For over 53 years, Portland Bible College has striven to provide the finest personal and ministerial training possible. We have consistently held to a set of common core values that shape our educational objectives and commit us to continually raise the academic and developmental bar.  As a result, we offer to the student the benefit of receiving a degree, transfer-ability of credits to other educational institutions and VA educational benefits.

Formal transfer agreements have been established with the following schools
Pacific Life College
Northwest Christian University
Pittsburg State University
Portland State University
Warner Pacific University
Portland Seminary
Western Seminary
Regent University
Indiana Wesleyan University

Schools that have accepted PBC credits
Arizona State University
Azusa Pacific University
Boise State University
Fuller University
Grand Canyon University
Seattle Pacific University
University of California, Berkeley
University of Portland
George Fox University

Degree Granting Status

Portland Bible College has been granted exempt status by the State of Oregon to offer theological and church ministry degrees at the associate and baccalaureate level. Currently, the school offers associate degrees in four programs: Christian Humanities, Theology, Church Music, and Church Leadership Studies. Two programs lead to a bachelor degree in Theology or Church Music.

The Washington Student Achievement Council has determined that Portland Bible College qualifies for religious exempt status from the Degree-Granting Institutions Act for the following programs: Associate of Christian Humanities (A.C.H.), Associate of Church Leadership (A.C.L.), Associate of Church Music (A.C.M.), Associate of Church Music Leadership (A.C.M.L.), Associate of Theology (A.Th.), Bachelor of Church Music (B.C.M.), and Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.). The Council makes no evaluation of the administration, faculty, business practices, financial condition, or quality of the offerings by this institution. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430 or by email at


Portland Bible College serves under the leadership of the governing body of elders at Mannahouse. This unique relationship between the college and the local church has been the basis for its strength and effectiveness.  Currently the appropriate accrediting associations do not make sufficient provision for local church governed colleges, thus PBC has not been able to pursue accreditation. It is however committed to instructional and academic excellence and thus enjoys many of the benefits of accredited colleges.

PBC is endeavoring to maintain its commitment to its ecclesiastical standards while nurturing a growing academic reputation. As a ministry of Mannahouse, college faculty and administrators feel the school is uniquely equipped to train students for life-long service in the context of their local church community.

Click here  to read a letter from the dean explaining our Accreditation status. Also, lists a few schools we have transfer agreements with.

Transfer Agreements

The college continues to establish a growing number of formal transfer agreements with fully accredited colleges and universities so that students pursuing educational and career objectives beyond Bible College will have the advantage of their credits being transferable. In addition, several local graduate schools are currently accepting our Bachelor Degree toward post graduate study.

Students desiring to transfer their PBC credits to other institutions are responsible for determining the requirements of the institution and program to which they plan to transfer.

Most Portland Bible College programs are approved for VA educational benefits. Veterans and eligible dependents should contact the Registrar so that their enrollment can be certified by the VA. For more information on applying as a veteran, click here.

International Students
This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. For more information on applying as an international student, click here.

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