As of 2018, there are more than 20 Southern Baptist colleges and universities (according to the National Center for Education Statistics), and several of these schools offer online degree programs for students. These schools may offer online undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs and other unique features for students. Learn about a handful of the online Southern Baptist colleges here.
The Southern Baptist schools that offer online degree programs are typically 4-year, private institutions. Compare some of these schools' location and tuition rates in the table below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|California Baptist University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Riverside, CA||$32,256|
|Houston Baptist University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Houston, TX||$31,730|
|North Greenville University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Tigerville, SC||$19,150|
|Campbellsville University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Campbellsville, KY||$25,400|
|The Baptist College of Florida||4-year, private not-for-profit||Graceville, FL||$11,100|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Description of the Online Southern Baptist Colleges
Students interested in pursuing online degree programs can enroll in Southern Baptist colleges in states like Texas and Florida. Students considering the different schools may wish to find out more about spiritual growth opportunities these schools offer, as well as degree program options. Here we discuss some of these factors and what makes these schools stand out from one another.
California Baptist University
According to the NCES, California Baptist University had close to 6,940 undergraduate students and 2,220 graduate students in 2016. The university offers more than 40 online bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in areas such as Christian ministries, kinesiology, cybersecurity, public relations, education, business administration and psychology. According to Calfornia Baptist's website, the university's online programs and its flexible schedules allow students to finish their programs faster and save up to about $21,000 in tuition (when compared to the U.S. average for a 4-year public school). Online students can take advantage of the school's online chapel podcasts to deepen their faith.
Houston Baptist University
Houston Baptist University in Texas offers online bachelor's degree programs in areas like Biblical studies, psychology, management and theological studies, as well as master's degree programs in areas including education, Christian counseling, pastoral counseling, nursing and human resources management. Online class sizes are small, and the courses offer interactive learning opportunities and integrate faith for a holistic education. According to the university's website, the school offers some of the lowest tuition rates in the country. The university had about 2,330 undergraduates and about 940 graduate students in 2016, per the NCES.
North Greenville University
South Carolina's North Greenville University had about 2,340 undergraduate students and around 190 graduate students in 2016, according to the NCES. The university promotes a few online broadcasting programs to help students explore their faith, including Exploring the Word and Viral Truth. Students who are 22 years or older can pursue online undergraduate degree programs in Christian ministries, general studies, criminal justice, applied psychology, elementary educational studies or business and leadership. Although these programs are available online, some include hands-on experiences that students can complete in their local communities, such as ministry practica courses.
Campbellsville University's online students can stay connected to the institution and deepen their faith by listening to Campbellsville University Chapel Live and/or 88.7 FM-The Tiger, the Christian radio station owned by the university, online. Students can pursue a wide range of certificate, associate's, bachelor's or master's degree programs online in areas like mass communication, social work, pastoral ministries, theology, special education, sport management and Christian ministry. Undergraduate students who are active military are qualified to receive a reduced tuition rate for the online degree programs. In 2016, the NCES reported that this university in Kentucky had about 2,730 undergraduates and a little over 940 graduate students.
The Baptist College of Florida
The Baptist College of Florida had 440 undergraduates and about 15 graduate students in 2016, per the NCES. All coursework and programs at the college are also available online, including associate's, bachelor's or master's degree programs in areas such as music, English, ministry, Biblical studies, psychology, education and Christian studies. Online students participate in forum discussions, lectures and assignments and pay the same tuition per course as on-campus students. The college posts online chapel podcasts that distance students can utilize to help further develop their faith.