Catholic Bible Institute

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Certificate in Biblical Studies

This two-year program is a critical and reflective study of Scripture, designed for those in ministry as well those seeking a personal exploration of Scripture for their own enrichment. The next course, Old Testament, begins online on August 27, 2022. Reigstration is with the Archdiocesan Office for Religious Education. Details on the current course are below under General Information.

The Catholic Bible Institute entails a comprehensive study of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures focusing on methods of study, sharing and praying with Scripture. The purpose of the Institute is to provide for the training and formation of leadership at the local parish. To further this purpose, the fourfold goal of the Institute is to enable participants to grow in appreciation of God's revealed word, to foster a Catholic understanding of the study of Sacred Scripture, to integrate Bible study with prayer and Christian living, and to provide formation and training in basic Catholic Bible-study principles.

The program of study for the Catholic Bible Institute is cyclical, including a year of studies focusing on the Old Testament, and a year of studies on the New Testament. Upon successful completion of the first two years (first two courses), students will be awarded a certificate of completion in Biblical Studies.

A third year, focusing on particular skills for working with adults and running a parish-based Bible study program, is offered to those looking to be commissioned by their local diocese or archdiocese as Bible study facilitators.

Who Should Participate

Those who are in ministry, education, or simply seek to foster their own spiritual growth and broaden their own understanding of Scripture, will find participation in the Catholic Bible Institute to be a richly rewarding experience. While priority is given to those seeking the certificate, we also encourage and welcome participants who seek personal enrichment and education.

Program Benefits

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Appreciate and understand Scripture as a historical and revelatory text
  • Properly integrate Bible study with prayer and Christian living
  • Develop and facilitate parish and community-based Scripture programs

Credit from this program may be applicable to catechist certification at the discretion of the certifying diocese or archdiocese. Please be sure to check with the appropriate diocesan office to confirm that this program qualifies for credit towards certification or recertification.

General Information

Course and program requirements, schedules and tuition are subject to change; and additional fees may be incurred for books and materials. Click here to review all policies prior to enrollment. For additional information, contact the Center at (310) 338-2799 or

Please note: because this is a fully online program, enrollment eligibility is dependent on place of residency. Please review these provisions in full before enrolling.

  • The Catholic Bible Institute, offered online in collaboration with the Office of Religious Education of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

    Enroll: Enrollment, tuition and fees for courses are facilitated by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Religious Education. Click here to be redirected to their site.

  • Classes will meet via live videoconference (Zoom), 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays:

    • August 27, 2022
    • September 17
    • October 15
    • November 12
    • December 10
    • January 14, 2023
    • February 18
    • March 18
    • April 15
    • May 13
    • June 17

    Connecting Online

    MyLMU is the primary Internet-based portal for students, faculty and staff at Loyola Marymount University. Once you log in to the portal with your credentials, you can directly and securely access the various online learning platforms, including Brightspace and Zoom, and your student record. Click here to begin.

  • Instructor

    • Barbara Murphy, M.A.


    • Michael Barber
    • Dianne Bergant, Ph.D.
    • Bronson deVost, Ph.D.
    • Mark Giszczak, Ph.D.
    • Rev. Leslie Hoppe
    • Rev. Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.
    • Jina Kang, Ph.D.
    • Kathleen O’Connor, Ph.D.
    • Anthony Pagliarini, Ph.D.
    • Daniel Smith-Christopher, D.Phil.


  • Students must complete a total of 10.0 semester hours in coursework with an average letter grade of 'B-' or higher to receive a certificate of completion.

    Required Coursework: BSLX 900/905, BSLX 901/906

  • BSLX 900
    Catholic Bible Institute - Old Testament

    5.0 Semester Hours

    This course offers an introduction to the Old Testament and an overview of the following: Exodus, Covenant, Primeval History, Patriarchs, Prophets, Historical Writings, Deuterocanonical Writings, Exile and Rebuilding, Wisdom Literature and Hebrew theology. Integrating biblical study with prayer and Christian living will be emphasized.

    BSLX 901
    Catholic Bible Institute - New Testament
    5.0 Semester Hours

    This course offers an introduction to the New Testament and an overview of the following: Mark, Matthew, Luke, Acts, John, Pauline theology, Pastoral letters, the Book of Revelation, and New Testament theology. Integrating biblical study with prayer and Christian living will be emphasized.

    RELX 953
    Catholic Bible Institute - Practicum
    2.5 Semester Hours

    In this practicum, students will focus on developing skills for working with scripture in group situations at a parish level, with particular attention devoted to adult learning styles and skills. Participants demonstrate their leadership skills through a supervised presentation of a scripture program using the knowledge, skills, and tools acquired in the Bible Institute. Prerequisites: Catholic Bible Institute - Old Testament and Catholic Bible Institute - New Testament.