Finding Equivalent Courses

There are eight IBS courses that can be completed by taking an equivalent course from an accredited seminary. In order to apply a course toward your IBS requirements, the following conditions must obtain:

  1. The course must be taken from an accredited seminary.
  2. The course must be a graduate level course. (Undergraduate courses are not acceptable, except for Intro to Mission)
  3. The course must cover the same content as the IBS course.  Contact your theological development leader or send an email to ibs.info@cru.org to verify your proposed course will fit.
    (See IBS core course descriptions.)
  4. The course must be taken for a grade. (Audited courses do not count.)
  5. You must pass the course with a grade of C or better.
  6. You must submit a transcript showing that you completed the course. Upon completion, scan your transcript and email a copy as well to ibs.info@cru.org. Along with a copy of your transcript, please explain the courses you wish to be exempt from.

Where can I find equivalent courses?

You can take equivalent courses to fulfill IBS requirements through any accredited seminary or graduate school. Our national seminary partners offer a number of courses that can be applied toward IBS requirements. You will find sample equivalencies listed below. Any seminary course listed as an equivalent for a particular IBS course will satisfy that IBS requirement. (For example:  If you complete RTS' OT 510 course, that would satisfy your OT Survey IBS requirement.)

IBS Course Trinity RTS DTS Bethel Talbot
 NT Survey NT5000 NT 508, 510, 512, or 514 BE 105, 106 or 107 NT 516 or 518 TTBE 520
Bible Study Methods NT/OT/ID5010 NT 524 BE 101 BT 510 TTBE 517
 God/Bible/HS ST5101 ST 508 ST 102 TS 512 TTTH 511
 OT Survey OT5000 OT 508, 510, 512, or 514 BE 102, 103 or 104 OT 516 or 518  TTBE: 519
 Apologetics PR5500 ST 530 ST 605 TS 606 TTPH 602
 Christian Worldview no equiv CE614 or ST 504 ST 415 TS 516 no equiv
 Church History** CH5010, DE 5550 or DE 5570 HT 502, 504 or 506 HT 200 HS 510 or 512 TTHT 514
 Humanity/Christ/Salvation ST5102 ST 514 (Orlando), ST 520 (ATL and DC), ST 522 (Online and Jackson) ST 104 TS 513 TTTH 61


**NOTE: The "Perspectives on the World Christian Movement," course developed by U.S. Center for World Missions, can be applied toward the "Church History" requirement. To count toward IBS requirements, the Perspectives course must be taken for graduate credit.

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