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ne of my earliest memories is of my father moving from the town where I was born and starting seminary in another state when I was in the first grade. He was embarking on a career path to become a Bible college professor, a journey in which he received several graduate degrees leading up to and including an earned doctorate years later. As a result, I spent most of my early life surrounded by the world of Christian higher education. It undoubtedly left a mark on me. Though I ended up pursuing a different career path from my father and never went to graduate school (journalists don’t typically earn advanced degrees), I know the value of advanced education and currently serve on the board of a university. In fact, within the church, advancing your education can often be key. Church leaders generally get advanced degrees, so I know that this kind of preparation is very important, especially in a digital era in which much of the learning can be done by distance. Today, it’s easier than ever for a pastor or ministry leader to straddle the line between academic preparation and real-world experience—and for many, this happens simultaneously as they lead their church while also getting a seminary degree! I’ve met many of these leaders in recent years as Charisma Media partnered with Dr. Mark Rutland and the National Institute of Christian Leadership (NICL), an intensive cohort that’s so high level it can be included in the curriculum for getting an advanced seminary degree. In fact, a high percentage of the students who go through NICL eventually go on to earn an advanced degree. Earlier this year, we published our first Charisma’s Best Christian Universities, Colleges and Schools, which was designed to help recent high-school graduates—along with their parents and grandparents—through the decisionmaking process of finding the right college to attend. We’ve received great feedback to the first Charisma’s Best from readers and schools alike and had always planned to have a follow-up product directed at older students thinking of going back to school. With that said, I’m excited to present

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to you this new product, which we believe will serve not only you as an individual, but also the institutions represented here and the church at large. As a Christian, advancing your education isn’t just an option you may be forced into because of a bad economy or lousy job market. I believe God desires for us to be as equipped as possible to face the increasing tide of antiChristian thought. Perhaps nowhere is that onslaught more evident than in the academic world, which is why being equipped and prepared—whether via seminary, graduate school or another outlet—is so crucial. The apostle Paul said we should “always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you,” and often that comes through an advanced education (1 Pet. 3:15). So whether you know God has called you to seminary or you’ve only begun to think about returning to school and getting a degree, I encourage you to use Charisma’s Best Graduate Schools, Seminaries and Online Education to guide you through the challenging process of finding which school or program best fits your needs. We’ve organized the list by states and included interesting articles that cover the wide gamut of topics associated with advancing your education. To go deeper in your search and find out more information, be sure to visit charismasbest.com, which features complete listings of each school—along with rich media—plus expert advice on everything from financing your education to scholarship opportunities to online education programs. As the American culture grows increasingly godless, the church has an opportunity like never before to truly be “the light of the world” and “a city that is set on a hill” (Matt. 5:14). But to shine brightly as a church, we also need leaders who are specifically called to equip fellow believers to stem the tide. For many of these leaders, their training ground will come first in the classroom. I pray Charisma’s Best can serve a part in preparing this generation of leaders—which may include you—for such a time as this. 3 Steve Strangis the founder and publisher of Charisma. Follow him on Twitter at @sstrang or Facebook (stephenestrang). c h ar ism asb e st .com

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Whether you’re thinking about heading to seminary, earning a graduate degree or simply taking a few online classes, here are the fundamental questions—both practical and spiritual—you should ask before making your decision

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f you are thinking about continuing your education, it’s likely the Holy Spirit (who is your real Teacher) is stirring you to expand your spiritual and mental horizons beyond an undergraduate degree. The apostle Paul prayed that our love “may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment” (Phil. 1:9, NASB). God is always challenging us to increase our knowledge of Him and His Word and to pursue excellence in all we do for Him. During my years of overseeing the Distance Learning Bible Institute Programs of Oral Roberts University, I was frequently asked by prospective students what educational route they should take. Similarly, you should ask yourself some questions before you decide which direction your pursuit will take. Here are the most important questions I advise that you consider:

1) What is my ultimate, long-term goal?

Do you want to obtain an MBA, ministerial credentials, counseling credentials, increase your Bible knowledge, grow spiritually, become equipped for ministry in a local church or something else? After you determine your long-range goal, you can begin to plan suitable

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short-term steps to work toward that goal. For example, if you want to become a state-certified counselor, you would normally need to seek a residential master’s degree in counseling from a state-approved graduate school. If you just want to learn how to counsel effectively as a layperson in a church setting, that level of training may not be necessary.

often provide a path for training if you aren’t able to pursue a degree. Educational institutions don’t usually grant ministerial credentials unless the school is part of a ministerial organization.

thesis and is often the route to a doctorate. A Master of Divinity usually requires a longer study program with broader preparation for vocational ministry in a variety of areas.

5) Should I pursue a Doctor of Ministry or a Ph.D.?

2) If I want to be licensed or ordained as a minister, what kind of schooling should I obtain?

3) What are the differences in education offered by seminaries and Bible schools?

True seminaries in the U.S. are graduate-level programs that offer a Master of Divinity or similar degrees. A Bible school or college usually doesn’t offer a bachelor’s or master’s level program and most often hosts courses only in Bible, theology and ministry.

4) Which degree should I pursue, a Master of Arts or a Master of Divinity?

A Master of Arts is usually a two-year program specializing in a certain field, such as theology, practical ministry, biblical studies or missions. It sometimes requires a

Finding Your Niche

Not sure what to study? Ask God if one of these areas is right for you. Restoration— courses on counseling, healing and inner healing Word—knowing the Word (courses on biblical studies), interpreting the Word (courses on theology, hermeneutics, biblical languages), sharing the Word (courses on teaching the Bible, sermon preparation, evangelism, missions) Faith—courses 12

on faith, theology, church history, spiritual growth, biblical men and women of faith (prophets, life of Paul, etc.) Character— courses on spiritual formation, discipleship Prayer—courses on prayer, meditation, devotional life Spiritual Warfare—courses on spiritual warfare, cults, world religions, apologetics

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(defense of the faith), church history Spiritual Discernment— courses on warfare, church history, theology, cults, hearing the voice of God; “wisdom literature” of the Bible such as Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes Specialized Ministry Skills— courses on ministry and leadership development, counseling, church

planting, missions, worship, church administration, youth ministry, children’s ministry, cell groups Equipping Others—courses in leadership training, discipleship/ mentoring Adapted from Finding Your Niche: 12 Keys to Opening God’s Doors for Your Life by Paul L. King (Word and Spirit Press)

6) What should I do if I want to enter full-time ministry but don’t think earning a degree will matter?

It depends on how much you want to learn. Do you want just basic ministry training or Bible knowledge? Then basic correspondence or online studies may be sufficient. If you want to dig deeper and get the most you can or want to be challenged intellectually and spiritually, then you may need to take a higher level of academic study. Pursue the kind that can be transferred to a degree program, such as ORU’s online Bible Institute program.

7) Is there ever an advantage to going to an unaccredited school?

Yes. Unaccredited schools usually can provide a good basic education at a much lower cost than accredited Bible colleges or seminaries. They often offer shorter practical courses not available in higher academic settings.

8) What are the disadvantages of unaccredited schools?

Coursework from unaccredited schools usually cannot be transferred into accredited schools. Beware of schools that grant degrees for little cost; remember the old adage, “You get what you pay for.” If it’s cheap, it usually isn’t worth your time. Many students decide later to enroll in an c h ar ism asb est . com

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That will depend on the school or organization through which you want to be credentialed. If you are under a particular denomination or ministerial organization, find out what their educational requirements are and what type of schools or training they will accept. If you’re seeking to be licensed through a local church, ask the pastor and church leaders what is required. Most church organizations prefer that you obtain a degree but

For local church ministry, the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is the main professional degree. If you want to teach in a college or seminary setting, you can do so with a D.Min., but teaching opportunities are more limited. Doctor of Ministry programs are based on a Master of Divinity, but leveling courses can make up the difference. A Ph.D. is usually based on a shorter Master of Arts in a related field, but the doctoral studies are usually longer and more intensive than a D.Min. program.

accredited degree program, only to find the coursework they completed and money they paid were wasted because the credits are not accepted. Unaccredited schools often do not hold the same academic standards as accredited schools, so you may not get the same level of education.

9) Can unaccredited programs provide financial aid?

Federal financial aid is normally available only for degree programs in nationally recognized accredited schools, although some nondegree programs may occasionally qualify. Other sources that may be applicable if the nondegree programs are transferrable could include Veterans Affairs (VA) or GI benefits and employee tuition-assistance plans. Some schools can make arrangements with a Tuition Management System to pay for courses over a period of time.

whether the school reflects charismatic or Pentecostal viewpoints? Also, make sure that the school’s claims are valid. For example, some schools have claimed an affiliation with Oral Roberts University that we have not sanctioned. The teacher and missions leader Dr. Costa Deir, who also held five earned doctorates, once said, “It is good to be highly educated; it is better to be educated from on High, and it is best to be both.” I encourage you to pursue a course of study in which you can have both—the

best education you can receive from the best in Spirit-filled scholarship. At ORU, Dr. Thomson Mathew, dean of the College of Theology and Ministry, issues this challenge: “Seek the highest level of thinking for the deepest level of spiritual experience.” 3 Paul L. King was the director of the Local Church and Online Bible Institute Programs of Oral Roberts University. Currently the lead pastor of Higher Life Fellowship in Tulsa, Okla., he teaches ministry and leadership development seminars internationally.

10) Are all accredited schools the same?

It is vital to understand that a school may claim to be accredited, but that does not mean the accreditation that it holds is considered a valid or nationally recognized accrediting agency. Scores of accrediting agencies can be found on the Internet, but fewer than 20 are nationally recognized, and only three of these are Christian accrediting agencies. Nationally recognized accrediting agencies are approved by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education (USDE). For a full listing online, see chea.org/pdf/CHEA_USDE_AllAccred.pdf.

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11) What characteristics should I look for in a graduate school or seminary? Is the training sound and theologically balanced? Examine the school’s statement of faith and find out what its core values are. Although it’s good to be challenged by other viewpoints than your own theological background and experience, you want to be sure the school doesn’t teach strange doctrines. Study its website carefully. If it doesn’t have a website, it is probably a transitory or even untrustworthy school, and it would be best to avoid it. Is it important to you cha ri s masbe st.co m

The Money Factor

How to find—and score—free money for your degree Looking for some scholarship assistance to get you through school? As anyone who’s applied for an educational scholarship knows, there’s plenty of money out there waiting to be had; it’s a matter of how hard you’re willing to work to get it. (Or more often, how many applications and essays you’re willing to submit.) For starters, check out these top scholarship search websites, whether you’re pursuing an undergraduate, graduate or seminary degree: »»Scholarships.com »»ScholarSite.com »»BigFuture.CollegeBoard.com »»FastWeb.com »»CollegeNet.com »»ScholarshipMonkey.com »»StudentScholarships.org »»SuperCollege.com »»ScholarshipExperts.com »»Zinch.com »»Cappex.com Although these are among the most reputable sites for finding scholarships, none is the central clearinghouse for free money. Also, beware that many of the search sites not listed here are cleverly disguised marketing schemes, so avoid any that ask for money. Often the best sources of potential scholarships for Christian students are those closest to home (e.g., your church’s denomination, a local community grant or an educational program through your current employer). If you have experience in full-time ministry, ask those you’ve worked with if they’re aware of any scholarship programs from partnering ministries. For more scholarship opportunities that are specific to Christian schools, visit charismasbest.com/scholarshipguide. 2 01 3 | C h a ri s m a ’s B e st

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he financial market’s collapse in 2008 ushered in a global recession, but it also brought a resurgence of interest among business school thought leaders to rethink the mission and purpose of business graduate education. The clarion not only came from faith-based schools, but also from state-funded and prestigious private and global universities. “Business schools have put performance over purpose,” Dipak Jain, former dean at INSEAD—one of the world’s leading business schools—recently stated. By this he meant business education should change to raise managers who can lead organizations that aren’t just profit-driven, but also driven with a purpose to solve urgent social problems. Likewise, Philip Kotler, Northwestern University professor and leading Master of Business Administration (MBA) marketing textbook author, urges in his book Marketing 3.0 that companies should adopt a valuesdriven focus. They should have as their core purpose to make the world a better place however possible and to understand the priority of their customer’s spiritual values. It’s encouraging that secular institutions

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are acknowledging that business schools should include transcendent values in their curriculum. But there are limitations to teaching mere generic “spiritual values” or secular-based “higher purposes” that can be at cross-purposes to sound Christian doctrine. Business schools at Christian universities find their distinction by integrating biblical values into their curriculum. For instance, Regent University promotes the fact that its MBA program is “enhanced by the incorporation of Judeo-Christian values, which yield a balanced, biblical perspective on global integration and effective business practices.” Oral Roberts University’s MBA website states that its goal is to “equip graduates to be outstanding leaders and manage people and resources within the context of biblical principles and concern for the welfare of the whole person.” Similarly, Southeastern University’s graduate business school provides “high-quality, relevant and global learning experiences that emphasize moral and ethical practices within a Christcentered environment.”

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ensuring that our curriculum is rigorous, innovative and relevant. Some of the most important data points for me are the conversations I have with students. I often ask them to share their understanding of the divine design for their lives and vocations. What shouts out to me are the increasing number of students with similar callings. One such student recently told me, “I want to learn about business so I can use my entrepreneurial skills to help empower those less fortunate and show them the love of Christ.” Though the younger generation is often characterized as entitled and coddled, many have a deeply sincere devotion to Christ that is expressed in acts of service. These students have missional intent, or what Alan Hirsch describes in his book The Forgotten Ways as “mDNA” or the “missional-incarnational impulse.”

Mission (BAM). BAM companies can also be characterized as faith-based social enterprises. These are sustainable, forprofit organizations that have companion purposes to meet social and spiritual needs—including both kerygmatic (the proclamation of the gospel) and missional (the meeting of tangible social and material needs of a target market). Biola University professor Steve Rundle describes BAM as involving businesses that have a missionary impulse. And in his book God Is at Work, Ken Eldred adds that BAM involves “for-profit business ventures designed to facilitate God’s transformation of people and nations.” To introduce students to the BAM concept and business model, Southeastern University recently created an accelerated MBA program called the AMBA. The A in AMBA carries a threefold meaning:

“I want to learn about business so I can use my entrepreneurial skills to help empower those less fortunate and show them the love of Christ.” More students are choosing to earn a business degree at a Christ-centered university because they expect guidance on how to live out these missional impulses. For some, the primary goal is to share the gospel; for others it’s to express Christian charity or to create a business to solve a social program. In each case, these are biblically based motives.

Business as Mission

Without falling into the trap of idolizing capitalism, many Christian business schools teach that for-profit businesses are essential institutions for solving social problems. Whether those problems are extreme poverty or hunger in developing communities, or by contrast unemployment, obesity or rising health-care costs in industrialized nations, the truth is that businesses and social enterprises have a role—alongside missionaries—to provide solutions. One emerging business model now taught at Southeastern is Business as 16

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that the program is accelerated, allowing students to earn an MBA degree in nine months of intensive full time study; that it is applied with a service-oriented learning emphasis, including study abroad; and that the program is amplified via interaction with national and international leaders at the annual National Leadership Forum at Southeastern, as well as onsite programs such as the Disney Institute Business Excellence experience. Last January, Southeastern AMBA students traveled to El Salvador to spend a full week studying BAM. The organization Enlace, led by founder Ron Bueno, served as a laboratory for the students. Enlace is a mission organization that partners with local El Salvadorian churches in impoverished communities to do development work. They come alongside the church to empower them to help themselves and their community, including microeconomic and business development. By studying in El Salvador, the

Southeastern students learned how microfinance and social entrepreneurship can be integrated as a missional outreach of the church to serve human need, reflect the kingdom of God and be a vehicle of proclaiming the gospel. Their final projects for the course included developing a viable business plan for either tilapia farms or organic fertilizer—two projects identified as opportunities in a small, impoverished village outside of San Salvador. “We don’t want to simply hand [the local people] money, as this would only be a temporary solution,” said AMBA student Steven Wright of his experience in El Salvador. “Our aim is to integrate economic development strategies to help the poor create self-sustaining businesses. These will help improve their lives financially, while also gaining confidence for having accomplished such a task on their own.”

What to Look for

Not every graduate business school at a Christian school will offer programs like AMBA. But virtually all of them will certainly have a missional thread. When searching for the right graduate business school for you, examine the school’s mission statement. Does it represent the values and beliefs important to you? Do the faculty members have both academic credentials and practical experience in their teaching fields? Is it apparent that the curriculum and course syllabi reflect an integration of biblical principles with sound business theory and best practices? Will you have the opportunity to study abroad or take part in other experiences that expose you to business-as-mission and social-entrepreneurship opportunities? Besides Southeastern University’s new AMBA, many other business schools have solid, Christ-centered curriculum and faculty who are intentional to empower their graduates with a missional purpose. Do your research, seek advice and, most of all, seek God’s will in your decision. 3 R. Joseph Childs is the dean of Southeastern University’s College of Business and Legal Studies. The former chair of the business management program at Bethany University in Scotts Valley, Calif., he has also held executive positions in the satellite telecommunications industry and other technology-oriented start-ups. c h ar ism asb est . com

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ne of the more interesting injunctions from Jesus to His followers is to “be wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matt. 10:16). It’s a timely word for today as believers are confronted with a nonChristian majority. A study of this verse reveals that being “wise as serpents” means to be cunning, thoughtful, artful, sharp, intelligent and practical in our words and actions. At the same time, we are to be “harmless as doves,” meaning innocent and without mixture of evil. In offering this directive, Jesus knew our natural tendency to associate the snake with evil, yet in this case He urges us to adopt

only the serpent’s good aspects of being smart, aggressive and confident. Fulfilling this verse requires an intelligent, educated and astute Christian. Certainly our full reliance must be upon the Holy Spirit; but like everything in life, our job is to steward what God gave us—and this includes our minds (Matt. 22:37). The need for strong, intellectual Christian leaders is especially high within our educational systems, public and private. While parents must shoulder the primary responsibility for the education of each generation, the school systems are a close second. For example, the breakdown of the Judeo-Christian culture in America is a direct reflection both of poor parenting and school systems that have fostered and even celebrated a non-biblical worldview. Educational entities need intelligent, Spirit-filled Christians in teaching roles. To that end, advanced graduate degrees should be a desired tool in the heart of every Christian educator truly called of God. Here are a few important elements to look for in a graduate education program. 1) Alignment with you spiritually, philosophically and theologically. While it’s encouraging that many of our evangelical universities now focus less on minor doctrinal differences and 18

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more on God’s Word, it’s still important that you pick a place with a “kindred spirit.” 2) A place that aligns with your learning styles. For example, if you prefer a smaller class size or a desire to better know and learn from your peers, a cohort model or smaller university program would be a better fit. Similarly, if you need face-to-face time with your professors and/or peers, then a residential or hybrid program would be preferred. 3) A wide range of experience among the professors in your program. Look for a good blend of public- and private-school practice, as well as multiple years of real experience. Steer away from programs populated largely by young professors who have obtained advanced degrees but lack real-world experience. In doctoral programs, especially look for programs that bring in professors and experts from other disciplines to teach courses, serve on dissertation committees, etc. 4) A place where the majority of courses are taught by full-time professors, not adjuncts or graduate assistants. This should be especially true in your core areas of study. The full-time faculty of any institution usually are, and should be, the designers of the graduate program you choose. They have spent the time in research and development of that program and thus it will be to your advantage to also be taught by them. 5) Professors who are involved in research and undergraduate programs. The need for current research and best practices is self-evident; yet many graduate programs fall into the trap of allowing their graduate faculty to become consumed with research only and/or they pull away from any involvement with real K-12 schools. Graduate faculty who maintain connections to the undergraduate program, will be better professors. 6) Regional accreditation. No accrediting agency stands in the way of a university maintaining its godly heritage, commitment to a biblical worldview, and its integration of Scripture and faith into the curriculum. Accreditation adds credibility and practicality (e.g., credits, public recognition, etc.). 7) Associations. On the other hand, do pay attention to additional accreditations, affiliations and memberships of the university. For example, some of the leading national educational organizations have recently adopted strong pro-LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) stances and have generally moved away from biblical positions on numerous social issues. When it comes to selecting the most conducive learning environment, you would be wise to steer clear of institutions that partner with such organizations (see No. 1). Though this list isn’t intended to be exhaustive, prayerfully considering these seven issues will likely serve you well. 3 Doug Roth is the dean of the College of Education at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla. c h ar ism asb est . com

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1) Culture: Today’s world knows less about the Bible than ever before.

It’s increasingly clear that Christianity no longer has a place of privilege in Western culture. The church has waned in Europe for years, and that decline has now hit the United States. Biblical literacy is at an all-time low, and people visiting church often don’t know Mary from Madonna. Yet this isn’t the first time it’s been this way. In fact, it’s not that different from the world into which the apostle Paul was called. Christians—at least those who truly live out their faith—are in the minority and often publicly ridiculed (just like in Rome). And those who do know something about the Bible are usually wrong about it (like many of the Jewish leaders). Even those of us excited to serve God probably have less biblical and theological knowledge to start

path should be as straightforward as it was for Paul on the Emmaus Road: Jesus just shows up, calls you and—boom!—you’re the world’s greatest preacher, healer and apologist. But if you read the story closely, you’ll see that Paul didn’t immediately begin serving. Even though he had been through the equivalent of Jewish seminary as a young man, he waited three years after his conversion before he visited the apostles in Jerusalem (see Gal. 1:17-18). Then it was another 10 years before Barnabas asked Paul to join him on a mission trip (Acts 11:25). This doesn’t tell us about seminary specifically, but it does show us that waiting on the Lord before jumping into ministry is sometimes part of the journey; and if Paul’s ministry wasn’t diminished by preparing for 13 years, neither will ours by three or four years spent getting a seminary education.

A good seminary will give you a solid baseline that will enable you to be a steady guide for a confused generation. with than people did a few generations ago.  Today people have access to more information, statistics and Bible versions on their mobile phones than at any time in human history, and yet they don’t know what to do with any of it. It’s one thing to be able to access information; it’s another thing altogether to develop the kind of wisdom—based off that information—that can transform lives. What you learn in seminary can help you gain deeper understanding not only into little nuggets of truth here and there, but also of the whole counsel of God. If you can find a good seminary that will walk you through the entirety of the Scriptures, you’ll have a solid baseline that will enable you to be a steady guide for a confused generation.

2) Methodology: The process of a seminary education is ancient.

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Furthermore, the formal preparation of seminary has been the norm for many ministers through the history of the church. From the time of Jesus, when all Jewish boys memorized the entire Pentateuch, to the first modern-style seminaries created in the 1500s, the seminary model has proven to be an effective way to prepare men and women to be powerful communicators of God’s Word. Like any human endeavor, there is no perfect seminary; yet as I’ll address shortly, seminary also inculcates valuable skills and lessons that are difficult to replicate on your own.

3) Discipline: Seminary creates structure for a lifetime of steady growth.

Whether or not you go to seminary, a lifetime of faithful ministry includes the disciplines of regularly studying the Scriptures and reading good books by godly men and women. You’ll occasionally meet people who are able to do this on their

own—those who seem to have an innate sense of discipline and who usually have access to an excellent library of Christian material. With those tools they’re able to grow deeper in their knowledge and apply it to ministry. But for most of us, the frantic pace of everyday life makes it hard to carve out time for this kind of regular reading and study. The task of studying on your own can quickly become discouraging because you may not know what to read and don’t have anyone to discuss it with. It’s also difficult to know if your communication skills are actually effective because people in your church likely don’t have the training to give you a truly helpful evaluation. Spending a few years in seminary taking classes, reading books, practicing sermons and discussing ideas with fellow students and godly, experienced professors leaves an imprint that will help you continue the pattern of lifelong learning well after seminary. Even a seemingly dull class can teach you how to discern which books spiritually and intellectually nourish your soul and which ones do not! 

4) Community: Spiritual growth happens with other students and professors.

If seminary were just about transferring knowledge from one person to the next, I would look you in the eye and say it’s just not worth it. It would be far more efficient to get a stack of good books and read them yourself. But throughout Scripture we see time and time again that people learn and grow spiritually in the context of loving community. A church community can offer this to some extent, but seminary gives you the opportunity to be around other men and women who feel a similar call to ministry and under professors who often have decades of ministry experience.  Many seminarians form friendships with each other that last a lifetime. I still talk regularly to my friend Dave who now serves in the Middle East, and I consider his encouragement while we were in seminary and now as fellow ministers to be one of God’s most gracious gifts to me. Today I’m more convinced than ever that faith isn’t just all about me and what I think, but should always be lived and learned within the body of Christ. c h ar ism asb est . com

5) History: Tracing your heritage develops a broader understanding for your future.

For many people, learning about their ancestors and seeing the colorful and crazy characters in their family tree can be a special experience. The same is true when one has the chance to learn about the origins of his or her particular branch of Christianity. A good course or two in church history won’t just give you a bunch of dates and events; it will show you how the Spirit of God has been leading the church through all its ups and downs, right down to the place where you came to know the Lord. This knowledge of where your faith tradition came from can help you understand the strengths of your church, as well as its weaknesses. As Leland Eliason of Bethel Seminary once said, “I think the danger of doing pastoral ministry without the equivalent of seminary education is in being contemporary without having roots in the history of the church.” Of course, God can use you without a class in church history, but those courses can prevent the kind of blind spots that often hamper people from being maximally effective for Christ.  Seminary can also help you appreciate those who have a different tradition from your own and, even if you strongly differ with them, you’ll understand where they are coming from and will be better equipped to build bridges within your community on points of common faith.

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6) Spirituality: Seminary offers a special time of being set apart with God.

Beyond the learning and community building, seminary can also be a time of special growth in your relationship with God. Nearly everyone I’ve talked to who attended seminary had some kind of experience outside the classroom that drew them closer to God and prepared them for ministry.  If you weren’t a great student in college, seminary can be a chance to truly depend on God and see different results. Maybe finances will be an issue, and you’ll see God come through repeatedly with scholarships and anonymous gifts. You cha ri s masbe st.co m

might even have a family tragedy that God will use to refine your character and give you an extra measure of compassion for those suffering.  Whatever God sends your way, seminary offers you the chance to not only learn more information, but also to store up wells of spiritual depth that you’ll draw on throughout your ministry.

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7) Practice: Seminary provides future leaders with a safe place to fail.

But could I have gained all that without going to seminary? I may never know the answer to that question. But a short time after I began pondering it, I was asked to speak at a large church leadership conference on technology and faith (my area of interest). After my talk, a person came up to me and said, “All the other speakers were great, but they just kept talking about what they knew. You were the only one who really relied on the Scriptures and were still able to make it meaningful and applicable.” I shook her hand, thanked her and then walked away, silently thanking God for the privilege of going to seminary. 3

One final benefit of seminary is the chance to fail when the stakes are low. Inevitably, everyone will make mistakes in ministry. But it’s not the failures that will define your legacy, it’s how you handle those failures and what you do to recover. Seminary offers you the chance to try some things—you can write a few bad papers, give an unintelligible sermon or propose a nonsensical ministry and gracious men and women will point out what’s not working and help you learn from your mistakes. You’ll come out knowing how to fail and how to recover. When you’re in the real world ministering, you’ll need these skills because sometimes congregants aren’t as gracious as professors at pointing out your flaws. Seminary can help you know when to take risks and what to do when they don’t pan out.

A few years after I finished seminary, I began to wonder if it had all been worth it. During my time in seminary, I learned to love the Scriptures more deeply, and I honed my ability to communicate. God graciously allowed me to meet my lovely wife, develop some great friendships and be refined through some difficult times.

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16 Things to Know Before Taking an Online Course Virtual learning is no longer a secondary alternative for prospective students, as millions now opt for the convenience of online education. But before signing up, consider these differences between the live- and virtual-classroom experiences. H e at h e r

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hinking of going back to school? It’s never too late to start down the path of online education, which has grown significantly over the last decade. Online programs have come a long way since the days of sketchy offerings via slow-as-molasses Internet connections. Today the virtual arena includes a wide variety of concentrations available at every degree level, including certificate, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctoral-level programs. Whether you’re a recent high-school graduate or an older student returning for an advanced degree, furthering your education is now just a click away. But not all online institutions are built on a solid foundation, which means it’s important to take a hard look at each school you’re considering. Many brick-and-mortar campuses, such as Liberty University, add a wealth of resources unmatched by online-only institutions that help students earn a residentially comparable degree from the convenience of home. Your diploma even has the same value, accreditation and recognition as a residential degree. But before you enroll in an online class, there are a few things you need to consider:

responsibility. Learn to maintain balance right from the start. The beauty of online learning is that you can choose when to work on your assignments; this gives you the flexibility you need to set your own schedule and work at your own pace. Many online programs offer multiple start dates throughout the year, so you can begin when you want (like right after that family vacation).

1) Know your learning style.

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Before you enroll in an online course, consider whether your learning style is compatible with the way the course material is delivered online. Though you are able to ask questions online, you don’t have immediate access to your professor and may experience a delay while waiting for a reply by email or phone. If you learn better through personal interaction with a professor, you may want to consider taking traditional classes instead.

2) Motivation is a must.

4) Set your study time and space.

3) Maintain balance.

5) Online classes aren’t always easier.

Staying focused is important when doing any kind of work, but even more so when taking an online class. To stay on top of things, know what you need to get done and when to submit it. Making a schedule is essential. Begin by purchasing a day planner (for those who need something tangible) or using a digital calendar such as Outlook (for those who are on the go and need alarms or reminders). Once you have a schedule and a plan, it’s up to you to put in the effort to complete the work. Staying scheduled will also allow you to work ahead on assignments. Your success is up to you, so ask yourself this question: “Will I work for it?” Yes? Then what are you waiting for? Get to work! Online classes provide one of the greatest forms of freedom: flexibility. But with great flexibility comes great cha ri s masbe st.co m

Want to do your course work sitting on your couch in your pajamas while you sip a cup of Joe? Do it! Traditional classroom learning isn’t necessarily a thing of the past—it’s just no longer required. If morning is when you have free time and are most alert, wake up early. If you’re a night owl, wait until the kids are in bed. If you know you’re easily distracted, settle down in your home office or at the kitchen table. If you thrive in a noisy environment, head to your local coffee shop or bookstore. It’s really up to you. Whatever you choose, try to maintain consistency in your routine by setting aside the same time and place each day. Many students enroll in online classes under the assumption that online classes aren’t as difficult as

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residential classes. Though online courses provide students with flexibility and convenience, the course material and assignments are the same. In addition, online courses demand a greater amount of selfdiscipline beyond that required of a student in a traditional learning environment.

6) Expect to interact.

Worried that by taking online courses you’ll lose the opportunity for interaction with your classmates and your professor? Think again! With today’s technology and online course structure, you are still connected. You’ll still get the feedback that builds relationships and develops confidence. Faculty are also an important part of distance education. They manage the learning experience, assist with meeting

encouragers and edifiers. Many of Liberty’s online instructors not only make an effort to reach out to students, they even send weekly emails simply to lift their spirits.

7) Ask questions.

Taking the first steps toward beginning your education or going back to school can be intimidating, but remember that you are not alone. When in doubt, don’t hesitate to ask your professor or a fellow classmate for clarification or help. Your professor will provide you with all the information you need about the class schedule and assignments right from the start. Professors are generally happy to answer any additional questions you may have. A good online school should also have a supportive staff ready to assist you with any challenges you may face.

to the deadline to avoid any last-minute problems. Most schools should have a technology support department available to consult with you and recommend any additional software purchases you may find useful.

9) Online classes do have deadlines.

Online classes usually have weekly due dates for assignments. These expectations are typically outlined at the start of the course, and it is important to carefully note the date and time that each of your projects is due. If your class involves group work, you may have additional deadlines established within your group. Be sure to allow plenty of time to complete your assignments. Waiting until the last minute isn’t a smart move. You need to account for unforeseen incidents that may prevent you from meeting the assignment deadline, including a failed Internet connection.

10) Budget for books.

The cost of college textbooks can often catch you by surprise. Today there are many options to help you save money, including renting textbooks either digitally or in print form. Many textbook rental companies even provide the option to customize your rental period based on the length of your course. In some cases, renting your textbook can save you more than half the cost of purchasing the book.

students’ needs, monitor the online classroom and maintain student motivation. With online courses, professors are just a click away through online discussion forums and email. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for help when needed. Though it may take slightly longer to get a response, professors are there to ensure the student’s success in each course. At Liberty University Online, for example, professors are intentional about their roles as 26

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8) Know your technology requirements.

As an online student, it’s important to have a reliable computer and Internet connection. A slow-moving computer or weak Internet signal can be frustrating when you’re attempting to complete an assignment. If you are planning to use a public Internet source, you should finish and submit the assignment several days prior

You may want to go back to school, but have you decided how you’re going to pay for it? Even with online learning there can be many unexpected costs, such as course and technology fees, books, homework portals and more. Look for tuition calculators, such as Liberty’s Net Price Calculator (liberty.edu/npc/1112), to help you get a better idea of the cost of pursuing your education. Keep in mind that your education is an investment, but online learning can save you both time and money. There are also tons of scholarships out there, so start looking today.

12) Know the accreditation.

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11) Get the most out of your investment.

of accreditation should be top on your list of priorities. Accreditation ensures that colleges and universities have met strict standards with regard to degree programs, faculty, administration and student support. Degrees earned through accredited institutions can be accepted by other accredited institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, it’s important to note that accredited universities are eligible to participate in federal educational programs such as military tuition assistance, government tuition reimbursement programs, the GI Bill and corporate tuition assistance. If an online college or university is accredited, it will display that information prominently on its website (though you should still research the type of accreditation). If you are unable to find a school’s accreditation status online, call its admissions office and ask.

13) Is the school nonprofit or for-profit?

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Over the past few years, the media has been swarming with comparisons of nonprofit and for-profit universities, specifically in terms of online schools. But what does that mean for you as you consider which online university you should attend? The difference is a simple matter of profit earnings and how they are distributed and invested. Nonprofit (not-for-profit) institutions do not retain personal profit and revenues, and instead invest earnings back into educational resources. In contrast, for-profit institutions glean profits and aren’t required by law to reinvest earnings into the school itself or into additional resources. In addition to an arguably stronger academic focus, nonprofit schools often offer lower tuition rates than for-profit schools. These days, every penny counts, so be sure to ask whether the school you are considering is a nonprofit institution.

14) Choose a school that aligns with your worldview.

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for the online student. Take the time to carefully consider your options and find an online university that aligns with your personal worldview. Consider whether class assignments will challenge your moral convictions as you are called to assess and evaluate hypothetical real-world situations. Will your courses both enrich your walk with God and equip you for the future?

15) Find the time to commit.

Making time to go back to school can be challenging, especially when you are already juggling everything else in your life (i.e., work, family, friends, social commitments, church and more). So the question is: Do you realistically have time to commit to school? Your classes will require reading, homework, projects, quizzes, tests, group interaction and possibly research papers. Sometimes it’s OK to be realistic and to admit that this is just not the right time for you to enroll in an online program. Having goals is important and taking the steps to achieve them is even more empowering. But you can achieve them at your pace when you decide you are ready. Remember, your goal doesn’t have to change, but your timeline can always be adjusted a little.

16) The Bottom Line: You Can Do It

Going back to school is a great first step in preparing for your future. As you dream about the things you hope to achieve but cannot yet see on the horizon, be confident that an online education can give you skills and knowledge and a chance to discover new passions or areas of interest that will spur you forward. It will take hard work, motivation and dedication, but you can do it! Start earning your degree with an online university today. Set your goals, make a plan and then start working to achieve them. If it’s what you want, go for it. 3 Heather Usewicz is an online student with Liberty University. She and her husband, Tom, are both graduates of Liberty’s residential program and are now working on their MBAs through Liberty. Sarah Wittcop earned her MBA through Liberty University Online and has continued her education by enrolling in Liberty’s online Educational Specialist degree program. She and her husband, Adam, met during their undergraduate studies at Liberty. For more information on Liberty University, visit liberty.edu/champions. 2 01 3 | C h a ri s m a ’s B e st

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or many years, Charisma has served not only the Pentecostal/charismatic community, but also the wider evangelical community. Our magazine has consistently reflected that broader scope while remaining true to the interests of our core audience of Spirit-filled believers. Yet over the years the two communities have increasingly overlapped, and today it’s common for churches to have such a blend that any charismatic or non-charismatic ties are virtually indistinguishable. This trend has, for the most part, applied to the Christian collegiate arena as well. Many institutions that were traditionally opposed to the fundamental tenets of Pentecostal/charismatic theology are now more open to things of the Spirit, and their student bodies reflect this shift as well. When we created Charisma’s Best Christian Universities, Colleges and Schools last year, we celebrated this by highlighting these schools alongside traditionally Pentecostal/ charismatic undergraduate schools. Now with Charisma’s Best Graduate Schools, Seminaries and Online Education, we’ve continued this approach as we created another comprehensive list for potential students to use in their search for the best advanced-degree program that fits them. We again worked closely with many of the schools represented here, forming 30

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

decision—including looking at schools and advanced-degree programs they may not have known existed. We began with the final list of more than 260 schools compiled in our original college guide. Of those, we removed any that did not offer master’s or doctorate degrees, leaving us with the current 205 schools. Though the basic listings are free, many colleges paid for an enhanced listing and display advertising so they could tell their story in their own way. And staying true to the vision for this guide, we’ve highlighted with a Holy Spirit dove those schools—regardless of denominational affiliation—that support or are open to Pentecostal/charismatic theology. These are the ones we call “Charisma’s Best.” Though we’ve done 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, we want this to be interactive, so if we’ve made a mistake, please contact us so that we can make changes in the future. 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 more and make a qualified decision. More than anything, we hope this listing serves as an invaluable guide during the key process of selecting a school for advancing your education. —Steve Strang, Publisher c h ar ism asb est . com

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A l a bama Amridge University Montgomery, AL Phone: (334) 387-7000 Website: amridgeuniversity.edu Email: admissions​​ @amridgeuniversity.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational Beeson Divinity School Birmingham, AL Phone: (800) 888-8266 Website: beesondivinity.com Email: bdsinfo@samford.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Bethany Bible College Dothan, AL Phone: (334) 793-3189 Website: bethanybc.edu Email: cwarden@bethanybc.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist Heritage Christian University Florence, AL Phone: (800) 367-3565 Website: hcu.edu Email: jcollins@hcu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational

Website: alaskapacific.edu Email: admissions@alaskapacific.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Methodist

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A r izo n a Gateway International Bible Institute Phoenix, AZ Phone: (602) 993-5353 Website: gibionline.org Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Interdenominational Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ Phone: (800) 800-9776 Website: gcu.edu Email: apply.gcu@edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Phoenix Seminary Phoenix, AZ Phone: (888) 443-1020 Website: ps.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Interdenominational

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Selma University Selma, AL Phone: (334) 872-2533 Website: selmauniversity.org Email: selmau.admissions​ @bellsouth.net Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational

Freedom Bible College and Seminary Rogers, AR Phone: (800) 494-7497 Website: freedombiblecollege.org Email: admissions​ @freedombiblecollege.org Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

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Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA Phone: (800) 825-5278 Website: apu.edu Email: admissions@apu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Bethesada Christian University Anaheim, CA Phone: (714) 517-1945 Website: buc.edu Email: admission@buc.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Pentecostal Biola University LaMirada, CA Phone: (562) 903-6000 Website: biola.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational California Baptist University Riverside, CA Phone: (877) 228-8866 Website: calbaptist.edu Email: admissions@calbaptist.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: California Southern Baptist Convention California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks, CA Phone: (877) 258-3678 Website: callutheran.edu Email: clugrad@callutheran.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Lutheran Concordia University Irvine, CA Phone: (949) 214-3010 Website: cui.edu Email: admission@cui.edu

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Missouri Synod Fuller Theological Seminary Pasadena, CA Phone: (800) 238-5537 Website: fuller.edu Email: admissions@fuller.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Life Pacific University San Dimas, CA Phone: (909) 599-5433 Website: lifepacific.edu Email: admissions@lifepacific.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: International Church of the Foursquare Gospel New College Berkeley Berkeley, CA Phone: (510) 841-9386 Website: newcollegeberkeley.org Email: newcollege@aol.com Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Interdenominational Pacific Baptist College Pamona, CA Phone: (877) 622-2921 Website: pacificbaptist.edu Email: pacificbaptistcollege@gmail.com Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Baptist Patten University Oakland, CA Phone: (877) 427-8836 Website: patten.edu Email: admissions@patten.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Interdenominational Simpson University Redding, CA Phone: (530) 226-4606 Website: simpsonu.edu Email: admissions@simpsonu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Christian and Missionary Alliance 32

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Southern California Seminary El Cajon, CA Phone: (888) 389-7244 Website: socalsem.edu Email: thpittman@socalsem.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational Talbot School of Theology La Mirada, CA Phone: (562) 903-6000 Website: talbot.edu Email: graduate.admissions@biola.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational The King’s University Van Nuys, CA Phone: (818) 779-8040 Website: kingsuniversity.edu Email: admissions@kingsuniversity.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational The Master’s Seminary Sun Valley, CA Phone: (800) 225-5867 Website: tms.edu Email: cdixon@tms.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Vision University Pasadena, CA Phone: (626) 791-1200 Website: visionu.net Email: visionuniversityUSA@gmail.com Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational World Mission University Los Angeles, CA Phone: (213) 388-1000 Website: wmu.edu Email: admissions@wmu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

canada Canada Christian College Toronto, ON, CAN Phone: (416) 391-5000 Website: canadachristiancollege.com Email: jennifer​ @canadachristiancollege.com Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Horizon College and Seminary Saskatoon, SK, CAN Phone: (877) 374-6655 Website: horizon.edu Email: admissions@horizon.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada Providence Theological Seminary Otterburne, MB, CAN Phone: (800) 668-7768 Website: providenceseminary.ca Email: info@prov.ca Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Trinity Western University British Columbia, CAN Phone: (604) 888-7511 Website: twu.ca Email: admissions@twu.ca Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Evangelical

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Colorado Christian University Longwood, CO Phone: (303) 963-3311 Website: ccu.edu Email: agsadmission@ccu.edu

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Denver Seminary Littleton, CO Phone: (303) 761-2482 Website: denverseminary.edu Email: info@denverseminary.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

D i s tr ict of C o lu m b ia American University Washington, DC Phone: (202) 885-6000 Website: american.edu Email: admissions@american.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: United Methodist

Apostolic Christian College Washington, DC Phone: (202) 544-6940 Website: apostolicchristiancollege.com Email: registrar​ @apostolicchristiancollege.com Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Evangelical Wesley Theological Seminary Washington, DC Phone: (202) 885-8600 Website: wesleyseminary.edu Email: caldridge@wesleyseminary.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: United Methodist Church

Colorado Christian University

8787 W. Alameda Avenue Lakewood, CO 80226 (303) 963-3311 ccu.edu/ccu/grad/

CCU’s College of Adult and Graduate Studies offers graduate programs specifically designed to meet the needs of adult learners with online and in-seat options. A degree from CCU will equip you to lead in ways you’ve never imagined.

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Florida Bethune-Cookman University Daytona Beach, FL Phone: (800) 448-0228 Website: bethune.cookman.edu Email: admissions@cookman.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Methodist Clearwater Christian College Clearwater, FL Phone: (800) 348-4463 Website: clearwater.edu Email: admissions@clearwater.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational

admissions email: agsadmission@ccu.edu admissions website: ccu.edu/cags twitter name: @CCU_CAGS Facebook page: Facebook.com/CCUCAGS affiliation: ChristianInterdenominational accreditation: NCA-HLC; visit ccu.edu/ accreditations/ for full list of accreditations application deadline: Rolling admissions process; apply today admission requirements: Master level programs: bachelor’s, GPA minimum varies by program; visit ccu.edu/ccu/grad/ for full list of requirements student body: 390; 30% male, 70% female; 29% full-time, 71% part-time; 34 states represented resident status: 162

residential; 180 enrolled online Most popular degrees: Business Administration and Management, General; Organizational Leadership; Curriculum and Instruction; visit ccu. edu/ccu/programs/ for full list of degrees offered no. online courses: 41 student/teacher ratio: 12:1 academic staff with terminal degree: 15% average class size: 11 expenses: Tuition/ Fees: varies by program; Books/Supplies: varies by program; visit ccu.edu/ ccu/financialaid/tuition/ for more information on expenses Financial aid: Visit ccu.edu/ccu/financialaid/ for information on financial aid

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charisma’s best Graduate Schools, Seminaries and Online Education Evangelical Bible College and Seminary Greenacres, FL Phone: (561) 965-0363 Website: ebcministries.org Email: dpdonally@cs.com Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Faith Theological Seminary and Christian College Tampa, FL Phone: (813) 886-8492 Website: ftscc.org Email: foct@tampabay.rr.com Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Global Impact Bible College and Seminary Bradenton, FL Phone: (941) 792-2080 Website: gibcs.com Email: pastorjoanna@gibcs.com Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Heritage University and Seminary Kissimmee, FL Phone: (407) 348-6200 Website: heritageseminary.com Email: admissions​ @heritageseminary.com Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Life Christian University Lutz, FL Phone: (813) 909-9720 Website: lcus.edu Email: administration@lcus.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Logos Christian University Jacksonville, FL Phone: (904) 398-3700 Website: logos.edu Email: lcc.registrar@logos.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

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Palm Beach Atlantic University West Palm Beach, FL Phone: (888) 468-6722 Website: pba.edu Email: admit@pba.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational

Southeastern University Lakeland, FL, FL Phone: (800) 500-8760 Website: seu.edu Email: admission@seu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Assemblies of God University Ministries International Tallahassee, FL Phone: (850) 383-0494 Website: uminternational.com Email: dresbrown@uminternational.com Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Vision Christian Bible College Groveland, FL Phone: (352) 557-4814 Website: visionchristianbiblecollege.com Email: drjangarber@yahoo.com Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Warner University Lake Wales, FL Phone: (800) 309-9563 Website: warner.edu Email: admissions@warner.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Church of God Zoe University Jacksonville, FL Phone: (904) 743-6166 Website: zoeuniversity.org Email: zoe@zoeuniversity.org Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

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

Illin ois Dayspring Bible College Mundelein, IL Phone: (224) 677-7800 Website: dbc.edu Email: mlaskus@dbc.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Baptist Greenville College Greenville, IL Phone: (618) 664-7100 Website: greenville.edu Email: admissions@greenville.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Free Methodist Church

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charisma’s best Graduate Schools, Seminaries and Online Education Jerusalem University College Rockford, IL Phone: (800) 891-9408 Website: juc.edu Email: admissions@juc.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Interdenominational

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

Judson University Elgin, IL Phone: (800) 879-6376 Website: judsonu.edu Email: admissions@judsonu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: American Baptist

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

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

Urbana Theological Seminary Champaign, IL Phone: (217) 365-9005 Website: urbanaseminary.org Email: office@urbanaseminary.org Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational

SoutheaStern univerSity

1000 Longfellow Boulevard Lakeland, FL 33801 (800) 500-8760 SEU.edu

Equipping students to discover and develop their divine design to serve Christ and the world through Spirit-empowered life, learning and leadership.

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Wheaton College Wheaton, IL Phone: (630) 752-5000 Website: wheaton.edu Email: gradadm@wheaton.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

India na Anderson University Anderson, IN Phone: (765) 641-4080 Website: anderson.edu Email: info@anderson.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Church of God

admissions email: admission@seu.edu admissions website: seu.edu/apply twitter name: @seuniversity Facebook page: facebook.com/seuniversity affiliation: Assemblies of God accreditation: SACS; visit seu.edu/about/ accreditation.php for full list of accreditations application deadline (fall): 8/01 admission requirements: Master level programs: bachelor’s, 3.0 GPA; visit seu.edu/apply for full list of requirements Student body: 73; 66% male, 34% female; 43% full-time, 57% part-time resident status: 51 residential;

22 enrolled online Most popular degrees: Theological and Ministerial Studies; Theology/Theological Studies; Business Administration and Management, General; Education, General; visit seu.edu/graduate for full list of degrees offered no. online courses: 19 Student/teacher ratio: 9:1 academic staff with terminal degree: 100% average class size: 10 expenses: Tuition/Fees: $17,820; Books/Supplies: $300; Room/Board: varies; visit seu.edu/fa/fees_ graduate.php for more information on expenses Financial aid: (800) 5008760; 97% receiving aid

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charisma’s best Graduate Schools, Seminaries and Online Education Grace Theological Seminary Winona Lake, IN Phone: (800) 544-7223 Website: gts.grace.edu Email: enroll@grace.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational Huntington University Huntington, IN Phone: (800) 642-6493 Website: huntington.edu Email: admissions@huntington.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: United Bretheren in Christ Indiana Wesleyan University Grad School and Wesley Seminary Marion, IN Phone: (765) 677-2671 Website: indwes.edu Email: graduateschool@indwes.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Wesleyan

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Kingsway University and Theological Seminary Norwalk, IA Phone: (515) 288-2852 Website: kingsway.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational University of Dubuque Thelogical Seminary Dubuque, IA Phone: (800) 369-8387 Website: udts.dbq.edu Email: udtsadms@dbq.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Presbyertian

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

Biblical Life College and Seminary Winfield, KS Phone: (800) 846-1543 Website: sckans.edu Email: scadmit@sckans.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: United Methodist

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

Friends University Wichita, KS Phone: (316) 295-5100 Website: friends.edu Email: learn@friends.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational

I owa Dordt College Sioux Center, IA Phone: (800) 343-6738 Website: dordt.edu Email: admissions@dordt.edu

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MidAmerica Nazarene University Olathe, KS Phone: (913) 971-3380 Website: mnu.edu Email: admissions@mnu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nazarene

Southwestern College Winfield, KS Phone: (800) 846-1543 Website: sckans.edu Email: scadmit@sckans.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: United Methodist

Ke n tuck y Asbury University Wilmore, KY Phone: (800) 888-1818 Website: asbury.edu Email: admission@asbury.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Interdenominational Asbury Theological Seminary Wilmore, KY Phone: (859) 858-3581 Website: asburyseminary.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Campbellsville University Campbellsville, KY Phone: (270) 789-5220 Website: campbellsville.edu Email: admission@campbellsville.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Baptist Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Louisville, KY Phone: (502) 992-9371 Website: lpts.edu Email: cvharper@lpts.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Presbyterian Mid-Continent University Mayfield, KY Phone: (270) 247-8521 Website: midcontinent.edu Email: admissions@midcontinent.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Interdenominational

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charisma’s best Graduate Schools, Seminaries and Online Education Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Louisville, KY Phone: (800) 626-5525 Website: sbts.edu Email: admissions@sbtu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Southern Baptist Union College Barbourville, KY Phone: (800) 489-8646 Website: unionky.edu Email: enroll@unionky.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: United Methodist University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, KY Phone: (606) 539-4444 Website: ucumberlands.edu Email: shelleigh.moses​ @ucumberlands.edu

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Lo u i s i an a Evangel Christian University of America Monroe, LA Phone: (800) 346-4014 Website: ecua.edu Email: admin@ecua.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

Capital Bible Seminary Greenbelt, MD Phone: (877) 793-7227 Website: bible.edu Email: iAdmissions@bible.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational

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M a ssac hus etts Eastern Nazarene College Quincy, MA Phone: (617) 745-3711 Website: enc.edu Email: info@enc.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nazarene Gordon College Wenham, MA Phone: (866) 464-6736 Website: gordon.edu Email: admissions@gordon.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary South Hamilton, MA Phone: (800) 428-7329 Website: gordonconwell.edu Email: admrep@gcts.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

M i c h igan Calvin Theological Seminary Grand Rapids, MI Phone: (800) 388-6034 Website: calvinseminary.edu Email: admissions@calvinseminary.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Concordia University Ann Arbor, MI Phone: (900) 253-0680 Website: cuaa.edu Email: admissions@cuaa.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod Cornerstone University Grand Rapids, MI Phone: (616) 222-1426 38

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Website: cornerstone.edu Email: admissions@cornerstone.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary Grand Rapids, MI Phone: (800) 697-1133 Website: grts.cornerstone.edu Email: seminary@cornerstone.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational Spring Arbor University Spring Arbor, MI Phone: (800) 968-0011 Website: arbor.edu Email: admissions@arbor.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Free Methodist Church

M i nne s ota Acts International Bible College Blaine, MN Phone: (763) 755-4800 Website: actscollege.org Email: mail@actscollege.org Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Interdenominational Bethel Seminary St. Paul, MN Phone: (651) 638-6288 Website: seminary.bethel.edu Email: bsem-admit@bethel.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Coverage Worldwide (former Baptist General Conference) Concordia University St. Paul, MN Phone: (800) 333-4705 Website: csp.edu Email: admission@csp.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod

Crown College St. Bonifacius, MN Phone: (952) 446-4100 Website: crown.edu/graduate Email: info@crown.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Christian and Missionary Alliance Northwestern College St. Paul, MN Phone: (800) 692-4020 Website: nwc.edu Email: admissions@nwc.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational

M ississip pi Belhaven University Jackson, MS Phone: (601) 968-5988 Website: belhaven.edu Email: jackson@belhaven.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Presbyterian Blue Mountain College Blue Mountain, MS Phone: (800) 235-0136 Website: bmc.edu Email: admission@bmc.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Baptist Mississippi College Clinton, MS Phone: (601) 925-3800 Website: mc.edu Email: enrollment-services@mc.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Mississippi Baptist Convention

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M i ss our i Assemblies of God Theological Seminary Springfield, MO Phone: (417) 268-1046 Website: agts.edu Email: athomas@agts.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Assemblies of God Calvary Theological Seminary Kansas City, MO Phone: (800) 326-3960 Website: calvary.edu/seminary Email: seminary@calvary.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational

Carver Baptist Bible College Kansas City, MO Phone: (816) 333-1577 Website: carverbiblecollegekc.edu Email: admissions​ @carverbiblecollegekc.org Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Baptist

Global University Springfield, MO Phone: (417) 862-9533 Website: globaluniversity.edu Email: gradenroll@globaluniversity.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational

Global University

1211 S. Glentone Ave. Springfield, MO 65804 (800) 443-1083 globaluniversity.edu

Global University is a fully accredited nonprofit Christian university, in the Pentecostal tradition, based out of Springfield, Mo. As a worldwide online and distance education pioneer, the university integrates education and service through a network in 150 countries, including the United States. Its three main languages of instruction are English, Spanish and French.

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Nazarene Theological Seminary Kansas City, MO Phone: (800) 831-3011 Website: nts.edu Email: pjasher@nts.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nazarene Lindenwood University St. Charles, MO Phone: (636) 949-4949 Website: lindenwood.edu Email: admissions@lindenwood.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Southwest Baptist University Bolivar, MO Phone: (417) 328-5281 Website: sbuniv.edu Email: emccallister@sbuniv.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctoral Affiliation: Baptist

admissions email: gradenroll@global university.edu admissions website: globaluniversity.edu Facebook page: facebook.com/ globaluniversity affiliation: Assemblies of God accreditation: HLC/NCA, DETC; visit globaluniversity. edu/about_accreditation. cfm for full list of accreditations application deadline: 01/01 continuous enrollment admission requirements: Master level programs: bachelor's, 3.0 GPA, 15 credit minimum of undergrad course work in Bible & Theology; Doctoral level programs: master's, 3.0 GPA, one year of Biblical Greek with grade of at least 80%, ministerial credentials, minimum 3 years active ministry experience;

visit globaluniversity.edu/ graduate_index.cfm for full list of requirements student body: 359; 81% male, 19% female; 7% full-time, 93% part-time; 47 states represented, 88 countries represented Most popular degrees: Bible/Biblical Studies, New Testament; Christian Education; Intercultural Studies; Theological and Ministerial Studies; Organizational Leadership; visit globaluniversity.edu/ graduate_programs.cfm for full list of degrees offered student/teacher ratio: 10:1 academic staff with terminal degree: 30% expenses: Tuition/Fees: $247 per credit; Books/ Supplies: $145 per course; visit globaluniversity.edu/ graduate_costs.cfm for more information on expenses

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charisma’s best Graduate Schools, Seminaries and Online Education Evangel University Springfield, MO Phone: (417) 865-2815 Website: evangel.edu Email: lyonsj@evangel.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Assemblies of God

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Houghton College Houghton, NY Phone: (800) 777-2556 Website: houghton.edu Email: admission@houghton.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: The Wesleyan Church

Rocky Mountain College Billings, MT Phone: (800) 877-6259 Website: rocky.edu Email: meghan.meyer@rocky.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Interdenominational

Nyack College Nyack, NY Phone: (800) 336-9225 Website: nyack.edu Email: admission@nyack.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Christian and Missionary Alliance

Ne b ras k a Concordia University, Nebraska Seward, NE Phone: (800) 535-5494 Website: cune.edu Email: admiss@cune.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod Grace University Omaha, NE Phone: (402) 449-2831 Website: graceuniversity.edu Email: admissions@graceuniversity.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Interdenominational

Ne w Jer s ey Drew University Madison, NJ Phone: (973) 408-3739 Website: drew.edu Email: cadm@drew.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Methodist

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Roberts Wesleyan College Rochester, NY Phone: (585) 594-6000 Website: roberts.edu Email: benedict_mattie@roberts.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Free Methodist Church

N o rt h Carolin a Carolina Graduate University Greensboro, NC Phone: (336) 315-8660 Website: carolinagrad.edu Email: fscurry@carolinagrad.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Gardner-Webb University Boiling Springs, NC Phone: (800) 253-6472 Website: gardner-webb.edu Email: admissions@gardner-webb.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist Impact University Clemmons, NC Phone: (336) 714-4048 Website: impactuniv.com

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Laurel University High Point, NC Phone: (336) 887-3000 Website: laureluniversity.edu Email: jreese@laureluniversity.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Montreat College Montreat, NC Phone: (800) 662-6968 Website: montreat.edu Email: admissions@montreat.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Presbyterian (U.S.A.) Piedmont International University Winston-Salem, NC Phone: (800) 937-5097 Website: pbc.edu Email: admissions@piedmontu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist Southern Evangelical Seminary Matthews, NC Phone: (800) 778-7884 Website: ses.edu Email: info@ses.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist STC Bible College Thomasville, NC Phone: (336) 472-4109 Website: stcbiblecollege.com Email: admin@stcbiblecollege.com Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational Wingate University Wingate, NC Phone: (800) 755-5550 Website: wingate.edu Email: admit@wingate.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist

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Ohio Capital University Columbus, OH Phone: (866) 544-6175 Website: capital.edu Email: admissions@capital.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Lutheran Cedarville University Cedarville, OH Phone: (800) 233-2784 Website: cedarville.edu Email: admissions@cedarville.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Baptist Cincinnati Christian University Cincinnati, OH Phone: (800) 949-4228 Website: ccuniversity.edu

Email: david.brunner@ccuniversity.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational

Franciscan University of Steubenville Steubenville, OH Phone: (740) 283-6226 Website: franciscan.edu Email: admissions@franciscan.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Roman Catholic Mount Vernon Nazarene University Mount Vernon, OH Phone: (866) 462-6868 Website: gotomvnu.edu Email: admissions@mvnu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nazarene

Oral rOberts University

7777 S. Lewis Avenue Tulsa, OK 74171 (918) 495-6161 www.oru.edu

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

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

Oklahoma Oklahoma Baptist University Shawnee, OK Phone: (405) 878-2023 Website: okbu.edu Email: admissions@okbu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Southern Baptist Convention

admissions email: gradtheology@oru.edu admissions website: oru.edu/gradapps/theology/ twitter name: @OralRobertsU Facebook page: facebook.com/ OralRobertsUniversity affiliation: Non-denominational accreditation: ATS; visit oru.edu/academics/ college_of_theology_ and_missions/graduate_ program/ for full list of accreditations application deadline: Rolling admissions process; apply today admission requirements: Master level programs: bachelor's; Doctoral level programs: master's, 3 years post-graduate ministry experience; visit oru.edu/admissions/ graduate_theology/ entrance_requirements. php for full list of

requirements student body: 429; 43% male, 57% female; 48 states represented resident status: 429 residential; 0 enrolled online Most popular degrees: Visit oru.edu/academics/ explore_majors/ for full list of degrees offered student/teacher ratio: 14:1 academic staff with terminal degree: 100% average class size: 15 expenses: Tuition/ Fees: $10,010; Books/ Supplies: $1,260; Room/ Board: $9,269; visit oru. edu/financial_assistance/ graduate/cost_of_ education_grad_theology. php for more information on expenses Financial aid: (918) 495-6510; visit oru.edu/ financial_assistance/ for more information on financial aid

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charisma’s best Graduate Schools, Seminaries and Online Education Oklahoma Wesleyan University Bartlesville, OK Phone: (866) 222-8226 Website: okwu.edu Email: admissions@okwu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: The Wesleyan Church

Oral Roberts University Tulsa, OK Phone: (918) 495-6161 Website: oru.edu Email: admissions@oru.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Wisdom University Tulsa, OK Phone: (918) 712-7122 Website: wisdomuniversityonline.org Email: registrar@wisdomuniversity.org Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

O r eg on Concordia University Portland, OR Phone: (503) 280-8501 Website: cu-portland.edu Email: admissions@cu-portland.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod Corban University Salem, OR Phone: (800) 845-3005 Website: corban.edu Email: admissions@corban.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Baptist

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George Fox Evangelical Seminary Portland, OR Phone: (503) 554-6122 Website: seminary.georgefox.edu Email: sbartlett@georgefox.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Interdenominational North Lake College Eugene, OR Phone: (541) 343-1641 Website: nwcu.edu Email: admissions@nwcu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Evangelical Warner Pacific College Portland, OR Phone: (503) 517-1020 Website: warnerpacific.edu Email: admissions@warnerpacific.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Church of God (Anderson, IN) Western Seminary Portland, OR Phone: (877) 517-1800 Website: westernseminary.edu Email: rwiggins@westernseminary.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Multnomah Bibical Seminary Portland, OR Phone: (877) 251-6560 Website: multnomah.edu Email: admiss@multnomah.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational

P e n n sy lvan ia Baptist Bible College and Seminary Clarks Summit, PA Phone: (800) 451-7664 Website: bbc.edu Email: admissions@bbc.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Baptist

Biblical Theological Seminary Hatfield, PA Phone: (800) 235-4021 Website: biblical.edu Email: admissions@biblical.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Reformed Presbyterian of North America Eastern University St. David’s, PA Phone: (800) 732-7669 Website: eastern.edu Email: gpsadm@eastern.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: American Baptist Geneva College Beaver Falls, PA Phone: (724) 847-6500 Website: geneva.edu Email: admission@geneva.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Reformed Presbyterian of North America Lancaster Bible College Lancaster, PA Phone: (717) 569-7071 Website: lbc.edu Email: tbecker@lbc.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational Lebanon Valley College Annville, PA Phone: (717) 867-6181 Website: lvc.edu Email: admission@lvc.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Methodist Messiah College Grantham, PA Phone: (719) 619-6000 Website: messiah.edu Email: admiss@messiah.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Interdenominational

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charisma’s best Graduate Schools, Seminaries and Online Education Valley Forge Christian College Phoenixville, PA Phone: (800) 432-8322 Website: vfcc.edu Email: admissions@vfcc.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Assemblies of God

P u e rto Ric o Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras, PR Phone: (787) 763-6700 Website: se-pr.edu Email: registro@se-pr.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Interdenominational

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Erskine College Due West, SC Phone: (864) 379-8838 Website: erskine.edu Email: admissions@erskine.edu Degrees Offered: Masters’, Doctorate Affiliation: Reformed Presbyterian

Anderson University Anderson, SC Phone: (800) 542-3594 Website: andersonuniversity.edu Email: admission​ @andersonuniversity.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: South Carolina Baptist Convention

Southern Wesleyan University Central, SC Phone: (864) 639-2453 Website: swu.edu Email: central@swu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Evangelical Christian

Anderson University

316 Boulevard Anderson, SC 29621 (864) 231-2000 AUonline.com

Anderson University is a rare place, devoted to Christian values in an intellectually stimulating environment. That’s why U.S. News & World Report ranked AU as a “Top Tier” University (No. 21) in the South, and the No. 2 College in the South for “Excellence in Teaching,” and why AU is a Princeton Review Best “136 Southern Colleges.” If you’re looking for a nationally recognized Christian university, then it’s time to begin your journey.

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Cathedral Bible College Myrtle Beach, SC Phone: (843) 477-1448 Website: cathedralministries.org Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

Admissions email: admission@ andersonuniversity.edu Admissions website: AUonline.com Affiliation: Southern Baptist Accreditation: SACS-COC, NASM, NASAD, CAEP, ACBSP; visit andersonuniversity. edu/academics. aspx?id=6469 for full list of accreditations Application deadline: Rolling admissions process; apply today Admission requirements: Master level programs: bachelor’s; Doctoral level programs: master’s; visit AUonline.com for full list of requirements student body: 791; 38% male, 62% female; 72%

full-time, 28% part-time; 22 states represented, 2 countries represented resident status: 361 residential; 430 enrolled online Most popular degrees: Visit AUonline.com for full list of degrees offered no. online courses: 157 student/teacher ratio: 6:1 Academic staff with terminal degree: 69% Average class size: 12 expenses: Tuition/Fees: varies by program; Books/ Supplies: $500; visit AUonline.com for more information on expenses Financial aid: (864) 2312070; 93% receiving aid; visit AUonline.com for more information on financial aid

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charisma’s best Graduate Schools, Seminaries and Online Education Charleston Southern Univeristy Charleston, SC Phone: (843) 863-7050 Website: csuniv.edu Email: enroll@csuniv.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Baptist Columbia International University Columbia, SC Phone: (800) 777-2227 Website: ciu.edu Email: yesgrad@ciu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Erskine College Due West, SC Phone: (864) 379-8838 Website: seminary.erskine.edu Email: admissions@erskine.edu Degrees Offered: Masters’, Doctorate Affiliation: Reformed Presbyterian North Greenville University Tigerville, SC Phone: (864) 977-7001 Website: ngu.edu Email: admissions@ngu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Southern Baptist

So u th Dakota Sioux Falls Seminary Sioux Falls, SD Phone: (605) 336-6588 Website: sfseminary.edu Email: info@sfsemimary.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist

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Belmont University Nashville, TN Phone: (615) 460-6785 Website: belmont.edu Email: admissions@belmont.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Berea Bible Institute and Seminary Hixson, TN Phone: (423) 877-6642 Website: bereabibleseminary.com Email: alanbereabible2@gmail.com Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist Bryan College Dayton, TN Phone: (800) 277-9522 Website: bryan.edu Email: admissions@bryan.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational

Pentecostal Theological Seminary Cleveland, TN Phone: (423) 478-1131 Website: ptseminary.edu Email: info@ptseminary.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Pentecostal Tennessee Temple University Chattanooga, TN Phone: (423) 493-4487 Website: tntemple.edu Email: frejosky@tntemple.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Trevecca Nazarene University Nashville, TN Phone: (615) 248-1200 Website: trevecca.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nazarene

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Carson-Newman College Jefferson City, TN Phone: (800) 678-9061 Website: cn.edu Email: gradenrollment@cn.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Baptist

Arlington Baptist College Arlington, TX Phone: (817) 46-18741 Website: arlingtonbaptistcollege.edu Email: jtaylor​ @arlingtonbaptistcollege.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Baptist

King College Bristol, TN Phone: (423) 652-4861 Website: king.edu Email: admissions@king.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Presbyterian

Baptist University of the Americas San Antonio, TX Phone: (800) 721-1396 Website: bua.edu Email: mary.ranje@bua.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Baptist

Lee University Cleveland, TN Phone: (423) 614-8500 Website: leeuniversity.edu Email: admissions@leeuniversity.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Pentecostal

Baylor University Waco, TX Phone: (800) 229-5678 Website: baylor.edu Email: admissions@baylor.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist c h ar ism asb est . com

charisma’s best Graduate Schools, Seminaries and Online Education Christian Bible Institute and Seminary Spring, TX Phone: (888) 360-0004 Website: christianbibleinstitute.net Email: info@christianbibleinstitute.net Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Criswell College Dallas, TX Phone: (214) 821-5433 Website: criswell.edu Email: mtownsend@criswell.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational Dallas Baptist University Dallas, TX Phone: (800) 460-1328 Website: dbu.edu Email: admiss@dbu.edu

Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist

Dallas Theological Seminary Dallas, TX Phone: (800) 387-9673 Website: dts.edu Email: admissions@dts.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational George W. Truett Theological Seminary Waco, TX Phone: (800) 229-5678 Website: baylor.edu/truett Email: Truett_Admissions@baylor.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist

Faith Landmarks BiBLe institute

8491 Chamberlayne Road Richmond, VA 23227 (804) 262-7104 flbi.org

Hardin-Simmons University Abilene, TX Phone: (877) 464-7889 Website: hsutx.edu Email: enroll@hsutx.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist Houston Baptist University Houston, TX Phone: (281) 649-3211 Website: hbu.edu Email: admissions@hbu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Baptist Howard Payne University Brownwood, TX Phone: (325) 649-8020 Website: hputx.edu Email: enroll@hputx.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Baptist

admissions email: rgupton@ faithlandmarks.org admissions website: www.flbi.org Facebook page: facebook.com/ FaithLandmarks BibleInstitute application deadline (fall): 9/8; apply by 8-31 to receive a 20% discount on textbooks student body: 200; 45% male, 55% female; 25% full-time, 75% part-time; 4 states represented, 3 countries represented

resident status: 152 residential; 50 enrolled online most popular degrees: Visit www.flbi.org for full list of degrees offered no. online courses: 30 student/teacher ratio: 30:1 academic staff with terminal degree: 75% average class size: 30 expenses: Tuition/Fees: $25 registration, $60 per course; Books/Supplies approximately $100 per year; visit flbi.org for more information on expenses

We are a school that teaches the Bible, not just about the Bible. On-site, online, and correspondence courses are available. We offer a two-year basic program of Bible study and a third year ministerial training program. Ordination and further support are offered through Faith Landmarks Ministerial Fellowship.

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charisma’s best Graduate Schools, Seminaries and Online Education LeTourneau University Longview, TX Phone: (903) 233-4300 Website: letu.edu Email: admissions@letu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Interdenominational Lubbock Christian University Lubbock, TX Phone: (800) 933-7601 Website: lcu.edu Email: graduatestudies@lcu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Churches of Christ

Southwestern Assemblies of God University Waxahachie, TX Phone: (888) 937-7348 Website: sagu.edu Email: admissions@sagu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Assemblies of God Tyndale Theological Seminary and Biblical Institute Hurst, TX Phone: (800) 886-1415 Website: tyndale.edu Email: info@tyndale.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

Regent UniveRsity

1000 Regent University Drive Virginia Beach, Va. 23464 (800) 373-5504 regent.edu

Regent University offers associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees online and on campus. In the top 2 percent of schools nationally to receive an "A" rating by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni and named a Top 10 school nationally for online bachelor’s programs and No. 1 in faculty credentials and training for its online MBA by U.S. News & World Report, 2013, Regent equips Christian leaders to change the world.

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Wayland Baptist University Plainview, TX Phone: (806) 291-3500 Website: wbu.edu Email: admityou@wbu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Southern Baptist Convention West Coast Bible College and Seminary Waco, TX Phone: (800) 921-4561 Website: westcoastbible.org Email: info@westcoastbible.org Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Casa de Oleiro Ministries in Brazil

Admissions email: admissions@regent.edu Admissions website: regent.edu Accreditation: SACS, ATS Application deadline (fall): 7/15 Admission requirements: Master level programs: bachelor’s, 2.75 GPA; Doctoral level programs: master’s, 3.0 GPA; visit regent.edu/acad/schdiv/ admissions/qualified_ applicant.shtml?pg=master for full list of master's requirements; visit regent.edu/acad/schdiv/ admissions/qualified_ applicant.shtml?pg=dmin for full list of doctoral requirements student body: 3,492; 40% male, 60% female; 31% full-time, 69% part-time; 50 states represented, 63 countries represented, 11 study abroad programs

Resident status: 1,808 residential; 1,684 enrolled online Most popular degrees: Visit regent.edu/acad/ schdiv/academics/ home.shtml for full list of degrees offered no. online courses: 271 student/teacher ratio: 19:1 Academic staff with terminal degree: 95% Average class size: 15 expenses: Tuition/Fees: $9,995; Books/Supplies: $700; Room/Board: $10,170; visit regent.edu/ admin/finaid/1314_pages/ costs_grad1314.cfm for more information on expenses Financial aid: (757) 3524125; visit regent.edu/ admin/finaid for more information on financial aid

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Faith Landmarks Bible Institute Richmond, VA Phone: (804) 262-7104 Website: flbi.org Email: rgupton@faithlandmarks.org Affiliation: Nondenominational

Liberty University Lynchburg, VA Phone: (877) 298-9617 Website: liberty.edu Email: residentgraduate@liberty.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Southern Baptist

Liberty University

1971 University Blvd. Lynchburg, VA 24502 (877) 298-9617 Liberty.edu/ResidentGraduate

The Graduate School at Liberty University guides the university’s academic departments in developing and maintaining distinctively Christian and academically excellent graduate programs. Liberty offers more than 50 degree programs on its Lynchburg, Va., campus. More graduate programs of study are available through Liberty University Online and Liberty University School of Law.

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Regent University Graduate School and School of Divinity Virginia Beach, VA Phone: (800) 373-5504 Website: regent.edu Email: admissions@regent.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

Admissions email: ResidentGraduate @liberty.edu Admissions website: Liberty.edu/ ResidentGraduate twitter name: @LUgradschool Facebook page: facebook. com/LibertyUGradSchool Accreditation: SACS, NCATE, CCNE, ABA Application deadline: Rolling admissions process; apply today Admission requirements: Master level programs: bachelor’s, 2.0-3.0 GPA; Doctoral level programs: master’s, 2.0-3.0 GPA; visit Liberty.edu/Resident Graduate for full list of master’s requirements or Liberty.edu/Online for full list of doctoral requirements student body: 28,058; Residential students only: 57% male, 43% female; 83% full-time, 17% parttime; 41 states represented,

29 countries represented resident status: 900+ residential; 27,256 enrolled online Most popular degrees: Theology/Theological Studies; Business Administration and Management, General; Worship Arts; Education, General; Human Services, General; visit liberty.edu/ academics for full list of degrees offered no. online courses: 74 student/teacher ratio: 8:1 Academic staff with terminal degree: 100%, residential staff only Average class size: 17 expenses: Tuition/Fees: $330-525 per credit hour plus fees; Books/Supplies: varies by program; Room/ Board: $3,525-4,609 per semester; visit liberty.edu/ FinancialAid for more information on expenses Financial aid: (434) 582-2270

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Wa shington Columbia Evangelical Seminary Buckley, WA Phone: (360) 802-6437 Website: columbiaseminary.edu Email: ces@columbiaseminary.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Corban University School of Ministry Tacoma, WA Phone: (253) 759-6104 Website: corban.edu Email: admissions@corban.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational

Covenant Bible Seminary Lakewood, WA Phone: (253) 472-4322 Website: covenantbibleseminary.org Email: cbseminary@qwestoffice.net Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Seattle Pacific University Graduate School and Seminary Seattle, WA Phone: (800) 601-0603 Website: spu.edu Email: gradadmissions@spu.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s, Doctorate Affiliation: Free Methodist Church

Life Christian University

410 E. Chapman Rd., Lutz, FL 33549 • (813) 909-9720

Website: lcuonline.com admissions email: administration@lcus.edu facebook page: facebook.com/ Life-Christian-University affiliation: Independent/ Charismatic accreditation: TACI application deadline (fall): 8/19 admission requirements: Master level programs: bachelor’s, 2.5 GPA; Doctoral level programs: master’s, 3.0 GPA, ministry experience; visit lcuonline.com for full list of requirements

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student body: 758; 52% male, 48% female; 28 states represented, 14 countries represented, 14 study abroad programs resident status: 679 residential; 79 enrolled online Most popular degrees: Bible/ Biblical Studies, Christian Education, Theological and Ministerial Studies, Pastoral Studies, Religious/Sacred Music; visit lcuonline.com for full list of degrees offered no. online courses: 47 student/teacher ratio: 5:1 academic staff with terminal degree: 78% average class size: 10 expenses: Tuition/Fees: $63.33 per credit hour; Books/Supplies: $100.00; visit lcuonline.com for more information on expenses

West V irgin ia Appalachian Bible College Mount Hope, WV Phone: (304) 877-6428 Website: abc.edu Email: admissions@abc.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational Mountain State University Beckley, WV Phone: (304) 929-4636 Website: mountainstate.edu Email: gomsu@mountainstate.edu Degrees Offered: Master’s Affiliation: Nondenominational

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