Students studying at Rosedale pursue the associate degree in biblical studies as well as two co-curricular programs.
The Associate in Biblical Studies is a two–year degree accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education. The curriculum provides for a variety of concentrations to accommodate student interests and career or service goals. Concentrations include Bible, Education, General Studies, Missions, Music and Worship, Pastoral Studies, Theology, and Youth Ministries.
What can I do with an associate degree?
The answer depends on who you are and what you hope to do. Starting your college career at Rosedale gives you the opportunity to clarify what you believe and why you believe it. You can ask big questions in the context of a supportive, spiritually focused campus community before you head into a secular environment.
One option is to transfer credits to complete your bachelor’s degree. Most Christian universities and colleges and many public universities accept RBC credits, and you can check out the list of public and private colleges that have accepted RBC credits here.
Or you can enter the job market right away. If ministry, mission or church work may be in your future, a two-year degree not only equips you with a solid biblical foundation, it also shows your commitment to being prepared for the task. An associate degree is a confirmation to any employer of your academic diligence and educational foundation, even if you choose to work in a field not directly related to your degree.
Bridge is an internship program that pairs study and reflection with ministry experience and vocational exploration.
Akwachink Leadership School is an adjunct program operated in conjunction with Living Hope Native Ministries, based in Red Lake, Ontario. This three-week experience combines an expedition in the Canadian wilderness with intensive training in leadership and spiritual formation.
Transferring credit to other schools
Our students have gone on to excel at four-year colleges and universities across the United States and Canada. Because of RBC’s accreditation with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (see the directory of member schools), many have transferred most, if not all, of their credits to schools like Eastern Mennonite University, Wheaton College, The Ohio State University, Houghton College, and Huntington University. An articulation agreement is in place with Bluffton University, and lists of course equivalents have been compiled in cooperation with the academic offices of Bethel College (Mishawaka, IN), Columbia International University, and Ohio Christian University.
Most Christian universities and colleges and many public universities accept RBC credits. The academic office has compiled a list of public and private colleges that have accepted RBC credits.
Transferring students should be aware of the distinction between acceptance and applicability of transferred credits. For example, during the enrollment process, some institutions may accept credits for transfer, but those credits may not decrease the number of courses required to complete a program if they are not applicable to program requirements. This is especially significant for technical or other programs with requirements that leave little room for electives.
NOTICE: Transferability of credits is never guaranteed. Students are encouraged to communicate with the school to which they hope to transfer credit.
To learn more about how transfer works, or to discuss options for transfer to a particular university, contact Bethany Peachey, our registrar.
Transferring credit from other schools
Credits may be transferred to RBC from colleges and institutions on a case-by-case basis as approved by the academic dean and as they apply toward completing a program of study at RBC. Students desiring to transfer academic credits from other institutions must request an official transcript from the other school be sent to RBC. Credits must be at or above a grade level of “C” to be eligible for transfer. Grades for courses taken at other colleges and transferred to RBC are not included in the RBC cumulative GPA.
Credits from accredited colleges and institutions are automatically eligible for transfer (if they apply toward a program of study at RBC). To determine course equivalencies, the academic dean may consult course descriptions and syllabi.
Credits from non-accredited colleges and institutions may be transferred on a provisional basis. Course syllabi, faculty credentials, and grading standards may be reviewed to determine course equivalencies. Transfer is finalized once a student has completed 12 semester hours at RBC with a GPA of at least 2.0.
Limited credits may be accepted for validated participation in approved discipleship/missions programs of at least six months’ duration operated by approved agencies. To learn more, see the guiding policy.
To graduate from RBC with the associate degree, the student must complete at least eighteen credit hours at RBC.
Since students are required to buy their own textbooks, a great place to buy them is Amazon.com. You may ship your books to your name at RBC’s address, and they’ll be waiting for you when you arrive on campus after break.
Algebra for College Students, 6th ed. by Lial, Hornsby, McGinnis
Calculator with exponential function (graphing not required)
Introduction to Sociology
Essentials of Sociology, 12th ed. by James M Henslin
The Norton Field Guide to Writing with Readings & Handbook, 2nd ed. by R Bullock, M D Goggin, F Weinburg
Very cheap, used copies available on Amazon.
Handout compilation in 3-ring binder – available only in RBC gift shop
Introduction to Music Theory & Sight Singing
Practical Theory by Sandy Feldstein
Introduction to Music Theory & Sight Singing – A Solfege Approach by Ken Miller
Available only in RBC gift shop
Optional: The Mennonite Hymnal (red)
Gospel of John
John: The NIV Application Commentary by Gary M Burge
Principles of Biblical Interpretation
Grasping God’s Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible by J Scott Duval, J Daniel Hays
Old Testament Survey
Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian Survey by Arnold and Beyer
History of Christianity II
The Story of Christianity, Vol. 2, The Reformation to the Present Day, 2nd ed. by Justo L Gonzalez
The Elements of Speechwriting and Public Speaking by Jeff Scott Cook
Introduction to Missions
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, 4th ed. by Ralph Winter, Steve Hawthorne
Survey of Bible Doctrine II
Introducing Christian Doctrine by Millard Erickson, L Arnold Hustad
Dug Down Deep: Building Your Life on Truths that Last by Joshua Harris
Beliefs: Mennonite Faith and Practice by John Roth
Christian Apologetics – Independent Study
Introducing Apologetics: Cultivating Christian Commitment by James Taylor
Forms and Schedules
Students must register for courses by the first day of the term. Changes in course registration may be made until 4:00 p.m. the first Friday of the semester or 4:00 p.m. the first Wednesday of the winter term.
Planning Your Courses
The academic dean and the academic assistant/registrar are available to help students plan a schedule of courses. Be sure to review the information on this page, and keep in mind that some classes may be offered only on alternating years.
Graduation Requirement Worksheet
You may find it helpful to use a worksheet to determine which courses are required for the associate degree. Students may also view a degree audit through myRBC. Students are encouraged to complete half the requirements in each section (i.e., Bible/theology, general education, specific concentration) in each year.
Alternating Year Classes
Not every course is scheduled every year. Please see the course schedule to see what is being offered.
Rosedale Bible College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (see the list of member schools and a copy of our accreditation letter). ABHE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is also listed by the United States Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency for biblical higher education. Internationally, ABHE is recognized by the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education.
Contact information for ABHE: 5850 T. G. Lee Blvd., Suite 130, Orlando, FL 32833, 407.207.0808.
|Fall Semester 2017-2018
September 15–December 15, 2017
|Classes begin||September 18|
|Fall Break||October 18–22|
|Thanksgiving Break||November 22–26|
|Classes End||December 13|
January 8–February 16, 2018
|Classes begin||January 8|
|Martin Luther King Day||January 15|
|*Spiritual Enrichment meetings||January 17–19|
|Classes end||February 15|
|Exams (extended periods)||February 16|
February 27–May 25, 2018
|Classes begin||February 27|
|*Missions Conference||March 14–16|
|Easter Break||March 29–April 1|
|Spring Break||April 21–29|
|Classes End||May 23|
|Graduating Class Banquet||May 25|
|Commencement exercises||May 26|
|*Students are expected to attend all special meetings.|
Associate Degree in Biblical Studies
The two–year degree program is designed to develop the core components of biblical understanding, a biblical worldview, global vision and commitment to evangelism. The program provides students with a balanced sequence of courses from the three major course divisions: Biblical/Theological, Church/Vocational and General studies. Eight different concentrations also include development of various relevant skills in specific areas of focus.
Core Requirements. To receive a two-year associate’s degree, students are required to take the following courses:
Akwachink Leadership School
This program is operated by Living Hope Native Ministries in cooperation with RBC. It is scheduled during the three weeks prior to the fall semester and is based in the Red Lake, Ontario, area. The first two weeks consist of a canoe expedition with teaching and activities built around spiritual and character development themes. During the third week, classes taught by mission personnel continue to build on the spiritual and character development themes of the expedition. This program requires a minimum of eight and accommodates a maximum of twelve students.
(Three credit hours)
August 24 – September 15, 2017
COST: $975.00 plus a $50 application fee for those not previously enrolled at RBC.
For more information, or to ask questions, email admissions.
Credit for Short Term Ministry Programs
The following policies guide the granting of academic credit for approved programs of at least six months duration which combine discipleship or missions training in a classroom setting and supervised outreach experiences. The REACH and YES programs operated by Mennonite missions agencies are prime examples. The academic dean maintains a list of programs approved by the academic committee for inclusion in this policy.
- Students who have completed their program may request academic credit for their experience from the registrar’s office at RBC. The request for credit must be made within three years after the completion of the program.
- Students requesting credit should present written verification from the agency office specifying the dates of participation and the location of the field experience.
- Credit for participation is graded on a pass/non-pass basis. The academic dean assigns this grade based on the written recommendation of the program administrator.
- Students may request credit from RBC only after earning at least 18 credit hours either prior to or following participation in the training program. Tuition for program credit is twenty percent of the standard tuition rate, payable at the time the credit is granted.
- Up to 9 credit hours may be granted for the following courses:
VSF 101 Spiritual Formation (3 hours)
VSF 231 Supervised Formation in Ministry (3 hours)
VMI 111 Introduction to Evangelism (3 hours)