The content and purpose of courses focusing on the Bible and ministry at both institutions of higher education are often very similar. However, Christian universities offer degrees in arts and sciences in addition to religious studies, while Bible schools focus more on Christian leadership and generally offer degrees in which education in the Bible is the primary purpose. Biblical universities offer undergraduate education, while seminaries focus on graduate education. To enter a biblical college, high school education is a requirement.
Therefore, biblical universities offer degree programs in biblical studies. At a biblical college, the curriculum revolves around the biblical. However, some universities offer programs similar to those in secular schools. Graduates of biblical universities have adequate knowledge of theology.
In Australia, a Bible school has traditionally helped people understand the Bible by teaching through the books of the Bible. Traditionally, a theological college has included much more detailed studies (languages, discourse analysis, etc.) A theological college course is usually designed (carefully and intentionally) to equip people for a full-time teaching ministry, while a Bible school course is more designed (with the same care and intention) to help all Christians learn more about the Bible. That distinction has become a bit blurred in recent decades, as biblical universities began offering degree programs, which until recently were largely something that only theological universities offered. Both types of universities are private institutions that incorporate biblical truths into everyday life.
Deciding between a biblical college or a Christian liberal arts college depends on the student's personal and professional goals. While Christian universities generally offer a Christian culture, biblical universities emphasize a biblical foundation in every aspect of students' lives. Choosing between a Bible college and a Christian university depends on your personal goals and preferences. If you are looking for an education that focuses on religious studies and Christian leadership, then a Bible school may be the best option for you.
On the other hand, if you are looking for an education that offers degrees in arts and sciences with religious classes as part of the curriculum, then a Christian university may be more suitable for you.