Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary

15800 Calvary Road, Kansas City, MO 64147-1341

School Details

Three separate Bible institutes for higher learning were founded in Kansas City, Kansas, Salina, Kansas, and Ozark, Arkansas, during the first part of the twentieth century. Each progressed forward, establishing baccalaureate programs. Then mergers began, and by 1987 the three schools transitioned into a single Calvary Bible College, located in Kansas City. During this same period, Calvary Theological Seminary began operating as a branch of the College. When the other three campuses merged in 1992, Calvary Theological Seminary established a separate institution. While both Calvary Bible College and Calvary Theological Seminary share campus facilities, today they operate as two individual schools.

Calvary Bible College is a private, not-for-profit, non-denominational institution based on Christian principals. Calvary Bible College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Commission on Accreditation of the Association of Biblical Higher Education. In addition, teacher education programs are approved by the State of Missouri and the Association of Christian Schools International.

Calvary Bible College awards Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees, along with certificates, through nine academic divisions, as well as supporting a Non-Traditional Studies Program. divisions include:

  • Bible and Theology
  • Biblical Counseling
  • Education
  • General Studies
  • Ministry Studies
  • Music Department
  • Professional Directed Studies
  • Theatre Arts
  • Interdisciplinary Studies

Students pursuing Associate’s degrees can pursue fields including Biblical Studies, Children’s Ministry, and Worship Arts. Bachelor’s degrees offer students a wide variety of options, ranging from Business Administration, Pastoral Ministry, and Organizational Leadership to Education, Music, and Worship Arts degrees. Various programs allow students to choose a concentration. For example, Worship Arts majors can focus on Piano, Voice, Guitar or complete the Worship Arts and Youth Ministry degree. In addition, students enrolled in the one-year certificate program can complete the Bible Track, Life Track, or Worship Arts Certificate.

Calvary Bible College also provides a non-traditional format for added flexibility. Students have four added options for completing classes:

  • Intensive courses meet one evening per week for six weeks.
  • Online courses are 8-weeks in length and students must complete the Ability Assessment prior to enrolling.
  • External studies courses are programs lasting 8-16 weeks. Students must maintain a CGPA 2.5 or more, and progress is monitored by the Non-Traditional Studies Office.
  • Independent study is an exceptional case, and students permitted to enroll in independent coursework must have a minimum CGPA of 3.0.

Prospective students will need to submit the application and fee, official transcripts, and ACT/SAT scores. In addition, students will need to complete a “My Life with Christ” worksheet, read and initial specified sections of the Student Catalog, and submit Pastoral and Personal references. International students will need to submit additional documentation, including English language proficiency scores and financial certification. Calvary Bible College awards credit based on the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), in addition to credit for prior qualifying military educational experiences.

Tuition is based on the number of credits. For example, students enrolled in 1-15 hours pay $310 per hour, not including added fees. Students pursuing 16 credit hours or more pay $232.50 per credit hour. These rates include traditional, non-traditional, and online programs.

Financial aid is available for eligible students. Federal aid programs include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Direct Stafford Loans and PLUS Loans. Academic and memorial institutional scholarships acknowledge merit, program of study, as well as other factors. Furthermore, Calvary has been recognized as a Military Friendly School by G.I.Jobs and supports military educational funding.

Calvary Theological Seminary is also regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and is professionally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of The Association for Biblical Higher Education. Students can pursue seven different Master’s degree programs, including:

  • Bible & Theology
  • Education
  • Organizational Development
  • Religious Studies
  • Biblical Counseling
  • Biblical Studies
  • Pastoral Studies

In addition to the typical on-campus graduate coursework, modular classes offer convenience for working professionals. Students complete readings prior to three-day intensive on-campus sessions, followed by the completion of assignments.

Interested graduate applicants will need to meet specified criteria, including proof of Christian character, an approved Bachelor’s degree with necessary liberal arts components, along with additional program-specific prerequisites. In addition, students will need to submit general documentation, including the application and fee, references, official transcripts, and GRE scores (if applicable). Tuition for Calvary Theological Seminary is $320 per credit hour, not including added fees. 

Additionally, merit and need-based scholarships are available, along with limited student employment options. Students may also access external resources, including federal aid, private loans, military benefits, and outside scholarships.




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    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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