Frequently Asked Questions about the Graduate Programs
Can I get credit for life experience or non-accredited ministry-related courses?
We believe that life experience can be exponentially more educational than ‘book-learnin’. 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 for documented courses taken within churches and other ministries, exceptional life experience, and documented pastoral ministry. Fees apply.
• IUS accepts transfer credits from other accredited seminaries for either graduate program‒ up to 24 credits in the MDiv program (per compatibility), and an unlimited number (per compatibility) in the DMin program. Fees apply.
• Our Master of Divinity Program allows up to 24 credits for any combination of documented unaccredited coursework, pastoral ministry, missionary work, and exceptional life experience (per compatibility). Fees apply.
• Our Doctorate of Ministries Program does not allow credits for unaccredited coursework, pastoral ministry, missionary work, or exceptional life experience.
Tell me about the school’s accreditation?
Ignite University and Seminary, a federal 501(c)(3), is accredited by the American Accrediting Association of Theological Institutions, and affiliated with the Full Gospel Fellowship of Churches and Ministers International, and has a global outreach. For further detail, see accreditation.
Are the courses offered in TERMS (semesters) and at specific times of day?
At this time, we do not limit students to terms or semesters. Our online courses allow students flexibility in determining their schedule, setting their own pace, and completing the programs expediently or at leisure.
No need to set aside specific times of day to attend classes. You choose the time of day in which to do your course-work.
How long does it take to earn a Master of Divinity?
You choose your pace. Completion of MDiv may take 18-24 months or more depending several factors including whether you are working full or part time.
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 foundation and first-rate ministry training to equip you for success in whatever ministry you pursue or continue, in order to effectively widen and deepen God’s Kingdom. In light of that, we consider our programs equivalent to those costing 4 times more.
Because the curriculum is the heart of the programs, our leadership team engaged in careful research with open minds to find the crème de la crème curriculum texts and authors in their fields.
Overall, we would describe the courses as relevant, intellectually sound and spiritually challenging.
IUS purposely emphasizes subject areas which enrollees tell us need shoring up or strengthening… such as World Religious Systems, Apologetics, Evangelism, Spiritual Freedom, Counseling, the Ministry of the Holy Spirit, and alternative Eschatological Perspectives.
If you are looking for quick-and-dirty seminary degrees which omit or only survey vital material, you won’t find that here.
What does your commitment to a diversity of perspectives mean?
• The curriculum authors we have selected represent a wide range of academic institutions and hold a diversity of perspectives from within Christendom.
The classically and historically accepted core doctrines of the Christian faith are non-negotiable.
Beyond that, we’re committed to encouraging scholarly quests for truth in secondary and controversial areas of the faith in order to encourage critical thinking‒ at times, presenting opposing, alternative, or counter viewpoints for students to examine. This can be the case, for instance, in eschatology and women in ministry topics.
Our primary authors represent over 50 diverse educational institutions… institutions regarded as evangelical, traditional, charismatic,, and even orthodox.
While a good deal of curriculum authors come from Evangelical-leaning scholars, the contributions of the Full-Gospel scholars also abound and are just as vital. The Biblical Interpretation and Preaching Department, for instance, includes a Presbyterian, two Full-Gospel scholars, a Woman, an African-American church pastor, and a number of Evangelicals.
• Additionally, the IUS leadership team itself is diverse, comprised of not only of a variety of spiritual and denominational perspectives, but also meaningful ethic/racial diversity, with several African-American leaders and contributors.
• Again, we consider ourselves exceptional in that we believe in our students… and in their ability to think critically. Exposure to differing secondary theological interpretations allows students the freedom to form their own views on topics such as Dispensationalism, the Voice of God Today, End-time Prophecy, Rapture Timing, Calvinism vs Arminianism, and Egalitarian vs Complementarian… and then thoughtfully support their theological conclusions.
How are the courses structured?
Most courses require textbooks which students are asked to purchase on-line through the Amazon links on our site. Some books may be available for check out from a nearby public or seminary library (non-student library cards are sometimes available at local seminaries).
We continue to work on supplying study-aids and guidelines to help students understand what to look for when reading.
Beyond that, some courses utilize video-lessons, PowerPoints, or standard text material.
QUIZZES and FINALS are auto-corrected. In order to keep costs down, assignments requiring instructor response are limited to curriculum for which mentoring is particularly helpful, such as within the Biblical Interpretation and Preaching and Counseling and Transformation department. Forums are more often utilized, for example, than assignments.
Each course has it’s own evaluation component grid. Grading scale is generous. Less than 60% requires a course retake (not documented on transcript). Fees apply.
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 and ability to post comments on forums. Within the few homework assignments, composition ability is needed for writing short sermons, the Master’s Thesis, and the Doctorate Dissertation (sufficient instruction included).
To help students succeed, course units provide study guides conveying what to expect in quizzes. Quiz results are provided upon quiz completions, and quiz questions are repeated in midterms and finals.
Each course is provided a code to help identify its level of difficulty― E= easy, C= comfortable, R= rigorous. And we are always happy to advise students individually.
Is there an interactive or social aspect within the programs?
Community and social interaction are promoted initially through Forum Topic Discussions. Additional interaction possibilities are under consideration.
What if I earn more credits than required for my Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministries?
The credit-hours that exceed the 72 required in the Master of Divinity Degree roll over into the Doctorate of Ministries program. And, some DMin required courses are available to MDiv student (to be replaced by electives if they go on to earn a Doctorate).
We are delighted to see ministers with a thirst for the things of God. Therefore, those who have earned both Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministries enjoy substantial alumni discounts on the purchase of further courses, which may add supplemental certifications.
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… less than 1/4 the cost of similar degrees elsewhere. As a non-profit organization, by utilizing today’s technology, and by looking to curriculum authors for primary guidance; we are delighted to be able to offer relevant, intellectually-sound and spiritually-challenging curriculum.
What if I don’t have my Bachelor’s Degree?
Ignite University and Seminary features our IUS Bridge/MDiv 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.
IUS simply requires an additional correspondence-style course-series which can be taken at any point prior to graduation.
Can I take the courses without pursuing a degree?
Currently, we offer three courses to the non-student public. TCH501- Introduction to Eschatology is a free course available in full on this site. It can be taken as a non-student with or without quizzes, midterms and finals if desired.
Also, the two of the courses in the Ministry of the Holy Spirit Department‒ an associated with PropheticDreamers.com‒ are available without application or registration fees, and with discount codes available there: 15 Keys to Interpretation for Prophetic Dreamers, and 88 Decoding Exercises for Prophetic Dreamers.
What is acceptance into IUS based on, and how do I apply?
Acceptance into the seminary is solely based on submission of contact information/geographic location and verifications of educational status and personal character.
Additional information about students is asked only AFTER acceptance, during the enrollment process so we can get to know each student as an individual.
What does the application for acceptance consist of?
• Required documents consist of college transcripts for students who earned Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degrees or have taken college courses… as well as at least one reference letter. These can be scanned and uploaded (preferred) or mailed directly from educational institutions or letter authors (slower).
Applicants unable to submit transcripts expediently at the time of application are asked to submit a copy of their college diploma (if applicable and possible) for initial educational status verification. Transcripts are only required as solid educational status verification, with grades ignored.
Applicants for the IUS Bridge Program WITHOUT college credits are asked to upload proof of GED or High School graduation. Exceptions are possible.
After applicants receive notice of acceptance by email, they move into the enrollment process.