Accredited Apostolic Colleges

Students interested in an apostolic education can pursue their degree at an accredited institution. The programs and environments at several schools throughout the U.S. will be outlined.

Apostolic colleges and universities incorporate the teachings of the New Testament apostles into their environments. Learn how a handful of accredited schools weaves them into the curriculum and campus life.

School Comparison

This chart will provide details like location and undergraduate tuition costs for students. While various denominations are represented, each accredited school may be considered apostolic.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Undergraduate Tuition and Fees
Wilson University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Pentecostal Elk Grove, CA $350/month (2018-2019)**
Urshan College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Pentecostal Florissant, MO $180/credit hour (2018-2019)**
College of Biblical Studies 4-year, Private not-for-profit Protestant Houston, TX $274/credit hour (2017-2018)**
Grace Christian University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Christian Wyoming, MI $665/credit hour (2018-2019)**
Northwest University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Assemblies of God Church Kirkland, WA $30,320/year (2017-2018)*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), **school websites

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Overview of Accredited Apostolic Colleges

These apostolic schools are accredited by various organizations, including national and regional entities. Worship opportunities include weekly chapel services, with several schools sharing a focus on community service.

Wilson University

Wilson University is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. The university falls under the umbrella of Patten University. Through online courses, students can earn associate's degrees in general studies with focuses in either Biblical studies or Christian leadership. Online bachelor's degrees are available in leadership with focuses in pastoral or Christian leadership. Wilson's Community Engagement Center offers various service opportunities like the Apostolic Immersion Project, which involves online classes and a week-long mission trip. The university's chapel services are available online via a program called VisionCast.

Urshan College

Urshan College's mission is to prepare apostolic servant leaders to make a positive impact in the church and the world. The college is authorized to award undergraduate degrees by the Missouri Department of Higher Education and is a candidate for accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission. Programs of study at Urshan include Christian ministry, organizational leadership, communication studies, and music ministry. The college's student success center is available to all students and provides services like writing coaching, tutoring, and career counseling. Outside of academics, Urshan has three performance music ministry groups, as well as a student-led ministry group called the Urshan Outreach Division.

College of Biblical Studies

The College of Biblical Studies is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation. The school offers an academic environment that is focused on the Biblical world view and ethnic minority groups, including African-Americans. The college awards bachelor's degrees in organizational leadership, women's ministry, and Biblical studies. Students can choose from the following minors for Biblical studies degrees: Biblical counseling, Christian education, pastoral ministries, and pre-seminary. Academic support services at the college include freshmen academic advisors, peer tutoring, and an online writing center called Net-tutor.

Grace Christian University

Grace Christian University key values include a Bible-centered environment and transformational relationships. Students can choose from a variety of majors, such as aviation, criminal justice, and interdisciplinary studies. The university holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Grace offers students with several programs to enhance their leadership skills, including chapel worship leaders and peer academic coaches. Students also have the opportunity to participate in mission trips to locations like Puerto Rico, Alabama, and Tanzania.

Northwest University

Northwest University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Northwest holds two chapel services on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Students can also attend a Monday night worship session called Pursuit, which is geared toward young adults in the community. Other campus activities include a chess club, an international student club, and the Student Activities Board. Bachelor's degrees at Northwest include international business, marketing, and pastoral ministries. Master's degrees are awarded in several areas, including education and ministry leadership.


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