Methods of Study

The American Institute offers two different methods of study. Online Student and Auditor. Read below for a description of each method and find which one may best suit your own situation.


Online Student

An online student is one who is enrolled in the full American Institute experience, and whose courses are counted as credit hours towards our Associates, Bachelors or Masters program. As an online student you will receive 1 hour of teaching per course, per week. Each course contains around 12 classes, though some will be assignments / research projects. Each course counts as three credit hours toward you final certification and should take 3 months to complete.

Online students have full access to our lecturers in order to clarify or discuss teaching points and upon registering for the class they will have 12 months to complete their course. Online Students also receive priority technical support.


An auditor is a person who either already has a college de­gree or is taking the course for information only and prefers not to take the tests. Enrollment as an auditor is permitted in all courses, but is still subject to enrollment in the college via our registration module. An Auditor will receive most of the same class materials as a student, though at a discounted rate due to some restrictions.

  • Auditors will not receive assignments or examinations (e.g. many courses will be 11 lessons instead of 12 due to the lack of assignments)
  • Auditors will not receive lecturer support or discussion
  • Auditor courses will expire after 6 months instead of 1 year.

Enrollment as an auditor may be changed to one for credit. A discount for the Online Student course can be arranged to offset the fee for the Auditor course, providing that you switch courses before expiration.

The director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education has determined that the American Institute For Advanced Biblical Studies does not offer courses and/ or degree programs customarily offered at colleges and universities and has issued an exemption from certification prior to the exemption’s expiration date.