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How it Works/FAQs

Course Format

Online courses follow either an 8-week or self-paced format. You may choose to enroll in a single course or participate in several courses at one time. Students in each course progress through a structured series of course material and learning experiences guided by Moody faculty and instructors. Assignments require students to engage in activities that are both academic and practical.

The courses are designed to help you benefit from the learning community that surrounds you. Your commitments to family, church, ministry and community become key components in your personal development in the courses. Substantive online interaction with faculty and students of other backgrounds further enriches the experience.

Course requirements that include online postings follow a schedule for the eight-week online courses so that you may complete the assignments at your convenience prior to the due date/time.

Online classrooms are managed through Moody's learning management system, Blackboard. Students will be issued user names and passwords in order to have access to the courses and services.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a collection of Frequently Asked Questions about Moody Distance Learning Online Studies. Read through these topics to see if this learning option is right for you.

  • General
  • Academics
  • Transfer
  • Enrollment
  • Tuition


How much time will I spend on coursework?
In a three credit hour course, you should expect to spend an average of 6-9 hours per week on your course work. Depending on your speed of reading and the number of particular assignments for course, you will be online approximately 2-3 hours a week. This time may be decreased if you download documents and read them offline and may be increased if you participate extensively in additional discussion board conversations.

Do I have to be online at any specific time?
The way our courses are set up, you do not need to be online at any particular time. However, the software we use for the online school is interactive. You will have a chance to communicate with the other students and the instructor. Communication is mostly through e-mails and discussion boards, so you can get online at the time most convenient for you.

Who are the Moody Distance Learning instructors?
Instructors are Moody full and adjunct faculty. Faculty members are involved in the development of courses as content experts and also serve as course instructors. Not only are Moody faculty experts in their respective fields, but many of them are also ministry practioners who use their experiences in the class instruction.  

How do I get textbooks?
You will need to purchase your textbooks before your course begins. You should be able to find your textbooks at a local or online bookstore. The required textbooks are listed in each course syllabus listed under Course Descriptions and in the Textbook pages for Undergraduate and Graduate Online Studies.

How do I start?
Students who are interested in enrolling in one of our programs should apply. To speak with a representative about our programs and learning options call 1-800-588-8344 or email


How are Moody online courses accredited?
Moody Distance Learning college credit courses are accredited by the following organizations:

Higher Learning Commission of the North
Central Association of Colleges and Schools
230 S. LaSalle Street Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 263-0456

Association for Biblical Higher Education
5575 S. Semoran Road
Suite 26
Orlando, FL 32822
(407) 207-0808

How important is my school's accreditation?
Moody Bible Institute will consider transfer credit from those schools that are accredited by the AABC or by regional accrediting agencies. Check your school's catalog for its particular accreditation. Usually, well-established junior colleges and state-run universities fall under this category.

Accredited Agencies Recognized by Moody:

  • AABC Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges
  • ABHES Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools
  • ACCSCT Accrediting Commission for Career Schools/Colleges of Technology
  • ACICS Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
  • ATS Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
  • COE Council on Occupational Education
  • DETC Distance Education and Training Council
  • MSA Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • NASC Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
  • NCA North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • NEASC-CIHE New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc./Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  • NEASC-CTCI New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc./Commission on Technical and Career Institution
  • SACS-CC Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  • WASC-Jr. Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
  • WASC-Sr. Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities


Can I earn an entire degree online?
Yes. Moody Bible Institute offers the following programs:

Certificate of Biblical Studies (30 credit hours)
Associate of Biblical Studies(60 credit hours)
Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies(120 credit hours)
Bachelor of Science in Ministry Leadership (120 credit hours)
Graduate Studies Certificate (30 credit hours)
Bachelor of Science in Theological Studies (120 credit hours)
Bachelor of Science in Theological and Cultural Engagement (121 credit hours)
Master of Arts in Applied Biblical Studies (36 credit hours)
Master of Arts in Biblical Preaching (36 credit hours)

I hold advanced degrees. Which program would be best for me?
Interested students holding advanced degrees may wish to pursue the Master of Arts in Applied Biblical Studies. If students do not want to obtain an additional Master's degree and would prefer an undergraduate program, we recommend the Associate of Biblical Studies degree for foundations in Bible, Theology and Ministry studies. Different churches and ministries have different requirements, so if you are attempting to get a degree with a specific ministry in mind, we suggest first checking with the church or organization to see what educational requirements they have. 

What master's-level courses are available?
Moody Distance Learning offers a  Master of Arts in Applied Biblical Studies (36 credit hours) and a Graduate Certificate (30 credit hours). Additionally, though not a full graduate degree. However, those enrolled in a graduate degree through Moody Theological Seminary can work towards its completion with courses from Moody Distance Learning.

How do I receive academic advising?
Academic Advising regarding degree requirements and course selection is available for all MDL students. Contact an academic advisor between 8 a.m.–4 p.m. CT at (800) 356-6639ext. 2087 or (312) 329-2087

You may also contact the office by mail or e-mail at:
Academic Advising 
Academic Records/Crowell 2
820 N. LaSalle Blvd.
Chicago, IL  60610


Can I transfer credits from another institution?
A maximum of 75 percent of previous college credits may be accepted as transfer credit from other accredited institutions in fulfillment of the required credits for graduation.

What kinds of courses will generally transfer?
Only college level courses with a letter grade of "C" or higher are transferable; life experience, CEU credits, or Pass/Fail courses are not. Also, courses with "S" (Satisfactory) grade will not be transferable.

Do you accept credit for Life Experience?
Moody does not consider life experience for college credit.

Can you look over copies of my transcripts and tell me how many credits will transfer?
We only evaluate transfer credit for those who have submitted a Distance Learning Center Application to our Admissions Department. A full evaluation of your credits will be done upon your acceptance into a degree program. We would encourage you to apply.

I have a bachelor degree in a secular field. Which degree should I take?
If you have completed a bachelor's degree, we would not recommend that you pursue another one. We would advise you instead to pursue our Master of Arts in Applied Biblical Studies (36 credit hours) or Graduate Certificate (30 credit hours).

Will a Moody Online course transfer to the on-campus programs at Moody?
Generally, all 100 or 200 level courses can be used for the on-campus (Day-School) programs, while some 300 and 400 level courses can also be transferred.  

For questions about specific courses, please contact Academic Records at


How do I enroll?
In order to enroll, students must first apply to one of our Distance Learning Programs. Once matriculated into one of our programs, students can log in to the myMoody portal and follow the registration instructions to enroll into courses.  If you would like more information or assistance in applying, call us at 1-800-588-8344 or email us at 

What courses are available?
View Undergraduate course offerings. View Graduate course offerings.

What course should I start with?
Our program plans will provide you with which courses to take in which order. View the program plan for your degree program:

May I audit a course?
Students may audit an Extension Site course. Students are not able to audit ,Online eight-week, self-paced course, or Independent Study courses.The cost of auditing is 50 percent of the cost for a credit. Contact for more information.

Can I read through the course syllabus before I decide to enroll?
Yes. View syllabi by visiting the Undergraduate or Graduate Course Descriptions pages.

Do I have to fill out the online Moody Application to register for an online class?
Whether an undergraduate or graduate student, if you have not yet taken classes at Moody, or you have not taken a Moody class in the past two years, you need to apply to Moody before you can take courses.

If you do not wish to apply to a degree program, then you can apply to our non-degree program. Our non-degree program allows you to enroll in up to 12 credit hours, provided that you have met any individual course prerequisite requirements. Should you decide to apply to a degree program in the future, any courses taken as a non-degree student will be evaluated according to the requirements of the curriculum that is current at the time you apply.

If you are a student enrolled in another college, then you must apply as a visiting studentand may take up to 12 credit hours to transfer back to your home school.

If you would like more information or assistance in applying, call us at 1-800-588-8344 or email   

What are the dates for the courses and for registration?
Please see the Moody Distance Learning Calendar.

Can I enroll with a group of students?
We encourage groups to let us know if they want to enroll together. For instance, chapter members of a campus ministry group might want to take a course in the Gospel of John as part of their group. Or, members of a particular mission agency might want to take a series of courses together to fulfill the continuing education requirements of their mission. Please let us know about your special interests so that we can customize Moody Distance Learning courses to fit your needs.


What is the cost of a Moody Online course?
Visit the tuition and fees page for the most recent cost of online courses. 

Payments are made by credit card (Visa or Master Card) online through a secure payment service. This cost does not reflect the cost of textbooks as students are expected to purchase their textbooks at a local or online bookstore.

Can I drop a class after the semester has started?
Students may choose to drop a Moody Online course by going to and dropping the course. The date the student drops will affect what is marked on their transcript. Call (800) 758-6352 for more specific information.

Note: A student who ceases to attend a class, in which he or she is enrolled, without officially dropping the course at will receive an "F" grade in that subject. Please refer to our Student Handbook for further information.

If I drop a class, will I get a tuition refund?
Tuition credits are given based on the duration of the course and when you drop the course. For more specific information, please refer to the undergraduate or graduate school catalog located in any Resources page.

Is there an installment plan for payment?
Yes, we do offer an installment plan.  The Moody Distance Learning (MDL) Payment Plan is an interest-free alternative to lump-sum payment of the student bill. With this plan you can make tuition payments on a monthly basis rather than having to pay in full at the time of registration.

Is there any financial aid?
Information on financial aid can be found at the Financial Aid page.

How do I go about using the Military Tuition Assistance?
While we do accept money from the GI Bill for courses, we do not determine the amount you can get. This is determined by the government. The amount that the VA contributes is determined by what program you signed up under (VEAP). You may want to contact the VA at (888) 442-4551, provide them your SSN, and they should be able to tell you what benefits you rate. For more information about this benefit, please see Moody's Military Assistance Policy.


Who do I contact if I have a question about billing for online courses?
Please contact Treasury Operations at (312) 329-4223.

How can I pay my student bill?
You can now easily and conveniently pay for your classes from your myMoody account. Simply log in, go to your Student Center, and choose "make a payment" under the Finances section. You can then enter your credit card information and pay for your classes at any time.

If you wish to pay your bill over the phone with a credit card, call (800) 356-6639 and ask to talk to a teller in Treasury Operations.

To pay your bill by check, make it out to Moody Bible Institute, write your student number in the memo and send to:

Moody Bible Institute-Dept. 1018
PO Box 6500
Chicago, IL 60680

Can I pay for courses in installments or increments?
Yes. Moody Bible Institute has a payment plan for online, Regional Classroom and Independent Study courses. Review detailed information on the Moody Payment Plan, and call Treasury Operations at (312) 329-4223 for the forms.