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I see some Christian education institutions refer to themselves as "Bible College" and some as "Seminary" and some as "Bible College and Seminary". What is the difference between those, if any?

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Not entirely sure this is topical, but I'll answer it.

A Bible college is typically a 2 year or 4 year school that specializes in Christian undergraduate education. (typically with programs like Biblical Studies, youth ministry, things like that, rather than traditional math/science/teaching programs you'd find at say a Christian liberal arts school)

A seminary is typically a graduate school that specializes in training people for the ministry (pastorate, counseling etc).

A school that advertised as both may offer a double degree or cater to people seeking either a four year degree in something bible related, or people heading into the ministry. Doing both is good synergy and they may be able to save a pastor some time (get under grad and seminary done in 5 years instead of 6 or something).

Hope that makes the difference clear.

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adding to this - I usually don't see accreditation's when I see "Bible College". –  Greg McNulty Aug 21 '12 at 20:21
@GregMcNulty Lots of Bible Colleges are accredited. They just don't usually offer graduate level programs. –  Caleb Aug 21 '12 at 20:25
Yup. I took some graduate level classes in counseling at Capital Bible Seminary, which shared facilities with the undergraduate Washington Bible College –  Affable Geek Aug 22 '12 at 2:41
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To me theres no difference between bible and seminary sll depen on the vision statement of the institution. Most the college s offer both under graduate and graduate programs others don't offer the both so either the institution is name bible college and seminary or not the most important fsct is what the individuals wsnt to accomplish in life and minstry. We don't have to be confuse about what s the different between bible college and seminary is.

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On the contrary, there really are differences among Bible colleges, seminaries, and divinity schools. Divinity schools are usually part of larger - typically private - academic institutions known as universities. Seminaries are for training seminarians to become ordained ministers. Bible colleges are described by wax eagle's answer. –  Anonymous Sep 29 '13 at 15:40
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