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I'm not interested in a group and would like to study on my own.

These materials are designed for small groups and joining a group will give you the most benefit.  But that is not an option for some, and there is nothing to stop you from going through the material on your own.  Just pick a course, head to Amazon, buy the material and dig in.  The class sessions that you would do in a group contain additional information and perspective, so if you are doing the courses on your own, consider getting the Leader's Guide for the course you have chosen.  Do what you can of the class exercises in addition to reading the Student Text to gain the most benefit from this type of study.  We cannot grant either the Certificate of Biblical Literacy or CEUs if you have not done the work as part of a group.

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I have finished a course but didn't get a certificate.

If you took the course as an informal student (i.e. not for certification or CEUs) then your group leader just needs to head to the Forms page on this website, download the Certificate of Participation for the particular course, sign it, and give it to you.  The Certificate of Participation is not handled through our office.

If you took the course as an Extra Mile student, that same Forms page has an Application for Certificate of Completion that your group leader needs to submit to us.  Once we receive that, we will issue the Certificate of Completion.  There is a similar process if it is the full Certificate of Biblical Literacy that you need.  You can do that application yourself and submit it with the documentation to us.  If you believe those steps have been taken and need to check the status, please contact us.

I'm an Extra Mile Student and don't know how to submit my material.

As you complete the Extra Mile work, submit it to your group leader, who will hold it until the end of the course and then submit it with the Application for Certificate of Completion (found on the Forms page).  If you are concerned that we might not receive it, you can send it to us directly at dsadmin@massbible.org.  If you do that, please also give us the name and contact information for your group leader so that we can follow up.  You need to have done the work as part of a group in order to get credit.

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