FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW LONG IS EACH COURSE?
All in-house classes are scheduled within 8-week quarters with an extra week for finals. Each class is 1 ½ hours each. Seminars are either 1 or 2 days, and last for about 6 hours.
DOES SUMMIT RECOGNIZE PAST CREDITS?
SBC recognizes life and ministry experience and transfer credits from other colleges and majors. Most students enter the college qualifying for a Bachelor’s Degree or higher.
HOW IS PLACEMENT IN PROGRAMS DETERMINED?
Also, concurrent degrees are available to qualifying students for Associate/Bachelor, Bachelor/Master, and Master/Doctoral candidates.
IF THERE A FINAL EXAM FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS?
The Graduate students (Doctor and Master Levels) take a graduate exam called the ‘Test Out’. Master thesis or Doctoral dissertations are available, too.
DOES SUMMIT LICENSE ITS GRADUATES?
Licensing, Certification, and Ordination is available to all graduates who qualify.
WHAT PROGRAMS DOES SUMMIT OFFER?
Our most popular programs are in Leadership, Counseling, Coaching, Christian Education, and Chaplaincy. We also have programs specific to ministry in Pastoral training, Missions and Evangelism, Apologetics, Prayer and Worship leadership. Specialized Majors or Minors are available in several areas including: Women’s Ministry, Marriage and Family Counseling, Business Leadership, and the like.
A student is expected to choose an emphasis and their degree is labeled accordingly.
HOW EXPENSIVE IS SBC, AND DO YOU OFFER FINANCIAL AID?
Our programs for each level are very affordable. Each degree program is offered as a package. Total package prices depend on the level and any past college and ministry experience you have that may be applicable to your degree.
Financial Aid, Special Scholarships and other Discounts are available for active Ministers, current Military or Military Veterans, active or retired Social Services personnel (such as Police, Fire, EMS, Chaplains, Sociologists, SBC professors, School Teachers & Counselors), seniors on fixed income (based on age 60 years & older) friends of Summit Endowment Scholarship or religious institution scholarships (Affiliate status of a SBC Christian religious organization or ministry.) and Extension Campuses of 10 or more students. Call to speak to a Student Care Advisor about Tuition @ 661-328-1151
DO YOU ACCEPT MY SECULAR CREDENTIALS?
Summit accepts credentials from other colleges, institutions, and organizations. They are accepted on a case by case basis depending on the credentials and its applicability to the program the student is applying for.
Call to speak to a Student Care Advisor @ 661-328-1151.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH MY DEGREE?
Summit’s degrees have been used in many areas of business, education, counseling, and private enterprise. For example, our Leadership Degrees have been accepted by businesses, and corporations. Our students with Counseling Degrees have been hired by churches to help with their congregational needs, and our graduates have started a private practice in counseling. Also, in special situations federal and state groups have hired our graduates who are specialists in things like drug additions, or who knowledgeable in people skills.
Many Summit graduates have started non-profit ministries to help people. To date Summit Bible College degrees have not been turned down by any ministries, and we know of several cases where people have transferred credits from SBC to other accredited colleges.
When a student goes to an employer with the SBC transcripts, the employer is more interested that you have a degree, rather than where it is from, and often they want to see the type of classes you had. In Summit’s case, when an employer sees that you have classes in Team Development, Individual Leadership, Vision, Counseling and the like, they are impressed by your experiences.
Remember, even federally accredited college degrees and credits do not necessarily apply to specific jobs or transfer to other accredited colleges. It depends on the “receiving” college’s desire to accept the credits and several other factors such as the type of class, the requirements of the new program, and the policies of the receiving college.
IS SBC ACCREDITTED?
SBC has been an IRS 501c3 non-profit religious organization since 1996. It is authorized to issue degrees in Theology.
Summit is a member in good standing with the Christian accreditation group called the Association of Christian Educators and Administrators (ACEA) https://www.acea-schools.org/partners.html
Summit operates its home office in the State of California. California’s stance on religious colleges is that there is ‘a separation of church and state’. California neither approves or disapproves Summit’s status. This is actually a benefit because Summit is able to offer creative, beneficial, spiritual programs without a hindrance from the state.