Frequently Asked Questions and Answers...

Do you offer online classes?

We do not currently offer any courses for credit online. To get our degree you must attend classes in Denver, Colorado. There are however, a couple of websites that post some of our courses in video; Global Preacher Training and, both offer these videos online. Again, these courses are not available for credit in our degree program, but provide excellent opportunities for you to dig deeper into God's word.

How much is tuition for the two-year program?

Nothing. There is no tuition cost to attend Bear Valley's two-year program. This program is provided as a work of the Bear Valley church of Christ and is supported by hundreds of individuals and congregations. The only costs to students are some basic fees, books and living expenses while here in Denver.

Are the degrees you offer nationally accredited?

We are not nationally accredited.  However, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education has approved our program and given us the authorization to offer these Bachelor degrees.  In addition, a number of Colleges and Universities will accept hours from these degree programs.  We have agreements with Universities such as Oklahoma Christian ( and Amridge University (  It should be noted that there is no guarantee of a transfer of credits.  What will transfer, and how much will transfer is up to the receiving institution.

Can women attend your two-year program and receive a degree?

Yes. However, it is important to note that our program is design to train preachers. This obviously poses a number of problems for women in our program as we do not allow women to take classes in public speaking (with men present) and preaching. We have a great program for women designed with women's ministry issues in mind. 

Are students allowed to keep a job while in school?

No. Our program of study is intensive enough that it is not possible for students to work while in school. Students need to come and focus on their studies as much as possible.

How long are students in class each day?

Our students attend five (5) courses each week with 6 classroom hours for each course. Students attend classes from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Each day we have chapel from 10:00 for approximately 30 minutes and a one hour lunch break.

I have graduated from another school of preaching, can I transfer those classes to BVBID to get my Bachelor's Degree?

The Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver no longer offers a Bachelor of Biblical Studies degree to graduates of other schools. Our initial reason for offering these degrees was because of our firm conviction that individuals who went through recognized schools of preaching deserved a degree that reflected the amount of work they have done. This reason remains true.

However, in an effort to be more consistent with degree granting institutions, we are only going to be able to offer degrees to individuals who complete at least one half of our program. It did not make sense for Bear Valley to be graduating men that we never met and had no knowledge of their work ethic, character and doctrinal soundness.

If you have any questions regarding this decision, please contact the Bear Valley President, Denny Petrillo at

Master's Program  Exemption

If you are a graduate of a preacher school, and want to enroll in Bear Valley’s MBS program (Master of Biblical Studies), you will be exempted from this new policy. For instructions of what you should do, see Master's Leveling requirements here.