Growing number of students choose to take advantage of online education to earn their degrees.

Advantages of Online Education at GBS

Live Locally, Learn Globally
Studying online gives you more flexibility: You can attend online classes anytime, anywhere you have Internet access. You choose a schedule that is convenient for you.
Online Courses are available year-round. You can take classes in the spring, summer, fall, or even winter.
You can learn from instructors across the country and around the world, broadening your perspective.
You’ll enhance your ability to communicate effectively through the latest technology.
Online education allow for one-on-one student and teacher interaction, creating the possibility for meaning and individualized instruction.
You can earn your degree fully online. No campus residency required.

Accelerated formats help you complete your degree quickly. 

GBS tuition continues to be one of the lowest among grace-oriented Bible colleges and seminaries. 

Grace Biblical Seminary offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of theology, Bible, ministry and education.

What Makes a Successful Online Student? 

The online learning process is normally accelerated and requires commitment on the student’s part. Staying up with the class and completing all work on time is vital.

Like the facilitator, the online student possesses unique qualities.  In general, the online student should possess the following qualities:

1. Have access to a computer and Internet Service.

The course content and interaction are engaged by computer through the Internet. This is best accomplished with broadband service.

2. Commit to five to eight hours per week per course.

Online is not easier than the traditional educational process. In fact, many students note that while online learning may require more time and commitment than a course held on campus, their learning experiences are positive and worth the investment.

3. Be Self-motivated and self-disciplined.

With the freedom and flexibility of the online environment comes responsibility. The online process takes a real commitment and discipline to keep up with the flow of the process. Time management skills and self-discipline are also essential.

4. Think ideas through before responding.

Meaningful and quality input into the virtual classroom is an essential part of the learning process. Time is given in the process to allow for the careful consideration of responses. The testing and challenging of ideas is encouraged; you will not always be right, just be prepared to accept a challenge.

5. Communicate clearly and effectively through writing.

In the virtual classroom, nearly all communication is written, so it is critical that you feel comfortable in expressing yourself in writing. Using the spell check, proper grammar, proofreading, correct citations, and clear sentences are essential skills in an online course.

6. Interact with classmates and faculty.

Many online faculty use the discussion board or chat to replicate a traditional classroom discussion.  Students who engage in an online discussion with classmates and their faculty tend to learn more than those who do not.  Students are encouraged to interact with classmates as much as possible.

7. “Speak up” if problems arise.

Many of the non-verbal communication mechanisms that instructors use in determining whether students are having problems (confusion, frustration, boredom, absence, etc.) are not possible in the online paradigm. Faculty expect the student to contact them as soon as problems arise so that necessary help can be provided.  Students must reach out to faculty as early as possible if they need help.


What computer skills do I need to take an online course?

You will need to know the following:

  • how to use a word processing program, such as Microsoft Word
  • how to type
  • how to send email
  • how to do basic downloads from the Internet, and
  • how to attach files.
Is an online course easier than an on-campus course?

It depends on how you learn.  You can expect to succeed in an online course if you put in as much study time as you do in any of your successful on-campus courses; maintain good time management habits, and be familiar with technology.