminary office. 


In addition, graduate degree students are provided subscription access to various digital resources (some financial assistance may be provided, but varies depending on funding). Other resources, available online under “Academics – Libraries,” include links to Journals, Online Databases, and Study Tools. For more details, the see “TBS Library Handbook” in the library or linked on the website. 


The Bible Seminary is extremely fortunate to offer our students local access to one of the emerging, premier biblical research libraries in the United States, the Lanier Theological Library. Housing a comprehensive collection of books, periodicals, magazines, artifacts, and historical documents designed to aid the serious study of Scripture, this impressive facility currently holds more than 100,000 volumes. The library contains several private collections of noted scholars that have been kept intact, and regularly hosts events with noted authors, guest lecturers, and researchers. The library covers the following research areas: Ancient Languages, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Biblical Studies, Church History, Classics, Dead Sea Scrolls, Egyptology, Monasticism, Patristics, and Theology. 


Lanier Theological Library 

14130 Hargrave Rd

Houston, TX 77070

281-477-8400

LanierTheologicalLibrary.org 


TBS students additionally have access to RightNow Media resources (RightNow.org). For information on setting up a student account to access these resources, contact the Student Services Coordinator.


Parking and Use of Automobiles on Campus 

Student parking on campus is available as noted on the campus map. No parking registration or decals are required, and there are no restrictions for the use of automobiles on campus other than related general state and private property laws in the state of Texas. 


There are designated handicap parking spaces, and the main TBS campus does have ramp access available for all three main entrances. Additional assistance may be available upon request. 


Primary parking for the main campus is located in the paved parking lot in front of the seminary offices and classrooms (the west side of the buildings). Overflow parking is available in the south and southwest parking areas on the Grace Fellowship campus. For more main campus and other location parking, see the TBS Student Catalog under “Campus Resources – Instructional Locations,” the web site under “Academics – Campus” or contact TBS. 


Restroom Facilities 

The main campus has handicap-accessible restroom facilities available down the back hallway. Other instructional sites also have handicap-accessible restroom facilities available.


Safety and Emergency Response Plan 


Introduction 

This plan describes the general actions to be taken in response to undesirable incidents and emergency circumstances that may be encountered at the TBS main campus on the grounds of the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. The purpose of this plan and of the actions that may result from its implementation is intended to achieve these basic objectives: 


  • Protection of life and prevention of personal injury,

  • Protection of property and equipment,

  • Avoidance of increased exposure to risk as a result of response actions, and

  • Rapid recovery and return to full, normal operations.


NON-EMERGENCY Phone Numbers


  • Harris County Sheriff 713-221-6000

  • Fire and EMT’s (HCESD #48) 281-578-2518

  • Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital 281-644-7000

  • Poison Control Center 800-784-7661


Primary TBS Emergency Contacts

  • Lynn Lewis 832-525-5244

  • Rick McCalip 281-793-4561  


Orientation, Training, Exercises 

Employees, volunteers, adjunct professors, and instructors will be provided copies of this plan and a discussion of the plan’s provisions will be included in the process for developing employee performance agreements. The plan will be reviewed with students at the beginning of each semester’s classes. A poster summarizing general response actions and evacuation plans will be posted near the hallway doors at the eastern end of each suite. 


Fire evacuation exercises will be conducted once per semester, during a time of greatest number of class attendance. 


Procedure for Notifying Emergency Response Agencies 

In case of emergency circumstances requiring response assistance, a TBS staff member, adjunct faculty, or designated student should call 911. The caller should remain as calm as possible and provide the following information to the 911 operator. If the incident is described below as a circumstance requiring evacuation, this call should be made by someone who has completed evacuation, while evacuation is continuing. 


1) Describe the emergency

 

  • Injury of Illness Requiring Medical Attention or Evaluation

  • Number of ill or injured individuals

  • Fire or Possibility of Fire

  • Terrorism or Violent Threat

  • Life Threatening Situation 


2) The Bible Seminary location The Great Southwest Equestrian Center 2501 South Mason Road (Physical address) Facilities directly north of Grace Fellowship Mansion Suite 263 (Offices) and 250 and 270 (Classrooms)


3) Answer the operator’s questions but respond “I don’t know” if not sure.


Unless necessary to protect life, students should not move any injured or ill person. Provide comfort and, if someone is available, meet emergency services outside the building. Provide first aid only to the extent that the person feels confident in what to do and how to do it. 


Violence or Threatening Circumstances 

If the threat is outside the offices or classrooms, students should lock the exterior doors and doors to the hallway, call 911, and remain inside away from windows and doors until the authorities arrive. 


If the threat is inside the offices or classrooms, remain calm and attempt to do nothing to incite action by the intruder/perpetrator. Individuals should hide, use furniture as protection, and do whatever is necessary to minimize risk of confrontation and harm. If at all possible, exit the involved offices or classroom areas. 911 must somehow be called as promptly as the situation will allow. 


Students should provide the 911 operator as accurate a description of the person or person(s) as possible. Note the type of dress, height, weight, sex, and any other characteristics/physical items that are particular to the individual(s). Report the type of weapon (if known) and direction of travel or area entered. Upon arrival of responding authorities, follow their instructions and assist as requested. 


Severe Weather 

If the immediate area is under a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning, close exterior and hallway suite doors and take refuge in the inner hallways outside the hallway doors of the offices and classrooms. Remain in the hallway area until the warning has been released. Students and faculty are advised to utilize warning services available through cell phone-based services to receive notifications of severe weather warnings from the National Weather Service.

 

KTRH radio (740 AM) and www.weather.gov are the best sources of reliable weather information. To confirm open/closed status of the offices and classrooms, contact Lynn Lewis or the TBS main office at 281-646-1109. 


Fire Emergency 

If an incipient stage fire is noticed and a TBS staff member or student is willing and able to attack the fire with an available fire extinguisher, please do so. Incipient stage is a fire which is in the initial or beginning stage and which can be controlled or extinguished by portable fire extinguishers without the need for protective clothing or breathing apparatus. If the extent of the fire is not visually verifiable as incipient stage, call 911 while immediately initiating evacuation, as described here.

 

In case of fire or smoke, indicated either visually, by smell, by notification from others, or one or more alarming smoke detectors, students should immediately evacuate the building, using the main front doors to the parking lot. Those evacuating should leave personal items in place, except to the extent that a minimum number of items can be collected and carried out, as long as this can be completed in essentially one motion while proceeding to evacuate. Close all doors upon evacuation completion and leave the doors unlocked. Gather in the shaded area immediately behind the Great Southwest Equestrian Center sign, due west of the building, at the corner of Champions Way and Northmoor Drive (southwest corner of the parking lot). 


If any student, faculty, or staff vehicles are parked along the front of the building or near the building and if safe to do so, vehicles should be moved as far west and northwest in the parking lot as practical. This is to protect the vehicles from damage, but also to assure access by responders to the possible sources of fire or smoke. Upon parking, students should lock vehicles and return to the gathering point.

 

If, for any reason, the front doors are blocked, or the parking area appears unsafe for evacuation, students should check the back hallway doors for heat, and only if cool to the touch, carefully evacuate through the hallway toward the restrooms, exiting the building through the exterior door immediately across the hall from the restrooms. If this secondary route is used, the initial gathering point will be in the covered storage area due east of the exterior door. Fire extinguishers can be used to assure safe passage through the hallways to the exit. 


As evacuation completes, a member of TBS staff, volunteer, adjunct faculty, or student volunteer must verify that evacuation is complete, including verifying common areas and restrooms have been also evacuated. Evacuees are to wait at the gathering point for further instructions or until all clear is announced by response agencies or TBS staff. If the secondary evacuation route to the covered storage area is used, as soon as conditions appear safe, evacuees should walk to the north, around the north end of the buildings in the area, progressing west then south, returning to the parking area and the primary assembly point at the southwest corner of the parking lot. After full evacuation is verified, individuals may be allowed to wait in their personal vehicles for further instructions or the all clear is issued. 


Bomb Threat 

If a bomb threat is received either by phone or other means, students should consider it real and an impending threat. They should call 911 and report the threat. Classes should be suspended, and students, adjunct faculty, visitors, and volunteers should quickly gather their personal belongings, visually survey their area for anything appearing unusual or unfamiliar, reporting any such issues to TBS staff, exit the building to vehicles and leave. TBS staff should move to a safe area nearby and await responding authorities.

 

If a bomb threat is received by phone, stay as calm as possible and attempt to gain information from the caller: 


  • Where is the bomb?

  • What does it look like?

  • When is it to detonate?

  • How will it be detonated?

  • Why are you doing this?

  • What is your name? Where are you?

  • Can I pray for you?




Inspections, Review, and Documentation 

Inspections of fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, evacuation pathways, and assembly areas are performed monthly and documented according to the TBS Facility Inspection Procedure. A written record of each fire drill and noted suggestions for improvement is to be prepared by the TBS staff member coordinating each drill. 


In the event of notification of 911 or an evacuation, a written record of the circumstances surrounding the event should be prepared cooperatively by the TBS staff members, volunteers, adjunct faculty, or assisting students. Included in this record should be any identified difficulties or opportunities for improvement that are identified as a result of the event. 


At least annually, the TBS President shall lead a review of any incidents, reports, and of this plan, assuring completion of any necessary refinements and corrections. 


Use of Facilities 

The buildings, grounds, and equipment (facilities) of The Bible Seminary (TBS) shall be confined to religious, educational, social, service, and other character-building functions. Educational activities will always have priority over outside requests. No meeting may be scheduled by any group that will conflict with any regular or special events involving the faculty, students, and administration of TBS. All classes and other events associated with TBS programs are routinely scheduled. Any additional requests for use of the facilities are to be approved and scheduled by the President and/or Vice-President of Finance and Administration.

 

Prohibitions 

  • Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia are strictly prohibited from being present or being used on or in any TBS facility. Appropriate action will be taken to safely remove anyone in possession of such materials or who may appear to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. Any suspicious materials will be removed. Appropriate authorities may be contacted to assure enforcement of federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.

  • The use of tobacco products in any form is not permitted inside any TBS facilities.

  • With the exception of seeing-eye dogs or other medically-required service animals, no pets are permitted in TBS facilities.

  • Sponsoring groups who violate this Building Use Policy may be subject to the loss of facility privileges and/or immediate termination of the subject activities or events.

  • Concerning firearms, TBS complies with Texas Government Code, Chapter 411, Subchapter H, Section 411.2031, in that those individuals licensed by the State of Texas to carry a handgun are not prohibited from carrying a handgun on the TBS campus. However, according to the Texas Penal Code, Chapter 46, Section 46.035 (a-1), while on the TBS campus, with the exception of law enforcement and peace officers, license holders may only carry handguns in a concealed manner (not partially or wholly visible). All other firearms are prohibited inside TBS facilities.


For additional details about use of facilities, see the “Building Use Policy” in the TBS Policy Manual.


Other Instructional Locations (see Academic Calendar for details)


Statistics

Graduate Program Summary (2012-2022) 

  • 111 matriculated graduate students

  • 106 enrolled graduate students

  • 8 graduate students failed to complete a single course

  • 29 graduate students withdrew prior to degree completion

  • 29 students completed their graduate degree program

  • 49 students are currently matriculated into graduate programs


Graduate Student Enrollment Summary (8-21-21 to 8-20-22)

  • 56 graduate students

    • 26 males (46%)

    • 30 females (54%) 

  • Youngest = 21; Oldest = 61; Average age = 45

  • MDiv = 8; MA = 31; VM = 3; Audit = 14


Master of Divinity (MDiv), 2012–2022

  • 38 Applicants

  • 36 Enrolled

  • 33 Completed at least one course

  • 15 graduates (46% graduation rate; 85% retention rate of those who completed at least one course)


Master of Arts (MA), 2012–2022

  • 55 Applicants

  • 49 Enrolled

  • 47 Completed at least one course

  • 14 Graduates (30% graduation rate)

  • 8 Withdrew after completing at least one course (83% retention rate of those who completed at least one course)


Dual Degree Completion (DDC), 2015–2022

  • 16 Applicants

  • 14 Enrolled

  • 13 Completed at least one course

  • 4 Graduates (Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies plus a graduate degree)

  • 2 Withdrew after completing at least one course (85% retention rate of those who completed at least

  • 4 of the 29 TBS masters-level graduates were DDC students

  • 11 of the 49 currently enrolled graduate students are DDC students


Vocational Ministry Certificate (VMC), 2015–2022

  • 20 Applicants

  • 19 Enrolled

  • 17 Completed at least one course

  • 1 Graduate (6% graduation rate)

  • 3 Withdrew after completing at least one course (82% retention rate of those who completed at least

  • 2 students transferred from the VM to the MA program

  • 2 students currently enrolled in this program


Bible Certificate (BC), 2012–2022 

  • 700 Enrolled

  • 668 Completed at least one course

  • 56 Graduates (8% graduation rate)

  • 16 Active students (22% retention rate over the last two semesters)

  • 3 have completed at least two courses


Job Placement Summary, 2012–2022

  • 29 Master’s Degree Graduates

  • 17 Serving in paid ministry jobs after graduation or enrolled in doctoral programs (59% overall job placement rate of all graduates)

  • 20 of 29 secured new career ministry opportunities based on completion of degree program (69% job placement rate).




For more information, contact The Bible Seminary at: 

The Bible Seminary 2655 S Mason Road Katy, TX 77450 


281-646-1109 (Phone)


info@TheBibleSeminary.edu 

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Latest revision: 6/29/23 Current Version:

Board-approved October 2022

Original Version: August 2012 


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