Accreditation & Academic Policies

Ethnos360 Bible Institute is currently positioning itself towards accreditation. Once we meet the major requirements for accreditation, we will submit an application with TRACS – with whom we hope to attain accreditation.

Why Accreditation And What Does It Mean?

One of our Academic Deans, Scot, discusses the details of our pursuit towards accreditation. One important note, our program will not be changing.  We are committed to academic excellence and the founding purpose of this Institute – preparing men and women to take His Word to the very ends of the earth.

Missionary Training

Ethnos360 Bible Institute is designed to build the biblical foundation you need to serve God as a missionary. It’s the first phase of training with Ethnos360 (founded in 1942 as New Tribes Mission). From here, many Ethnos360 Bible Institute graduates go on to our cross-cultural church planting training center in southwestern MO, Ethnos360 Training, or to our training center in Canada, Emanate. A focus on practical skills and discipleship prepare you to become a member of Ethnos360, and join the team taking the gospel to people groups who have yet to hear.

Credit Transfer

Ethnos360 Bible Institute is still the right start if you want to get other training before serving God as a missionary, or intend to serve Him in other ways. Although Ethnos360 Bible Institute is not yet accredited, a number of Christian colleges and universities accept our credits.

The following schools have agreed to accept Ethnos360 Bible Institute’s credits through an Articulation/Credit Transfer Agreement:

  • Crossroads Bible College: Indianapolis, IN – 317-789-8255
  • Emmaus Bible College: Dubuque, IA – 563-588-8000
  • Grace Christian University: Grand Rapids, MI – 616-538-2330
  • Calvary University: Kansas City, MO – 800-326-3960
  • Grace College: Winona Lake, IN – 800-544-7223
  • Heritage College and Seminary: Cambridge, ON – 800-465-1961
  • The Master’s College: Santa Clarita, CA – 800-568-6248
  • Montana Bible College: Bozeman, MT – 406-586-3585
  • Oak Hills Christian College: Bemidji, MN – 888-751-8670
  • Pensacola Christian College: Pensacola, FL – 800-722-4636
  • San Diego Christian College: El Cajon, CA – 800-676-2242
  • Shasta Bible College: Redding, CA – 800-800-4722
  • University of Northwestern: St. Paul, MN – 800-692-4020

The following schools have accepted some Ethnos360 Bible Institute credits in the past, though Ethnos360 Bible Institute has no formal agreement with them. It would be best to contact them regarding your individual situation:

  • Appalachian Bible College: Bradley, WV – 800-678-9222
  • Columbia International University: Columbia, SC – 800-777-2227
  • Grace School of Theology: The Woodlands, TX – 877-476-8674
  • Lancaster Bible College: Lancaster, PA; Washington DC – 866-LBC4YOU
  • Liberty University: Lynchburg, VA – 434-582-2000
  • Moody Bible Institute: Chicago, IL – 800-356-6639
  • Southern California Seminary: El Cajon, CA – 888-389-7244

The following seminaries have recognized Ethnos360’s Bachelor degree, accepting into their program Ethnos360 Bible Institute graduates who have also completed Ethnos360 Training (formerly the Missionary Training Center):

  • Calvary University: Kansas City, MO – 800-326-3960
  • Grace School of Theology: The Woodlands, TX – 877-476-8674
  • Grace Theological Seminary: Winona Lake, IN – 800-544-7223
  • Southern California Seminary: El Cajon, CA – 888-389-7244

Academic Policies

Graduation Requirements

Your graduation requirements for Ethnos360 Bible Institute (founded in 1955 as New Tribes Bible Institute) are the completion of 64 credits and an overall GPA of 2.00 or above. The average number of credits needed each semester is 16. Fifteen of those 16 are core curriculum. You may choose the other credits from a list of elective courses.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive an Associate Degree in Biblical Studies.


You are expected to attend all classes in which you are enrolled. Because unforeseen circumstances do arise and illness would prevent class attendance, the policy allows for up to two absences per credit hour in any course. Credit for the course may be lost due to excessive absences. The Academic Dean will make a determination on a case-by-case basis.

Academic Review

Academic progress is reviewed at the mid-point and end of each semester. If your GPA drops below 2.0, you will be placed on academic probation. If your GPA does not improve to a 2.0 or above by the next academic review, you will be required to take a leave of absence for not less than one semester. After the required leave of absence you may re-apply.

Academic Records

You may inquire at any time about your academic progress in a course. You will be given a summary of grades at the end of each semester. Copies of all academic records are kept on file. A student transcript will be sent upon request at the cost of $10 per transcript.

Transfer Credits

You may receive transfer credits for courses taken at other schools if the course content is equal to what is offered at Ethnos360 Bible Institute. All Bible and missions courses will be considered for transfer. 

Grading System

Letter Grade Number Range GPA Description
A 94-100 4 Superior
A- 90-93 3.7 Excellent
B+  87-89 3.3 Good
B 84-86 3.0 Good
B- 80-83 2.7 Good
C+  77-79 2.3 Average
C  74-76 2.0 Average
C-  70-73 1.7 Below Average
D+  67-69 1.3 Below Average
D  64-66 1.0 Below Average
D-  60-63 .7 Below Average
F  0-59 0 Failing

Academic Honors

To be placed on the Dean’s List at graduation, you must have completed a minimum of 64 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.60.

Student Conduct

Ethnos360 Bible Institute’s governing board reserves the right to ask any student to leave the school who disqualifies himself or herself through conduct that is not in keeping with Christ-like character. Some examples are:

  • any form of sexual immorality
  • the possession and/or use or sale of illegal drugs
  • a lack of discipline in academic or personal life

After a determined length of absence following dismissal, a student will be allowed to reapply to Ethnos360 Bible Institute. A positive pastoral recommendation and Ethnos360 Bible Institute’s governing board approval are needed in order for a student to re-enroll.