A minimum of 12 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate study from an accredited institution is required, with one course in each of the following areas:
- Biblical studies, theology, or Bible book study
- Bible interpretation or hermeneutics
- Christian life development or spiritual formation
Prerequisites may also be satisfied by (a) a Bible certificate (30-hour program) or (b) a total of 30 credit hours of coursework in Bible and theology. Prerequisites must be completed prior to the qualifying examination.