Henry J. Heydt founded Lancaster Bible College and Graduate School (LBC) in September 1933. The school initially had 22 students, 8 attended morning classes, while 14 were enrolled in evening classes. The school’s mission then was to: “educate Christian men and women to live according to a biblical world view and to serve through professional Christian ministries.” After almost a century of operation, the school still lives by its original mission.
LBC offers undergraduate and graduate level degree programs, as well as certificate courses. These can be taken at school’s 100-acre campus at Lancaster County in South Central Pennsylvania as well as online through LBC’s distance education platform. The degrees that are available at LBC are Associate of Science in Bible, and Bachelor or Science in Bible, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Bible, Master of Arts in Ministry, and Master of Education.
Undergraduate tuition for academic year 2010 – 2011 is estimated at $15,930.00 and this excludes miscellaneous fees and expenses. Graduate tuition costs $1,440.00 per course and, as with undergraduate tuition, also does not include any other incidental costs. Financial aid, however, is readily available to eligible students. More information can be requested by going to the LBC website or contacting the school’s Financial Aid office.
Those who wish to take undergraduate studies at LBC must submit a completed application form and compose a 500-word autobiographical essay. This, together with official high school transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, list of references and the admission fee must be sent to the LBC office for their evaluation. Graduate students have different admission requirements to undergraduate applicants. Thus it is recommended that those interested in enrolling in LBC’s graduate courses contact the school’s Admissions office or visit the LBC website for specific application information.
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association for Biblical Higher Education accredit Lancaster Bible College. In addition, the school is approved by the Association of Christian Schools International and is an affiliate member of the Coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities.