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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.

Co-Curricular Programs

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.

Credit Transfer

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.


PDF Version

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.

College Algebra
Algebra for College Students, 6th ed. by Lial, Hornsby, McGinnis
ISBN-13: 978-0321442543
Calculator with exponential function (graphing not required)

Introduction to Sociology
Essentials of Sociology, 12th ed. by James M Henslin
ISBN-13: 978-0134205588

The Norton Field Guide to Writing with Readings & Handbook, 2nd ed. by R Bullock, M D Goggin, F Weinburg
ISBN-13: 978-0393933826
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
ISBN-13: 978-0882842257
Introduction to Music Theory & Sight Singing – A Solfege Approach by Ken Miller
Available only in RBC gift shop
Optional: The Mennonite Hymnal (red)
ISBN-13: 978-0836181517

Gospel of John
John: The NIV Application Commentary by Gary M Burge
ISBN-13: 978-0310497509

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
ISBN-13: 978-0310492573

Old Testament Survey
Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian Survey by Arnold and Beyer
ISBN-13: 978-0801031700

History of Christianity II
The Story of Christianity, Vol. 2, The Reformation to the Present Day, 2nd ed. by Justo L Gonzalez
ISBN-13: 978-0061855894

Public Speaking
The Elements of Speechwriting and Public Speaking by Jeff Scott Cook
ISBN-13: 978-0028614526

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
ISBN-13: 978-0801049194
Dug Down Deep: Building Your Life on Truths that Last by Joshua Harris
ISBN-13: 978-1601421517
Beliefs: Mennonite Faith and Practice by John Roth
ISBN-13: 978-0836192704

Christian Apologetics – Independent Study
Introducing Apologetics: Cultivating Christian Commitment by James Taylor
ISBN-13: 978-0801048906


Forms and Schedules

Registration Deadlines

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

If you have questions about graduation requirements or need academic advisement, visit the registrar in her office, call (740) 857-1311 ext. 101, or send an email.


Academic Advisors

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 certificate). 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.

Rosedale Bible College is authorized by  Ohio Higher Education (the state’s educational oversight body) to grant associate degrees. (See a copy of our OBR Certificate.)

Contact information for ABHE: 5850 T. G. Lee Blvd., Suite 130, Orlando, FL 32833, 407.207.0808.

Academic Calendar

PDF Version

Fall Semester 2017-2018
September 15–December 15, 2017
OrientationSeptember 15-17
Classes beginSeptember 18
Fall BreakOctober 18–22
Thanksgiving BreakNovember 22–26
Classes EndDecember 13
ExamsDecember 14–15
Winter Term
January 8–February 16, 2018
OrientationJanuary 8
Classes beginJanuary 8
Martin Luther King DayJanuary 15
*Spiritual Enrichment meetingsJanuary 17–19
Classes endFebruary 15
Exams (extended periods)February 16
Spring Semester
February 27–May 25, 2018
OrientationFebruary 27
Classes beginFebruary 27
*Missions ConferenceMarch 14–16
Easter BreakMarch 29–April 1
Spring BreakApril 21–29
Classes EndMay 23
ExamsMay 24–25
Graduating Class BanquetMay 25
Commencement exercisesMay 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:

Biblical/Theological Core Requirements 24 Hours
1. Principles of Biblical Interpretation 3
2. New Testament Survey 3
3. Old Testament Survey 3
4. Survey of Bible Doctrine I or Survey of Bible Doctrine II 3
5.* Christian Ethics or Spiritual Formation 3
6. New Testament or Old Testament Elective 3
7. Christian Apologetics or Introduction to World Religions 3
8.* Peace, Justice and Simplicity or Mennonites, Anabaptists, and the Radical Reformation 3
*Students must take either Ethics or Peace, Justice and Simplicity.
General Education Core Requirements 18 Hours
1. Composition 3
2. Public Speaking 3
3. History of Western Civilization or History of Christianity I or History of Christianity II 3
4. Introduction to Humanities or Introduction to Philosophy 3
5. Introduction to Psychology or Introduction to Sociology 3
6. College Algebra or Business Mathematics 3
Open Electives 6 Hours
Students may select any two courses that do not already satisfy any other requirement.
Area of Concentration 12 Hours**
To complete the requirements, select one of the eight areas of concentration listed below.
Bible 12 Hours
1. Choose four courses from Biblical General, Old Testament, or New Testament 12
Education 12 Hours
1. Introduction to Education 3
2. Human Development 3
3. The Exceptional Student 3
4. Educational Technology 3
Missions 15 Hours**
1. Introduction to Evangelism or Introduction to Missions 3
2. Engaging Contemporary Culture 3
3. Community Transformation and Church Growth 3
4. Christian Apologetics or Introduction to World Religions 3
5. Supervised Formation 3
Music and Worship 14 Hours**
1. Introduction to Music Theory and Sight Singing 3
2. Worship in the Christian Tradition 3
3. Worship Leadership 3
4. Choral Conducting 1.5
5. Class Voice 1.5
6. Rosedale Chorale 2
Pastoral Studies 15 Hours**
1. Preaching the Biblical Text 3
2. Introduction to Counseling 3
3. Effective Leadership and Team Development 3
4. Community Transformation and Church Growth or Biblical/Theological Elective 3
5. Supervised Formation 3
Theology 12 Hours
1. Survey of Bible Doctrine I or Survey of Bible Doctrine II 3
2. Christian Apologetics or Contemporary Christianity 3
3. Mennonites, Anabaptists and the Radical Reformation or Peace, Justice and Simplicity 3
4. History of Christianity I or History of Christianity II 3
Youth Ministries 15 Hours**
1. Introduction to Youth Ministries 3
2. Human Development 3
3. Introduction to Education 3
4. Effective Leadership and Team Development 3
5. Supervised Formation 3
General Studies 12 Hours
1. Choose any four courses as electives 12
**The Missions, Pastoral Studies, and Youth Ministries areas of concentration require an additional three hours in supervised formation. The supervised formation component includes supervision of personal spiritual and ministry experiences. The Music and Worship concentration requires an additional two hours of chorale.
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.

  1. 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.
  2. Students requesting credit should present written verification from the agency office specifying the dates of participation and the location of the field experience.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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)