Applied Leadership

Biblical Studies

Program Overview

Explore the most important book ever written.


Who is God? What do words like gospel, salvation, and redemption really mean? How does the Bible speak into the tough issues facing our world? These are some of the most important questions we can ask in life.

As a Biblical Studies student, you’ll spend focused time with instructors and other students who are passionate about digging deep into the Scriptures. You’ll learn to see God’s word from a variety of angles. You’ll step back to see and appreciate the big pictures – how God is at work in redeeming creation. You’ll zoom back in to examine specific passages and see what they have to say to us. You’ll learn important interpretive tools and grow your knowledge of biblical languages, history, and culture. Through it all you will develop skills for connecting God’s timeless message to your own life and community and you will build a deep foundation for your future – no matter where God is calling you.

Your academic journey in Biblical Studies will benefit from excellent instructors who will lead you into dynamic in-class conversations about the issues facing our world and who will gladly spend time with you as you grapple with questions along the way. In addition to your studies, you will have many opportunities through internships and service learning to gain hands-on experience in a variety of ministry contexts and begin putting your knowledge of the Bible into practice.

Martijn V Alum

Meet Martijn V

BA Biblical Studies 2018
Pursuing MA in Theological Studies,
Regent College

"CBC has made it easy to go into graduate studies. It has a high standard for classes, caring professors who push students to improve in their academic and theological skills, and a desire to mature students academically and spiritually while also transforming their character. I learned to engage deeply with God's Word, apply it to my life, see issues from multiple perspectives, and do this in order to grow closer to God and participate in his mission. CBC has provided a firm foundation to my graduate studies, allowing me to contribute to theological discussions as I continue to develop in these areas."

Jonathan S - Alum

Meet Jonathan S.

BA Biblical Studies 2018
Youth Pastor, Bakerview Church

"My Biblical Studies degree from Columbia has been integral for preparing me for full-time ministry here in Abbotsford. My courses gave me practical knowledge that equipped me for doing church ministry throughout my degree and for years to come. I also gained a strong passion for theology throughout my time at Columbia, which allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of how studying the Bible connects with how we live out our faith within the communities we are a part of. I loved being able to see how what I was learning in the classroom had a tangible effect in how I did ministry and connected with others."

Jonathan G Alum

Meet Jonathan G.

BA Biblical Studies 2014
Associate Pastor of Worship, Northview Community Church

"One of the greatest benefits to taking the Biblical Studies program was learning to read and understand the Bible more effectively. Because of my studies at CBC I feel I have a better grasp on the cultural, literary and historical contexts of the scriptures, how the Bible applies to us as the church today, and why it matters! Plus, the professors are deeply caring for their students and very passionate about the scriptures and theology. "

Diploma in Biblical Studies

The two-year diploma program in Biblical Studies is ideal for students who want to pursue a solid foundation prior to embarking on a career path in the public arena. Students in this program receive the same quality classes and training as those in the first two years of the BA program. Students will become familiar with both the Old and New Testaments and how to read and understand the Bible. They will also take courses that challenge and foster growth in their spiritual lives. The diploma involves an integrated learning component that helps students connect knowledge and practice in weekly service opportunities. Some diploma graduates have gone on to pursue a BA degree in Biblical Studies at Columbia while others have continued their training at public universities and colleges and are now representing Jesus in a wide variety of careers.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies

The Bachelor of Arts degree program in Biblical Studies is designed to prepare students for a career in vocational ministry. Many graduates from this program choose to continue on to graduate programs at Christian Universities and Seminaries, while others enter into ministry roles within the church and parachurch organizations. Columbia BA graduates have stepped into successful ministries as pastors, church planters, and other ministry-oriented careers.

Biblical Studies Minors

By their third year of studies, Biblical Studies degree students are required to select a minor that suits their abilities and interests and career path. Completing a minor is nearly equivalent to completing a diploma in another area of study. It is thus a great opportunity for students to add value to their education. Students will graduate with a degree in Biblical Studies and a minor in another area of study such as counselling, leadership, worship arts and more.  Learn more about potential minors.

Online Certificate in Christian Studies

Interested in studying the Bible in an online setting? Columbia now offers a 30-credit certificate that includes introductory courses in Bible and theology. These online courses feature video lectures and textbooks from leading evangelical scholars in the world. All courses are completed online, with full access to online textbooks, video lectures, and library resources and with personal guidance, feedback and grading from our Columbia online instructor. Learn more about the Online Certificate >>


Bible Teaching
Counselling & Human Services
Church Ministry
Intercultural Studies
Applied Leadership
Ministry to Children
Practical Ministry
Social Entrepreneurship
Worship Arts
Youth Work

Study in Israel

Jerusalem University College



Imagine studying in the very places where Jesus lived and taught or the places where much of the Old Testament story took place. Every two years, Columbia students are given the opportunity to spend three weeks in Israel and Jordan, experiencing and learning first-hand about the land, culture, history, and archaeology of the Bible. Columbia students join other students from around the world for this 4-credit course which is offered through  Jerusalem University College (JUC). This is an unforgettable learning experience that brings the Bible to life in a way that few others can match. It provides a rich well to draw from in a life of reading and teaching the Bible. 


Steve Kim

Steve Kim, BA 2009
Associate, Apologetics Canada


“The three weeks I spent in Israel as part of the Biblical Studies program are something I will never forget. To walk the land our Lord walked, and to see the physical settings in which the biblical narrative unfolds, brought into focus the reality of God. To borrow the words of a renowned resurrection historian, we are sucking air in the same world in which God raised Jesus from the dead. How marvellous the thought!"

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