Biblical Women's Institute


The BWI program is designed for women who are preparing for Christian service in their homes as well as through local churches or other ministry settings. All women are invited to enroll and is for any woman, anywhere.

BWI also offers a program for women who are planning to serve overseas alongside their husband with the International Mission Board.

BWI courses do not carry academic credit and cannot be leveled into graduate or undergraduate course credit. The BWI programs are designed to equip women to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission, but are not controlled under the academic processes of the institution.

  • Courses are $25 each

  • Each course is 6-7 weeks long

  • Two sessions per semester

  • Courses offered online or on-campus

  • On-campus classes are on Wednesday mornings from 10:30am-11:30am or Thursday evenings from 7-8pm.

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Students must complete fourteen BWI classes. If you are in one of the other certificates (Certificate in Women’s Studies, Advanced Certificate in Women’s Studies, Diploma in Women’s Studies, Certificate in Women’s Studies with International Missions), contact us at to work out which classes you will need.

Required Courses

  • BWI0110 How to Study Your Bible: Old Testament 1
  • BWI0120 How to Study Your Bible: Old Testament 2
  • BWI0210 How to Study Your Bible: New Testament 1
  • BWI0220 How to Study Your Bible: New Testament 2
  • BWI0310 Knowing God 1
  • BWI0320 Knowing God 2
  • BWI0410 Church Life 1
  • BWI0420 Church Life 2
  • BWI0510 Loving God and Loving Others 1
  • BWI0520 Loving God and Loving Others 2
  • BWI0610 Speaking Truth 1
  • BWI0620 Speaking Truth 2
  • *BWI0710Growing Together 1
  • *BWI0720 Growing Together 2


*Courses available Spring 2020

A 3-hour course taken in the Seminary or College may be substituted for 2 BWI elective classes if approved by the Director of Certificate Services.

Students may complete Certificate in less than two years by taking more than one class per term.

Session Dates

  • Fall 2019 Session 1: 8/25/2019 - 10/6/2019
  • Fall 2019 Session 2: 10/13/2019 - 11/24/2019
  • Spring 2020 Session 1: 1/26/2020 – 3/8/2020
  • Spring 2020 Session 2: 3/15/2020 – 5/3/2020

  • December Graduation Chapel: 12/5/2019
  • May Graduation Chapel: 5/7/2020

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IMB Spouse Requirements

You need 12 credits or 4 semester long classes for the IMB spouse requirements. Through the GO CERT program and BWI at Southeastern you can complete this with 2 certificate courses meeting the requirement for each semester long class. (Ex: IMB requirement Old Testament = GO Cert Old Testament and Hermeneutics, or BWI Old Testament Survey 1 and Old Testament Survey 2). You have the option to mix and match these courses to meet said requirements.

Each GO Cert class is 30- 20 minute videos, plus a weekly reading requirement. This is 10 hours of lecture per course. Students could complete the GO Cert classes on their own schedule, as quickly as they need. Quizzes are embedded into the videos, so besides the reading, no other work is required. This class functions much like an independent study. GO Certificate allows you complete flexibility to complete your requirements at your own pace.

Old Testament Requirement: GO CERT Old Testament and GO CERT Hermeneutics

New Testament Requirement: GO CERT New Testament and GO CERT Acts Book Study

Theology Requirement: GO CERT Christian Theology and GO CERT Historical Theology

Elective Requirement: Any 2 other available courses


BWI classes run on a normal academic schedule, but they are also available online. There are two sessions each semester, each 6 weeks long. They are Early Fall, Late Fall, Early Spring and Late Spring. You can begin at any session, however please note that joining in a session two class without having taken the session one course will require a little bit of additional work. These classes function much like traditional school- you will have weekly assignments, you will interact with your classmates, and you will have a final assessment. Each class is 12 hours of lecture. The BWI allows you the opportunity to learn alongside other women, many of whom are also pursuing their IMB requirements, while operating in the 6 week class schedule.

Old Testament Requirement: How to Study Your Bible: Old Testament 1 and 2

New Testament Requirement: How to Study Your Bible: New Testament 1 and 2

Theology Requirement: Knowing God 1 and 2

Elective Requirement: Any 2 additional classes

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