Review of Capital Bible SeminaryWeb Site:
Type: General
Relative Cost: Mid-Range
Tuition: $10,472
Size: Small
Students: 191
Faculty: 17
Reputation: Limited
Denomination: Nondenominational

Founded as the graduate school to Washington Bible College, Capital Bible Seminary was established in 1958 to provide theological education in a graduate level, preparing Christian men and women for effective Christian leadership in a multicultural contexts around the world. The Seminary offers its graduate level programs at the main campus in Greenbelt, Maryland and the Virginia Extension in Springfield, Virginia.

Both Washington Bible College and Capital Bible Seminary are unaffiliated with any denominations or association but seeks to function in cooperation with all churches that are committed to the historic, fundamental Christian faith, and that share its standards, ideals and goals. The Seminary currently offers a Biblical Studies Certificate, a Certificate in Christian Counseling and Discipleship, a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree (Biblical Studies, Christian Counseling and Discipleship, and  Ministry Leadership), a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree, and a Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree.

Dr. George M. Harton serves as the current president of Washington Bible College and Capital Bible Seminary.



In the early 1920’s, several Bible institutes existed in Washington DC. Among these were three schools which later merged to form Washington Bible Institute. The vision of its founders is perpetuated in the statement that “first emphasis shall be upon Bible courses.” The merger was completed in 1940 and Mr. Glenn W. Wagner served as the very first president of the Institute. Wagner resigned in 1944 and was succeeded by George A. Miles. In 1956, the school changed its name to Washington Bible College.

In 1958, Washington Bible College began a three-year graduate school, the Capital Bible Seminary in order to provide seminary education on the East Coast in a nondenominational and biblical atmosphere. In 1969, the College and later the Seminary moved to its current 63 acre campus in Lanham, Maryland. Ten years later, a separate building for Capital Bible Seminary was constructed.

In 1984, George A. Miles retired from the presidency and was succeeded by Harry E. Fletcher who served until 1991. Dr. John Sproule became the fourth president in 1992 and served until 1994. In 1995, the Seminary extended its influence by teaching classes in various church locations in Northern VA.

Dr. Homer Heater was appointed as the fifth president and retired in 2005. That same year, a permanent facility of Capital Bible Seminary was established in Springfield, Virginia. Dr. Larry Mercer succeeded Dr. Heater and he served until 2011. On July 20, 2011, Dr. George M. Harton was appointed by the Board of Directors to be the interim president.

On January 22, 2013, Lancaster Bible College acquired the academic programs of Washington Bible College and Capital Bible Seminary. The Maryland extension is now called Lancaster Bible College/Capital Bible Seminary, Capital Campus.



Capital Bible Seminary seeks to instill in the student a deep love for God and His Word, a heart for evangelism and missions, and the integration of biblical teaching and values into every aspect of life. At the heart of the curriculum is the Bible and absolute inerrancy and authority of the Scriptures are paramount. Doctrinal distinctive of the Seminary are regarded as ‘absolutes’ and are to be upheld by the faculty and students.

Master of Divinity at Capital Bible Seminary

Capital Bible Seminary’s Master of Divinity is a three-year program designed to prepare students for pastoral ministry, missions, chaplaincy, or other professional church-related vocations. The Seminary believes that the ability to use exegetical tools is essential to the Christian ministry and this is why a full program of studies in both Greek and Hebrew are required under this degree.

In order to provide options for students who seek preparation for various kinds of ministry, the Seminary offers four concentrations: Pastoral Missions, Counseling, and General. General Concentration provides the most flexibility in the area of practical ministry electives.

Master of Divinity Program (General Concentration)

  • First Year (33 Hours)
    • Discipleship Counseling I & II (6)
    • Old Testament History I (3)
    • Old Testament History II & Poetical Books (3)
    • Gospels (3)
    • Greek Grammar I & II (8)
    • Acts & Pauline Epistles (3)
    • Hebrews, General Epistles, and Revelation (3)
    • Introduction to Missions (1)
    • Pneumatology and Ecclesiology (3)
  • Second Year (33 Hours)
    • Principles of Greek Exegesis and Exegesis of Galatians (4)
    • Hebrew Grammar I & II (8)
    • Personal Spiritual Development (2)
    • Anthropology, Hamartiology, and Soteriology (4)
    • Survey of Church History (2)
    • Old Testaments Prophets (3)
    • Hermeneutics (3)
    • Exegesis of 1 Corinthians (3)
    • Methods of Biblical Research (2)
    • Internship Elective (2)
  • Third Year (33 Hours)
    • Critical Issues and Bible Backgrounds (3)
    • Hebrew Readings (3)
    • Exegesis of Romans (3)
    • Creative Bible Teaching or Communications for Women’s Ministry (2)
    • Bibliology and Theism (3)
    • Exegesis of Hebrews (2)
    • Hebrew Exegetical Principles (3)
    • Premillenialism and Dispensationalism (3)
    • Christology (3)
    • Practical Theology Electives (6)
    • Elective (2)

For more information about the Master of Divinity Degree Plan, please see Capital Bible Seminary’s Academic Catalog.


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