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Christian Colleges in Montana

Should you want to study in Montana at a Christian college, you'll find that your options are limited. However, this article will look at how diverse the degree offerings and spiritual life are on each of these campuses.

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There are few Christian colleges in Montana, though a few more are in candidacy for accreditation. We will look only at the accredited Christian colleges in the state that offer undergraduate and graduate degrees.

School Comparison

In the table below, you can discover the tuition cost for a year of attendance at one of these accredited Christian colleges in Montana. Also, look at the colleges based on their affiliated denomination and location in the state.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)*
University of Providence 4-year, private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Great Falls, MT $24,440
Rocky Mountain College 4-year, private not-for-profit United Church of Christ Billings, MT $27,566
Montana Bible College 4-year, private not-for-profit Interdenominational Bozeman, MT $7,640
Carroll College 4-year, private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Helena, MT $34,480
University of Mary (Montana campus) 4-year, private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Billings, MO $18,224

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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Montana Christian Colleges Overview

Montana provides plenty of unique degree program options within its Christian-affiliated colleges. Students can spend time on campus, online, or studying abroad to enrich their knowledge and spiritual life.

University of Providence

Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the University of Providence in Montana offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. Around 950 students are enrolled in the school's programs, such as special education, RN-BSN completion, addictions counseling, surgical technology, and infection prevention & epidemiology. Several of the bachelor's and master's degree programs are available through online formats. The Argos are the athletic mascot for the University of Providence, and there are 23 athletic teams to join, including spirit squads and rodeo teams. Mass is held Sundays, and a Holy hour for prayer and confession is held Monday through Thursday. Along with services, students can join any of the faith-based organizations and spiritual devotions.

Rocky Mountain College

In the 2015 school year, 99% of students enrolled at Rocky Mountain College who applied for financial aid received grants and scholarships. Along with chapel and Bible studies each week, students can get active and involved in some of the weekly ministry activities, such as making PB&J sandwiches for the homeless, doing crafts, planning service trips, and getting free coffee over Biblical discussions. Supplemental to student clubs, the student activities department schedules 'rocktivities,' or fun parties and events with no specific club affiliation. There are many unique programs available for students interested in studying at Rocky Mountain, such as geology, aeronautical science, equestrian studies, and pre-dentistry.

Montana Bible College (MBC)

Montana Bible College is the most affordable option for a Christian education in Montana. The Montana Bible College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and the Commission on Accreditation. A very small college, the school offers only one degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, but it has six concentration to focus on: Biblical counseling, pastoral studies, Christian ethics and culture, missions, outdoor discipleship, and general ministry. There are three residence houses, and first-year students are expected to live on campus. Opportunities to audit courses are available for non-degree students who wish to enrich their lives with religious topics and ministry skills.

Carroll College

As a Catholic college, Carroll College has an RCIA (Rite of Catholic Initiation of Adults) program so that students can join the Catholic faith and be baptized if they wish. There is a men's worship group called COR and a women's worship group called VIA where students can come together for fellowship. Outside of faith formation, students attend mass and take part in community service to spread the love of Christ. Students can earn their undergraduate degree in a variety of programs, including anthrozoology, ethics & value studies, environmental outreach, classical studies, environmental policy, and civil engineering, among others.

University of Mary

University of Mary is a unique choice for this list because it is a North Dakota college with a Montana campus. Several programs are available to students, but the Billings campus happens to be the only college in Montana to offer an occupational therapy doctorate degree program. Other programs available on the Billings campus include accounting, healthcare administration dual degree, marketing, and business management. Many of these programs are also offered online. The university ministry provides spiritual guidance for students and puts together social justice opportunities for students to get involved in and spread compassion and hope for underprivileged individuals. Students can also attend a semester at one of the international campuses in Peru or Rome to immerse themselves in another culture and service.

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