Are you interested in attending Master’s Baptist College in Fargo, North Dakota?

07 Jul

First off, make sure to watch the MBC video if you haven’t already, then read on to learn more about MBC!


IMG_1662If you’ve looked around on the internet, you have probably already read some about the classes at Master’s. There is a new class each week. Classes begin on Monday and run from 6:00 to 9:30 every evening. On Saturday there is also a Chapel service and ministry time. When I attended, I was in many ministries, print shop, Sunday school, graphic design, compassion ministry, choir, etc., but there is also Bus, nursery, classroom helpers, grading mail-in Bible studies and more.

The classes themselves are enthralling. Some classes have a quiz at the beginning of each day, (Hi there, Bro. Venem!) Others have a requirement to turn in an edited and formatted copy of notes to be graded, Some have essays or term papers. All classes have a requirement to do something to pass, so if you plan on attending, plan to dig in to the word of God and study!

Some of my favorite classes have been “New Evangelicalism”(a class warning about it) with Don Jasmin, the printer of the Fundamentalist digest, “Evangelism” with Evangelist Larry Clayton, a preacher for 50+ years who has helped churches start churches 100+ times. All of Academic Dean Bob Venem’s classes are outstanding, and I feel like I carry away a lot of knowledge, but also good ministry advice and wisdom when I complete the class. Junior year classes I have enjoyed the most were “American Baptist history” and “Comparative Theology”, both taught by Evangelist Ted Alexander. In my Senior year, Deputation and Church Planting with Pastor Austin Wartner was one of my favorites.

Church Involvement

One of the great blessings of Master’s Baptist College is that it is a ministry of the Fargo Baptist Church. Not only does the college teach the importance of ministries being part of a local church, but they practice what they preach by having the College as their own ministry. As outlined above in the classes section, the College does require that each student work in a church ministry. Not only this, there is a requirement that each week the student also go on a visitation ministry, whether it me new residents, bus visitation, follow-up, what have you. There are four required church services a week, and there are lots of other activities to be a part of in the church. Some are just for college students, there are monthly activities for those in the College and Career class, like outdoor fun, or trips to Thunder road. If a student is good at singing, they are encouraged to join the Church Choir, as well as the College Choir, and there are more opportunities to be involved for those who are enthusiastic about being in the will of God! Many students are involved in the addictions ministry, Reformers Unanimous. Other ministries are radio editing, nursing home, bus ministry, print shop, and church housekeeping.


There is really no better deal to be found when it comes to housing than $100 a month. Maranatha was another college I originally looked at, but I had to consider if it was actually wise stewardship to go into debt at the tune of  $17,800 a year for tuition an board! Tuition at Master’s is free, so $900/year isn’t bad at all, nor is the $1200/year that it costs if, like me, you stay in Fargo through the summer.
The “Ministry Training Center” as it is called, is the dorm complex. There are many dorm “pods” with a dining room, two bedrooms, and a bathroom. There is also a gym, with a large, second floor walking track that overlooks the gym floor. There is an exercise room, common room, and coffee shop. There are also classrooms, and laundry rooms. The whole things is very sufficient, and at this low cost, there is nothing to lose! Since 2017 there are now two dorm buildings, both very nice, one for men and one for women.

College Life

Not only is college inexpensive here, you can come out of it richer than you went in! While enrolled, I worked a full time (that’s right, 40 hours a week) job, and was still able to have time to study and maintain good grades (and become the valedictorian in 2015!). Since you have the daytime off, you can work a regular shift. When I was in school, my work hours were 7:45-4:45, others worked earlier and some later. Some students work as truck drivers, grocery store workers, self employed, restaurants, call centers, assembly line workers, etc. Fargo has the best job market in the nation, so if you can’t find work at home, come work up here and get a Bible college education while you are at it!


While students are attending MBC, they are expected to live to a set of high standards, both to improve their appearance before a watching community, and to help them to understand how to live under authority- something that will be very useful in any area of ministry. There are dress standards for men and women, required approval and chaperoning for mixed groups going off campus, and also approval for absences from classes or church services.

Students are required to attend all the church services and events, as well as devotions and chapel services, and be on time. Rooms are inspected daily, and the on-campus internet has a filter to remove ungodly content. Certain forms of entertainment are prohibited, such as going to cinemas or theaters, and movies are also prohibited on campus except for certain occasions. There is a required curfew and lights out time in the dormitories as well.

Academic standards require all students to maintain a certain GPA or risk losing the privilege of staying in the dormitories. All classes have multiple requirements that must be met to earn a good grade- none of the classes are passive, and you will never pass a class if you simply show up.

The rules are designed to be practical and preventative. The school does not require the students to obey the rules because each one is their own personal conviction, but instead to obey the rules while a student because of a conviction to be obedient. All the rules are carefully thought out, and make for an organized and godly atmosphere on campus.

Is it for you?

The biggest consideration anyone should make before deciding whether or not they should come to Master’s is whether or not God is leading them to college here. The college is for those who are willing to serve the Lord and surrender their lives to him. This may be as a Pastor, a Missionary, Song leader, Sunday School teacher, Second Man, or someone who works a secular job, but wants to be ready to give an answer when they are asked about the hope that is in them. If you are not willing to serve God with your life, you may want to take a second look at yourself before you decide to attend. If you know that God wants you to attend Bible College, pray, and ask God to show you if Master’s Baptist college is in His plan for your life.

Feel free to leave a comment if you have questions. Take a look at the other posts on this blog to see what I have been up to since I graduated in 2015. I now am in full-time ministry as a teacher at Master’s, Station Manager of Heaven 88.7 radio (a 100,000 watt FM station), Clerk at Fargo Baptist Church, and the ‘IT Guy’ for Fargo Baptist Church and Master’s Baptist College.

Updated October 2013 with new class times, as well as other information that has changed in the last year.

Updated April 2015 to keep this page relevant and up to date.

Updated January 2019 with new class times, reflecting how I am now a graduate, etc.

Also- if you are worried about “Master’s” having an apostrophe, it is possessive, so the apostrophe does belong there.

Posted by on July 7, 2012 in Master's Baptist


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24 responses to “Are you interested in attending Master’s Baptist College in Fargo, North Dakota?

  1. Heidi

    July 27, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    This is a really great post. Thank you, Joshua!

  2. tim chavers

    September 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    My childrn are interested in attending this a pasotr and businessowner i am concerned about the lvel of education..i am also concernwd with there KJV only position.

    • Joshua Lindsey

      September 22, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      Bro Chavers,
      This college is KJV only in the sense that it is the only correctly translated English version in use. OF course for other languages the KJV does not exist, but that does not mean they are not the word of God. We reject the modern Wescott-Hort versions. I don’t know your position, but there are entire classes that focus on this, and there are other classes that mention it. The education in the foundational doctrines and the information needed for a strong Godly foundation outweighs what you would find in a far larger and more expensive school. The classes require diligence and study- there is no free pass- but this is what we need for those who want to be men and women of God. If you have any specific questions, please let me know.

  3. Jonathan Moore

    September 25, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Hi! Thanks for the info on Masters Baptist. I found it really helpful.

    To get in I know that you have to have graduated from high school but what I was wondering is weather or not it is necessary to have an ACT or any other college entry exam?

    I am praying about the possibility of attending this college next year and I want to be prepared.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Joshua Lindsey

      September 25, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      Hey Jonathan,
      I’m glad that the information I have here is useful to you as you consider where God wants you to attend college! An ACT test score is not one of the required pieces of information to apply for MBC. I did take the ACT personally and included a copy when I applied, as I thought it might be helpful information to the college in deciding to accept my registration. The only items the college requires are a testimony of salvation, Pastor’s recommendation form, application form, and a personal telephone interview, and of course you are required to have completed High School.

      God Bless, if it is the Lord’s will I hope to see you next school year!

  4. Jonathan Moore

    October 1, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Thanks for the info!

  5. Mitch Neumann

    November 10, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Are there any ladie students at the college that have a blog, so my daughters could ask them questions about the college? They are planning on being at the college in January, thanks

  6. Sambo

    November 11, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Great article! I was wondering what their views on music are. Do they use ccm? Are they against using music that was written by an artist that is living in sin? What do they teach about it?

    Thanks for any reply! 🙂

    • Joshua Lindsey

      November 11, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      The best way to see what the college/church teaches about music is to listen to the Church’s radio station online:
      We do not believe that CCM or Christian Rock music is honoring to the Lord.

      God Bless, Joshua

  7. searching

    January 4, 2014 at 11:06 am

    What kind of accountability is there for the students living in the dorms – academics, off campus life, etc.?

    • Joshua Lindsey

      January 4, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      Thank you for the excellent question – I just added an “accountability” section to this post now, so look back at the article for the answer.
      God Bless,

  8. Amber

    April 8, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Very informative- your presentation of Masters is extremely inviting! 🙂

  9. Karnley

    June 2, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Hi Joshua, does this college offer other programs like music?

  10. Jennifer

    October 19, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Can you describe how the classes work? I’m not much of a note taker , writing or typing. Also, if a student works from say 8-4:30 M-F, goes home to make supper, then goes to class from 6-9, has class again Satuay morning from 8-noon, then ministry activities, and church on Sunday, when is there time to study?

    • Joshua Lindsey

      October 19, 2015 at 9:02 am


      Each teacher sets their own class requirements, but there are minimum standards. As a general rule, you will be required to make a class notebook with typed notes from the classes. Typing is a skill that will be very useful to you in the future, so if you plan to attend college, I would recommend that you take a typing course. Many local community colleges offer them for free so perhaps something to do before you enroll at Bible college.

      Let’s address your time concerns. I’ll go with your 8-4:30 job as an example.

      Classes begin on Monday each week in the evening from 6:00-9:00. From 9:00 until lights out at 11:30 you will have time to study. If you get seven hours of sleep, that would give you two hours before work in the morning, so you could fit in another hour of study there if you manage your time well. Then there is another hour an a half after work before class. This is the same all the way through Friday. Saturday is the last day of class, so you don’t need time to study on that day except for a final, which would not typically be until the following Thursday. But after 4:00 Saturday, typically the rest of your evening will be free.

      I worked 7:45-4:15 through graduation, and really never had a problem getting time to study. However, if you feel you want a more relaxed experience or feel you will need more time, you can easily work a 30 or 20 hour job instead of full time and with good money management you should be able to pay your way just fine.

      Let me know if you have any more questions.

      God bless,

      Joshua Lindsey
      Administrative Assistant,
      Master’s Baptist College

  11. Jennifer

    October 19, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Wow. That was a fast response. Thanks Joshua.

  12. Seth

    November 16, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    How long is the program?

  13. Seth

    November 20, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    how long is the program and what are the degrees ?

    • Joshua Lindsey

      November 20, 2015 at 5:47 pm


      There are 4-year Bachelor, 2-year Associate, and 1 year-certificate programs. The degrees offered vary based on how long you attend, but include Biblical Studies, Missions, Pastoral, Church Ministries, and Church Secretarial.

      God bless,


    June 16, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Have been updating myself of all the events and all new classes in master’s Baptist college, since i first learn about four years ago through SWORD OF THE LORD MAGAZINE.
    It is therefore, in my honest opinion, the true stewardship and unique of all the other bible colleges.
    It is also my sincere prayer that one day I may found a way soon too to Master’s Baptist college and be among the lucky to be trained,equipped and be send as a masters’ servant.

  15. Natasha Ford

    May 28, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    What is the dress code for women? Are there certain restrictions for classes and church?

    • Joshua Lindsey

      May 28, 2019 at 9:42 pm

      Hello Natasha, There are a lot of specifics that you would probably want to get from the administration. The short answer is that women are to wear skirts or dresses, not slacks. There are different standards for recreation, casual, church, and class.


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