Maranatha Baptist Bible College (MBBC) and Seminary is a private Baptist College located in Watertown, Wisconsin. It was founded by Dr. B. Myron Cedarholm on September 14, 1968. Its name was lifted from the Aramaic phrase “Maranatha” which translates to “Lo He Cometh”, a line that appears in the New Testament. Its establishment and institution is a story of divine intervention made possible by the strength of faith of its founder.
The primary mission of Maranatha Baptist Bible College is preparing leaders to serve locally and internationally based on its core values including fidelity, learning, integrity, charity, leadership, unity, balance, family, and excellence. The college effectively combines a Bible College environment with a liberal arts focus. Students are required to follow a biblical code of personal conduct.
The academic programs of Maranatha Baptist Bible College include undergraduate degree programs in Bible, Business Management, Accounting, Office Management, Sports Management, Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education, Nursing, Humanities, English, Biology, Music, and Church Ministries, as well as graduate degrees in Biblical Studies, Church Music, and Biblical Counseling. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It also participates in the Commission’s Academic Quality Improvement Program.
Maranatha Baptist Bible College incorporates traditional independent fundamental Baptist philosophy in its academic programs. Students are required to take 24 hours of Bible credits and 31 hours of liberal arts credits aside from the usual requirements for majors and minors. Master’s degree programs offered include the Master of Divinity, Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies, Master’s Degree in Biblical Counseling, Master’s Degree in Cross-Cultural Studies, and the Master’s Degree in English Bible which is offered online. Also offered is the Chaplaincy Program
Aside from the traditional on-campus classroom option, students are also offered other possible learning options. These include the Campus Modules, Virtual Modules or Classes, Online Courses and Programs, and through Advanced Placement. Modules are considered traditional courses where students are given the chance to complete a course in one week on-campus. Virtual modules are conducted online. This non-traditional class requires regular virtual attendance at a specific time. Online courses and programs are likewise considered non-traditional. These courses allow students to complete their programs at their own pace and do not require students to be online at a specific time. The Advanced Placement option allows MBBC students to complete both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in 6 years for 3 years each. All master’s degree programs require at least 50% on-site attendance except for the MB in English Bible which can be completed entirely online.
Undergraduate estimated cost is $ 465.00 per credit hour. Comprehensive fee for full-time students is $ 185.00. Estimated room and board expense is $ 3,145.00 plus a one-time residence hall maintenance fee of $ 90.00. Tuition cost for 12 to 18 hours per semester is $ 5,580.00. Additional credits beyond 18 cost $ 290.00 per credit hour. Graduate studies cost $ 270.00 per credit hour. Any undergraduate student taking at least 12 credits and any graduate student taking at least 8 credits are considered full-time students.
Financial aid for Maranatha Baptist Bible College is provided through federal grants, scholarships, and loans. Students can only avail of financial assistance when they are accepted for admission and enrolled in classes and are able to demonstrate financial need. They must also maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
Maranatha Baptist Bible College is a member of the NCAA Division III and the NCCAA. It athletic teams known as the Crusaders compete in the Northern Athletic Conference in sports events including cross-country, baseball, basketball, football, soccer, and wrestling.
There are about 817 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enrolled in Maranatha Baptist Bible College.