Frequently Asked Questions about the Graduate Programs
Can I get credit for life or ministry experience?
We believe that life experience can be exponentially more educational than “book-learn’in”. On the other hand, there are topics not only relevant, but critical to ministering biblically, effectively, and powerfully. Our graduate programs are designed to equip ministers soundly and thoroughly. And we want students to be challenged and proud of what they have achieved.
For those reasons, we allow a limited number of credits (16) for documented courses taken within churches and other ministries, including some ministry or life experience– but only in the Doctor of Ministries program.
We, of course, accept most transfer credits from other accredited seminaries for either graduate program. Contact us concerning your scenario.
Are the courses offered in semesters or terms?
Like most seminaries, we offer our courses during semesters and terms. Fall, Spring and Summer semesters include 2 terms each. This allows students to participate most effectively on community forums, and allows both students and instructors to plan and schedule.
How are the courses structured?
Text-based, video, and power-point formats are primarily utilized in courses. Most courses require books which you may purchase on-line (Amazon), or possibly check out from a nearby public or seminary library (non-student library cards are sometimes available at local seminaries).
How would you describe your educational philosophy?
We believe that a diploma to hang on your wall is only the beginning of what you’re after; that you desire a solid biblical foundation and first-rate ministry training to equip you for success in whatever ministry you pursue in order to widen and deepen God’s Kingdom. In light of that, we consider our programs equivalent to those costing 10 times more. If you are looking for quick-and-dirty seminary degrees which omit or only survey vital material, you won’t find that here.
How would you describe your curriculum?
Because the curriculum is the heart of the programs, our team engaged in careful research with open minds to find the crème de la crème curriculum texts and authors in their fields. These authors represent a wide range of academic institutions and hold a diversity of perspectives from within Christendom. Exposure to differing secondary theological interpretations allows students the freedom to form their own views.
Overall, we would describe the courses as relevant, intellectually sound and spiritually challenging as we have sought to emphasizes subject areas which tend to need strengthening… such as Hermeneutics, Apologetics, Categorical Theology, Eschatology, the Ministry of the Holy Spirit, and Spiritual Freedom.
How are students evaluated?
Student evaluation is done through on-line chapter quizzes, midterms and finals (charitably timed). Additionally, there may be forums to participate in, and assignments when particularly appropriate. Each course has it’s own evaluation component grid. Grading scale is generous or done on a curve. Less than 60% requires a course retake.
To help you succeed, introductions to the courses or units provide an idea of what to expect (amount of detail) in terms of quizzes, and supply study guides if deemed appropriate.
Could your degree programs be too difficult for me?
Our goal is that men and women of God from all walks of life can succeed at comprehending and retaining the concepts and materials presented in our educational degree programs, and successfully complete the programs in a realistic time-frame.
Skills needed are standard reading comprehension and ability to study for passing quizzes and posting comments on forums. Beyond that, there are few homework assignments. Composition ability is needed for writing a homily, the Master’s Thesis, and the Doctorate Dissertation; however, we provide sufficient instruction for those.
What if I start a course and later feel I can’t keep up with the pace?
If you have completed about one-third or less, simply message the instructor and you will be temporarily suspended until the next term.
What if I don’t have my Bachelor’s Degree?
Ignite University and Seminary features a bridge program for students who have not yet earned a Bachelor Degree and would like to earn a Master of Divinity.
Similar programs are in place at institutions like Loyola University, Boston University, Penn State, Pepperdine and Johns Hopkins titled with terms such as Integrated, Accelerated, Dual or Combined with additional course requirements and some courses earning dual credit.
This is particularly a fast-track for students with an Associate Degree.
What if I earn more credits for my Master of Divinity than required?
The credit-hours that exceed the 72 required roll over into the Doctor of Ministries program.
What if I earn more credits for my Master of Divinity than required?
You are welcome to exceed the 40 credit-hours required for the Master of Divinity program. We are delighted to see ministers with a thirst for the things of God.
Give me more detail me about the school’s accreditation?
Ignite University and Seminary is a branch of Max Ministries, a federal 501(c)3, is authorized as an educational institution with the Colorado Secretary of State, affiliated with the Full Gospel Fellowship of Churches and Ministers International, and partnered with Jerusalem Prophecy College. We are accredited by the American Accrediting Association of Theological Institutions.
How did you arrive at the costs for the programs?
Aware that countless men and women of God around the world have been held back from fullness in ministry due to lack of training– often times because of the expense– we have sought to bring educational opportunity at the most bare-bones budget possible. As a non-profit organization, by utilizing today’s technology and by looking to curriculum authors for guidance; we are delighted to be able to offer relevant, intellectually sound and spiritually challenging curriculum as well as a community experience.
Can I take the courses without pursuing a degree?
Yes and no. All courses in the Ministry of the Holy Spirit Department are available to take as a “non-student”. Just skip the application process and simply enroll in the course of interest which is offered in any particular term. Prerequisites still apply. And you can decide to become a student working towards a degree retroactively by paying the enrollment fees.
Is there a payment plan, and how do I get started?
Yes. STEP 1: Apply for enrollment approval by submitting the relevant transcript or degree with $25.
STEP 2: Submit the Initial Enrollment Payment which includes Registration Fees ($195) and the First 3 Courses ($210). Or you may submit an Advance Full Payment for a 5% Discount (contact us).
STEP 3: Decide which of the initial courses to take in your first term. After completion of the first term, registration for the courses includes payment for those courses… so you pay as you go.