Degree Programs For Ministerial/Ordination Preparation And Enhancement

Bachelor of Religious Studies Degree
Program Objective: The Bachelor of Religious Studies Degree Program provides students with a background in scripture, theology, and spirituality and enables you the flexibility to select courses that will enhance your spiritual life and ministry.  A thesis on a specific topic to be determined by student and Dean is required.

Program Overview:  The program consists of 60 credits which includes a thesis. 
                                                                   
Eligibility: An Associate of Arts Degree or equivalent is required for acceptance into the Bachelor of Religious Studies Degree Program. 

Prior Learning and Life Experience Credit
Prior Learning Allowance: A maximum of 30 credits may be awarded for prior learning.
Prior Life Experience Allowance: A maximum of 15 credits may be awarded for life experience.
A maximum of 30 credits may be awarded for prior learning and life experience combined.

Tuition: $7,000 (interest-free payment plan with up to three years to pay for degree)

Master of Divinity Degree
Program Objective: This is the standard degree for pastoral ministry and offers a thorough background in ministry. It is a practitioner degree and is therefore more structured than our other programs. Its curriculum seeks to utilize the framework enunciated for this degree by the Association of Theological Schools (www.ats.edu).

Program Overview: The program consists of 90 credits: 82 core requirement credits, which include a unit of clinical pastoral education (400 hours), and nine months of ministerial experience, and 8 electives.  Its curriculum provides for the following specific areas of competency:  Sacred Scripture, History of Christianity, Systematic Theology, Ethics and Morality, Spirituality, Ministerial Praxis. This program is more disciplined, requiring courses to be taken in all of the above categories, however, it offers flexibility in the choice of courses within each category of study. 

Prior Learning and Life Experience Credit: It is possible to be awarded prior learning and/or life experience for up to 45 of the 90 required credits.  Forty-five credits must be earned through Global Ministries University. The assessment for the M. Div. Degree program looks at the candidate’s prior learning and life experience through the specific lenses of those areas of the curriculum. Credits are awarded at the discretion of the dean of program and dean may require documentation of the prior learning and life experience submitted.

Eligibility: A bachelor degree is required for acceptance into program.  

Tuition: $9,000 (interest-free payment plan with up to three years to pay for degree)

Master of Theology Degree in Pastoral Ministry
Program Objective: Can be completely custom-designed and allows you to choose courses that would enhance your particular ministry and/or ministerial background.

Program Overview: The program consists of 36 credits which include a thesis.  However, two additional courses may be taken in lieu of thesis.

Prior Learning and Life Experience Credit: It is possible to be awarded prior learning and/or life experience for up to 18 of the 36 required credits. Twenty credits must be earned through Global Ministries University. 

Eligibility: A bachelor degree is required for acceptance into program.

Tuition: $7,000 (interest-free payment plan with up to three years to pay for degree)

Doctor of Ministry Degree
Program Objective: The Doctor of Ministry program is designed to equip individuals to serve others more fully and effectively.  You will be encouraged to examine your innovative ideas and respond to present challenges in ministry.

Program Overview: Four courses and a Ministerial Project are required for this program.  Student may choose theme of project with approval of Dean.

Prior Learning and Life Experience Credit: This program does not award credit for prior learning and/or life experience.

Eligibility: All students who are accepted into this program must have already earned a Master of Divinity or Theology Degree or equivalent. Equivalency would be determined by GMU Staff through an assessment of individual’s background and experience in pastoral care, spirituality and/or human development. 

Tuition: $8,000 (interest-free payment plan with up to three years to pay for degree)

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