Emmaus Bible College

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Emmaus Bible College is an accredited, four-year private college in Dubuque, Iowa, historically affiliated with the Open Brethren. It offers double majors in both professional and biblical studies.


It was founded in 1941 as Emmaus Bible School, initially established in Toronto, Ontario, by John Smart, Ed Harlow and Ernest Tatham. The college relocated in 1947 to Chicago, eventually in Oak Park, Illinois. In 1984, it relocated to its present location at 2570 Asbury Road, Dubuque, Iowa, and was renamed Emmaus Bible College.

Accreditation & Demographics

Emmaus has been a member of the Evangelical Training Association (ETA) since 1956. The college is nationally accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, as well as by the Higher Learning Commission of NCA. Emmaus is also a member of the Association of Christian Schools International, and of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.

Around half of Emmaus students come from Brethren backgrounds, with the remainder from other evangelical backgrounds. The school offers men's and women's basketball, men's soccer, and women's volleyball on the intercollegiate level.


Emmaus offers bachelor's and associate degrees in Biblical and ministry-related fields as well as professional fields. Its programs of study include:

  • Applied Mathematics
    • Applied Mathematics (BS)
    • Minor in Mathematics
  • Bible and Theology
    • Certificate in Biblical Studies
    • Biblical Studies (AA)
    • Biblical Studies (BS)
    • Major in Bible/Theology
    • Minor in Archaeology
    • Minor in Biblical Languages
    • Minor in Biblical Preaching
    • Minor in Pastoral Ministry
    • Continuing Education Certificate in Biblical Studies
  • Business Administration
    • Business Administration (BS)
    • Minor in Business
  • Computer Studies
    • Computer Information Systems (BS)
    • Computer Science (BS)
    • Minor in Computer Information Systems
    • Continuing Education Certificate in Computer Information Systems
  • Counseling Psychology
    • Counseling Psychology (BS)
    • Minor in Counseling
  • Educational Ministries
    • Educational Ministries: Camp Ministries Track (BS)
    • Educational Ministries: Children's Ministries Track (BS)
    • Educational Ministries: Ministry Leadership Track (BS)
    • Educational Ministries: Youth Ministries Track (BS)
    • Youth Ministries (AA)
    • Minor in Youth Ministries
    • Continuing Education Certificate in Youth Ministries
  • General Studies
    • General Studies (AA)
    • Minor in History
    • General Studies Core
  • Health Sciences
    • Nursing (BS/AAS)
    • Cross-Cultural Nursing (BS/Diploma)
    • Bible/Theology with a concentration in Pre-Professional Health Sciences (BS)
    • Radiologic Technology (BS/AAS)
    • Respiratory Care (BS/AAS)
    • Paramedic (BS/AAS)
    • Medical Assistant (BS/Diploma)
    • Dental Assistant (BS/Diploma)
  • Intercultural Studies
    • Intercultural Studies (BS)
    • Minor in Church Planting and Revitalization
    • Minor in Intercultural Studies
    • Minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
    • Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
    • Continuing Education Certificate in Missions
    • Continuing Education Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Music
    • Minor in Music
    • Minor in Music Ministry
  • Teacher Education
    • Elementary Education (BS)
    • Secondary Education (BS)
      • With Business Endorsement (5-12)
      • With English Endorsement (5-12)
      • With Math Endorsement (5-12)
      • With Psychology & World History Endorsement (5-12)
      • With World History Endorsement (5-12)
      • ACSI Certification
    • K-12 ESL Education (BS)
    • K-12 Education (AA)
    • Continuing Education Certificate in Elementary Education
    • Teacher Education Program Admission, Progression, and Continuation Policies
  • 3+1 Transfer Program
    • Bible/Theology & Criminal Justice Sample Planner (BS & BA)

In addition to its campus program, Emmaus also offers a distance learning program that provides college credit for courses taken online.

Emmaus Worldwide

Emmaus began offering correspondence courses in 1942, with the initial target audience being military personnel. Today it offers those courses in 105 countries, and in 125 languages.

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