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-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 for documented courses taken within churches and other ministries, exceptional life experience, and documented pastoral ministry. Fees apply.
The MASTER OF DIVINITY PROGRAM allows up to 12 credits of previous unaccredited coursework, and 3 credits for exceptional life experience.
The DOCTOR OF MINISTRIES PROGRAM, allows up to 12 credits of previous unaccredited coursework, 3 credits for exceptional life experience and up to 6 credits for documented pastoral ministry.
We, of course, accept transfer credits from other accredited seminaries for either graduate program. Fees apply.
Tell me about the school’s accreditation?
Ignite University and Seminary, a federal 501(c)3, is authorized as an educational institution with the Secretary of State, and is 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. For further detail, see accreditation.
Are the courses offered in TERMS (semesters) and at specific times of day?
Our online courses allow you flexibility in determining your schedule, setting your 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.
Yes, we utilize “terms” in order to provide community along with curriculum. Lessons, assignments, forums and quizzes are drip-fed as you move along in each course.
We offer 5 terms per year. Each term lasts about 8 weeks. That’s about 40 weeks of classes per year.
- Late Fall 2020- Monday, October 12 — Friday, Dec 11
- Winter 2021- Monday, Jan 4 — Friday, Feb 26
- Spring 2021- Monday, March 8 — Friday, April 30
- Summer 2021- Monday, May 10 — Friday, July 2
- Early Fall 2021- Monday Aug 9 — Friday, Oct 1
How long does it take to earn a Master of Divinity?
- At 9 credits per term (three 3-credit courses)– 8 terms (16 actual months)
- At 6 credits per term (two 3-credit courses)– 12 terms (24 actual months)
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 effectively widen and deepen God’s Kingdom. In light of that, we consider our programs equivalent to those costing 4 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.
Additionally, we have sought to emphasizes subject areas which tend to need strengthening… such as Hermeneutics, Apologetics, Categorical Theology, Eschatology, Ethics & Leadership, the Ministry of the Holy Spirit, and Spiritual Freedom.
How are the courses structured?
A variety of user-friendly video, PowerPoint and text formats are primarily utilized in courses to equip you for ministry success.
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).
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 department. Forums are more often utilized than assignments.
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 (not documented on transcript).
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.
Is there an interactive or social aspect within the programs?
Community and social interaction are promoted through Forum Topic Discussions and acquiring “friends” to individually communicate with (IUS social media).
Just note the comments made in the Forum Topics by other students, and reach out to them with invitations of friendship. You are welcome to maintain these friendships as a student and an alumni!
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. Within the few homework assignments, composition ability is needed for writing short sermons, the Master’s Thesis, and the Doctorate Dissertation (sufficient instruction included).
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.
We are delighted to see ministers with a thirst for the things of God. Those who have earned both Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministries enjoy substantial alumni discounts on the purchase of further courses.
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, and 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 as well as a community experience.
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.
This is particularly a fast-track for students with an Associate Degree or college credits. Number of credits required for completion of this programs is based on the credit-hours the student enter the program with.
What is acceptance into IUS based on, and how do I apply?
Acceptance into the seminary is solely based on verification of current contact information, geographic location and educational status. Applicants simply fill out and submit the online application which merely consists of contact information and selection of the program desired. Acceptance cannot, therefore, be based on other factors.
Applicants scan and attach a copy of the degree representing the highest level of education, whether high school, college, or graduate level. If college credits have been earned without accompanying degrees, transcripts are additionally required (attached to the application or sent directly from the institution).
Ignite University and Seminary will accordingly place applicants into the appropriate program, whether the MDiv program, the DMin program, or the IUS Bridge/MDiv Program.
After applicants receive email notification of acceptance into one of the three programs, applicants may enroll by paying the registration fee of $300, followed by selecting and purchasing the desired courses for their first term.
How do I fund my seminary education? Is there a payment plan?
There are two ways to fund your seminary work. After acceptance and registration, students can utilize our convenient “pay as you go” plan by simply purchasing the desired courses prior to the upcoming semester.
Alternatively, we offer discounts for full payments on degrees (TBA). Since government-based student loans are not available, we are currently working on other loan alternatives, and will announce programs we are able to offer when they are in place.