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Charisma’s Best Graduate Schools and Seminaries Learn about the many degrees offered by Christian institutions of higher learning.

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6 Get Good Advice Before Opting for Grad School

What Grad School Did for Me

Listen to those who know you well before making the decision to enter grad school | By Dr. Steve Greene

Key leaders share how attending a Christian grad school impacted their lives

8 Education With No Regrets

By Christine D. Johnson

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Beyond Grades and Test Scores

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‘Do the Church’

Serving in the Spirit of Christ

Hear from admissions counselors on how to get into graduate school.

See how one grad student’s Ivy League education prepared him for ministry.

Follow the example of Jesus by entering the helping professions.

By Taylor Berglund

By Michael Sterns

By Dr. Mike Clarensau

See why pastors should not dismiss too quickly the idea of getting their doctorate | By Dr. Mark Rutland

28 How We Chose

Learn what criteria we used to compile our listing of nearly 200 Christian graduate schools | By Steve Strang

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BY DR. STEVE GREENE

Listen well before making your grad school decision

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If asking for help was good enough for Solomon, it’s good enough for me and you.

hoosing if and where to continue one’s education is no easy decision. When confronted by choices of such magnitude, we can be tempted to two extremes: picking a side independently and refusing to consider alternatives or buckling under the decision’s weight and making no decision at all. When I have to make a difficult decision, my first and best move is to consult the wise mentors God has placed in my life. Even Solomon, the wisest man in history, heeded the counsel of people he respected. In Proverbs 13:20, he writes, “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but a companion of fools will be destroyed.” No wonder so many colleges employ advisers purely to answer students’ questions. Of course, the first and most important adviser is God. Believers ought to make every important decision on their knees. God knows all things. He can certainly tell me which school I should attend. Be sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Consult Him earnestly, and He will not fail to guide you. One way the Lord guides us is through our mentors in the faith. Parents, pastors, professors and other people in your life know your strengths, weaknesses and God-given talents. They may have the experience you lack. If asking for help was good enough for Solomon, it’s good enough for me and you. I distinctly remember one mentor in my life who led me to attend graduate school. I wish he were still alive so I could thank him for the hundredth time. Grad school completely changed the course of my career. Be wise and seek the counsel of many. And make sure to speak with people who actually have earned their advanced degrees about how they perceive the value. Ask a

baker how to bake. Finally, consult experts in the field you hope to enter. Charisma’s Best Graduate Schools and Seminaries can help you in this phase. We’ve gathered an array of experts who can help you make the right decision about advancing your education. We asked advisers at several Christian graduate schools and seminaries how students can maximize their chances for enrollment. We asked working professionals how going to graduate school impacted their lives. Their answers are all inside this issue. Many of you may believe you are called to become pastors. Michael Sterns sensed that calling and explains how God used his Ivy League education to shape him for ministry. And Dr. Mark Rutland, one of my closest friends and mentors, argues in his column why a minister should pursue a doctorate. Others may be called to a profession such as counseling or education. In his article, Dr. Mike Clarensau, a dean at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, points out how helping professions can bring glory to God. Finally, we’ve provided a full listing of seminaries and graduate schools that are both high quality and kingdom oriented. Our team has scoured their websites, compiled the most useful information—phone numbers, email addresses, affiliations and more—and presented it in a concise format. Choosing a graduate school is a difficult decision; this guide should help make it as easy as possible. Solomon said, “A wise man will hear and will increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel” (Prov. 1:5). I pray the wisdom included in these pages will aid you in the hunt for your best grad school option. Listen to God and the people He has placed in your life, and you can’t go wrong.

DR. STEVE GREENE is Charisma Media Group’s publisher and executive vice president. He has served as dean of the College of Business and dean of Distance Learning and was a marketing professor at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 6

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Advice

DR. MARK RUTLAND

Education With No Regrets

Addressing 4 common reasons why pastors say they should not get advanced degrees

“When Alison and were struggling to get through three degrees for me and two for her, we asked ourselves many times, ‘Is this worth it?’”

graduate schools in as little as two years. One man told me, “If I go on to graduate school, I will be 53 when I finish a master’s degree.” “Yes,” I told him. “But you will be 53 anyway. Why not be 53 with a master’s degree?” 3) I have been out of school too long; I probably can’t do it. The answer is simple. You can! You are an intelligent, gifted servant of God, and you can do it. Furthermore, it will be fun and challenging to your spirit and good for your brain. It will also inspire you and give you new thoughts and strategies for ministry. There is always—as crazy as it seems—the possibility that you may learn something! 4) I’m not sure another degree will advance my career. First, you will learn more than you can imagine. Second, you will meet and be blessed by others on the same journey, fellow travelers whom you would never know apart from the education experience you will share. Third, education may open doors ahead of you of which you are not even vaguely aware today. When Alison and I were struggling to get through three degrees for me and two for her, we asked ourselves many times, “Is this worth it?” We have answered that question, yes, a thousand times—more like millions of times. Absolutely, it was all worth it. Few of the wonderful places we served, the megachurches, two university presidencies and what I am doing and loving right now through NICL, none of those wonderful doors would have opened without all the long, hard and expensive years of higher education. Education is no substitute for anointing. That goes without saying. Still, why not give God a little more to work with? An anointed and educated intellect is a mighty instrument in the hand of God.

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hen Alison and I were trying to get ourselves through graduate school, we were as poor as church mice. We barely had enough money to take care of our children—I mean barely. Furthermore, we were torturing every penny in a desperate effort to get an infant ministry up and running. Well, not running exactly. More like crawling. We had graduated from college, worked our way through, in fact, paid every dime of it and incurred no debt. In the light of all that, graduate school and doctoral studies seemed crazy. At least, it seemed wasteful and pointless. It wasn’t. I have never regretted one dollar I spent on higher education, even when those dollars were terrifyingly hard to come by. I never tire of urging those in ministry to go on for more education. I have heard all the objections, and I fully understand how hard it can be to trudge on to the next level. For those who decide otherwise, this is no guilt trip. On the other hand, let me give you some things to think about before you dismiss too quickly the idea of further education. I want to address a few of the most common reasons ministers stop their education. 1) This is not a good time for me. There will never be a good time. First, you have young children. Then you have teenagers. Then you have three in college. Then, well, now you think it’s too late (see No. 2). It will be a sacrifice whenever you do it. Do it now. 2) I am too old. I urge the pastors who graduate from my own National Institute of Christian Leadership (NICL) to go for a full degree. When they finish studying with me, they can complete a master’s degree at any of several participating


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Overview

• Five Master of Arts programs • Master of Divinity program • Doctor of Ministry program • Accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada (ATS) and Higher Learning Committee (HLC)

Costs and Aid

• Tuition: $562/credit hour • Semester Fee: Full-time: $448, Part-time: $249 Aid Opportunities: • Graduate Quest Fellows & Scholarship Program: $1,000-$5,000 or full-tuition coverage with a $15,000 stipend, for up to 3 years or 6 semesters • Academic Scholarships—up to $2,000/year • Chaplain Candidacy Scholarship—up to $2,500/year • International Grant—$2,000/year • Need Based Grant—$1,000/year • Alumni Scholarship—$500/year • Visit Day Scholarship—$500/one time only

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• apply.oru.edu • $35 Application fee (waived for online apps) • Masters program requirements: accredited bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA • Doctoral requirements: accredited Master of Divinity or equivalent with a 3.0 GPA & ministry experience •

Top Majors

• Master of Divinity • M.A. in Christian Counseling • M.A. in Practical Theology • M.A. in Missions • M.A. in Theological & Historical Studies • Doctor of Ministry

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Highlights

• Whole Person Education—mind, body, spirit • Professors with doctorates and ministry experience • Students from 86 countries • 3,000+ global ministry partnerships • Residential, modular and online courses • Largest collection of Holy Spirit and Charismatic Movement resources

A Note from the Dean:

Does your calling require further preparation? ORU is the premier institution of ministry training and theological higher education within the global Spirit-empowered movement. Our Graduate School of Theology and Ministry was born out of the fires of healing evangelism and a soul-deep commitment to touch lives the world over. As an interdenominational and international place, ORU offers graduate students, one-of-a-kind global seminary experience. Students experience the highest level of academic education and an atmosphere permeated by the Holy Spirit. As ORU’s Founder, Oral Roberts, said, “You can get your learning and keep your burning here!” Our professors have extensive ministry experience, earned Ph.D. or doctoral degrees and a definite call to train a new generation of Spirit-empowered ministers and leaders. Across the globe, our graduates serve and facilitate God’s healing power as pastors, chaplains, professors, ministry leaders, licensed counselors, missionaries and much more. Get ready to fulfill your calling and to take your place of leadership. May God bless you as you seek His will for your future! Thomson K. Mathew, D.Min., Ed.D. Dean, College of Theology and Ministry


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Beyond

Grades and Test Scores How to gain admission to the Christian graduate school of your choice

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ew decisions are as difficult or important as selecting the right graduate school. But once students have picked the school they want to attend, how can they do their best to get in? Charisma’s Best Graduate Schools and Seminaries talked to admissions counselors across the country about this very question. They shared with us the most important steps students can take— and pitfalls they should avoid—when applying for grad school.

What’s the Process?

The admissions process can look different at every university, but typically it requires submission of undergraduate transcripts and a writing sample. Each school also has unique requirements. For example, Regent University’s School of Divinity asks applicants to submit a personal goal statement. For Asbury Theological Seminary, each aspiring student sends in his testimony and four references. Even within the same school, the admissions process can differ. Matthew 12

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Nixon, an admissions counselor for graduate and professional studies at Vanguard University, says the admissions process for Vanguard’s six graduate programs each look a little different. Students are encouraged to contact the admissions department and get the details about their desired program’s process. Not only does this better prepare them, but reaching out can also grant students perks. Heidi B. Cece, the executive director of university admissions at Regent University, says Regent applicants who complete the application form with an enrollment counselor can have the application fee waived. Regent counselors can also order transcripts on behalf of the applicants—if requested. “Other parts of the admission process vary and require different types of information, depending on the program,” Cece added. “Goal statements, résumés and other information may be needed, and our enrollment counselors work closely with applicants to ensure they understand requirements and submit the right information.” Nonacademic criteria can also be

What to Do

Before submitting an application, students can make themselves appealing to the school. One thing many of the counselors suggest is visiting the campus. Though many applicants think of the campus visit as an opportunity to get to know the college, counselors say the visit lets the college get to know the applicants as well. “While they get to look at us, we get to look at them in a way we might not see on the file,” Ozan says. Laura Kirnan, the assistant director of c h ar ism asb est . com

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weighed during the admissions process. Randy Ozan, director of admissions at Asbury, says he likes to make sure students have a viable financial plan. “You’re entering a field where you’re not going to be paid handsomely,” Ozan reminds potential students. “Do you have a financial plan to get through this?” Kevin Bish, vice president for enrollment management and student services at Asbury, added that finding students who match the calling of their seminary is important. “It’s a holistic approach,” Bish says. “It’s very missionally driven. We look at our mission and ask, ‘Does their personal calling match our missional calling?’” Though the process differs from school to school, applicants who reach out to admissions will always benefit.


graduate admissions at Regent, says that talking with students is a valuable part of the process. “Hearing the story of God’s calling on their life through interaction with our admissions staff and esteemed faculty invites us into the world of the prospective student,” Kirnan says. “Whether a prospect currently serves as a full-time pastor, leads a staff team at an international missions agency or perhaps leads a group of women through a Bible study in their home each week, each conversation allows us to join them on their spiritual journey. We’re looking for evidence of spiritual aptitude and calling, so when applicants paint us a picture of their day-to-day spiritual endeavors, it really helps our admissions team to know if they’ll be a good fit for seminary.” Nixon agrees—and says that process could start even earlier than the visit. “Networking with university staff and faculty is key for prospective students,” Nixon says. “I recommend reaching out to multiple members of the university community. You can share about your passions, education background, and work and volunteer experience. You can also ask questions about the university and the specific program you are interested (in). Most importantly, it shows the institution that you are serious about applying to their school.” Students can also bolster their chances for admission through volunteer work in the community and making the most of undergraduate opportunities. “We advise current undergraduate students to focus on their classes, work hard and earn the best grades possible,” Cece says. “They also need to complete any required undergraduate classes for a graduate program. For example, some psychology programs require 18 undergraduate credit hours in that subject area. And for those students returning to graduate school with a gap after earning a bachelor’s degree, it is good to know admissions offices look very closely at work/volunteer history on résumés. Applicants can use their résumé to highlight progressive leadership opportunities and skills learned, and they should think about how those work experiences can translate to success in graduate school.” cha ri s masbe st.co m

What Not to Do

While there are many ways to improve an applicant’s odds in obtaining admission, there are an equal number of pitfalls that could sabotage acceptance. One mistake students often make is trying to handle the process alone. “A common mistake would be to attempt to discern which seminary or divinity school is best on their own,” Kirnan says. “I encourage every prospect to take a few moments to either talk in person or over the phone about their ministry goals.” For instance, she noted that some seminaries—like Regent—accept women in leadership positions, while others may not. By clarifying the school’s stance with a guidance counselor in advance, applicants can save themselves a lot of confusion. Cece echoed Kirnan’s sentiment. “We encourage applicants to ask a lot

process—and to start as early as possible. “Potential students often wait too long to apply,” Nixon says. “It is important to always meet admission deadlines. Students who apply early in the process have a far better chance of securing a seat in the program than those who wait until the last minute. Applying early also shows faculty and staff you are prepared for graduate school and ready for the challenge!” Bish believes applicants need to take their time with the application process. “The more time you give yourself as a prospective student to get yourself organized and the more time you give the institution you want to go to, that has a lot to do with whether you’ll be accepted,” Bish says, adding that he frequently sees students rush the essay portion of the application. “Students don’t take the essay seriously enough. There are lots of grammatical errors

“Applicants are urged to allow far more time than they think they need for the admissions process—and to start as early as possible.” of questions and follow their enrollment counselor’s suggestions,” she says. “The enrollment counselor’s role is to help guide applicants through the application process and to present their case to the school’s admissions committee. Prospective students can benefit from listening to their enrollment counselors and learning from their advice.” Remember, the counselors do have a say in the admissions decision. The way students handle the admissions process can say a lot about their character, Ozan says. “Anytime something goes wrong in the process, it can be easy for students to get upset,” Ozan says. “We’re looking for students who don’t get angry quickly but are slow to anger, quick to listen. Embrace the process. There are a lot of forms, a lot of references and a lot of processes.” By far, what students mess up the most is time management. Applicants are urged to allow far more time than they think they need for the admissions

they put in. We really look at that, and so do a lot of admissions committees, especially at the grad school level. Writing is a big part of the grad school experience, so don’t rush that. Take your time. Be conscious of the thought process. Make sure you’re first answering the question thoroughly and, second, having someone proofread the essay thoroughly. I see a lot of students make that mistake.” The consequences of a poorly written essay can be significant. “If they’re not careful, prospective students can make mistakes that disqualify them from admissions to their preferred program,” Cece says. Thankfully, admissions counselors are always ready to help. Don’t hesitate to ask them if questions arise. After all, they want as many great students at their schools as possible. TAYLOR BERGLUNDis the assistant online editor at Charisma Media and co-host of the “Charisma News” and “C-POP” podcasts. 2 01 6 | C H A RI S M A ’S B EST

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WHAT GRAD SCHOOL DID FOR ME How attending a Christian grad school helped these leaders BY CHRISTINE D. JOHNSON

As a Christian considering grad school, you may wonder whether to attend a Christian, state or private university. The following leaders chose a Christian grad school, so we asked them: WHAT DID GRAD SCHOOL DO FOR YOU?

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CAROL PETERS-TANKSLEY, M.D. Obstetrician-gynecologist, ordained minister and author Making the decision to attend Oral Roberts University was a life-changing experience for me. Obtaining my Master of Divinity and then Doctor of Ministry degree has provided a level of confidence and competence in working for the advance of God’s kingdom that I don’t believe I could have realized any other way. The coursework was valuable, but that is actually third on my list of benefits that I got from grad school. Most valuable of all was how I changed as a person by going through the program (in my case, programs). I was encouraged—even forced—to examine my own faith, character and calling. My perspective on the world and the church was greatly expanded and matured. Grad school became a huge part of the root system of the tree God is building out of my life. Second in value, the relationships I developed with professors and fellow students are hard to overestimate. That’s a benefit I never anticipated. Connections with those people continue to provide encouragement, stimulation and opportunities for ministry six years after graduation, and I am sure will continue in the future. c h ar ism asb est . com

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DR. PHIL COOKE Writer, filmmaker and media consultant When I finished high school in Charlotte, North Carolina, I had athletic scholarships offered from major schools like University of North Carolina, NC State and Western Carolina. But I completely let those go in order to attend Oral Roberts University, which, at the time, had none of the sports I competed in. But the trade-off was far greater than I could have imagined. ORU’s theme was “educating the whole man,” which includes the mind, body and spirit. That perspective made a dramatic difference for me, and it was at that Christian university where I discovered the calling that has driven my life for the last four decades.

NATHAN TODD SIMS Filmmaker I went to Christian graduate school to learn about film, but I left with a mandate to change the world. The theoretical and technical education I received was world class but of limited benefit compared to the sculpting of my Christian worldview. Since graduating nearly 17 years ago, the mandate to be a Christian leader to change the world drives me personally and, at a fundamental level, drives our company, Fusion Productions (fusionflix.com), and everything we do. We do not have the wealth of Spielberg or the notoriety of Scorsese, but year after year, in both secular and sacred markets, we are able to make films that bring the love of Christ to those who view them. I could have learned filmmaking anywhere, but at Regent University, I also began to lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus laid hold of me (Phil. 3:12).


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SEAN McDOWELL Author and assistant professor of Christian apologetics Biola University I have been fortunate to go through college and two different graduate schools for training in theology and apologetics. While all my training was valuable and life changing, my time at Talbot Theological Seminary, where I earned an M.A. in Theology and an M.A. in Philosophy, was absolutely formative. My wife recently commented about how that time in my life—three years in my mid 20s—was the time where she saw the most growth in my intellect and passion for Christ. I didn’t have kids yet, and my wife was working full time to help support me, which really freed me up to commit myself to studies and to build relationships with some of my professors and fellow students. This was a special season in our lives, and I wouldn’t change it for anything. I realize everyone may not have the interest or resources to go to grad school. But if you’re planning to work with students and desire to be a resource for the church, grad school training in theology is a necessity. Paul said to “study to show yourself approved by God” (2 Tim. 2:15). So much confusion and errors in the church come from poor theology. Taking a season in your life to commit to study can help prepare you for lifelong influence that is faithful to the gospel. cha ri s masbe st.co m

MARLO SCHALESKY

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I’m so thankful that I was able to attend a Christian grad school because it enriched my life both professionally as a writer and personally as a follower of Christ. Because of my education at Fuller Theological Seminary, my novels became much deeper and theologically rich. New ideas for stories came out of class discussion and digging into what Scripture had to say, particularly in the original languages. I especially came to love New Testament Greek! After I graduated, I was then able to write a different kind of book— nonfiction that incorporates fictional sections, academic insights, language analysis and deeply personal insights to explore the journey of biblical characters and how they relate to our lives today. I love the integration of seminary learning with the biblical lessons of life. These rich explorations of life and the Bible are only possible because of my seminary training. Personally, attending Christian grad school has benefited me even more. Through studying original languages, biblical exegesis and God’s history with His people, I’ve been able to discover more of the amazing nuances and beauty that lie in Scripture. I have fallen more deeply in love not only with the Bible, but with the God of the Bible Himself. I have discovered more of the wonder of God. Christian grad school has been God’s gift to me!

DR. MICHAEL RAKES Author and pastor Winston Salem First Winston-Salem, North Carolina I attended and received degrees from three different Christian grad schools. Sometimes you’ll hear someone in the ministry say, “They never taught me that at seminary,” and the answer to that is a definite yes. But having served as an adjunct in several different graduate programs, the best response to that statement is, “How could we?” Life and culture move and change, and grad school prepares you not with technical skills necessarily but theological and philosophical skills to help you create solutions, lead organizations and respond to the ever-increasing anti-Jesus mindset. Learning requires humility on the side of the learner. I attended Baptist, Presbyterian and Assemblies of God seminaries and gained so much from each institution. You need grad school because you need perspective; you need God’s grace to help you brighten the city where you live and be the love of God in a pluralistic culture. The best advice I have for someone thinking about grad school is: Do it but with the attitude of a seeker, a learner and an actor in your educational drama, not just a spectator. Embrace and engage the challenges and threats to your deeply held beliefs, loosen your stance a little and trust the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth. 2 01 6 | C H A RI S M A ’S B EST

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Quick Facts

Contact

Southeastern University 1000 Longfellow Blvd. Lakeland, Florida 33801 800.500.8760 SEU.edu

Discover Your Divine Design at SEU

Overview

SEU is committed to equipping students to discover and develop their divine design to serve Christ and the world through spiritempowered life, learning and leadership. • Founded in 1935 • Located in Lakeland, Florida • 17 graduate programs • Online, evening and hybrid programs

Tuition costs and financial aid

• $375–$525 per credit hour • Federal and state financial assistance available • 10- and 12-month payment plan options • Graduate assistantships available to help reduce costs and gain professional experience

Admission information

• Apply online at SEU.edu/apply • Register at SEU.edu/visit to learn more at our graduate and doctoral info sessions

Top Majors • Doctor of Education • Doctor of Ministry • Master of Business Administration • Master of Arts in Christian Studies • Master of Arts (Theological Studies) • Master of Education (multiple fields available) • Master of Science in Professional Counseling

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Highlights • MBA students have the opportunity to participate in the Disney Institute or study abroad in Oxford, Cambridge, Dubai or China. • Our Church Plant U program includes visits to 11 cuttingedge churches around the nation, connecting students with pastors at the forefront of the church planting movement.

Academics

Southeastern offers 17 graduate programs, equipping students to excel in ministry, business, education, counseling and many other career fields. Our graduate programs have been ranked among the best in the country, and our faculty is dedicated to uncovering your passion and helping you achieve your goals.

Value

Because earning an advanced degree is an important investment in the future of your career, we’re dedicated to  making your studies  affordable and accessible.  Federal and state financial assistance is available, as well as flexible payment plans, enabling graduate students to spread their educational costs over a 10- or 12-month period.

Learning Resources

Whether you pursue a degree online or on campus, you will have access to all the resources available at SEU, including our library databases, virtual and in-person tutoring and more, as well as our MyFire online course portal, giving you the freedom to study when it’s most convenient for you.

Location

Our campus is in sunny Lakeland, Florida, a vibrant community with a small-town feel and plenty of things to do, located within an hour’s drive of some of the nation’s best beaches as well as theme parks such as Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Busch Gardens.


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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.

Behavioral & Social Sciences Master of Arts in Human Services Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy Master of Science in Professional Counseling Master of Science in School Counseling

Business & Legal Studies Master of Business Administration

Christian Ministries & Religion Executive Master of Arts in Christian Studies Master of Arts in Christian Studies Master of Arts (Theological Studies) Master of Divinity

Education Master of Education in Arts & Academic Interdisciplinary Education Master of Education in Educational Leadership Master of Education in Elementary Education Master of Education in ESE Master of Education in ESE/Educational Therapy Master of Education in Reading Education Master of Education in TESOL

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s of 10 a.m., May 21, 2016, I am officially a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary. My degree, which sounds a little pretentious, is a Master of Divinity. Who would have thought I would be gearing up to work in a church? It’s still funny telling people I want to engage in ministry as a career, especially when I talk about it with some of my high school friends. Never in a million years did I think this would be the path I would take. Apparently, no one else did either— except for God. I had no expectation of getting 18

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into Princeton. I’m a pastor’s kid (PK) with a business degree from a small liberal arts school in the South. Even more so, I’m a Vineyard guy with little experience in theology and especially Reformed theology, so I thought Princeton probably wouldn’t want someone like me. But I applied and was accepted almost two weeks before I graduated from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Lumped Into Dad’s Calling

Not only am I a PK, but I’m a fourth-generation PK, so you might say I grew up in the church.

My parents planted a church in Clearwater, Florida, and we were there about 10 years when my dad received a call to be the associate pastor at a Newport Beach, California, church. A little over a year later, we got ready to move again because my dad believed God was calling him to get back into church planting. At the time, I was a little upset with my father. I remember when he came into my room to tell me we were moving again. “Didn’t you hear from God the first time?” I asked. I harbored negative feelings toward c h ar ism asb est . com

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“I’m a pastor’s kid—I had to do the church! I didn’t really have any say in it because my dad had made his decision to be a pastor. I got lumped into his calling, but my heart wasn’t always in it.” to the front to receive prayer, but I was tired and didn’t feel like walking all the way down there. So I shut my eyes in a sort of sleep-prayer state and waited. I heard God tell me, “Do the church.” I must admit I didn’t really know what this meant. I was a feisty teenager, but I still went to church out of respect for my parents and to youth group every week. I helped set up the chairs every Sunday morning. I ran worship slides. I cleaned the church building. I mean, I’m a pastor’s kid—I had to do the church! I didn’t really have any say in it because my dad had made his decision to be a pastor. I got lumped into his calling, but my heart wasn’t always in it.

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my dad and the church, but life went on. We moved to Tennessee and started a church plant in Franklin. We knew no one there, which was exciting to my dad and horrifying to us kids. Fortunately, we moved to a neighborhood full of kids who were excited to meet the cool California transplants. Despite the time that had passed, my bitterness toward my dad and the church had seeped into my soul. My youth group attended a youth conference, and it was awesome. The worship was amazing—and loud—but what I remember about that conference was hearing God. There was a call to come cha ri s masbe st.co m

A few years passed, and for the most part, I ignored the word I received from God. I knew it was Him, but I didn’t know what it meant. I decided to go to Lee University. Since God opened multiple doors for me to attend there, I just went with it. I declared business as my major with the intention of doing law. I didn’t really know why exactly, but I took a Business Law class and loved it. The professor was also an ordained minister. I found everything he taught in that class interesting, even tort law! There was something about this professor that piqued my interest, so I thought a career along those lines was where God was leading me. In my sophomore year, God stretched me. I was getting more into the major courses that were a little more challenging. I was taking biblical Greek as a way to learn a classical language that would set me apart from

other business students wanting to get into law. Going into the summer before my junior year, I asked God to increase my faith. I don’t really know why I prayed this prayer. Lee is a Pentecostal school, and I attended chapel services twice a week. I was growing, and I felt like my spiritual life was much more my own than it had been in high school. I just wanted more faith, and so I prayed without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:16). Lee has Greek clubs that are similar to nationally recognized sororities and fraternities, but they are only at Lee. I felt like I was supposed to be in one, so I rushed and got into Theta Delta Kappa. There I met some of my best friends. We gathered every week to pray with one another and to build each other up, and we had a lot of fun too. I told one of my buddies that my prayer was to grow closer to God and to have more faith. As an accountability partner, he often asked me about my relationship with God. My prayer would soon be answered but not in the way I expected it. In October 2011, my friend and Theta brother Jamie Caulk died from injuries sustained in a car accident. For several days after the crash, doctors went back and forth debating whether he would make it. We all prayed for Jamie, expecting a miracle. During fall break, a group of us met to pray at the Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, and Jamie’s dad and uncle led a time of prayer. The passage we kept going to was Hebrews 12, and we kept our gaze on Jesus. It’s really amazing the impact Jamie had on the campus. While in Theta, he was heavily involved in the media 2 01 6 | C H A RI S M A ’S B EST

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“On a tour of Cambridge, we walked into King’s College Chapel, and I immediately sensed the presence of God.” department, where he gave weekly chapel announcements. Because we were at a Christian school, we took our petitions to the Lord with campuswide, 24-hour prayer services, but he passed away Oct. 20. We wondered why God didn’t answer our prayers. After Jamie died, I learned how important it is to be absolutely dependent on the Lord. In every season, in the good and bad, we belong to God. Jamie helped me in my relationship with Jesus. I wish I could say more about him and to him because he aided me in getting back on the path toward accepting my ministry call. Lee asks each of its students to do a study-abroad trip, so I signed up to go with a bunch of my Theta friends on a trip to Israel and Egypt. I had always wanted to go to Israel, and though it didn’t fulfill any of my requirements, I felt something pushing me to go. During Christmas break my junior year, the situation in Israel and Egypt became hostile. Since bombs were going off all the time, our professors decided to reroute the trip. Instead of the Middle East, we went to England, Ireland and France. We had done all of our classes in preparation for the trip and were set to leave in early May. I planned to study for the LSAT (Law School Admission Test) once I got back from the trip. I already knew what kind of test score I needed to get into Northwestern 20

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University, so this trip was an incentive for me to hit the ground running. In Europe, the best part was walking the campuses of Trinity College in Dublin, Cambridge and Oxford. I kept thinking about what it would be like to study at places like that. On a tour of Cambridge, we walked into King’s College Chapel, and I immediately sensed the presence of God. It’s hard for me to explain the feeling, but again, I heard Him telling me to “do the church.” That same voice I had heard eight years ago seemed to make more sense now. God wasn’t calling me to do my dad’s church. He was calling me to His church, and in that moment, I cried, realizing this was His direction.

Responding to God’s Voice

After returning home, I started to look at seminaries and divinity schools. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I knew this direction was from God. This was when things started to make more sense regarding my dad’s calling. When I told my dad what happened in England, he advised me to listen to God because when He calls us to do something, our best response is simply to follow. We don’t try to explain it away or rationalize it; we just do it. We go with the feelings we may have because, often, the Holy Spirit talks to us using our emotions. It requires faith in responding to God, and my dad served as a good model for that. Since my biblical Greek professor

MICHAEL STERNSlives in Franklin, Tennessee. Sterns has a B.S. in Business Administration with minors in Theology and Religion. Graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary this month, he plans to follow in his father’s footsteps and move into vocational ministry. c h ar ism asb est . com

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went to Princeton, I looked into attending seminary there. I didn’t know much about the school other than that I loved my professor, and he highly recommended Princeton. The fall break of my senior year, I visited Princeton Theological Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary. It felt strange only looking at one school, so I was trying to keep my options open. My girlfriend, Arielle, and I went to Westminster, but for some reason, it didn’t click. The next day, I went to Princeton, and when we got out of the car, it was as cold and rainy as it had been in England. I looked at my girlfriend and smiled. It felt right. I asked questions about the school and its history, but what really sealed the deal for me was walking the campus. It looked just like the schools I had seen in Europe. Arielle and I walked into the Princeton chapel, and I couldn’t believe it looked exactly like King’s College Chapel. It all seemed to line up for me, and I went with it, knowing this was where the Holy Spirit was guiding me. The course of my life brought me to Princeton Theological Seminary. Each event pushed me closer to where I am now, and I can only thank God for that because I know He is the One driving my history and my future. The transition to seminary was one of the easiest experiences of my life because I didn’t have to convince myself to go. God had already done the work of bringing me to the place where He wanted me, so I never felt anxiety about my calling. After I let go of what I wanted to do and surrendered to the will of God, things became more natural and, really, supernatural. The question I’ve been asking God throughout this journey is, “Where are You leading me next?” I haven’t gotten a clear answer yet, but I’m going to rest assured that God is still leading me. I simply have to go and do the church.


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othing exalts the soul or gives it a sheer sense of buoyancy and victory so much as being used to change the lives of other people.” Though E. Stanley Jones’ words echo from more than a half-century ago, they manage somehow to offer a snapshot of a fast-rising ethic among today’s evangelicals. Open doors and desperate needs have catalyzed compassion from many previously dormant corners of the Western church, in many ways reshaping the perception of modern faith. And perhaps it’s about time. As outsiders query, “What good is your religion if you’re not helping the poor?”, it seems more and more Christians are emerging with a passion to demonstrate their faith through needed action. A host of projects and priorities 22

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now dominate church bulletins and websites, calling their communities to build water wells, rescue the sexually enslaved or help rebuild for the victims of the most recent catastrophes. Nowhere is this seeming shift more evident than on the Christian college campus, where interest in the so-called helping professions seems to have found renewed energy. Social work programs and education degrees with international flavor offer the chance to contribute to global challenges. The desire to use virtually any academic path as a means to affect a mission field now runs side by side with more traditional preaching and pastoral strategies.

Connecting to Christ

To the random observer, the connection between the message of Christ and the serving professions

would likely seem a natural one. After all, His teaching—especially during the latter moments He shared with the disciples—is replete with a serving focus. One lesson literally drips with serving priority as He manned the servant’s basin to wash the grime from His disciples’ feet. Jesus even announced His mission through the lenses of the needy, Good News to the poor, release for the captive, sight for the blind and freedom for the oppressed. Elsewhere, He insisted that He “did not come to be served, but to serve” (Matt. 20:28). Even as He concluded a discourse explaining His future return and the promise of judgment (Matt. 25:34-40), He again highlighted the role serving would play in His kingdom: “Then the King will say to those at His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, c h ar ism asb est . com

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inherit the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was a stranger and you took Me in. I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me, I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? And when did we see You sick or in prison and come to You?’ “The King will answer, ‘Truly I say to you, as you have done it for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you have done it for Me.’” Can anyone read such words and somehow miss Jesus’ intent that His followers be best known for their serving? He told them that their individual greatness would be measured by this seemingly upside-down scale and that their connection to Him would be revealed by their love. So how could Christianity possibly be known for anything else? Indeed, can you really be following a servant if you’re not serving? Sadly, modern Christianity has, at times, demonstrated other priorities, at least in the Western world. Recent cha ri s masbe st.co m

decades have witnessed the sharp voices of many evangelicals without ever experiencing the help of their hands and feet. Moral issues have provided available battlegrounds, and some have charged forward carelessly, apparently unaware that their methods were triggering minefields that left even their own testimony damaged and scarred. For others, their Christian “life” seems primarily lived in only a few hours each week. Their worship expression has yet to produce any observable measure of obedience to the commands of Christ. Instead, theirs is a faith neatly kept in its proper compartment and accessed primarily for personal benefit. Jesus dealt with similar ideas in the early days with His disciples. It took a while for those future apostles to grasp that Christ’s kingdom was more about “Him and them” than a divine strategy for achieving their not-so-divine agendas. But all that is changing. Yes, there remain a good number of vitriolic voices, and self-centeredness has hardly been eradicated from the evangelical community. Still, there is much evidence of an awakening to the mission of Christ and the amazing potential that serving offers to that

mission. Projects of every scope and size are finding ready partners among Christ followers as they recognize the essential connection between Jesus’ method and His mission. In Wichita, Kansas, a growing group of pastors and their congregations have mobilized across their denominational lines to partner in an effort to restore their collective name in their community. After years of highly publicized battles between the political ropes of their city and state over the issues of abortion and gambling, these worship communities recognized that some methods had left their relationship with city leaders and public opinion in ruins. For nearly a decade now, their new effort—LOVE Wichita—has sought to change all that. “I don’t want our city to hear any more from us until they have seen our heart for them,” one prominent pastor stated. So thousands of Christians from dozens of local churches annually unite for a weekend of serving projects throughout the city. The mayor and other city leaders help build the list of needs, and Christians descend on these challenges, giving the necessary time and resources to revitalize neighborhoods, parks, local schools and much more. Elsewhere, a megachurch pastor helps 2 01 6 | C H A RI S M A ’S B E ST

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his church shift their outreach focus from their own ideas of community impact to the goals of their community leaders. Still others have stepped to the forefront of community orphan care and flooded their foster care systems with quality homes, all as a means of living out their faith. These disciples have taken James’ admonition to heart: “Religion that is pure and undefiled

new degree programs in these serving professions in demand, but other degree majors are even shifting to accommodate intercultural or social work minors that can draw those who may want a traditional business or education degree but who also want to change the world. This makes sense for all the reasons of faith and Christ’s teaching we’ve already explored, but it’s also evident

“Highly gifted and capable students now routinely choose the heroic path of self-sacrifice in order to spend themselves in a sense of mission rather than mere career.” before God, the Father, is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world” (James. 1:27). Indeed, even denominational missions organizations have broadened their sense of purpose to include missionaries who build water wells, establish indigenous businesses, teach English in government schools and serve distant communities in many more ways than just a Sunday pulpit. Such efforts are even opening doors that other political and religious ideologies once had slammed shut.

Changing the World

It’s against this backdrop that a new type of army is emerging. While one can argue that the church has always had its food banks, its clothing drives and its remnant of compassionate saints turning their bake sale monies into help for the homeless, there is a significant shift afoot. The era of mere projects or two-week forays into distant cultures is now breeding expanded interest in the full-life commitment of the serving professions. Counselors, teachers, mental health workers and a host of other compassion-focused friends are aligning their futures with needs and crises rather than paychecks and nest eggs. Making money is giving way to making a difference as a life focus. Universities are among those responding to such values. Not only are 24

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that the need for these friends is rising. Counselors with crisis training may be in greater demand today than ever before. Perhaps it’s our worldwide awareness of the challenges in the global village or our ability to travel to any crisis venue, but serving professionals are now routinely mobilized to the site of the latest mass shooting, tsunami or terrorist event, ready to bring relief and hope when the latter seems highly at risk. In such moments, communities look to compassionate helpers. Government and business leaders swing the door open wide to those equipped to serve needs that go beyond their skill sets. Pastors, counselors, relief workers, teachers, doctors and many others find open hearts behind these open doors, and their sense of making a difference proves life changing, and not just for the ones in need. Having spent a week in a small Alabama town in the throes of such tragedy, I saw firsthand how no setting and no subject was off limits to those who could help. Of course, it’s not just crises that bring these professions to the forefront. The potential needs and arenas of human pain and suffering consistently offer a wide spectrum for such callings. Highly gifted and capable students now routinely choose the heroic path of selfsacrifice in order to spend themselves in a sense of mission rather than mere career. For many, it’s the compelling voice of Christ in their hearts that points out their pathway. They see their own

lives as brief expressions of Christ’s love to be spent for others in sacrificial love. For Christians, there is an inner compulsion to make a difference. The pursuit of sanctification is the hunger for Christlikeness. For the modern disciple, can there be any career path better connected to the Savior than a life of serving others? To many, a life in a serving profession allows every day to be an expression of Christ’s admonition in Matthew 25. This path isn’t just for missional impact but also is a fully immersed effort to live as an act of worship. Ultimately, the serving professions provide a junction point between Christianity and a cultural value we currently see emerging. Millennials want to be doers. Their dissatisfaction with religion is with the boring parts, the words without the actions and the perception of superiority from those who really don’t look that superior. For them, perhaps more than for their boomer and buster parents, a faith that doesn’t reach for the hurting or provide for the hungry seems illegitimate. Here’s where the make-a-difference opportunity of the serving professions attracts them. They seem more prone to view that the path to changing the world is through fixing it rather than through owning it. Now, these ideals certainly are not the private property of Christians, as such priorities are rising throughout this generation. Many have grasped the idea that “it’s better to give than receive” or discovered significance to be found in helping others, but for the Christian, there’s more at work here than the pursuit of personal satisfaction. It’s in serving that the disciple experiences a heart connection with his Savior. As Paul says, it’s a great thing “to be called according to His purpose.” Indeed, it seems there’s something innate in every believer that is drawn to those in need. Through the serving professions, many are finding a means for expressing that passion, and in many ways, they are changing the world. DR. MIKE CLARENSAUis dean, College of Bible and Church Ministries at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas. c h ar ism asb est . com


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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 the more than 260 schools in our original college guide. Of those, we removed any that did not offer master’s degrees or doctorates, leaving us with the current, nearly 200 grad schools. Though the basic listings are free, many schools 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 symbol 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 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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CHARISMA’S BEST GRADUATE SCHOOLS AND SEMINARIES

ALABAMA Amridge University

Montgomery Phone: 888-790-8080 Website: amridgeuniversity.edu Email: admissions​​ @amridgeuniversity.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Churches of Christ

Beeson Divinity School Birmingham Phone: 800-888-8266 Website: beesondivinity.com Email: bdsinfo@samford.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

Bethany Divinity College & Seminary

Dothan Phone: 334-793-3189 Website: bethanybc.edu Email: gen-info@bethanybc.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist

Heritage Christian University

Florence Phone: 800-367-3565 Website: hcu.edu Email: hcu@hcu.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Churches of Christ

Selma University

Selma Phone: 334-872-2533 Website: selmauniversity.edu Email: info@selmauniversity.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Alabama State Missionary Baptist Convention

ALASKA Alaska Pacific University Anchorage Phone: 800-252-7528 Website: alaskapacific.edu

Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: United Methodist

Email: jbuinfo@jbu.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Interdenominational

Affiliation: California Southern Baptist Convention

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Gateway International Bible Institute

A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary

Thousand Oaks Phone: 805-493-3325 Website: callutheran.edu Email: clugrad@callutheran.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Lutheran (ELCA)

Peoria Phone: 623-486-5000 Website: gibionline.org Email: contact@gibionline.org Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

Grand Canyon University Phoenix Phone: 602-639-7500 Website: gcu.edu Email: codsenrollment@gcu.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

Phoenix Seminary

Phoenix Phone: 888-443-1020 Website: ps.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

Redding Phone: 530-224-5600 Website: tozer.simpsonu.edu Email: admissions @simpsonu.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Christian and Missionary Alliance

Azusa Pacific University Azusa Phone: 626-815-4570 Website: apu.edu Email: gpc@apu.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Evangelical

Bethesda Christian University

Anaheim Phone: 714-517-1945 Website: buc.edu Email: admissions@buc.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Pentecostal

Biola University

ARKANSAS Freedom Bible College Siloam Springs Phone: 800-494-7497 Website: freedom.edu Email: info@freedom.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

John Brown University Siloam Springs Phone: 479-524-9500 Website: jbu.edu

La Mirada Phone: 562-903-6000 Website: biola.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

California Baptist University

Riverside Phone: 877-228-3615 Website: calbaptist.edu Email: graduateadmissions @calbaptist.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate

California Lutheran University

Concordia University Irvine

Irvine Phone: 800-229-1200 Website: cui.edu Email: gradadmissions@cui.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Lutheran (Missouri Synod)

Fuller Theological Seminary

Pasadena Phone: 800-235-2222 Website: fuller.edu Email: admissions@fuller.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

Hope International University

Fullerton Phone: 714-352-4673 Website: hiu.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Churches of Christ

Life Pacific University

San Dimas Phone: 877-886-5433 Website: lifepacific.edu Email: info@lifepacific.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: International Church of the Foursquare Gospel

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CHARISMA’S BEST GRADUATE SCHOOLS AND SEMINARIES Southern California Seminary

El Cajon Phone: 888-389-7244 Website: socalsem.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Nondenominational

The Master’s Seminary

Sun Valley Phone: 800-225-5867 Website: tms.edu Email: admissions@tms.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

Vanguard University

Costa Mesa Phone: 714-966-5499 Website: vanguard.edu Email: gpsadmissions @vanguard.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Assemblies of God

Vision University

Pasadena Phone: 626-791-1200 Website: visionu.net Email: visionuniversityusa @yahoo.com Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

World Mission University Los Angeles Phone: 213-388-1000 Website: wmu.edu/en Email: wmuinfo@wmu.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: World Evangelical Mission Alliance

CO LO R A D O Colorado Christian University Lakewood Phone: 888-443-2484 Website: ccu.edu

Email: agsadmission@ccu.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Interdenominational

Denver Seminary

Littleton Phone: 800-922-3040 Website: denverseminary.edu Email: info@denverseminary.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Evangelical

DISTRICT OF CO LU M B I A Wesley Theological Seminary

Washington Phone: 202-885-8600 Website: wesleyseminary.edu Email: mmatthews @wesleyseminary.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: United Methodist Church

F LO R I DA Bethune-Cookman University

Daytona Beach Phone: 386-481-2000 Website: cookman.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: United Methodist Church

Christ Exalted Seminary

Tampa Phone: 239-940-8793 Website: christexaltedseminary.org Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

Evangelical Bible College and Seminary Greenacres

Phone: 561-965-0363 Website: ebcministries.org Email: dpdonnally@cs.com Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

Faith Theological Seminary and Christian College

Tampa Phone: 813-886-8492 Website: ftscc.org Email: ftscc@tampabay.rr.com Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

Heritage University and Seminary

Kissimmee Phone: 407-348-6200 Website: heritageseminary.com Email: admissions​ @heritageseminary.com Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

International Seminary Plymouth Phone: 407-886-3619 Website: internationalseminary.com Email: info @internationalseminary.com Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

Life Christian University

Lutz Phone: 813-909-9720 Website: lcus.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

Logos University

Jacksonville Phone: 800-776-0127

Website: logos.edu Email: info@logos.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

Palm Beach Atlantic University

West Palm Beach Phone: 888-468-6722 Website: pba.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

Southeastern University

Lakeland Phone: 800-500-8760 Website: seu.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Assemblies of God

Vision Christian Bible College and Seminary Clermont Website: vcbcs.org Email: vcbcs777@gmail.com Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

Warner University

Lake Wales Phone: 800-309-9563 Website: warner.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Church of God (Anderson)

Zoe University

Jacksonville Phone: 904-743-6166 Website: zoeuniversity.org Email: zoe@zoeuniversity.org Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation:  Nondenominational

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GEORGIA Beulah Heights University

Atlanta Phone: 404-627-2681 Website: beulah.org Email: admissions@beulah.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

Covenant College

Lookout Mountain Phone: 706-820-1560 Website: covenant.edu Email: info@covenant.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Presbyterian

New Hope Bible Institute

Fort Valley Phone: 478-953-7898 Website: nhbi.org Email: info@nhbi.org Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

Richmont Graduate University

Atlanta Phone: 888-924-6774 Website: richmont.edu Email: admissions @richmont.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Nondenominational

Shorter University

Rome Phone: 800-868-6980 Website: su.shorter.edu Email: admissions@shorter.edu Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Georgia Baptist

ILLINOIS Dayspring Bible College Mundelein Phone: 224-677-7800 Website: dbc.edu

Email: info@dbc.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Nondenominational

Greenville College

Greenville Phone: 800-345-4440 Website: greenville.edu Email: admissions @greenville.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Free Methodist Church

Judson University

Elgin Phone: 847-628-2500 Website: judsonu.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist

Lincoln Christian University and Seminary Lincoln Phone: 217-732-3168 Website: lincolnchristian.edu Email: info@lincolnchristian.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Churches of Christ

Moody Theological Seminary

Chicago Phone: 800-356-6639 Website: moody.edu Email: admissions@moody.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Nondenominational

North Park University

Chicago Phone: 773-244-6200 Website: northpark.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Evangelical Covenant Church

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais Phone: 815-939-5011 Website: olivet.edu

Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Church of the Nazarene

Trinity Christian College Palos Heights Phone: 708-293-4567 Website: graduate.trnty.edu Email: graduatestudies @trnty.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Interdenominational

Urbana Theological Seminary

Champaign Phone: 217-365-9005 Website: urbanaseminary.org Email: office @urbanaseminary.org Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Nondenominational

Wheaton College

Wheaton Phone: 800-888-0141 Website: wheaton.edu Email: graduate .admissions@wheaton.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

INDIANA Anderson University Anderson Phone: 800-428-6414 Website: anderson.edu Email: info@anderson.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Church of God (Anderson)

Bethel College

Mishawaka Phone: 800-422-4101 Website: bethelcollege.edu/info Email: admissions @bethelcollege.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Missionary Church

Goshen College

Goshen Phone: 800-348-7422 Website: goshen.edu Email: info@goshen.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Mennonite Church USA

Grace Theological Seminary

Winona Lake Phone: 877-607-0012 Website: grace.edu Email: gtsrec@grace.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches

Huntington University Huntington Phone: 800-600-4888 Website: huntington.edu Email: graduate @huntington.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: United Brethren in Christ

Indiana Wesleyan University

Marion Phone: 866-468-6498 Website: indwes.edu Email: registrar@indwes.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Wesleyan

Trinity College of the Bible Theological Seminary

Newburgh Phone: 812-853-0611 Website: trinitysem.edu Email: contact@trinitysem.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

Valparaiso University Valparaiso Phone: 219-464-5313 Website: valpo.edu

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Quick Facts

Contact

Regent University 1000 Regent University Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23456 800.373.5504 regent.edu

Christ-Centered Academics

Overview

Regent University prepares students with knowledge to excel and faith to live with purpose. Regent is ranked a top-20 school nationally for online programs and is among the most affordable Christian colleges. Fully accredited programs are available online & on campus.

Costs and Aid

• $18M annually in institutional scholarships & aid • Church Match Grant of up to $750/semester • Top 6% of most affordable private Christian colleges & universities • 25% military discount for active duty military, reservists and veterans

Admission

• Some universities ask you to choose between academic excellence, practical application and spiritual depth. Regent offers it all— making it a smart investment. • Admission Qualifications regent.edu/qualifydivinity • Admissions - 757.352.4016 800.723.6162 | divschool@regent.edu regent.edu/applydivinity

Top Majors • Master of Arts in Practical Theology • Master of Divinity • Master of Theology • Master of Theological Studies • Doctor of Ministry • Ph.D. - Theological Studies

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Highlights Est. in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in 1982 on unchangeable Christian values • Curriculum grounded in Scripture & centered on Christ • Emphasis on the renewing work of the Holy Spirit • Spiritual formation & leadership development • Denominational, cultural, gender & ethnic diversity • Renowned faculty of scholars and practitioners • On Campus & Online

Preparing Christian Leaders

Within an atmosphere of academic excellence rooted in a solid Biblical foundation, Regent equips Christian leaders to change the world. Our School of Divinity offers master’s and doctoral classes, as well as non-degree and certificate programs. The seminary, fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, operates from a renewal perspective that emphasizes the vital role of the Holy Spirit in transforming lives.

Academically Excellent, Biblical Foundation

Regent’s School of Divinity offers these degrees: Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Practical Theology, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Philosophy. The school also houses several vital centers emphasizing global missions, urban outreach, scholarship and community service.

Why Attend

Regent’s School of Divinity is known as much more than a seminary because of its focus on passion connected to purpose. The university has prepared 20,000 alumni from 110+ countries to fulfill their callings as effective 21st-century leaders, including ministers, worship leaders, chaplains, professors, missionaries, scholars and other ministry professionals. Convenient 8-week sessions are available.


Pursue Your Ministry Degree. Live a Lifetime of Calling. Creating ministers with longevity. That’s one of Regent University’s core strengths, says traveling pastor Timothy Berry (‘15). While earning his Master of Divinity online, Timothy continued working around the world to expand his Hearts Ignited ministry. Even from the depths of Mozambique, he could count on Regent’s flexible, committed faculty: “The professors are supportive, and they treat you like peers.” On campus or online, you’ll gain scholarship and practical tools to live out your calling. We’re ready to lead you. M.A., M.Div., MTS, Th.M. Ph.D., D.Min. ON CAMPUS & ONLINE

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CHARISMA’S BEST GRADUATE SCHOOLS AND SEMINARIES Email: graduate .school@valpo.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Lutheran

I OWA Dordt College

Sioux Center Phone: 800-343-6738 Website: dordt.edu Email: admissions@dordt.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Christian Reformed

Kingsway University and Theological Seminary

Norwalk Phone: 515-288-2852 Website: kingsway.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

University of Dubuque Theological Seminary Dubuque Phone: 800-369-8387 Website: udts.dbq.edu Email: udtsadms@dbq.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Presbyterian

KANSAS Friends University

Wichita Phone: 800-794-6945 Website: friends.edu Email: learn@friends.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Nondenominational

MidAmerica Nazarene University

Olathe Phone: 800-800-8887 Website: mnu.edu Email: pgadmissions@mnu.edu Degrees Offered:

Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nazarene

Southwestern College

Winfield Phone: 800-846-1543 Website: sckans.edu Email: webmaster@sckans.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: United Methodist

K E N T U C KY Asbury Theological Seminary

Wilmore Phone: 844-468-6287 Website: asburyseminary.edu Email: admissions.office​ @asburyseminary.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

Asbury University

Wilmore Phone: 800-888-1818 Website: asbury.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Education Specialist Affiliation: Interdenominational

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville Phone: 800-264-6014 Website: campbellsville.edu Email: admission @campbellsville.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Baptist

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Louisville Phone: 800-264-1839 Website: lpts.edu Email: byoung@lpts.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Presbyterian

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Louisville Phone: 800-626-5525 Website: sbts.edu Email: admissions@sbtu.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Southern Baptist

Union College

Barbourville Phone: 800-489-8646 Website: unionky.edu Email: gradstaff@unionky.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Nondenominational

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg Phone: 800-343-1609 Website: ucumberlands.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Southern Baptist

LO U I S I A N A Evangel Christian University of America Monroe Phone: 855-796-7111 Website: ecua.edu Email: admin@ecua.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

Team Impact Christian University

Baton Rouge Phone: 225-292-1771 Website: tiuniversity.com Email: dean@tiuniversity.com Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

M A RYL A N D Apostolic Christian College

Capitol Heights Phone: 202-543-0500 Website: apostolicchristiancollege.com Email: info @apostolicchristiancollege.com Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Apostolic

M A S S AC H U S E T T S Eastern Nazarene College

Quincy Phone: 617-774-6800 Website: enc.edu/adult-studies Email: adult.studies@enc.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Nazarene

Gordon College

Wenham Phone: 978-927-2300 Website: gordon.edu Email: admissions@gordon.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Nondenominational

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

South Hamilton Phone: 978-468-7111 Website: gordonconwell.edu Email: admrep@gcts.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

MICHIGAN Calvin Theological Seminary

Grand Rapids Phone: 800-388-6034 Website: calvinseminary.edu

1. Prepare Your Heart. The Holy Spirit is holy. He is compared to a fire

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CHARISMA’S BEST GRADUATE SCHOOLS AND SEMINARIES Email: semadmit @calvinseminary.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Christian Reformed

Concordia University Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor Phone: 734-995-7406 Website: cuaa.edu Email: Julie.Edler@cuaa.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Lutheran (Missouri Synod)

Cornerstone University Grand Rapids Phone: 616-949-5300 Website: cornerstone.edu Email: info@cornerstone.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Protestant

Spring Arbor University Spring Arbor Phone: 800-968-0011 Website: arbor.edu Email: admissions@arbor.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Free Methodist Church

M I N N E S OTA Acts International Bible College

Blaine Phone: 763-755-4800 Ext. 114 Website: actscollege.org Email: mail@actscollege.org Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Nondenominational

Bethel Seminary

St. Paul Phone: 651-638-6288 Website: seminary.bethel.edu Email: seminary -admissions@bethel.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Evangelical

Concordia University, St. Paul St. Paul Phone: 800-333-4705 Website: csp.edu Email: admission@csp.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Lutheran (Missouri Synod)

Crown College

St. Bonifacius Phone: 952-446-4100 Website: crown.edu/graduate Email: info@crown.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Christian and Missionary Alliance

North Central University

Minneapolis Phone: 800-289-6222 Website: northcentral.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Assemblies of God

University of Northwestern—St. Paul

St. Paul Phone: 888-362-8715 Website: unwsp.edu Email: gradstudies@unwsp.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Nondenominational

MISSISSIPPI Belhaven University

Jackson Phone: 601-968-5988 Website: belhaven.edu Email: jackson@belhaven.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Presbyterian

Blue Mountain College Blue Mountain Phone: 662-685-4771 Website: bmc.edu Email: admissions@bmc.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Baptist

Mississippi College Clinton Phone: 601-925-7367 Website: mc.edu Email: enrollment -services@mc.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist

MISSOURI Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

Springfield Phone: 417-268-1000 Website: agts.edu Email: info@agts.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Assemblies of God

Biblical Life College and Seminary

Marshfield Phone: 417-859-0881 Website: biblical-life.com Email: biblicallife@centurytel.net Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

Calvary Theological Seminary

Kansas City Phone: 816-326-3960 Website: calvary.edu/seminary Email: seminary@calvary.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Nondenominational

Carver Baptist Bible College, Institute and Theological Seminary Kansas City Phone: 816-333-1577 Website: carverbiblecollegekc.org Email: admissions​ @carverbiblecollegekc.org Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Baptist

Evangel University

Springfield Phone: 417-865-2815 Website: evangel.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Assemblies of God

Global University

Springfield Phone: 417-862-9533 Website: globaluniversity.edu Email: gradenroll @globaluniversity.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Assemblies of God

Lindenwood University

St. Charles Phone: 636-949-4933 Website: lindenwood.edu Email: admissions @lindenwood.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

Nazarene Theological Seminary Kansas City Phone: 816-268-5400 Website: nts.edu Email: info@nts.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nazarene

Southwest Baptist University

Bolivar Phone: 417-328-5281 Website: sbuniv.edu Email: admissions@sbuniv.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist

M O N TA N A Rocky Mountain College Billings Phone: 800-877-6259 Website: rocky.edu

2. Ask Jesus to baptize you in the Spirit. You do not need to jump

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CHARISMA’S BEST GRADUATE SCHOOLS AND SEMINARIES Email: admissions@rocky.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: United Methodist

NEBRASKA Concordia University, Nebraska Seward Phone: 800-535-5494 Website: cune.edu Email: admiss@cune.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Lutheran (Missouri Synod)

Grace University

Omaha Phone: 402-449-2800 Website: graceuniversity.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Interdenominational

NEW JERSEY Drew University

Affiliation: Christian and Missionary Alliance

Roberts Wesleyan College

Rochester Phone: 585-594-6000 Website: roberts.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Free Methodist

NORTH CAROLINA Carolina Graduate University

Greensboro Phone: 336-315-8660 Website: carolinagrad.edu Email: fscurry@carolinagrad.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

Gardner-Webb University

Madison Phone: 973-408-3110 Website: drew.edu Email: gradm@drew.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: United Methodist

Boiling Springs Phone: 704-406-4000 Website: gardner-webb.edu Email: admissions @gardner-webb.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist

N E W YO R K

Impact University

Houghton College

Houghton Phone: 800-777-2556 Website: houghton.edu Email: admission @houghton.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Wesleyan

Nyack College

Nyack Phone: 845-358-1710 Website: nyack.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master

Clemmons Phone: 336-714-4048 Website: impactuniv.com Email: info@impactuniv.com Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Nondenominational

Laurel University

High Point Phone: 336-887-3000 Website: laureluniversity.edu Email: admissions @laureluniversity.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

Montreat College

Montreat Phone: 800-662-6968 Website: montreat.edu Email: admissions @montreat.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Presbyterian (U.S.A.)

Piedmont International University

Winston-Salem Phone: 336-714-7986 Website: piedmontu.edu Email: trachianb @piedmontu.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

Southern Evangelical Seminary

Matthews Phone: 800-778-7884 Website: ses.edu Email: info@ses.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

Wingate University

Wingate Phone: 800-755-5550 Website: wingate.edu Email: info@wingate.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist

OHIO

Affiliation: Evangelical Lutheran (ELCA)

Cedarville University Cedarville Phone: 800-233-2784 Website: cedarville.edu Email: admissions @cedarville.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist

Cincinnati Christian University

Cincinnati Phone: 513-244-8100 Website: ccuniversity.edu Email: info@ccuniversity.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Churches of Christ

Franciscan University of Steubenville Steubenville Phone: 800-783-6220 Website: franciscan.edu Email: admissions @franciscan.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Catholic

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Phone: 740-392-6868 Website: mvnu.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Nazarene

Bluffton University

Tri-State Bible College

Bluffton Phone: 800-488-3257 Website: bluffton.edu Email: adulted@bluffton.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Mennonite Church USA

South Point Phone: 740-377-2520 Website: tsbc.edu Email: info@tsbc.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Interdenominational

Capital University

OKLAHOMA

Columbus Phone: 614-236-6011 Website: capital.edu Email: admission@capital.edu Degrees Offered: Master

Mid-America Christian University Oklahoma City

3. Receive the infilling. Begin to thank Him for this miracle. The Holy

Spirit’s power is filling your life. If you feel your mind is clouded with doubts, just praise the Lord. Focus your mind on Him and not on yourself ... THE PRESENCE

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EXCELLENCE

Students receive unparalleled skills training and graduate practice ready: - July 2015 Virginia Bar* — 93.3% pass rate - A top 20 school for public defenders and prosecutors** - 11th in the nation in Moot Court program - Honor Roll – Best school for practical training***

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CHARISMA’S BEST GRADUATE SCHOOLS AND SEMINARIES Phone: 405-436-3035 Website: go.macu.edu Email: info@macu.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Church of God (Anderson)

Oklahoma Baptist University

Shawnee Phone: 405-585-4601 Website: okbu.edu/graduate Email: graduateinfo@okbu.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Southern Baptist

Oklahoma Christian University

Edmond Phone: 800-877-5010 Website: oc.edu Email: info@oc.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Churches of Christ

Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Bartlesville Phone: 800-468-6292 Website: okwu.edu Email: admissions@okwu.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Wesleyan

Oral Roberts University

Tulsa Phone: 918-495-6518 Website: oru.edu/prepared Email: gradadmissions@oru.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

Wisdom University

Tulsa Phone: 918-712-7122 Website: wisdomuniversityonline.org Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

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

Corban University

Salem Phone: 800-764-1383 Website: corban.edu Email: graduate@corban.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

George Fox Evangelical Seminary

Portland Phone: 503-554-6150 Website: seminary .georgefox.edu Email: tcorvino@georgefox.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

Multnomah University

Portland Phone: 877-251-6560 Website: multnomah.edu Email: admissions @multnomah.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

Northwest Christian University

Eugene Phone: 877-463-6622 Website: nwcu.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Nondenominational

Warner Pacific College Portland Phone: 503-517-1020

Website: warnerpacific.edu Email: admissions @warnerpacific.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Church of God (Anderson)

Western Seminary

Portland Phone: 877-517-1800 Website: westernseminary.edu Email: portland @westernseminary.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Reformed Church

P E N N S YLVA N I A Biblical Theological Seminary

Hatfield Phone: 800-235-4021 Website: biblical.edu Email: admissions@biblical.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

Cairn University

Langhorne Phone: 800-366-0049 Website: cairn.edu Email: admissions@cairn.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Nondenominational

Eastern University

St. David’s Phone: 800-732-7669 Website: eastern.edu Email: gpsadm@eastern.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist

Geneva College

Beaver Falls Phone: 855-979-5563 Website: geneva.edu Email: admissions@geneva.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Reformed Presbyterian

Lancaster Bible College

Lancaster Phone: 717-569-7071 Website: lbc.edu Email: graduate@lbc.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

Lebanon Valley College Annville Phone: 866-582-4236 Website: lvc.edu Email: admission@lvc.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: United Methodist

Messiah College

Mechanicsburg Phone: 717-766-2511 Website: messiah.edu Email: gradprograms @messiah.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Interdenominational

Summit University

Clarks Summit Phone: 570-586-2400 Website: summitu.edu Email: info@summitu.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Baptist

Valley Forge Christian College

Phoenixville Phone: 800-432-8322 Website: valleyforge.edu Email: info@valleyforge.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Assemblies of God

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

4. Release your prayer language. The moment you are filled with

the Holy Spirit, you will receive the ability to speak or sing in your heavenly prayer language ... THE PRESENCE

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CHARISMA’S BEST GRADUATE SCHOOLS AND SEMINARIES Affiliation: Interdenominational

SOUTH CAROLINA Anderson University

Anderson Phone: 800-542-3594 Website: andersonuniversity.edu Email: admission​ @andersonuniversity.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist

Charleston Southern University

Charleston Phone: 843-863-7000 Website: csuniv.edu Email: enroll@csuniv.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Nondenominational

Columbia International University

Columbia Phone: 800-777-2227 Website: ciu.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

Erskine College

Due West Phone: 888-359-4358 Website: erskine.edu Email: admissions@erskine.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Reformed Presbyterian

North Greenville University

Tigerville Phone: 800-468-6642 Website: ngu.edu Email: admissions@ngu.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Southern Baptist

Southern Wesleyan University

Central Phone: 864-644-5000 Website: swu.edu Email: central@swu.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Wesleyan

S O U T H DA KOTA Sioux Falls Seminary

Sioux Falls Phone: 800-440-6227 Website: sfseminary.edu Email: info@sfseminary.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist

TENNESSEE American Baptist College Nashville Phone: 615-256-1463 Website: abcnash.edu Email: info@abcnash.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Baptist

Belmont University

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Costs and Aid

• Associate Degree (2-year program) $1,600 • Bachelor Degree (4-year program) $3,200 • Master Degree (6-year program) $4,800 • Doctorate Degree (8-year program) $6,400

Admission

Students accepted into Christ Exalted Seminary are chosen on the basis of their desire to study the Bible. Applicants are evaluated for admission based on the following criteria: • High School graduation or equivalent • Commitment to the study of the Word of God, and acknowledgment of our Tenets of Faith

Bible Centered • We study the Bible, nothing but the Bible! • We study the whole Bible, not parts of it! • We study every subject the Bible addresses! • We study book by book, chapter by chapter, verse by verse, precept upon precept, line upon line! • We study the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation!

Highlights CES exalts Jesus Christ. • On a budget? CES is affordable • On the go? CES is portable • On a tight schedule? CES adapts to you • Desire to know the Bible? CES teaches the Bible and nothing but the Bible • Desire to draw closer to the Lord? CES is changing students’ lives by increasing their faith • Enroll in CES today

Welcome to a better place!

That place is the same place that Mary took at the feet of Jesus over 2,000 years ago. She took the place of student, hearer and learner. Jesus said of Mary, “There is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion [that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:42). CES is an eight-year Bible School offering degrees in theology. Christ Exalted Seminary exists as a direct result of being guided by the Holy Spirit, and its purpose is to instruct students in Biblical doctrines of the Christian faith and to teach them to differentiate between the voice of the Lord and the many voices of the world, training them to be led by the Holy Spirit.

STUDY TO SHOW YOURSELF APPROVED UNTO GOD, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth (2 Ti. 2:15)

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CHRIST EXALTED SEMINARY is an affordable eight-year Bible School offering accredited degrees in theology. We study the Bible and nothing but the Bible. Our online curriculum makes it easy to take your studies with you and even study from your phone or tablet.


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Welcome to a better place! That place is the same place that Mary took at the feet of Jesus over 2,000 years ago. She took the place of student, hearer and learner. Jesus said of Mary, “There is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion [that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her� (Luke 10:42). CHRIST EXALTED SEMINARY is an eight-year Bible School offering degrees in theology. Christ Exalted Seminary exists as a direct result of being guided by the Holy Spirit, and its purpose is to instruct students in Biblical doctrines of the Christian faith, to teach them to differentiate between the voice of the Lord and the many voices of the world, and to train them to be led by the Holy Spirit.

For more information call CHRIST EXALTED SEMINARY (239) 940-8793 or go to Christexaltedseminary.org


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