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Charisma’s Best Graduate Schools and Seminaries

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Moving ahead on your life path may mean deciding to head back to school.

Searching for education financing can be a challenge for the grad student, but finding the funds truly is doable.

Considering a switch in your career path? Learn from others who have made the change and found success along the way.

Is God Leading You to More Study? By Dr. Steve Greene

20 Best Ways to Fund Your Future

Crossroads of Career Change

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By Jessilyn Justice

By Mindy L. Hughes, Regent University

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Take a look at our selection of specialized advanced degrees on offer at Christian colleges and universities.

Learn what criteria we used to compile our listing of Charisma’s Best Christian graduate schools.

Beyond Traditional Ministry

By Christine D. Johnson

How We Chose

By Steve Strang

God’s calling can lead to new sphere of influence—such as the practice of law. By Rena Lindevaldsen, Liberty University School of Law

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BY DR. STEVE GREENE

Could God Be Leading You to Further Study?

Moving ahead on your life path may mean making the big decision to head back to school

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If you want to seek advice about your future, ask the person about their prayer life.

he Apostle Paul’s exhortation to Timothy to “study to show yourself approved” (1 Tim. 2:15) was most likely a call to study the Scriptures and grow from the manna of His Word. Allow me to take a little liberty with the passage and offer the thought that study is a lifestyle that positions us to receive all that God provides for us through His gifts. Many times in the Bible we read of wilderness experiences or a going away to a “desert place.” I believe that as we separate ourselves for the purpose of advancing our gifts given to us by God, we honor His gift and allow God’s plan for us to be walked out. As we “go away” to study, learn and experience advanced knowledge through graduate programs, we allow ourselves to be prepared with excellence for excellence. The graduate programs represented in this guide will hopefully open eyes to the possibilities of furthering the good work that began in us through undergraduate preparation. In my discussions with students throughout my 30 years of mentoring, I noticed frequent anxiety about the prospect of success in grad school. If you are doubting your abilities to press on to advanced work, consider the following: »»Is God leading you to further study? Since you are reading this article, it’s very likely God is drawing you through the process of counting costs, taking entrance exams and making a grad school selection. Please consider the notion that you are probably already being drawn through this process. »»Perhaps you didn’t perform as well as you know you could have in your undergraduate studies. Graduate admission counselors are aware that future stars sometimes don’t shine brightly in early years. If God intends for you to study at the school of your choice, what can

man do to stop you? Apply, pray and be diligent in your application process. »»Many of my former students had financial concerns about whether they could afford the cost of a graduate education. Contact the financial aid office of your college of choice and watch God work. When God gives a vision, He always offers provision. Be open to any method of payment. Financial counselors help students every day with the same concerns you may have. They are called and assigned to the divine appointment of helping you through the financial maze. Let them help you. »»Don’t give your ear to just anyone. Seek the counsel of godly men and women. If you want to seek advice about your future, ask the person about their prayer life. Only consider the advice of people who actively pray to hear God. Everyone has an opinion and most are willing to offer it. Those who speak to you may be wellintentioned but could also be uninformed. Seek counsel from those who seek God. »»The most difficult question I was often asked had to do with work and study. “Can I work full time and still earn an advanced degree?”The answer is a loud yes! Students who want to work full time while studying must first come to grips with the length of time required to complete their studies. It won’t be easy and it won’t be quick. But it can be done. Consider online education and various hybrid programs that allow online study and a few modular sessions. The best advice I offer on this topic is to start very slowly. The pace of graduate studies can be staggering. Perhaps start with one class and determine how much time you have available to do excellent work. I pray you will hear God’s voice as you make this important life decision. If you have any questions about graduate study, please write to me at drsteve.greene@charismamedia.com.

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“In everything we do and say, those around us should see Christ exemplified. If they do not, we are not viewing our professional lives as a tool used by God to accomplish His will.”


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BY RENA LINDEVALDSEN, LIBERTY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW

ow does Liberty University School of Law prepare a grad student to be an attorney, not just as a profession but also as a calling? How can being a lawyer reveal God’s plan for a person’s life? At Liberty Law, we believe that God uses our professional pursuits as a way to accomplish His calling on our lives. Our profession is not our calling; rather, our professions are one way that God calls us to accomplish His plan and purpose. God has chosen to use us to be salt and light to a hurting and broken world. He desires that all should come to know Him, which is why we are commanded to spread the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ to all corners of the world. There are no areas carved out of that Great Commission, which means that God uses our personal and professional lives to reach people for Christ. As attorneys, God can place us in unique spheres of influence and reach people who might not otherwise be reached. Equipping future legal professionals means more than just teaching the nuts and bolts of the law. Our students are taught to take seriously their commitment to be counselors to their clients, ministers of justice and ambassadors for Christ. In everything we do and say, those around us should see Christ exemplified. If they do not, we are not viewing our professional lives as a tool used by God to accomplish His will.

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There are at least three ways that Liberty University School of Law equips future lawyers with the understanding that law is a calling to bring hope to a hurting world. First, every professor brings real-world experience to the classroom. That experience allows a professor to clearly communicate the law to students by working through practical situations. The students are asked to explain what they would do if a client came to their office seeking legal assistance. As the students work through the factual and legal issues, they are expected to know the law, anticipate how a court will rule and navigate complicated ethical issues that arise. At all times, faculty expect students to consider how their approach to the cha ri s masbe st.co m

situation should be impacted by the fact that truth, justice and fairness are tethered to an objective, never-changing standard of right and wrong as set forth in Scripture. Second, we provide an unparalleled practical skills program that equips students to enter whatever field of law God calls them to. Many students leave law school pursuing a path they never previously imagined. Even a graduate’s first legal position after graduation often is a stepping stone to something else later. By providing students with practical skills training in transactional and litigation work as part of our required curriculum, students gain a broad-based, practical education that sets them apart from their peers. For example, as part of our required curriculum, students participate in every phase of litigation and draft various transactional documents. Within the first few weeks of school, students interview a client. After that, throughout the next three years, they draft legal memoranda, a client letter, a complaint and an answer; conduct all phases of discovery; argue motions; and conduct a civil or criminal trial. On the transactional side, students draft a business organization plan and documents necessary to form an LLC. Students also can take elective courses to gain additional practical skills training in tax, business, real property, advocacy, business planning, estate planning, constitutional law, international law and public policy. In these courses, students often perform duties that many attorneys do not encounter until several years into their practice. Third, Liberty Law desires to see students develop a deeper relationship with Christ. In and out of the classroom, faculty members openly share with students how they learned to balance work and family commitments or how they dealt with various challenges as young attorneys. Some of my most precious memories of the years I have spent as a faculty member at Liberty Law are those moments when I was able to engage in conversations with my students as fellow Christians. The students also desire to mentor and support each other. During the summer before entering law school, each new student is assigned an upper-class prayer mentor. Those 2 01 5 | C H A RI S M A ’S B EST

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mentors provide much-needed practical emotional, and prayer support. The Student Bar Association organizes fellowship activities and Bible studies throughout the year. The law school also hosts its own chapel several times each semester. Law school is necessarily competitive—for class rank; for spots on Law Review or competition teams; for externships; and for employment. Amid that, however, there is a camaraderie among the students. When difficult life circumstances arise, as they inevitably do, the students rally around each other to provide much-needed support.

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Classroom time also is focused on deepening one’s relationship with Christ. For example, in Torts, students explore the biblical foundations of appropriate remedies when someone has injured you or damaged your property. In Property, the professors discuss the biblical view of property ownership and the proper role of civil government in regulating use of private property. In Foundations of Law, students discuss the God-given purpose of, and limits on, civil government. Romans 13 points out that all authority that exists on earth is established by God and possesses delegated authority for limited purposes. In particular, civil government is established to deter evil and promote good. 12

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With more than 500 alumni, Liberty Law has graduates throughout the world who are using their law degrees to influence the world around them. One graduate from 2007, Matt Krause, came to law school with a distinct calling to be involved in Texas politics. During law school, he distinguished himself as an effective advocate. Just five years after graduating from law school, Krause was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. He is now in his second term and is actively pursuing legislation that preserves the sanctity of human life and protects our freedoms. One of his classmates, Will Roach, recently was elected General Sessions Judge for Jefferson County, Tennessee after several years of a successful private practice. Many of our students enter law school with a strong desire to use their law degree to help others. One of those graduates, Rachel Thompson, has been fulfilling that call as an attorney at a firm that specializes in immigration law. Another graduate, Kendra Johnson, has a criminal defense practice that allows her to mentor young offenders and encourage them to make better choices in their lives. Several others have vibrant family law practices and are actively involved in overseas missions. Another 2012 graduate came to law school following decades of prolife advocacy. After being around attorneys for years, God led him to

law school. He is now a permanent law clerk to Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore. Some of our graduates also are drawn to business or transactional practice. A 2011 graduate, Tim Todd specializes in tax law and firmly believes that God has called him to be an influence in the business and tax arena. Now an assistant professor of law at Liberty Law, Todd is also a CPA. After law school, he clerked for a judge on the Federal Court of Claims and then joined the law school faculty to teach tax and business courses. Within a very short period of time, he has already become a recognized leader in the nation on tax issues. As we look back on the first seven years of graduating classes, we are blessed beyond measure to be able to say that we have graduates practicing in virtually every area of law. They are working in law firms of all sizes, serving as state and federal prosecutors, working for state and federal government agencies, engaging in trial and appellate work, serving as state and federal judicial clerks, engaging in public policy advocacy and litigation, teaching in universities and law schools, serving as business leaders and serving our nation in the military. Several graduates have received awards for their litigation skills. And, each year, we hear stories from our graduates who tell us how God uniquely equipped them to be used in their communities or workplace. The fact is that we do not know how God plans to use the unique skills of each of our graduates, but we do know that He intends to use their specialized training to be an influence in their communities. Just as Nehemiah led a determined community to restore and rebuild the broken-down walls of Jerusalem, we are training attorneys who desire to restore the rule of law in our nation. 3 RENA M. LINDEVALDSENis interim dean at Liberty University School of Law and has been on the faculty since fall 2005. Previously, she spent eight years engaged in a commercial litigation practice in New York City before joining Liberty Counsel as senior litigation counsel. She teaches Family Law and an upper-level writing course and is actively involved in the law school’s bar-preparation courses. c h ar ism asb est . com

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In and out of class, students discuss with fellow students and faculty the biblical foundations of issues related to tax, business, international law, family law, constitutional law and criminal law. Resting on the biblical command to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10:5) and the basic truth that all knowledge and wisdom grows out of a proper fear of the Lord (Prov. 1:7, 9:10), every course is taught on the foundation of Scripture and with the understanding that the law plays an important part in fostering a culture that is either turning its eyes toward, or away from, God. Laws do not save people but do influence what its people do. Only God can change hearts, but laws incentivize right conduct.


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Financial Finesse: 20 Ways to Find Funding for Your Future Secure the grad school scholarships you need with these helpful tips

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itting grad school into your busy schedule—not to mention paying for it—may seem daunting, but the key to paying for your education is in how you live your life, what drives you and the person you want to become. The good news is there is a plethora of options to connect you to the cash you need. Options are all around you in places you might not expect. Here are 20 ways to dive into that and find scholarships to make your advanced degree affordable: 1) School-related funds: Once you narrow down your school choices and start looking into financial aid, schoolrelated scholarships and fellowships can

help you decide on your best fit. Log online or, if local, make an appointment with the university financial aid office to see which scholarships are available. 2) Online databases/scholarship matching: Hands-down this is one of the easiest things you can do to match yourself to tuition dollars. Google is your friend to finding these quizzes, and quiz databases can connect you to specific resources perfect for you. The websites classesusa.com or scholarships.com are excellent places to start. 3) Your employer: If you need a graduate degree for your job, see what your company can do to help. Some employers offer contracts where they will pay a portion of tuition in exchange

for a certain number of years worked. Bottom line? Ask your boss and see what’s out there. 4) Post-grad work: Staying at the same school as your undergrad? Awesome. Work those professor relationships and see if you can be a teaching assistant. Going into a specific field? See if a research grant could help you. 5) Grants: Take a moment and look at yourself—everything from your ethnicity to gender to family status. Now type that characteristic in a search engine with the word “grant,” and you may find money options tailor-made for you. You could start at mcnairscholars.com/funding. 6) Fellowships: Fellowships are often offered hand-in-hand with specific

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programs and allow you to focus on your field. These are not recommended for general application; rather, they are for students who are committed to a particular field and want to dig deeper. 7) Government organizations: Along the lines of fellowships, these opportunities follow specific career paths and are often science- and research-based. They give students the chance to make important connections for your future. 8) AmeriCorps and Peace Corps: You can serve while studying. These government programs will allow you to enhance your education while learning about a local or foreign community. 9) Study abroad: See what international programs are available if you see your future in missions or traveling ministry. Foreign schools can be cheaper, and if you’re ready for a totally new adventure, do it. 10) Independent organizations and companies: JIF peanut butter has a scholarship. So do the Potato Farmers of America. Pad your education coffers with unusual sources not connected to your school. 11) Local service clubs and contests: These are going to be smaller scholarships, the ones you see advertised on a grocery store bulletin board, but every penny adds up. Look in the newspaper or do a quick Google search to see what’s going on in your city and how you might qualify for funding. Talk to your local Rotary Club or Lions Club to see how they work with grad students. 12) Teach: Kids are the future, and you could shape them. Programs like Teach for America offer opportunities for both loan forgiveness and partnerships with grad schools. Take a few years and revamp your career by teaching. No one says you have to stay there, but it could be your ticket to a new path. 13) G.I. Bill: It’s not just for active military members, as some parts apply to family members as well. Some private schools are labeled as “yellow ribbon,” which means you won’t be in the free and clear, but the military can foot a portion of the bill. Requirements cha ri s masbe st.co m

change by state. While the military will not pay for education obtained prior to enlistment, it will pay for graduate school. Go to military.com/education for more information. 14) Parent-based scholarship: Who’s your daddy? Literally. Christian schools are likely to offer some sort of discount if your parents are in ministry. Eduinreview.com has dozens of options for students with family in ministry. 15) Athletics: Use your soccer skills—or any sport for that matter— in particular if you’re going straight from undergrad to grad. If you took a redshirt year, you may still have some playing time left. Check into NCAA requirements and your school’s athletic regulations. 16) Minority scholarship: America is growing increasingly diverse, and universities are chomping at the bit for their student body to be a melting pot of cultures. Higher-education programs, including law schools, are looking for diversity. Use this to your advantage. 17) Single-parent family scholarships: If you’re that hard-working mom or dad eager to move you and your family ahead, you don’t have to go into debt to build a better life. Night classes, which often tend to be cheaper than a full course load, could allow for time with your family, full-time work and the opportunity to invest in yourself. 18) Work-assistance: Find a campus job. Not only will you have a few extra dollars toward your master’s or

doctorate, but you’ll also find yourself in the hubbub of campus, learning the ins and outs of your university. You’ll make connections with administrators, professors and students, enhancing your social skills, as well as your study ones. 19) Your church: From special offerings to annual scholarships, your pastor—or denomination—may hold the purse strings to at least part of your higher education. The Assemblies of God Trust has a handful of scholarships available for eligible students. 20) Crowdfunding: Artists do it. So do inventors. You may be surprised to see how many people would be willing to throw in $20 in a crowdfunding pool—especially if you’re going into a ministry field. Spread the word through social media, and you may be able to fund your entire education. When you see what could potentially be a six-figure bill for that graduate degree, take a calming breath and remind yourself that financial options—aside from taking on substantial debt—are out there. Your money doesn’t have to come from any one source. Using these resources, you can cobble together payments to for your investment. The important thing is to keep your eyes peeled, looking for money in unlikely places. Ask around and see what—and where—your options are. Your education doesn’t have to be a burden. Take charge and fly high. 3

Connect to the Cash Ready to begin? Here are some helpful links to jumpstart your grad-school dreams: »»Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): fafsa.ed.gov »»Scholarship-matching databases: schoolsoup.com; fastweb.com; bigfuture.collegeboard .org/scholarship-search; www.scholarshipmonkey.com; oedb.org/graduate-scholarship »»Christian student scholarships: collegescholarships.org/scholarships/christian-students .htm; scholarshipsandgrants.us/religious-scholarships »»Assemblies of God Trust: aogtrust.com/scholarships »»United Methodist Scholarships: scholarship.umc.org »»Studying abroad: internationalscholarships.com »»Grants: collegescholarships.org/grants/101-grants.htm 2 01 5 | C H A RI S M A ’S B EST

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BY CHRISTINE D. JOHNSON hristians who want to do graduate work have many opportunities before them. One of the first decisions they must make is whether to attend a grad school that teaches on the basis of a biblical worldview—or not. The all-important question is: Can I get an excellent education in my field at a Christian grad school? In many cases, you can. With some simple research, we were able to find a number of specialized degree programs from Christian graduate institutions for your consideration:

Cedarville, Ohio Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) The School of Pharmacy at Cedarville University provides aspiring pharmacists with the unique opportunity to study in a Christ-centered program focused on innovation, ethical practice and effective collaboration. “Cedarville University is a Christcentered learning community equipping students for lifelong leadership and service through an education marked by excellence and grounded in biblical truth.” This mission attracts more than 3,400 students to study in 100 academic programs on a beautiful

400-acre campus in southwestern Ohio. Outstanding students, world class facilities, talented professors and award-winning technology contribute to an education that U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and Peterson’s (petersons.com) all recognize as one of the best in the Midwest. With classes taught by committed Christian faculty members, many of whom are active pharmacists, students engage the professional curriculum via a team-based learning approach. Since our goal is to produce innovative, compassionate health care professionals, you will be regularly challenged by your professors and through extensive practice experiences to integrate contemporary practices and pursue innovative solutions toward improving patient care. If you are interested in cross-cultural service, you will find abundant opportunities to volunteer or integrate this interest into one

of your actual practice experiences. Cedarville University School of Pharmacy invites applications for the Pharm. D. program from students who have completed a minimum of 72 credit hours, inlcuding certain science and math courses and 24 general education credit hours. Candidates must present completion of prerequisite courses by the fall semester of intended enrollment, be able to present a strong academic record and a testimony of faith in Jesus Christ. Other requirements: »»Meet all program prerequisites. Students not meeting program prerequisites or admission standards may be considered for conditional admission. »»A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is desired, however, a GPA less than a 3.0 will be considered. »»Have earned a grade of “C” or better in all prerequisite courses.


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»»Have earned a Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) score in at least the 50th percentile. »»Interview with the Pharmacy faculty members. »»Be fully eligible for and receive a Pharmacy Intern License from the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy by the beginning of the fall semester of the first professional year. With pharmacy projected to play a central role in proposed health reform initiatives, future pharmacists face unprecedented and diverse opportunities to meet the health care needs of society.

Phoenix, Arizona Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Organizational LeadershipHealth Care Administration Effective leaders must understand how to create and foster a collaborative community as well as develop employees who achieve their maximum potential. For those looking to advance their leadership skills in health care administration, Grand Canyon University (GCU) offers a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Health Care Administration. Through specially designed curriculum, learners enhance their knowledge of leadership within the field of health care. The program helps learners understand how to create a culture of shared values and, in turn, how to promote organizational excellence. It also covers modern topics and issues facing the industry, including governance structures and their connections to leadership. Unlike many programs, GCU’s doctoral learners start the dissertation process at the beginning of their program of study. From the first course, learners begin researching the topic for their cha ri s masbe st.co m

dissertation and progressively build the skills and understanding necessary to research, write and, finally, defend their dissertation. This approach is supported by expert faculty, professional staff, academic counselors and distinctive resources. To be accepted to the program, learners must: »»Have earned a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution with an overall GPA of 3.4 or higher. Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.4 may be accepted with specifications; or have earned a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with an overall GPA of 3.4 or better. Applicants with a GPA of 3.0-3.39 may be accepted with specifications. »»Submit a Letter of Intent of approximately 250-400 words that encourages learners to prepare for their doctoral journey in a reflective and purposeful way. Graduates of this program typically work in roles where they direct medical or health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies or similar organizations.

Atlanta, Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee Master of Arts (M.A.) Professional Counseling Richmont Graduate University is the nation’s third-oldest, faithbased accredited counseling program providing Christ-centered education and research that advances God’s work of healing, restoration and transformation. Richmont’s students pursue graduate degrees in Professional Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Christian Psychological Studies and Ministry. Specifically, the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling program provides specialized training in proven counseling methods combined with sound theological principles.

The coursework is also designed to fulfill the licensure requirements in most states for Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor status. One unique characteristic of Richmont’s academic programming is students’ ability to pursue a degree specialization. Specializations are offered in addictions, child and adolescent therapy, sex therapy, spirituality and counseling, spiritual formation and trauma counseling. One critical aspect for counseling supervision hours, state licensure and real-world practice is an internship and outplacement. Unlike most other schools, Richmont hosts a 37-year-old network of Community Counseling Centers and partners with more than 60 nonprofit organizations to help students seamlessly transition from the classroom to seeing clients. Students are able to put their master’s degree and specialization coursework to immediate use by coming alongside behavioral health centers, homeless shelters, addiction rehabilitation facilities, churches and other community-based programs that serve uninsured and underinsured populations. Akin to a medical residency, insured student interns begin practicing as therapists (under licensed supervision) during their final year at Richmont. After completing their degree, Richmont’s graduates are prepared to work with children, adults and families who are experiencing trauma and thoughts of self-harm as a result of witnessing or being a victim of domestic violence, loss of a loved one, child abuse, neglect, depression/anxiety, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder, marital strife, personality disorders, emotional imbalances and other adverse life experiences. Established in 1933 as the Chattanooga Bible Institute, we became “Richmont” in 2008 after CBI merged with the Psychological Studies Institute in Atlanta. Receiving accreditation from the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges in 2003, Richmont is currently pursuing accreditation through the Council for 2 01 5 | C H A RI S M A ’S B EST

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Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs. Richmont requires applicants to have a conferred bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, to provide three references and to complete an online application at richmont.edu/admissions.

Seattle, Washington Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Digital Education Leadership If you are an educator with a strong interest in educational technology and you want to earn a master’s degree that can lead to a position as a technology coach or digital education leader, our Master of Education in Digital Education Leadership is the degree for you. Designed for working professionals, all courses in this program are online with weekly real-time web conferences. Students in this program can: »»Explore research, theories and successful strategies for putting emerging technology to use in the classroom. Examples include blended learning, the flipped classroom and bring your own device (BYOD). »»Learn from full-time faculty members and expert practitioners in the field. Team-taught courses are delivered asynchronously using a project-based learning model. You decide where and when to learn. Teaching and social presence are enhanced with weekly real-time web conferences. »»Take advantage of free open educational resources (OERs) for course content and eliminate the high cost of textbooks. Free open software is used whenever possible, and you can implement similar software in your own school (which may lack funding for technology). And, as a digital program, the use of paper is kept to a minimum. »»Combine service learning and project-based learning. You choose a school to work with and complete 18

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real-world projects that help teachers and students improve their use of educational technology. When you complete the program, you will have a portfolio demonstrating your expertise as a digital education leader. »»Complete the 45-credit program in eight (or even seven) quarters, with a cohort beginning each autumn quarter. Course requirements include seven 5-credit courses, taken sequentially and six 1-credit elective courses. To finish the program in 20 months, you may apply to take the 3-credit practicum early. »»Apply in your own classroom what you learn in the program, or support other educators as a technology coach. Application requirements are as follows: »»Graduate application. »»$50 processing fee. »»A transcript from each college or university where a degree was obtained, a professional certification program was completed and any graduate coursework was taken. These must be official transcripts and remain sealed in the original envelopes. Transcripts may be mailed directly to The Graduate Center at SPU. »»Scores from either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Official results must be sent directly to The Graduate Center. Test scores must be less than 5 years old to be valid. However, if the applicant has a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (or 3.0 or higher on the most recent 45 quarter credits), MAT or GRE scores are waived. »»Copy of front and back of current teaching certificate (if applicable). »»Two letters of recommendation. These letters should provide a current assessment of qualifications relative to past and future service in the professional setting, and capability for graduate study. Recommendations should come from present principals, supervisors, colleagues or former professors. »»A personal statement. This is a oneto two-page Word document (or PDF) that includes a statement of personal academic and professional goals. »»A professional resume or CV.

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Deerfield, Illinois Master of Arts (M.A.) Bioethics The M.A. in Bioethics degree gives students the ethical tools they need to address pressing contemporary issues of medicine, health care, technology and theology. This program equips students to analyze these issues from a biblicaltheological perspective, to understand other influential outlooks on these issues and to develop effective strategies for engaging bioethical issues. Students gain a broad understanding of changes occurring in health care practice and ideology and a deep appreciation for the wisdom of God in the face of these challenges. Coursework in the program addresses end-of-life issues, reproductive technologies, genetics, aging, stem-cell research and more. These topics are taught by internationally recognized ethicists, scholars and medical practitioners. This degree is designed for students and working professionals. Health care workers, scientists, lawyers, clergy and many others, including those working in nonprofits, will benefit from this flexible 30-semester-hour program. Students may 1) complete the program online (with two trips to Deerfield for The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity summer conference/courses); 2) take all of their classes on campus or 3) take courses online and in Deerfield. The online application includes your required recommendations requests, as well as the application and resume or CV uploads. You will need to submit official transcript(s) indicating successful completion of a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university. Transcripts must be submitted from each undergraduate school, seminary or graduate school attended. Applicants whose undergraduate GPA falls below 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) may be required to submit Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies Test scores. 3 c h ar ism asb est . com


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STANDING AT THE CROSSROADS OF CAREER CHANGE Switching fields can be daunting, but helpful resources are available to students

reporter in Tulsa, Oklahoma, before deciding to return to school. “But I thought I needed a bit more education under my belt so that I could be an effective journalist, and a law degree felt like a perfect fit.” Iaquinto earned the law degree and went on to work with two law firms. She took a break from law practice when she and her husband were expecting their first child. Later she began teaching a law class as an adjunct professor, which led her to discover a love for teaching at the college level. That realization spurred her to earn a doctorate in communication, and today, she successfully combines all of her talents and passions as academic dean at Wave Leadership College in Virginia Beach, Virginia. For Iaquinto, the changes in her

career path have been relatively smooth. But what about for others?

Starting Over Again

Television commercials, billboards and bumper stickers consistently bombard people with the message, “Do what you love!” But the catchy slogan doesn’t come with instructions about what steps to take to make this statement a reality. A person may consult career guides, counselors and websites that typically recommend three steps, usually shown as a continuous circle a person should follow throughout his or her life. The steps generally fall into three categories: self-evaluation and self-reflection, research and tooling. Saranette Williams, director of career services at Regent University in Virginia Beach, says that in concept, this threestep model is visually practical and many

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eeling tired and burnt out at work? Maybe you’ve been employed at the same job or in the same industry for 10, 15 or even more years. Perhaps you’re yearning to pursue a different career path, but don’t know where or even how to begin. How do you discern what you really want to do now? And how do you move into something new? From journalism to law to education, Dr. Stephanie Iaquinto understands well what it means to switch careers. For her, moving into different careers has been more a matter of professional development and seizing opportunities to serve rather than disillusionment or burnout. “Writing and reporting was my first love,” said Iaquinto, who worked as a

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people are able to employ it. “But for others, these three steps can be overwhelming and daunting,” Williams says. “Many people will use the Scripture found in Luke 14:28— regarding counting the cost—as another piece of evidence that the three steps are what someone needs to start over again. “However, the reality is the first step can become quicksand for many when you have so much noise, chatter, pulls, pressures, responsibilities and more, that you are unable to conceptualize this selfevaluation and self-image.” As a result of this quest, she says, “rather than the happy, refreshing environment you thought you’d be in, your job becomes a daily drudge. But, there are ways to keep from falling into this all too prevalent pit of workplace despair.”

Moving Toward Meaning

Williams and other career professionals advocate a simple way to accomplish the steps to help people find and follow a career path that is fulfilling— something they really do love. Step 1: Get to know yourself. For a busy person, it may help to work with a coach, counselor or adviser who can hold you accountable to schedule 30 minutes to 1 hour to hear what God is saying about your unique traits, skills and abilities. This will help you structure your time to clarify your personality, values, skills and interests. One way to do this, Williams says, is to visit a site such as quintcareers.com/ career-changer.html, a free resource that provides tools, overviews of assessments, exercises and resources to help a career changer contemplate his or her next step. The goal is to be able to answer these kinds of questions: What do I like? What are my strengths/skills/interests? What comes naturally? What environments help me to excel? What careers best fit me at this time? For Christians, a clear sense of God’s calling must factor into any decision about career selection or change. That was the experience for Linda T. Marshall, who is moving into training for ministry work after a long career in public service. cha ri s masbe st.co m

“Through a series of undeniably God-inspired events, the Lord has called me into a deeper place in Him,” Marshall says. “Out of this new place has come a desire to enter full-time ministry. I have enjoyed considerable success as a Christian public servant in the spheres of government and education at the local, state and federal levels. My service has included several federal and state appointments, teaching and policy positions in public and private classrooms in several urban centers, service with nonprofits and parachurch organizations. However, my platform is changing. As this change unfolds—from public service to ministry—His direction to seek training and further development has become abundantly clear.” Marshall is pursuing a master’s in divinity and describes her goal this way: “I would like to combine my experience in public administration with the leadership development available through this course of study to advance the prophetic and apostolic equipping of churches. A companion desire is the training of other Christian leaders. Once called, we must be trained and commissioned.” Step 2: Research. Once a person has done a thorough self-evaluation and is able to answer those questions, then they need to begin researching occupations that involve those particular skills, environments and interests. Williams recommends the O*Net website (onetonline.org/skills/), which is another excellent free tool that provides people with the ability to select the skills they want to use and then see occupations that fit those skills. This tool also provides the educational attainment needed, the economic projection for the field, salary information, the work environment and other key factors. Networking resources such as alumni databases, professional networking groups, professional social media tools like LinkedIn and others also can be effective ways to learn about specific jobs and employers. Others may prefer to gather information by reading, and Williams suggests visiting mynextmove.org. Videos, articles and books on careers

can be found online or at the library or bookstore. Potential career switchers should compare their self-assessment answers to information on possible career paths. They can also look for job descriptions for careers of interest. Some people may find they need further education to help them pursue a new career. Most universities have admissions counselors who can help individuals explore and search for the right path. Williams says tools found on quintcareers.com/college_planning.html can help people explore and apply. In some situations, a person may be in a position to “try out” a new career field by taking a lower-level job in the industry. Rebecca Lawrence was pursuing a master’s degree in Student Affairs when she and her cohort took a course that explored legal issues in education. “My cohort would always complain when our class came around every Monday night, and all I could think was, ‘Really? You don’t think this is interesting? How come you all don’t like this?’ ” When her class concluded, her professors encouraged her to switch gears and pursue a career in law. “I had a lot of ‘Gideon’s fleece’ moments,” Lawrence admits. “I wondered, ‘Do I continue down this higher-education track or do I do this ‘law thing?’ ” She knew there was only one way to find out. She took a receptionist job at a law firm to get her foot in the legal door. “When I interviewed with the firm, they were so confused,” Lawrence says. “They wanted to make sure I knew it was a minimum-wage position. I had to explain to them that I was just trying to get a feel for what being a lawyer would be like.” Lawrence soon moved up from receptionist to running the entire firm’s business operation. After two years, it became clear that she really did enjoy the legal profession. She received a merit scholarship and began taking courses in Regent University’s School of Law. During her studies, she discovered a passion for the unlawful adoption of 2 01 5 | C H A RI S M A ’S B EST

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children when she interned with the Virginia Commission on Youth. “It’s been a joy,” she says. “I think the reason I was called to Regent to pursue law is because God knew this would be the place I would develop spiritually and professionally. He knew I needed both.” Step 3: Tooling. Once a person has determined what they want to do, they need to marshal the needed resources. That can be a daunting undertaking, especially when it involves returning to college. The good news is that many adults successfully return to college to complete degrees they may have started years earlier, as well as to earn degrees in different disciplines. Colleges and universities welcome adult learners, understand their needs and work diligently to help them transition back to the classroom, whether it’s online or on campus. The first step in tooling is researching the available educational options. It’s generally helpful to start by reviewing academic degree programs. A website such as quintcareers.com/degrees_ certifications.html can provide a general overview of graduate programs. Next, you need to become familiar with the specifics of various degree programs and also determine what’s available online or on a grad school campus. Williams suggests these websites as starting points for this stage of research: »»allaboutgradschool.com—a general directory of grad schools »»braintrack.com/states—a directory that lists programs by state 22

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»»gradschools.com—a directory that lists programs by subject »»graduateguide.com—a directory that includes both state and subject Once you develop a list of institutions that offer the educational program you’re seeking, it’s important to review independent college guides for an overview of those institutions, along with ranking information. These guides and websites provide an excellent way to learn more about the admission and student services aspects of each institution: »»Peterson’s Guide: petersons.com/graduate-schools.aspx »»Princeton Review: princetonreview.com »»U.S. News & World Report: usnews.com/education Most colleges and universities ask applicants to submit a personal or purpose statement. The statement outlines your academic and career goals and includes details of your educational and professional background, in addition to your reasons for choosing the institution you’re applying to and how you believe your studies will contribute to reaching your goals. Although some great books are available to guide the writing process for this statement, both the Princeton Review (princetonreview.com/grad/ statement-of-purpose.aspx) and Accepted (accepted.com/grad/personalstatement.aspx) provide helpful resources. When reviewing potential colleges, make sure you understand the testing requirements for admission and make

a plan to prepare for and take the tests required for your preferred program. These websites offer ample details regarding testing: Educational Testing Service Network, ets.org; GRE test prep, greprepinfo.com and mygretutor.com; prep for various tests and tutoring, kaplan.com and princetonreview.com. Financing a grad school education can pose a significant challenge, but rest assured that an advanced degree is an attainable and wise investment. Prospective students should look first to find “gift” aid, such as grants and scholarships that do not need to be repaid. Check the benefits package offered by your employer as many companies provide tuition assistance. Also, professional associations often offer scholarships that are sometimes left unclaimed, as members may not be aware of the option. If a career change makes sense, move forward with confidence and clarity to determine how to make it happen. Take a lesson from Dennis Hughes, who is in law school after 33 years of military service, as well as church and international missions work. Hughes said he felt a prompting to pursue something different. He studied information technology, thinking he would enter the in-demand field of cyber security, and now he’s enrolled in a master’s program, studying commercial, business and international law. Challenges as a disabled veteran, as well as age, haven’t stopped Hughes from pursuing his passion. “You are never too old to do anything,” he says. “You just have to do it. And don’t let any of it become overwhelming, just dissect it. For example, if you have to make a payment of $5,000, dissect it into 50 payments of $100. “I feel you can have ministry in any career. You don’t have to have a pulpit to spread the gospel. At the same time, do something in life that you totally enjoy.” 3 MINDY L. HUGHES, APR, is a nationally accredited, award-winning public relations counselor based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Since 2000, she has been successfully serving clients in higher education, government, health care, transportation and nonprofit organizations, including Regent University. c h ar ism asb est . com


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forming a “blue-ribbon committee” with multiple school representatives who helped us shape the product to best serve potential students. As a result, Charisma’s Best Graduate Schools and Seminaries isn’t just an advertising vehicle; it’s our attempt to serve this community with a guide that is informative, authoritative

and helps prospective students make a wise decision—including looking at schools and advanced-degree programs they may not have known existed. We began with the final list of more than 260 schools compiled in our original college guide. Of those, we removed any that did not offer master’s or doctorate degrees, leaving us with the current 200-plus schools. Though the basic listings are free, many colleges paid for an enhanced listing and display advertising so they could tell their story in their own way. And staying true to the vision for this guide, we’ve highlighted with a Holy Spirit dove those schools—regardless of denominational affiliation—that support or are open to Pentecostal/charismatic theology. These are the ones we call “Charisma’s Best.” Though we’ve exercised due diligence, we can’t vouch for every school. We believe our information is correct and that the schools we’re endorsing merit this; however, if something needs to be corrected, please contact us with the necessary changes. Likewise, if we haven’t included a school that should be listed, send us contact information for that school so that we can research it further. More than anything, we trust that this listing serves as an invaluable guide during the critical process of selecting a school for advancing your education. c h ar ism asb est . com

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Amridge University Montgomery, AL Phone: (800) 790-8080 Website: amridgeuniversity.edu Email: admissions​​ @amridgeuniversity.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Church of Christ

Gateway International Bible Institute Peoria, AZ Phone: (623) 486-5000 Website: gibionline.org Email: admissions @gibionline.org Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Interdenominational

Beeson Divinity School Birmingham, AL Phone: (800) 888-8266 Website: beesondivinity.com Email: bdsinfo@samford.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Bethany Bible College Dothan, AL Phone: (334) 793-3189 Website: bethanybc.edu Email: cwarden@bethanybc.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist / Nondenominational Heritage Christian University Florence, AL Phone: (800) 367-3565 Website: hcu.edu Email: jcollins@hcu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational Selma University Selma, AL Phone: (334) 872-2533 Website: selmauniversity.org Email: admissions @selmauniversity.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational

ALASKA Alaska Pacific University Anchorage, AK Phone: (800) 252-7528 Website: alaskapacific.edu Email: admissions @alaskapacific.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

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Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ Phone: (602) 639-7500 Website: gcu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Phoenix Seminary Phoenix, AZ Phone: (888) 443-1020 Website: ps.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Interdenominational

ARKANSAS Freedom Bible College Siloam Springs, AR Phone: (800) 494-7497 Website: freedom.edu Email: info@freedom.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational John Brown University Siloam Springs, AR Phone: (800) 528-4723 Website: jbu.edu Email: kellyd@jbu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Interdenominational

CALIFORNIA A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary Redding, CA Phone: (530) 224-5600 Website: tozer.simpsonu.edu Email: admissions @simpsonu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Christian and Missionary Alliance

Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA Phone: (626) 969-3434 Website: apu.edu Email: gpc@apu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Bethesda Christian University Anaheim, CA Phone: (800) 960-4583 Website: buc.edu Email: admission@buc.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Pentecostal Biola University La Mirada, CA Phone: (562) 903-6000 Website: biola.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational California Baptist University Riverside, CA Phone: (877) 228-3615 Website: calbaptist.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: California Southern Baptist Convention California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks, CA Phone: (805) 493-3325 Website: callutheran.edu Email: clugrad@callutheran.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Lutheran Concordia University Irvine Irvine, CA Phone: (800) 229-1200 Website: cui.edu Email: gradadmissions@cui.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod Fuller Theological Seminary Pasadena, CA Phone: (800) 235-2222 Website: fuller.edu Email: admissions@fuller.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Hope International University Fullerton, CA

Phone: (888) 352-4673 Website: hiu.edu Email: hiuadmissions@hiu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Christian Churches & Churches of Christ Life Pacific University San Dimas, CA Phone: (877) 886-5433 Website: lifepacific.edu Email: masl@lifepacific.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Pacific Baptist College La Verne, CA Phone: (877) 622-2921 Website: pacificbaptist.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Independent Baptist Patten University Oakland, CA Phone: (888) 550-3250 Website: patten.edu Email: admissions@patten.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Interdenominational Simpson University Redding, CA Phone: (530) 224-5600 Website: simpsonu.edu Email: kkluttz@simpsonu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Evangelical Southern California Seminary El Cajon, CA Phone: (888) 389-7244 Website: socalsem.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational Talbot School of Theology La Mirada, CA Phone: (562) 903-6000 Website: talbot.edu Email: graduate .admissions@biola.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational The Master’s Seminary Sun Valley, CA Phone: (800) 225-5867 Website: tms.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

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CHARISMA’S BEST GRADUATE SCHOOLS AND SEMINARIES Vanguard University Costa Mesa, CA Phone: (714) 662-5283 Website: vanguard.edu Email: matthew.nixon @vanguard.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Assemblies of God Vision University Pasadena, CA Phone: (626) 791-1200 Website: visionu.net Email: visionuniversityusa @yahoo.com Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational World Mission University Los Angeles, CA Phone: (213) 388-1000 Website: wmu.edu Email: wmuinfo@wmu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

C A N A DA Horizon College and Seminary Saskatoon, SK Phone: (877) 374-6655 Website: horizon.edu Email: admissions@horizon.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada Providence Theological Seminary Otterburne, MB Phone: (800) 668-7768 Website: providenceseminary.ca Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Trinity Western University British Columbia Phone: (888) 468-6898 Website: twu.ca Email: fgs@twu.ca Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Evangelical

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Website: ccu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Interdenominational Denver Seminary Littleton, CO Phone: (800) 922-3040 Website: denverseminary.edu Email: info@denverseminary.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

DISTRICT OF CO LU M B I A Apostolic Christian College Phone: (202) 542-0500 Website: apostolicchristian college.com Email: registrar@apostolic christiancollege.com Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Evangelical Wesley Theological Seminary Washington, DC Phone: (202) 885-8600 Website: wesleyseminary.edu Email: contact @wesleyseminary.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: United Methodist Church

F LO R I DA Bethune-Cookman University Daytona Beach, FL Phone: (386) 481-2000 Website: bethune.cookman.edu Email: admissions @cookman.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: United Methodist Church Clearwater Christian College Clearwater, FL Phone: (727) 726-1153 Website: clearwater.edu Email: graduatestudies @clearwater.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational Evangelical Bible College and Seminary Greenacres, FL Phone: (561) 965-0363

Website: ebcministries.org Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Faith Theological Seminary and Christian College Tampa, FL Phone: (813) 886-8492 Website: ftscc.org Email: ftscc@tampabay.rr.com Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Heritage University and Seminary Kissimmee, FL Phone: (407) 348-6200 Website: heritageseminary.com Email: admissions​ @heritageseminary.com Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational International Seminary Plymouth, FL Phone: (407) 886-3619 Website: international seminary.com Email: info@international seminary.com Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Life Christian University Lutz, FL Phone: (813) 909-9720 Website: lcus.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Logos Christian University Jacksonville, FL Phone: (800) 776-0127 Website: logos.edu Email: info@logos.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Palm Beach Atlantic University West Palm Beach, FL Phone: (888) 468-6722 Website: pba.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

Southeastern University Lakeland, FL Phone: (800) 500-8760 Website: seu.edu Email: admission@seu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Assemblies of God Vision Christian Bible College and Seminary Clermont, FL Website: vcbcs.org Email: vcbcs777@gmail.com Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Warner University Lake Wales, FL Phone: (800) 309-9563 Website: warner.edu Email: bob.mobley@warner.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Church of God Zoe University Jacksonville, FL Phone: (904) 743-6166 Website: zoeuniversity.org Email: zoe@zoeuniversity.org Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

GEORGIA Beulah Heights University Atlanta, GA Phone: (404) 627-2681 Website: beulah.org Email: admissionsinfo @beulah.org Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Covenant College Lookout Mountain, GA Phone: (706) 820-2398 Website: covenant.edu Email: admissions @covenant.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Reformed New Hope Bible Institute Fort Valley, GA Phone: (478) 953-7898 Website: nhbi.org Email: info@nhbi.org Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

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CHARISMA’S BEST GRADUATE SCHOOLS AND SEMINARIES Shorter University Rome, Georgia Phone: (800) 868-6980 Website: su.shorter.edu Email: admissions@shorter.edu Degrees offered: Master’s Affiliation: Georgia Baptist

ILLINOIS Dayspring Bible College Mundelein, IL Phone: (224) 677-7800 Website: dbc.edu Email: info@dbc.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Baptist Greenville College Greenville, IL Phone: (800) 345-4440 Website: greenville.edu Email: admissions @greenville.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Free Methodist Church

Judson University Elgin, IL Phone: (847) 622-9999 Website: judsonu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Evangelical

North Park University Chicago, IL Phone: (773) 244-5613 Website: northpark.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Evangelical Covenant Church

Lincoln Christian University and Seminary Lincoln, IL Phone: (217) 732-3168 Website: lincolnchristian.edu Email: info@lincolnchristian.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Church of Christ

Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais, IL Phone: (815) 939-5011 Website: olivet.edu Email: admissions@olivet.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Church of the Nazarene

Moody Theological Seminary Chicago, IL Phone: (800) 356-6639 Website: moody.edu Email: admissions@moody.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational

Trinity Christian College Palos Heights, IL Phone: (708) 239-3900 Website: trnty.edu Email: graduatestudies @trnty.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Interdenominational

SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

1000 Longfellow Blvd. Lakeland, Florida 33801 (800) 500-8760 SEU.edu

Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, is a Christ-centered liberal arts university with approximately 3,800 students. Southeastern offers 15 graduate programs and one doctoral program, which equip students for a life of world-changing servant leadership in both church-related and professional fields. Our beautiful Mediterranean-style campus is just 45 minutes from the beach and some of the world’s best theme parks.

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Admissions email: admission@seu.edu Admissions website: SEU.edu/apply Admission Phone: (800) 500-8760 Twitter Name: @seuniversity Facebook page: facebook.com/seuniversity Affiliation: Assemblies of God Accreditation: visit seu .edu/about /accreditation/ for full list of accreditations Application deadline (fall): Rolling admission Admission requirements: visit seu.edu/admission /graduate/ for full list of requirements Student body: 398; 39% male, 61% female; 48% full time, 52% part time Resident status: 24 live

Urbana Theological Seminary Champaign, IL Phone: (217) 365-9005 Website: urbanaseminary.org Email: office@urbana seminary.org Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational Wheaton College Wheaton, IL Phone: (630) 752-5000 Website: wheaton.edu Email: graduate .admissions@wheaton.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

INDIANA Anderson University Anderson, IN Phone: (800) 428-6414 Website: anderson.edu Email: info@anderson.edu

on campus; 208 enrolled online Most popular degrees: visit seu.edu/academics /programs/ for full list of degrees offered No. online courses: 97 Student/teacher ratio: 18:1 Academic staff with terminal degree: 72% Average class size: 9 Expenses: $22,500 tuition/fees; $1,200 books/supplies; 2,376 room/board; visit seu.edu /financial-aid/graduate /tuition-fees/ for more information on expenses Financial aid: (800) 500-8760; 98% receiving aid; average aid package $18,000; visit seu.edu /financial-aid/graduate/ for more information on financial aid

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CHARISMA’S BEST GRADUATE SCHOOLS AND SEMINARIES Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Church of God Bethel College Mishawaka, IN Phone: (800) 422-4251 Website: bethelcollege.edu/info Email: admissions @bethelcollege.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Missionary Church Goshen College Goshen, IN Phone: (800) 348-7422 Website: goshen.edu Email: info@goshen.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Mennonite Church USA Grace Theological Seminary Winona Lake, IN Phone: (800) 544-7223 Website: mac.grace.edu Email: enroll@grace.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational

Huntington University Huntington, IN Phone: (800) 642-6493 Website: huntington.edu Email: admissions @huntington.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: United Bretheren in Christ

Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN Phone: (800) 821-7685 Website: valpo.edu Email: graduate .school@valpo.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Lutheran

Kingsway University and Theological Seminary Norwalk, IA Phone: (515) 288-2852 Website: kingsway.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

Indiana Wesleyan University Marion, IN Phone: (866) 468-6498 Website: indwes.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Wesleyan

Wesley Seminary Marion, IN Phone: (877) 673-0009 Website: seminary.indwes.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Wesleyan

Trinity College of the Bible Theological Seminary Newburgh, IN Phone: (800) 457-5510 Website: trinitysem.edu Email: admissions @trinitysem.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

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University of Dubuque Thelogical Seminary Dubuque, IA Phone: (800) 369-8387 Website: udts.dbq.edu Email: udtsadms@dbq.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Presbyterian

RICHMONT GRADUATE UNIVERSITY

1815 McCallie Ave. Chattanooga, TN 37404 (888) 267-4073 richmont.edu 1900 The Exchange SE, Building 100 Atlanta, GA 30339 Richmont Graduate University is the third oldest graduate institution that provides integrated master’s-level training in counseling. The integrative approach incorporates a holistic treatment model utilizing clinical experience, scientific research,

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Dordt College Sioux Center, IA Phone: (800) 343-6738 Website: dordt.edu Email: admissions@dordt.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Christian Reformed

Admissions email: admissions@richmont.edu Admissions website: richmont.edu Twitter name: @richmontgradu Facebook page: facebook.com /RichmontUniversity Accreditation: SACSCOC; visit richmont.edu/admissions /applications/ for full list of accreditations Application deadline (fall): Rolling Admissions; May 1 is the Regular Admission and Scholarship deadline Admission requirements: Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution

KANSAS Friends University Wichita, KS Phone: (800) 794-6945 Website: friends.edu Email: learn@friends.edu

Student body: 300; 40% male, 60% female; 55% full time, 45% part time Resident status: 100% Most popular degrees: Ministry/Lay Ministry; Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling; Psychology, General; visit richmont.edu/about/ for full list of degrees offered Student/teacher ratio: 15:1 Academic staff with terminal degree: 100% Average class size: 19 Expenses: $300-$615 per credit hour depending on program Financial aid: Available in forms of Scholarships, work study, payment plans and loans

applied psychology and explicit or implicit values of the Judeo-Christian faith. Richmont offers Masters Degrees in Professional Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Christian Psychological Studies and Ministry.

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CHARISMA’S BEST GRADUATE SCHOOLS AND SEMINARIES Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational MidAmerica Nazarene University Olathe, KS Phone: (800) 800-8887 Website: mnu.edu Email: pgadmissions@mnu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nazarene Southwestern College Winfield, KS Phone: (800) 846-1543 Website: sckans.edu Email: scadmit@sckans.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

K E N T U C KY Asbury Theological Seminary Wilmore, KY Phone: (844) 468-6287 Website: asburyseminary.edu

Email: admissions.office @asburyseminary.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Multidenominational Asbury University Wilmore, KY Phone: (800) 888-1818 Website: asbury.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Interdenominational Campbellsville University Campbellsville, KY Phone: (800) 264-6014 Website: campbellsville.edu Email: admission @campbellsville.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Independent Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Louisville, KY Phone: (800) 264-1839 Website: www.lpts.edu

ASBURY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

204 N. Lexington Avenue Wilmore, KY 40390 (859) 858-3581 asburyseminary.edu

Asbury Theological Seminary is a multidenominational, evangelical seminary serving nearly 100 different denominations. Rooted in the Wesleyan tradition, we have a strong emphasis on the Bible, spiritual formation and discipleship.

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Email: admissions@lpts.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Presbyterian Mid-Continent University Mayfield, KY Phone: (270) 247-8521 Website: midcontinent.edu Email: info@midcontinent.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Baptist Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Louisville, KY Phone: (800) 626-5525 Website: sbts.edu Email: admissions@sbtu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Southern Baptist Union College Barbourville, KY Phone: (800) 489-8646 Website: unionky.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: United Methodist

Admissions email: admissions.office @asburyseminary.edu Admissions website: asburyseminary.edu Twitter name: @AsburySeminary Facebook page: facebook .com/AsburySeminary Affiliation: Multi-denominational Accreditation: SACS, ATS Application deadline (fall): 8/15 Admission requirements: Master level programs: bachelor’s; Doctoral level programs: master’s, 3.0 GPA; visit asburyseminary.edu /admissions/apply/ for full list of requirements Student body: 1,389; 65% male, 35% female; 45% full-time, 55% part-time; 42 states represented, 39 countries represented Resident status: 891 residential; 498 enrolled online

University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, KY Phone: (800) 343-1609 Website: ucumberlands.edu Email: amanda.walton @ucumberlands.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Southern Baptist

LO U I S I A N A Evangel Christian University of America Monroe, LA Phone: (855) 796-7111 Website: ecua.edu Email: admin@ecua.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Team Impact Christian University Baton Rouge, LA Phone: (225) 292-1771 Website: tiuniversity.com Email: dean@tiuniversity.com

Most popular degrees: Theological and Ministerial Studies, Pastoral Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling; visit asburyseminary.edu /academics/degrees/ for full list of degrees offered No. online courses: 64 Student/teacher ratio: 10:1 Academic staff with terminal degree: 92.1% Average class size: 16 Expenses: Tuition/Fees: $1,308; Books/Supplies: $1,008; Room/Board $4,120; visit asburyseminary .edu/admissions/funding -your-seminary-education /tuition-fees/ for more information on expenses Financial aid: (859) 858 -2319; visit asburyseminary .edu/admissions /funding-your-seminary -education/financial-aid /faqs/ for more information on financial aid

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M A S S AC H U S E T TS Eastern Nazarene College Quincy, MA Phone: (617) 774-6800 Website: enc.edu/adult-studies Email: adult.studies@enc.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nazarene Gordon College Wenham, MA Phone: (978) 927-2300 Website: gordon.edu Email: admissions@gordon.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary South Hamilton, MA Phone: (800) 428-7329 Website: gordonconwell.edu

Email: admrep@gcts.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

MICHIGAN

Cornerstone University Grand Rapids, MI Phone: (616) 949-5300 Website: cornerstone.edu Email: admissions @cornerstone.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational

Calvin Theological Seminary Grand Rapids, MI Phone: (800) 388-6034 Website: calvinseminary.edu Email: semadmit @calvinseminary.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Christian Reformed

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary Grand Rapids, MI Phone: (616) 222-1559 Website: grts.cornerstone.edu Email: seminary @cornerstone.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational

Concordia University Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI Phone: (734) 995-7322 Website: cuaa.edu Email: admission@cuaa.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod

Spring Arbor University Spring Arbor, MI Phone: (800) 968-0011 Website: arbor.edu Email: admissions@arbor.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Free Methodist Church

SOUTHWESTERN ASSEMBLIES OF GOD UNIVERSITY

1200 Sycamore St. Waxahachie, TX 75165 (888) YES-SAGU sagu.edu

Admissions email: graduateadmissions @sagu.edu Admissions website: sagu.edu/apply Twitter name: @sagu Facebook page: facebook.com/SAGUFans Affiliation: Assemblies of God Accreditation: Visit sagu.edu/about-sagu /accreditation for full list of accreditations Application deadline (fall): 7/15 Admission requirements: Master level programs: bachelor’s, 2.5 GPA; Doctoral level programs: master’s, 3.0 GPA,

M I N N E S OTA Acts International Bible College Blaine, MN Phone: (763) 755-4800 Ext. 114 Website: actscollege.org Email: mail@actscollege.org Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Interdenominational Bethel Seminary St. Paul, MN Phone: (651) 638-6400 Website: seminary.bethel.edu Email: bsem-admit@bethel.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Coverage Worldwide (former Baptist General Conference) Concordia University, St. Paul St. Paul, MN Phone: (800) 333-4705 Website: csp.edu Email: admission@csp.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate

ministry experience Student body: 315; Male: 47%; Female: 53% Resident status: 54 residential; 261 enrolled online No. online courses: 160 Student/teacher ratio: 15:1 Academic staff with terminal degree: 100% Average class size: 15 Expenses: Tuition/Fees: Tuition - $575 per hour, Fee - $55 per hour; Books/Supplies: $500 Financial aid: (972) 825 -4730; visit sagu .edu /financial-aid for more information on financial aid

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927 and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU. 30

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Crown College St. Bonifacius, MN Phone: (952) 446-4100 Website: crown.edu/graduate Email: info@crown.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Christian and Missionary Alliance

Belhaven University Jackson, MS Phone: (601) 968-5940 Website: belhaven.edu Email: jackson@belhaven.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Presbyterian

Assemblies of God Theological Seminary Springfield, MO Phone: (800) 467-2487 Website: agts.edu/link/siis2015 Email: info@agts.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Assemblies of God

North Central University Minneapolis, MN Phone: (800) 289-6222 Website: northcentral.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Assemblies of God University of Northwestern—St. Paul St. Paul, MN Phone: (800) 692-4020 Website: unwsp.edu Email: gceadmissions @unwsp.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational

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Blue Mountain College Blue Mountain, MS Phone: (662) 685-4771 Website: bmc.edu Email: admission@bmc.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Baptist Mississippi College Clinton, MS Phone: (601) 925-3000 Website: mc.edu Email: enrollment -services@mc.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Mississippi Baptist Convention

Biblical Life College and Seminary Marshfield, MO Phone: (417) 859-0881 Website: biblical-life.com Email: biblicallife@centurytel.net Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Calvary Theological Seminary Kansas City, MO Phone: (816) 322-3960 Website: calvary.edu/seminary

Email: seminary@calvary.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational Carver Baptist Bible College, Institute and Theological Seminary Kansas City, MO Phone: (816) 333-1577 Website: carverbible collegekc.org Email: admissions​ @carverbiblecollegekc.org Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Baptist Evangel University Springfield, MO Phone: (417) 865-2815 Website: evangel.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Assemblies of God Global University Springfield, MO Phone: (417) 862-9533 Website: globaluniversity.edu Email: gradenroll @globaluniversity.edu

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CHARISMA’S BEST GRADUATE SCHOOLS AND SEMINARIES Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Assemblies of God Nazarene Theological Seminary Kansas City, MO Phone: (816) 268-5400 Website: nts.edu Email: enroll@nts.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nazarene Lindenwood University St. Charles, MO Phone: (636) 949-4949 Website: lindenwood.edu Email: admissions @lindenwood.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Southwest Baptist University Bolivar, MO Phone: (417) 328-5281

Website: sbuniv.edu Email: admissions@sbuniv.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctoral Affiliation: Baptist

M O N TA N A Rocky Mountain College Billings, MT Phone: (800) 877-6259 Website: rocky.edu Email: admissions@rocky.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Interdenominational

NEBRASKA Concordia University, Nebraska Seward, NE Phone: (402) 643-3651 Website: cune.edu

ANDERSON UNIVERSITY

316 Boulevard Anderson, SC 29621 (864) 231-2000 andersonuniversity.edu

Anderson University, a comprehensive Christian university, is ranked the #18 Fastest Growing Regional College in the nation, and offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus and online. U.S. News & World Report ranked AU the #21 “Best College” in the South, and one of the 46 “Up & Coming” universities in America. AU is also one of America’s “100 Best College Buys,” and one of 200 schools in the world named an “Apple School of Distinction.” 32

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Email: admiss@cune.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod Grace University Omaha, NE Phone: (402) 449-2800 Website: graceuniversity.edu Email: admissions @graceuniversity.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Interdenominational

NEW JERSEY Drew University Madison, NJ Phone: (973) 408-3000 Website: drew.edu Email: cadm@drew.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Methodist

Admissions email: admission @andersonuniversity.edu Admission Phone: (864) 231-5510 Twitter Name: @AndersonUnivSC Facebook page: facebook .com/AndersonUniversitySC Affiliation: Southern Baptist Accreditation: Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), National Council for Accreditation of Teach Education (NCATE), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) Application deadline (fall): Rolling admission

N E W YO R K Houghton College Houghton, NY Phone: (585) 567-9200 Website: houghton.edu Email: admission @houghton.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: The Wesleyan Church Nyack College Nyack, NY Phone: (845) 358-1710 Website: nyack.edu Email: admission@nyack.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Christian and Missionary Alliance Roberts Wesleyan College Rochester, NY Phone: (585) 594-6000 Website: roberts.edu Email: benedict_mattie @roberts.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Free Methodist Church

Admission requirements: Varies by program. Visit andersonuniversity.edu /graduate for admission requirements Student body: Total enrollment 3,112; of which graduate enrollment is 343 Resident status: 0 live on campus; 152 enrolled online Most popular degrees: MBA, M.Ed., Master of Ministry, M.Div., D.Min., Master of Music Education, Master of Criminal Justice No. online courses: 170 Student/teacher ratio: 16:1 Academic staff with terminal degree: 68.5% Average class size: 22 Expenses: Varies by program Financial aid: (864) 231-2070; visit andersonuniversity.edu /graduate

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NORTH CAROLINA Carolina Graduate University Greensboro, NC Phone: (336) 315-8660 Website: carolinagrad.edu Email: fscurry@carolinagrad.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Gardner-Webb University Boiling Springs, NC Phone: (704) 406-4000 Website: gardner-webb.edu Email: admissions @gardner-webb.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist Impact University Clemmons, NC Phone: (336) 714-4048 Website: impactuniv.com Email: info@impactuniv.com Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational

Laurel University High Point, NC Phone: (336) 887-3000 Website: laureluniversity.edu Email: admissions @laureluniversity.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Montreat College Montreat, NC Phone: (800) 662-6968 Website: montreat.edu Email: jpacilli@montreat.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Presbyterian (U.S.A.) Piedmont International University Winston-Salem, NC Phone: (800) 937-5097 Website: pbc.edu Email: trachianb @piedmontu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

Southern Evangelical Seminary Matthews, NC Phone: (800) 778-7884 Website: ses.edu Email: info@ses.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist STC Bible College Thomasville, NC Phone: (336) 472-4109 Website: stcbiblecollege.com Email: admin @stcbiblecollege.com Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational Wingate University Wingate, NC Phone: (800) 755-5550 Website: wingate.edu Email: admit@wingate.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist

OHIO Bluffton University Bluffton, OH Phone: (800) 488-3257 Website: bluffton.edu Email: adulted.bluffton.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Mennonite Church USA Capital University Columbus, OH Phone: (614) 236-6011 Website: capital.edu Email: admissions@capital.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Lutheran Cedarville University Cedarville, OH Phone: (800) 233-2784 Website: cedarville.edu Email: admissions @cedarville.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist

Graduate programs designed to fit your schedule. Enhance your career in ministry, business, education and more! Our campus-based programs meet during weekday evenings, enabling working professionals to earn a degree without missing work, and our online programs allow you to study during hours that are most convenient for you.

Visit SEU.edu to learn more about our 15 graduate programs and our doctoral program in education.

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CHARISMA’S BEST GRADUATE SCHOOLS AND SEMINARIES Cincinnati Christian University Cincinnati, OH Phone: (800) 949-4228 Website: ccuniversity.edu Email: info@ccuniversity.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational Franciscan University of Steubenville Steubenville, OH Phone: (740) 283-6220 Website: franciscan.edu Email: admissions @franciscan.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Roman Catholic Mount Vernon Nazarene University Mount Vernon, OH Phone: (740) 392-6868 Website: mvnu.edu Email: abby.anderson @mvnu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nazarene

Tri-State Bible College South Point, OH Phone: (740) 377-2520 Website: tsbc.edu Email: info@tsbc.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Interdenominational

OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma Christian University Oklahoma City, OK Phone: (800) 877-5010 Website: oc.edu Email: info@oc.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Church of Christ

Mid-America Christian University Oklahoma City, OK Phone: (888) 888-2341 Website: go.macu.edu Email: info@macu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Church of God

Oklahoma Wesleyan University Bartlesville, OK Phone: (866) 222-8226 Website: okwu.edu Email: admissions@okwu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: The Wesleyan Church

Oklahoma Baptist University Shawnee, OK Phone: (405) 585-4601 Website: okbu.edu/graduate Email: graduate@okbu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s

Oral Roberts University Tulsa, OK Phone: (844) 756-9034 Website: oru.edu/gradguide Email: gradadmissions@oru.edu

ORAL ROBERTS UNIVERSITY

7777 S. Lewis Avenue Tulsa, OK 74171 (918) 495-6618 oru.edu

ORU SEMINARY—A GLOBAL PLACE FOR WORLDCLASS TRAINING IN MINISTRY. Since its inception, the Graduate School of Theology and Ministry has provided sound academic, theological and biblical education with a distinctive charismatic dimension. We offer a variety of ATS-accredited master's and doctoral degree programs in distance and residential formats.

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Affiliation: Southern Baptist Convention

Admissions email: gradadmissions@oru.edu Twitter name: @OralRobertsU Facebook page: facebook .com/OralRobertsUniversity; Visit https://www.facebook .com/michael.atoru to connect with our Graduate Enrollment Counselor. Affiliation: Nondenominational Accreditation: ATS, NCA-HLC, AAU, NAICU; visit oru.edu /accreditation for full list of accreditations Application deadline (fall): No Deadline Admission requirements: Master level programs: bachelor’s, 3.0 GPA; Doctoral level programs: master’s, 3.0 GPA, ministry experience. 2.5-2.9 GPA requires additional testing Student body: 534 students across all three graduate schools; 44% male, 56% female; 60%

Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Wisdom University Tulsa, OK Phone: (918) 712-7122 Website: wisdomuniversityonline.org Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

OREGON Concordia University Portland, OR Phone: (503) 288-9371 Website: cu-portland.edu Email: mturnock @cu-portland.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod

full-time, 40% part-time; 50 states and 83 countries represented at ORU Resident status: 515 residential; 19 online Most popular degrees: Master of Divinity; Master of Arts in Christian Counseling, Practical Theology, Missions, Biblical Literature, or Theological & Historical Studies; Doctor of Ministry No. online courses: 13 Student/teacher ratio: 12:1 Academic staff with terminal degree: 100% Average class size: 12 Expenses: Tuition: $531/ credit hour; Fees: $846; Books: $1,848; Room/ Board: $10,768. Annual cost for full time students Financial aid: 68% receive aid; average aid of $6,500/semester; federal loans and institutional scholarships and grants available

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CHARISMA’S BEST GRADUATE SCHOOLS AND SEMINARIES Corban University Salem, OR Phone: (800) 845-3005 Website: corban.edu Email: graduate@corban.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational George Fox Evangelical Seminary Portland, OR Phone: (503) 554-6150 Website: seminary .georgefox.edu Email: admissions @georgefox.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Northwest Christian University Eugene, OR Phone: (877) 463-6622 Website: nwcu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Evangelical

Warner Pacific College Portland, OR Phone: (503) 517-1020 Website: warnerpacific.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Church of God (Anderson, IN) Western Seminary Portland, OR Phone: (877) 517-1800 Website: westernseminary.edu Email: portland @westernseminary.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Multnomah University Portland, OR Phone: (877) 251-6560 Website: multnomah.edu Email: admissions @multnomah.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

1971 University Blvd. Lynchburg, VA 24515 (855) 466-9220 Liberty.edu

Liberty University is an evangelical liberal arts institution offering more than 450 residential and online degree programs and certificates. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Central Virginia, Liberty is the largest Christian university in the world.

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P E N N S YLVA N I A Baptist Bible College and Seminary Clarks Summit, PA Phone: (570) 586-2400 Website: bbc.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Baptist Biblical Theological Seminary Hatfield, PA Phone: (800) 235-4021 Website: biblical.edu Email: admissions@biblical.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Capital Bible Seminary and Graduate School Lancaster, PA Phone: (717) 560-8282 Website: bible.edu Email: graduate@lbc.edu

Admissions email: admissions@liberty.edu Admissions website: Liberty.edu/Admissions Admission Phone: (855) 466-9220 Twitter name: @LibertyU Facebook page: facebook .com/LibertyUniversity Affiliation: Nondenominational Accreditation: SACSCOC, ACBSP, AOA-COCA, ABA, FAA, CCNE, CACREP For complete list, visit Liberty .edu/Accreditation Application deadline: Rolling admissions process per semester Admission requirements: Master’s level: a bachelor’s degree Doctoral level: a master’s degree For complete requirements, visit Liberty .edu/Admissions Student body: 31,715; 39% male, 61% female; 34% full time, 66% part time; 50 states

Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Cairn University Langhorne, PA Phone: (800) 566-0049 Website: cairn.edu Email: admissions@cairn.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational Eastern University St. David’s, PA Phone: (800) 732-7669 Website: eastern.edu Email: gpsadm@eastern.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: American Baptist Geneva College Beaver Falls, PA Phone: (855) 979-5563 Website: geneva.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Reformed Presbyterian of North America

represented, 99 countries represented Resident status: Over 13,500 residential; Over 95,000 online Most popular degrees: Business, Medicine, Education, Religion, Law, Nursing; For a full list of degrees, visit Liberty.edu /Admissions No. online courses: Graduate level: 578 Student/teacher ratio: 19:1 Academic staff with terminal degree: 70% Expenses: Tuition rates among lowest in the country; expenses vary by program. For expense details, visit Liberty.edu /Tuition Financial aid: (888) 5835704; 85.2% receiving aid; aid package varies by program. For aid details, visit Liberty .edu /FinancialAid

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CHARISMA’S BEST GRADUATE SCHOOLS AND SEMINARIES Lancaster Bible College Lancaster, PA Phone: (717) 569-7071 Website: lbc.edu Email: capitallancaster@lbc.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Lebanon Valley College Annville, PA Phone: (866) 582-4236 Website: lvc.edu Email: admission@lvc.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Methodist Messiah College Grantham, PA Phone: (717) 766-2511 Website: messiah.edu Email: gradprograms @messiah.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s

Affiliation: Interdenominational Valley Forge Christian College Phoenixville, PA Phone: (800) 432-8322 Website: valleyforge.edu Email: admissions @valleyforge.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Assemblies of God

P U E R TO R I CO Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras, PR Phone: (787) 763-6700 Website: se-pr.edu Email: registro@se-pr.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Interdenominational

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW

1971 University Boulevard Lynchburg, VA 24515 (434) 592-5300 liberty.edu/law/

Liberty University School of Law, founded in 2004 and located in Central Virginia, teaches law in the context of the Western legal tradition through a Christian worldview. Students are encouraged in their faith and desire to learn law as future attorneys, policy makers, judges, educators and world leaders. Legal skills are practiced in clinical and externship opportunities.

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SOUTH CAROLINA Anderson University Anderson, SC Phone: (800) 542-3594 Website: andersonuniversity.edu Email: admission​@anderson university.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: South Carolina Baptist Convention Cathedral Bible College Myrtle Beach, SC Phone: (843) 477-1503 Website: cathedral biblecollege.com Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Charleston Southern University Charleston, SC Phone: (843) 863-7000 Website: csuniv.edu

Admissions email: LawAdmissions@Liberty .edu Admissions website: law.liberty.edu/admissions Admission Phone: (434) 592-5300 Twitter Name: @LibertyLaw Facebook page: facebook .com/LULawSchool Accreditation: liberty.edu /law/accreditation Application deadline (fall): 6/1 Rolling Admission; Apply Today Admission requirements: Master level programs: bachelor’s; liberty.edu/law /requirements Student body: 194; 62% male, 38% female; 100% full time; 41 states represented, 8 countries represented (based on

Email: enroll@csuniv.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Baptist Columbia International University Columbia, SC Phone: (800) 777-2227 Website: ciu.edu Email: yesgrad@ciu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Erskine College Due West, SC Phone: (888) 359-4358 Website: erskine.edu Email: admissions@erskine.edu Degrees Offered: Masters’, Doctorate Affiliation: Reformed Presbyterian Erskine Theological Seminary Due West, SC Phone: (800) 770-6936

entering class of 2014) Resident status: 194 Most popular degrees: Business Administration and Management, General,Law,Legal Assistant/Paralegal, Legal Studies, General, Pre-Law Studies; liberty .edu/law/dualdegree Student/teacher ratio: 11:1 Academic staff with terminal degree: 100% Average class size: 35 Expenses: $29,994 tuition, $1,568 fees, $1,800 books/supplies; liberty .edu/law/tuition Financial aid: 100% receiving aid; average aid package was 60% of tuition for the 2014-15 academic year; liberty .edu/law/tuition

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CHARISMA’S BEST GRADUATE SCHOOLS AND SEMINARIES Website: seminary.erskine.edu Email: admissions@erskine.edu Degrees Offered: Masters’, Doctorate Affiliation: Reformed Presbyterian North Greenville University Tigerville, SC Phone: (864) 977-7000 Website: ngu.edu Email: admissions@ngu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Southern Baptist Southern Wesleyan University Central, SC Phone: (864) 644-5000 Website: swu.edu Email: central@swu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Evangelical Christian

S O U T H DA KOTA Sioux Falls Seminary Sioux Falls, SD Phone: (605) 336-6588 Website: sfseminary.edu Email: info@sfsemimary.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist

TENNESSEE American Baptist College Nashville, TN Phone: (615) 256-1463 Website: abcnash.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Baptist Belmont University Nashville, TN Phone: (615) 460-6785 Website: belmont.edu Email: admissions@belmont.edu

PENTECOSTAL THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

900 Walker Street NE Cleveland, TN 37320 (423) 478-1131 ptseminary.edu

A Wesleyan-Pentecostal seminary preparing pastors, chaplains, counselors and leaders, PTS offers courses on-campus and online. It offers certificate programs, six master’s degrees and a Doctor of Ministry program. PTS offers Master’s Degrees fully online except the Master’s of Divinity requires oneyear residence. A Diploma of Wesleyan Pentecostal Ministry is approved by the Asociación para la Educación Teológica Hispana. cha ri s masbe st.co m

Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

Email: gradenrollment@cn.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Baptist

Berea Bible Institute and Seminary Hixson, TN Phone: (423) 643-3100 Website: bereabible seminary.com Email: berea@abbashouse.com Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist

King College Bristol, TN Phone: (866) 901-5849 Website: king.edu Email: admissions@king.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Presbyterian

Bryan College Dayton, TN Phone: (800) 277-9522 Website: bryan.edu Email: admissions@bryan.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational Carson-Newman College Jefferson City, TN Phone: (800) 678-9061 Website: cn.edu

Admissions email: admissions@ptseminary .edu Admissions website: www.ptseminary.edu Admission Phone: (423) 478-1131 Twitter Name: @pentecostalTS Facebook page: facebook .com/ptseminary Affiliation: Church of God Accreditation: ATS, SACS Application deadline (fall): 8/24 Rolling Admission Apply Today Admission requirements: Master level programs: bachelor’s, 2.50 GPA; Doctoral level programs: master’s, 3.00 GPA; visit ptseminary.net/ admissions for full list of requirements Student body: 233; 68% male, 32% female; 34% full time, 66% part time; 35 states represented, 14 countries represented Resident status: 16% on campus; 84% online

Lee University Cleveland, TN Phone: (800) 533-9930 Website: leegraduate.edu Email: admissions @leeuniversity.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Pentecostal Pentecostal Theological Seminary Cleveland, TN Phone: (423) 478-1131 Website: ptseminary.edu Email: admissions @ptseminary.edu

Most popular degrees: visit ptseminary.net /admissions for full list of degrees offered No. online courses: 27 Student/teacher ratio: 8:1 Academic staff with terminal degree: 97% Average class size: 9 Expenses: $478 per hour. After scholarships, our average student pays tuition of $318.00 per credit hour. This is an average & each student’s scholarship award varies depending upon his/her particular circumstances. 98% receive scholarships; books/supplies: varies; room/board: varies; visit finaid.ptseminary.edu for more information on expenses Financial aid: (423) 4781131; 98% receiving aid; average aid package $8,450; visit finaid .ptseminary.edu for more information on financial aid 2 01 5 | C H A RI S M A ’S B EST

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CHARISMA’S BEST GRADUATE SCHOOLS AND SEMINARIES Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Pentecostal

Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nazarene

Richmont Graduate University Chattanooga, TN Phone: (888) 267-4073 Website: richmont.edu Email: admissions @richmont.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational

Union University Jackson, TN Phone: (731) 668-1818 Website: uu.edu Email: keasley@uu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Southern Baptist

Tennessee Temple University Chattanooga, TN Phone: (800) 553-4050 Website: tntemple.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

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Trevecca Nazarene University Nashville, TN Phone: (615) 248-1200 Website: trevecca.edu

Arlington Baptist College Arlington, TX Phone: (817) 461-8741 Website: arlington baptistcollege.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Baptist

THE KING’S UNIVERSITY

2121 E. Southlake Blvd. Southlake, Texas 76092 (817) 552-3700 tku.edu

TKU is a Spirit-empowered evangelical university based in the DFW area. The university continues to expand its footprint with multiple locations worldwide to prepare men and women for effective leadership and Christlike service in the global community. Carrying on the vision of its founder, Dr. Jack Hayford, TKU uniquely equips students by integrating accredited higher education with dynamic ministry experience in the local church.

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Baptist University of the Americas San Antonio, TX Phone: (210) 924-4338 Website: bua.edu Email: mary.ranjel@bua.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Baptist Baylor University Waco, TX Phone: (800) 229-5678 Website: baylor.edu Email: admissions@baylor.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist Christian Bible Institute and Seminary Spring, TX Phone: (888) 360-0004 Website: christianbible institute.net Email: info@christianbible institute.net

Admissions email: admissions@tku.edu Admissions website: tku.edu/apply Admission Phone: (682) 223-6932 Twitter Name: @TKUGateway Facebook page: facebook .com/TKUGateway Affiliation: Non-denominational Accreditation: TRACS, ABHE Application deadline (fall): 8/10 Admission requirements: Master level programs: bachelor’s, 2.00 GPA; Doctoral level programs: master’s, 3.00 GPA; visit tku.edu/admissions/apply /graduate-students/ for full list of requirements Student body: 223; 54% male, 46% female; 13% full time, 87% part time;

Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Criswell College Dallas, TX Phone: (800) 899-0012 Website: criswell.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Southern Baptist Convention Dallas Baptist University Dallas, TX Phone: (214) 333-7100 Website: dbu.edu Email: admiss@dbu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist Dallas Theological Seminary Dallas, TX Phone: (214) 887-5000 Website: dts.edu Email: admissions@dts.edu

26 states represented, 6 countries represented Most popular degrees: Master of Divinity & Master of Practical Theology; visit tku.edu /academics/ for full list of degrees offered Student/teacher ratio: 12:1 Academic staff with terminal degree: 100% Average class size: 8 Expenses: $395 per credit hr; $533 books /supplies; visit tku.edu /tuition-and -fees/ for more information on expenses Financial aid: (817) 5527339; 43% receiving aid; average aid package $16,000; visit tku.edu /admissions/financial-aid /financial-aid-apply/ for more information on financial aid

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Advance your career with an ORU Graduate Degree! GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS MASTER’S DEGREES Master of Business Administration (MBA) Leadership Master of Business Administration (LMBA) GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION MASTER’S DEGREES School Administration Curriculum and Instruction Teaching with Alternate Licensure Teaching with Public School Licensure DOCTORAL DEGREE Educational Leadership GRADUATE SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY MASTER’S/PROFESSIONAL DEGREES Christian Counseling Master of Divinity Missions Practical Theology MASTER’S/ACADEMIC DEGREES Biblical Literature Theological and Historical Studies DOCTORAL DEGREE Doctor of Ministry

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Heather Wright: Master of Arts in Biblical Literature Working Missionary “From the Deans to the Professors, God has gifted this school with spiritfilled, qualified people. Not only are they incredibly knowledgeable, but they enjoy being around their students. They are not only educators but are men and women who care about the students and their lives.”


CHARISMA’S BEST GRADUATE SCHOOLS AND SEMINARIES Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational George W. Truett Theological Seminary Waco, TX Phone: (800) 229-5678 Website: baylor.edu/truett Email: Truett_Admissions @baylor.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist Hardin-Simmons University Abilene, TX Phone: (877) 464-7889 Website: hsutx.edu Email: enroll@hsutx.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist

Houston Baptist University Houston, TX Phone: (281) 649-3000 Website: hbu.edu Email: admissions@hbu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Baptist Howard Payne University Brownwood, TX Phone: (325) 649-8020 Website: hputx.edu Email: enroll@hputx.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Baptist LeTourneau University Longview, TX Phone: (800) 759-8811 Website: letu.edu Email: admissions@letu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Interdenominational

REGENT UNIVERSITY

1000 Regent University Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23464 (800) 373-5504 regent.edu Regent University is a fully accredited Christian university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees on campus and online. Ranked #11 for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (U.S. News & World Report, 2015), Regent unites high-quality academics and biblical faith. Students gain knowledge to excel and faith to live with purpose. Regent’s diverse student body is committed to the rigorous study and application of theology.

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Lubbock Christian University Lubbock, TX Phone: (800) 933-7601 Website: lcu.edu Email: graduatestudies@lcu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Churches of Christy Waxahachie, TX Southwestern Assemblies of God University Waxahachie, TX Phone: (888) 937-7248 Website: sagu.edu Email: graduateadmissions @sagu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Assemblies of God The King’s University Southlake, TX Phone: (817) 552-3700 Website: tku.edu

Admissions email: admissions@regent.edu Admissions website: regent.edu/apply Admission Phone: (800) 373-5504 Twitter Name: @RegentU Facebook page: facebook .com/regentuniversity Affiliation: Non-Denominational Accreditation: The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, visit regent.edu/about_us /overview/accreditation .cfm for full list of accreditations Application deadline (fall): Rolling Admission Admission requirements: Master’s-level programs: 2.75 GPA (M.A. & M.Div.), 3.0 GPA (MTS); Doctorallevel programs: 3.0 GPA

Email: admissions@tku.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Tyndale Theological Seminary and Biblical Institute Hurst, TX Phone: (800) 886-1415 Website: tyndale.edu Email: info@tyndale.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Wayland Baptist University Plainview, TX Phone: (800) 588-1928 Website: wbu.edu Email: admitme@wbu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Southern Baptist Convention

(D.Min.), 3.5 GPA (Ph.D.); visit regent.edu/acad /schdiv /admissions/ for full list Student body: School of Divinity: 680; 58% male, 42% female; 9% full time, 91% part time; Regent University: 50 states, 73 countries represented Resident status: Regent University: 1,027 on campus; 5,131 online Most popular degrees: M.Div.,MTS, D.Min.; visit regent.edu /degrees.cfm No. online courses: School of Divinity: 640 Student/teacher ratio: 20:1 Academic staff with terminal degree: 93% Average class size: 18 Expenses: $10,718 tuition/fees; $1,000 books/supplies; $8,250 room/board Financial aid: (757) 352-4125; 76% receiving aid; visit regent.edu/admin/finaid/ c h ar ism asb est . com


Download your FREE ebook Called, from Asbury Seminary visit: asbury.to/CT

204 N. Lexington Ave., Wilmore, KY 40390 Kentucky • Orlando • Memphis • Online

“In the final analysis, our mission is… about the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ and joining the Living God in His mission in the world. We are living into a challenge which God put into my heart many years ago: ‘Attempt something so big, that unless God intervenes, it is bound to fail.’” - Dr. Timothy C. Tennent President, Asbury Theological Seminary


CHARISMA’S BEST GRADUATE SCHOOLS AND SEMINARIES West Coast Bible College and Seminary Waco, TX Phone: (800) 921-4561 Website: westcoastbible.org Email: info@westcoastbible.org Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

VIRGINIA Liberty University Lynchburg, VA Phone: (855) 466-9220 Website: liberty.edu/champions Email: admissions@liberty.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Southern Baptist Liberty University School of Law Lynchburg, VA Phone: (434) 592-5300 Website: law.liberty.edu

Email: lawadmissions @liberty.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Southern Baptist

Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational, Conservative Evangelical

Regent University Graduate School and School of Divinity Virginia Beach, VA Phone: (800) 723-6162 Website: regent.edu/success Email: admissions@regent.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

Covenant Bible Seminary Lakewood, WA Phone: (253) 472-4322 Website: covenantbible seminary.org Email: cbseminary @qwestoffice.net Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

WA S H I N G TO N Columbia Evangelical Seminary Buckley, WA Phone: (360) 802-6437 Website: columbiaseminary.edu Email: info@columbia seminary.edu

LEE UNIVERSITY

1120 North Ocoee Street Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 614-8000 leegraduate.com Lee University is a Christ-centered university of about 5,000 students located in Cleveland, Tennessee, in the southeast part of the state’s scenic Tennessee River Valley. Lee is emerging as a leader in higher education in the southeastern region and is continuously ranked in the “Top Tier” of Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report.

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Northwest University Kirkland, WA Phone: (425) 822-8266 Website: northwestu.edu Email: comgrad @northwestu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Assemblies of God USA

Admissions email: gradstudies @leeuniversity.edu Admissions website: leegraduate.com Twitter name: @LeeU Facebook page: facebook .com/LeeUniversity Affiliation: Church of God Accreditation: SACS, NCATE, ACBSP, NASM, CAATE; visit leeuniversity .edu/about/accreditation .aspx for full list of accreditations Application deadline (fall): 9/2 Admission requirements: Master level programs: bachelor’s; visit leegraduate.com for full list of requirements Student body: 372; 40% male, 60% female; 45% full-time, 55% part-time; 29 states represented, 13 countries represented Most popular degrees: Business Administration and Management,

Seattle Pacific University Graduate School and Seminary Seattle, WA Phone: (206) 281-2000 Website: spu.edu Email: gradadmissions@spu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Free Methodist Church

WEST VIRGINIA Appalachian Bible College Mount Hope, WV Phone: (800) 678-9222 Website: abc.edu Email: admissions@abc.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational

General; Ministry/ Lay Ministry; Teacher Education, Multiple Levels; Marriage and Family Therapy/ Counseling; Music Performance, General; visit leegraduate.com for full list of degrees offered No. online courses: 1 Student/teacher ratio: 8:1 Academic staff with terminal degree: 54% Average class size: 9 Expenses: Tuition/Fees: $600 per semester hour; Books/Supplies: $300-500 per semester; visit catalog. leeuniversity.edu/content .php?catoid=6&navoid=1007 for more information on expenses Financial aid: (423) 614-8300; visit leeuniversity.edu /financial-aid/ for more information on financial aid

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HIGHER EXPECTATIONS Graduate Programs in: Business (MBA) Marriage & Family Therapy School Counseling Music Theology Ministry Studies (on-site & online)

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