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Cover Story

The Christian Grad School Experience

Discover why a Christian grad school may be important for your development even if you attended a Christian college.

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Discover why a graduate-level education is worth the energy and expense for the grad student and his family. By Dr. Jeff McGirt

If you’re not careful, passion for your studies can take over your life. Here’s how not to let grad school overwhelm you and your family.

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C olumns

Finance your graduate education with these 10 tips, from tuition reimbursement to teaching assistantships.

Consult the right advisers before making the big decision to start grad school | By Dr. Steve Greene

Heading Back to School

Dollars for Scholars

By Mary Ann Borer

Work-Life Balance

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By Bob Holmes

6 Is God Leading You to More Study?

28 How We Chose

See what criteria we used to compile our listing of nearly 200 Christian graduate schools and seminaries | By Stephen Strang

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BY DR. STEVE GREENE

Even Solomon sought wise counsel.

“Make sure to speak with people who have already earned advanced degrees about how they perceive the value.”

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t’s not easy choosing if and where to continue one’s education. Some will buckle under the stress and make no decision at all. Others grow rigid, make a decision and refuse to consider alternatives. Neither option is biblical or befitting of a potential grad student. Higher education is a quest for knowledge. When I have to make a difficult decision, my first and best move is to consult the wise mentors God has placed in my life. Even Solomon, the wisest man in history, heeded the counsel of people he respected. In Proverbs 13:20, he writes, “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but a companion of fools will be destroyed.” No wonder so many colleges employ advisers purely to answer students’ questions. Of course, the first and most important adviser is God. Prayer is every believer’s greatest tool. Christians should make every important decision on their knees. God knows all things. He can certainly tell me which school I should attend. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s voice. Consult Him earnestly, and He will not fail to guide you. One way the Lord often guides us is through our mentors in the faith. Parents, pastors, professors and other people in your life know you well. They know your strengths, weaknesses and God-given talents. They may have the experience you lack. If asking for help was good enough for Solomon, it’s good enough for you and me. Be wise and seek the counsel of many. And make sure to speak with people who have already earned advanced degrees about how they perceive the value. Ask a baker how to bake. Finally, consult experts in the field you

hope to enter. I sincerely hope Charisma’s Best Graduate Schools and Seminaries will help you explore options. We’ve gathered an array of experts who can help you make the right decision about advancing your education. For those who still haven’t decided whether or not to attend graduate school, Lee University’s Dr. Jeff McGirt can help. He provides a helpful framework for weighing the advantages of higher education at this season of life. Evangel University’s Dr. Shonna Crawford shares the pros and cons of seeking a faith-based education over attending a secular university. Of course, there’s always a cost to higher education, both in time and money. Christian Community Credit Union’s Mary Ann Borer shares tips on how to finance your graduate school education, while Columbia International’s Bob Holmes demonstrates how to balance work, school and personal life. Finally, we’ve provided a full listing of seminaries and graduate schools that are high quality and kingdom oriented. Our team has scoured their websites, compiled the most useful information—phone numbers, email addresses, affiliations and more—and presented the findings in a concise format. Choosing a graduate school is a difficult decision; this guide should help make it easier. Solomon said, “A wise man will hear and will increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel” (Prov. 1:5). I pray the wisdom included in these pages will aid you in the hunt for your best grad school option. Listen to God and the people He has placed in your life, and seek His path as you further your education.

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

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the Christian Grad School Experience

Why you should consider a faith-based school for your graduate education BY DR. SHONNA CRAWFORD

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hoices abound for the potential graduate student. For Christians, one primary question resounds among all those choices: Why should I attend a Christian graduate institution? Even students who have attended a Christian college ask this question. Some believe they already have a solid foundation in their faith and don’t need to go to a Christian grad school. So what advantages are there for those who want to advance their education at the graduate level under the tutelage of professors who teach from a biblical, Spirit-led perspective? On the other hand, if a secular graduate education might be a good option instead, what pros and cons does the Christian student need to consider? Ultimately, how does the future grad student make the best choice for this stage of life and career?

Adopting God’s Plan

I still remember the classroom I was sitting in as an undergrad student at my Christian university when one of my favorite professors asked who was interested in pursuing a master’s degree. I casually elbowed my friend, and we looked in awe at so many of our confident peers who knew an cha ri s masbe st.co m

advanced degree was in their future. At that time in my life, I had my eyes set only on being the first in my family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. Fast forward just two years, and I found myself enrolled in a master’s program, learning under the same professor who had inquired about my interest in graduate school. Yes, I decided to pursue a master’s degree at the same faith-based university where I earned my bachelor’s. And today, this professor continues to impact my life and career as a strong Christian mentor and friend. I am thoroughly convinced Christian higher education is something of great value, not only at the undergraduate level but at the graduate level as well. The reasons graduate students choose a school or program are often very different from those of undergraduate students. Life changes after college, and graduate students’ needs reflect these changes. Often graduate students find themselves balancing coursework with full-time employment. These students need programs that allow flexibility in scheduling. Some graduate students are motivated by the career change an advanced degree will bring. These

students may be looking for a program with an accelerated track to complete their course work quickly. Still other graduate students work in fields where a master’s degree is required for an entry-level position. With these and other logistical needs at the forefront, many prospective grad students may question their need for faith-based education as an adult learner. I serve as chair of the academic department from which I earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. God’s call and my university’s appointment to this position are a testimony to the lasting impact of Christian higher education. Through the investment of Christ-centered professors and peers, I grew into someone who was able to see myself through God’s eyes, leaving behind my plan for my life and embracing the plan God had laid out for me. I would not be where I am today spiritually, academically and professionally without my experiences in a faith-based graduate program.

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First, professors at faith-based universities serve as Christian mentors not only in the classroom but also in a chosen field of study. This provides graduate students with unique opportunities to watch and learn as these professors demonstrate day to day what it looks like to be Spirit-led in a professional capacity. Many graduate programs might offer courses related to ethics, but the opportunity to see a mentor in action— solving problems, making decisions, working through issues, collaborating with other professionals and exploring texts and materials, all through the lens of a Christ-centered worldview—is invaluable. In other words, students see firsthand what it looks like to be a Christian dentist, a Christian educator, a Christian researcher or a Christian biologist. In my master’s program, I learned as much in the classroom from my professors as I did outside it about what it means to be a Christ-like role model in my field and in many other facets of life. Second, faith-based graduate programs provide opportunities for students to grow in their relationship with God in new ways. Developing a Christian worldview looks different 10

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in a graduate school setting than in an undergraduate program. Spiritual development is bolstered through relationships with peers and professors in addition to the benefit of a Christian worldview in the curriculum. The most profound opportunities for growing in faith are rooted in the foundation of graduate learning. The student develops academically from a focus on practice at the bachelor’s level to a focus on theory at the graduate level. This also applies to our pursuit of Christ and impacts our spiritual growth. As theoretical understandings in a selected field of study grow, they flow into the personal and spiritual aspects of the student’s life. In other words, graduate students in faith-based universities have opportunities to develop spiritually through approaching academics in more complex ways. The thinking skills we develop in graduate school often impact the depth of our spiritual and personal lives as well. When we reflect on our beliefs regarding academic theories, we cannot help but bring who we are as Christians—our identity in Christ—into new realms of thinking. The Bible tells us to be transformed by the renewing of

our minds (see Rom. 12:2). This kind of transformational renewal is evident in many Christian graduate programs and profoundly impacts our faith for a lifetime. Third, one of the best lessons I learned in a faith-based graduate program is the difference between climbing the ladder of success and servant leadership. Throughout graduate school at most Christian universities, there is—no doubt—a certain level of rigor in the classroom similar to that of grad study at most state universities. The standards are high. The demands on students’ time leave them sweating as they run from project to project, often while managing full-time jobs, graduate assistantships and family responsibilities. However, in Christ-centered graduate programs, the drive behind the rigor is grounded in the notion that students must be equipped to serve God and people with excellence. This is in direct opposition to the worldly notion of competition—working hard to get ahead of the person beside you striving for the same job, prestige or promotion. In my graduate program, I learned that serving God through serving others c h ar ism asb est . com

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must be our first priority. Consequently, programs are undoubtedly worth the the Lord had called me to pursue. we depend on God to show us favor investment and consistently provide a So, after earning two degrees at a in our chosen field of study and career greater value to graduate students’ lives Christian university where my faith path. James 4:10 says, “Humble yourand careers than secular programs. was built and encouraged, the docselves in the sight of the Lord, and toral program at this state university He will lift you up.” We can be conAwaiting His Direction invigorated me academically and spirifident that God’s way is the best way Ultimately, future graduate stutually. I found interacting with my for making a difference in our world dents can make the best choice for peers, who came from a variety of relitoday. Many of our Christian universigraduate school through spending gious backgrounds, most interesting. ties are speaking this message loudly, time in the presence of the Lord And while the professors were never as from professors who lead by example awaiting His direction. He may overtly Christian as those I was accusto peers learning side by side as they guide and direct students to pursue tomed to at the Christian university pursue Christ and His kingdom. I attended, they supported and In a world that fosters unhealthy encouraged my faith and worldcompetition and a do-whateverview while helping me consider it-takes-to-get-ahead mentality, multiple perspectives. Christian graduate programs It seems there is no onepoint us toward Christ and, in size-fits-all option for graduate turn, toward loving and serving students. Instead, there is a the people around us. After all, myriad of choices, from online to He tells us, “Whoever would be blended learning to seated progreat among you, let him serve grams offered in both Christian you” (Matt. 20:26b). and secular universities all over Fourth, although many private the world. Prospective graduate Christian institutions charge students can be left feeling higher tuition costs than state bewildered about making the schools at the undergraduate level, best choice. It is clearly most they are often more competiimportant for students to allow tively priced at the graduate level. the Lord to lead and guide them Therefore, students who elected to to the graduate program that bypass Christian education at the best fits their academic, spiritual undergraduate level due to cost and career goals. Ultimately, might be surprised by the reasonfuture grad students should able tuition costs at the graduate choose a graduate program level. Christ-centered graduate to empower them to continue schools may be more accessible becoming the Spirit-led servants “When we reflect on our beliefs than many prospective graduate of God they are designed to be. regarding academic theories, we students would assume. We all Christian graduate programs know cost is a huge factor dictating have to offer. The rigor and cannot help but bring who we are as depthmuch college decisions in the U.S. today, of knowledge are second to but I would propose that it is only Christians—our identity in Christ— none. The faith-based teaching and one of many factors that should learning environments serve as a into new realms of thinking.” guide all prospective students at the catalyst for academic and spiritual undergraduate and graduate levels. growth. The relationships built with Christian education is worth the peers and professors impact God’s investment when your life’s cause is a program not readily available at a vocational calling on graduate students’ truly Christ. Christian university. In some cases, lives in unique ways. Choosing a ChrisGod calls us to work in a variety of a secular school may make the most tian graduate school is certainly worth fields. He not only calls ministers to sense for a student for a variety of the investment! serve in churches, but He calls each reasons. For instance, when I sensed of us to a vocation—or many of us God’s call to return to graduate school SHONNA CRAWFORD h olds a Ph.D. to several vocations throughout our to work on my doctorate, the Lord in learning, teaching and curriculum lives—to impact people in our world directed me to a program of study with an emphasis in literacy and early today. Pursuing His calling warrants only offered—in my region of the childhood from the University of positioning ourselves to be empowered country—at a secular university. This Missouri. Dr. Crawford serves as chair of by the Spirit academically, spiritually school was the largest in my state and the education department at Evangel and emotionally. Faith-based graduate offered the doctoral program I felt University in Springfield, Missouri. cha ri s masbe st.co m

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Why a graduate-level education is worth the energy and expense

BY DR. JEFF McGIRT

Make the Commitment

So what exactly does it take to go to graduate school? Heading back to school at this level takes commitment—on the part of the student as well as the student’s family. People say, “If you are passionate about your job, then going to work 14

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aking the decision to return to school for a graduate degree is an easy one in some fields. It is a requirement for advancement or a necessity for the individual to obtain an entry-level position. In those cases, the graduate degree is viewed as both an academic and professional credential. But what if your field does not require a graduate degree? Is it still worth the energy and expense? In most cases, I believe the answer is an overwhelming yes. Your graduate degree program delivers more than just academic preparation. With a graduate degree, you will gain a professional network that offers an opportunity for collaboration and connections. The richness of the graduate class experience provides an opportunity to learn from the experiences of others and, in turn, to share your experiences with others. This community of learning is one of the highlights of a “When we help students graduate program. Additionally, a graduate program will enhance your learn how to ask the analytical and critical thinking skills. Your studies become more focused, and your knowledge of the subject grows right questions, they both in breadth and depth. No doubt you will think and can confidently handle analyze problems differently upon completion of your graduate degree. new situations and Prospective students interested in the Lee University MBA program often ask me, “What is the goal of this successfully lead in their program?” I always answer that our goal is to teach stuorganization or field.” dents to ask the right questions. If we only provided the right answers, students would not be prepared for a world that is constantly and rapidly changing. However, when we help students learn how to ask the right questions, they can confidently handle new situations and successfully lead in their organization or field. I believe we all want to be fulfilled in what we do as a vocation. What better way to do that than through a Christ-centered, liberal arts institution? Since 1918, Lee University has had a hand in shaping minds—minds that have had a global impact. Today, we impact students in a profound way as they continue to influence the workforce, all because of the decision they made to further their education to make a difference in society.


doesn’t really feel like going to work because you love it so much.” When Cassie Williams, a graduate of Lee University’s master’s program in school counseling, stepped into her calling, she understood that sentiment well. “For me, there’s Jesus, my husband,

my kids and then school counseling—I love my job that much,” she says. In her profession as a high school counselor, Cassie meets with freshmen as they talk about their plans after high school. Often, when she meets with these students, they are unsure what

“As a school counselor, my goal is to model Christlikeness to my school, our students—my mission field—while fulfilling my calling every day.”—Cassie Williams

they want to do with their lives. Many of them think graduation is far away and that they have time to figure it out. Cassie says they “chit-chat” about different career paths and post-secondary options. She always asks them to think about where their passions meet their strengths: What do they really love to do, and in reality, what are they good at doing? From there, she talks about appropriate ways for them to pursue their passion, all while serving Christ to the fullest. When Cassie went to college, she declared education her major and then proceeded to change degree tracks several times. She ended up graduating with a degree in communication from Texas Wesleyan University. Eight years later, she was back in school at Lee University earning a Master’s in School Counseling because she felt she was “missing something.” At Lee, she completed the StrengthsFinder assessment, which she found helpful in understanding her gifts. “My top strengths were identified as empathy, positivity, developer, connectedness and belief,” she says. “I thought, Wow! That test really nailed it. I was born to be a helper.” When Cassie stepped into her first graduate class with Dr. Richard Albright, she knew she had found her calling. “Growing up in the church, you constantly hear of your friends finding their calling in the pulpit or on the mission field thousands of miles away,” she says. “I did not feel called to either of those paths, but I still did not know which path mine was— until I went to Lee.” Cassie says she loves Lee University because “they recognize that ministries and callings are not confined to the four walls of a church.” “They knew someone like me would be called to minister to 400 high school freshmen on a daily basis,” she says. “They knew I would help my students manage anxiety and depression; that I would help students navigate financial aid and apply for college; that I would help lead

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“They recognize that ministries and callings are not confined to the four walls of a church.”—Cassie Williams them, and Lee taught me how to do that. As a school counselor, my goal is to model Christlikeness to my school, our students—my mission field—while fulfilling my calling every day.” So you might be asking the question: Can Lee get me where I need to be? The answer is a resounding yes! As Lee’s president, Dr. Paul Conn, often states, “We can get you there—Lee can get you there.” Lee has highly skilled and qualified faculty and staff who are committed to helping you fulfill your dream, your calling, to be the successful leader God has designed you to be. It will take work, commitment, determination and dedication on the part of the student, staff and faculty. We are ready for the task.

Take a look at leeuniversity.edu or give us a call. We stand ready to help you become all God has designed you to be. DR. JEFF McGIRTis director of Lee University’s graduate enrollment, a position he has held since 2014. Dr. McGirt earned his undergraduate degree in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke before entering full-time ministry. He later received both his M.Div. and D.Min. from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary. Dr. Shane Griffith, associate dean at Lee University School of Business, and Cassie Williams, a 2014 Lee graduate and McMinn County High School counselor, contributed to this article. 2 01 8 | C H A RI S M A ’S B E ST

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ongratulations! You’ve earned your undergraduate degree, and now it’s time to think about grad school. But how are you going to pay for it? Before you enroll, you’ll want to have a financial plan in place, especially if you’re married and supporting a family. Here are 10 ways you can finance your education: 1) Work and save. This might not seem like the most attractive option, but if you want to avoid all debt, postponing grad school while you save for tuition might be the way to go. You can always look for work in your field and make use of your undergraduate degree. By having a sound savings plan in place, you can save for tuition while gaining valuable work 20

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experience. And if you are able to get a scholarship or grant once you’re in school, you might be able to apply that nest egg to retirement savings or a down payment on a home. 2) Work part time. Although it will take a little longer to get your degree, you can always cut back on the number of classes you take so you can get a part-time job on or off campus. This can help you gain experience while you learn. Also, working while you’re in school can be a great way to establish job experience and contacts you can leverage to help you find better-paying work once you get your graduate degree. 3) Request employer tuition reimbursement. If you’re already working to finance your education,

ask if your employer offers this important perk. Check with your benefits administrator to find out about any tuition-reimbursement limits. 4) Work for a university. Some schools offer big discounts, or even free tuition, to their staff members. Although this would likely mean working full-time while also going to school, a substantial discount could make the long hours well worth it. So keep an eye out for any positions you could fill at your favorite grad school! 5) Study online. Online schools can give you a solid education without the added expenses of housing and meal plans. It also means you can work while you attend school without worrying about a long commute or missing school because of your work schedule. c h ar ism asb est . com

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6) Apply for a fellowship. A good fellowship can go a long way in helping you pay for graduate school. Fellowships are scholarships usually awarded either by schools or private organizations. Some are federally funded. Fellowships pay for tuition and may also provide a stipend so students can pay for living expenses. 7) Apply for a teaching assistant position. These positions, or “assistantships,” are similar to fellowships in that they pay for tuition along with an additional stipend. However, they do require that students teach or work on research part time while attending school. 8) Fill out financial aid forms. Graduate students can also apply for federal financial aid by filling out a cha ri s masbe st.co m

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form at fafsa.ed.gov. As a graduate student, you won’t have to use your parents’ financial information to apply. You may not qualify for a Pell Grant, but you could receive Federal Work-Study or Stafford Loans. 9) Don’t forget about private scholarships. Graduate students don’t often think this big resource applies to them, but it does. Search for scholarships in your field of study, those open to people living in your geographic area and those from local organizations like banks or credit unions. You might be surprised at the money you can find! 10) Apply for student loans. Student loans are also available to graduate students. Shop around for good rates before you make the decision to

borrow for graduate school. You may not want to begin your professional life weighed down by additional student debt. The cost of graduate school doesn’t need to wreck your future financial plans. Some prudent research and planning can help you maximize your available dollars and avoid excessive debt on your way to continued academic success. MARY ANN BORER is the marketing coordinator at Christian Community Credit Union, a full-service, member-owned financial cooperative serving churches, ministries and their members since 1957. The credit union’s mission is to help members and ministries become better stewards and achieve their financial goals. For details, visit mycccu.com or call 800-347-2228. 2 01 8 | C H A RI S M A ’S B EST

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olumbia International University (CIU) graduate student Adam Fleming says life can be overwhelming if you think about everything a grad student should be doing. That’s why Fleming, who is married and holds down a job, makes sure he keeps life in balance. How? He finds perspective by abiding in Christ. “Taking time to pray and to reflect on Scripture daily helps me to approach every day with the right attitude,” Fleming said. “The more I read, the more God’s immensity and power are impressed upon me. My problems and struggles become small in comparison.” For the Christian student entering graduate school, maintaining a focus on God may seem obvious. But Dr. Steve Johnson, professor of ministry care at CIU, cautions that once you’re in the thick of graduate studies, you can lose perspective. “Love your grad major. Love it a lot, but don’t marry it,” Johnson advises. “Don’t make it your life, and above all, don’t make it your ultimate concern. Passion can help you get through the challenging times when you ask why you are putting yourself through all this pain, but what can 24

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be a passion can so easily slip into idolatry. At that point, you have lost your balance.” On the practical side, Dr. Mark McCann, director of the CIU Master of Arts in Teaching program, often meets with incoming graduate students to discuss the importance of scheduling their day and recognizing their best cognitive time to study. “Try to schedule the most draining part of your school work during that time,” McCann says. CIU graduate student Becca J. (full name withheld because of sensitive intercultural work) resonates with McCann’s suggestions. “As restrictive as it sounds, a welldesigned schedule provides freedom to spend time on what really matters to me, including tea and coffee with friends,” Becca says. McCann also cautions the new

graduate student about outside commitments during this season of life. He says that may include ministry at church. He points to Philippians 1:9-10 as his guide: “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all discernment, that you may approve things that are excellent so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.” “During this season, you have to discern what is best,” McCann says, adding that he stepped off an elder board before pursuing his doctoral degree. “For this season, that helps you stay balanced.” Married graduate students have the additional responsibility of family. Professor Johnson said when he was doing graduate work as a married student, he and his wife made a point of doing small things together. c h ar ism asb est . com


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“We didn’t have a lot of money during that time, so walking to a 7-Eleven to get a cola and a slice of pizza was a lot for us, but it was so needed,” Johnson says. “As we walked, we shared our goals: individual goals, our goals as a married couple and what our goals were for when we had children. We learned to create a hope-filled narrative rather than a problem-filled narrative.” Johnson also says periods of silence and solitude are important, noting that Jesus spent time alone even in the midst of ministry demands. “Not only are we to go toward silence, but we are to embrace silence and solitude within us even in the midst of our ministry,” Johnson says. cha ri s masbe st.co m

“Paradoxically, if I go to that place of isolation and rest without and within, then I am more alert and alive to where God is taking me in my ministry.” Nate Montgomery, a CIU Seminary student, uses his Sabbath to rest, relax and reconnect with friends, which helps him stay focused on the end goal. “Every time I get overwhelmed and want to quit,” Montgomery says, “I pray and look forward to the ministry He’s preparing me for and remember why I’m here at school.” 3

“As restrictive as it sounds, a welldesigned schedule provides freedom to spend time on what really matters to me.” —Becca J.

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eaders familiar with our flagship magazine, Charisma, will know our primary audience is the Pentecostal/charismatic community, but we also serve the wider evangelical community. Our magazine reflects that broader scope while remaining true to the interests of our core audience of Spirit-filled believers. Through the years, the two communities have increasingly overlapped, and today it’s common for churches to have such a blend that any charismatic or noncharismatic ties are 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 first created Charisma’s Best Christian Universities, Colleges and Schools, we celebrated this by highlighting these schools alongside traditionally Pentecostal/charismatic undergraduate schools. We continued this approach with Charisma’s Best Graduate Schools 28

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and Seminaries 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 a “blue-ribbon committee”

with multiple school representatives who helped us shape the product to best serve potential students. As a result, Charisma’s Best Graduate Schools and Seminaries isn’t only an advertising vehicle; rather, it’s our attempt to serve this community with a guide that is informative, authoritative and helpful to prospective students in making a wise decision—including looking at schools and advanceddegree programs they may not have known existed. We began with the final list of the

more than 260 schools in our original college guide. Of those, we removed any that did not offer master’s degrees or doctorates, leaving us with the current, nearly 200 grad schools. Though the basic listings are free, many schools paid for display advertising so they could tell their story in their own way. And staying true to the vision for this guide, we’ve highlighted with a Holy Spirit dove symbol those schools, regardless of denominational affiliation, that support or are open to Pentecostal/ charismatic theology. These are the ones we call “Charisma’s Best.” Though we’ve exercised due diligence, we can’t vouch for every school. We believe our information is correct and that the schools we’re endorsing merit this; however, if something needs to be corrected, please contact us with the necessary changes. Likewise, if we haven’t included a school that should be listed, send us contact information for that school so we can research it further. More than anything, we trust this listing will serve as an invaluable guide during the critical process of selecting a school for advancing your education. —Stephen Strang, founder and CEO c h ar ism asb est . com

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Amridge University MONTGOMERY Phone: 888-790-8080 Website: amridgeuniversity.edu Email: admissions​​ @amridgeuniversity.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Churches of Christ

Gateway International Bible Institute PEORIA Phone: 623-486-5000 Website: gibionline.org Email: contact@gibionline.org Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

Bethany Divinity College & Seminary DOTHAN Phone: 334-793-3189 Website: bethanybc.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist Heritage Christian University FLORENCE Phone: 800-367-3565 Website: hcu.edu Email: hcu@hcu.edu Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Churches of Christ Samford University BIRMINGHAM Phone: 205-726-2011 Website: samford.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist Selma University SELMA Phone: 334-872-2533 Website: selmauniversity.edu Email: info@selmauniversity.edu Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Alabama State Missionary Baptist Convention

ALASKA Alaska Pacific University ANCHORAGE Phone: 800-252-7528 Website: alaskapacific.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: United Methodist Church

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Grand Canyon University PHOENIX Phone: 855-428-5673 Website: gcu.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Phoenix Seminary SCOTTSDALE Phone: 888-443-1020 Website: ps.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

ARKANSAS Freedom Bible College & Seminary SILOAM SPRINGS Phone: 479-373-6420 Website: freedom.edu Email: info@freedom.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational John Brown University SILOAM SPRINGS Phone: 479-524-9500 Website: jbu.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Interdenominational

CALIFORNIA Azusa Pacific University AZUSA Phone: 626-969-3434 Website: apu.edu Email: gpc@apu.edu

Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Evangelical Bethesda University ANAHEIM Phone: 714-517-1945 Website: buc.edu Email: admissions@buc.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Pentecostal Biola University LA MIRADA Phone: 562-903-6000 Website: biola.edu Email: graduate .admissions@biola.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational California Baptist University RIVERSIDE Phone: 877-228-3615 Website: calbaptist.edu Email: graduateadmissions @calbaptist.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: California Southern Baptist Convention California Lutheran University THOUSAND OAKS Phone: 805-493-3325 Website: callutheran.edu Email: clugrad@callutheran.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Lutheran (ELCA) Concordia University Irvine IRVINE Phone: 800-229-1200 Website: cui.edu Email: gradadmissions@cui.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Lutheran (Missouri Synod) Fuller Theological Seminary PASADENA Phone: 626-584-5200 Website: fuller.edu Email: admissions@fuller.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Evangelical

Hope International University FULLERTON Phone: 714-879-3901 Website: hiu.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Churches of Christ Life Pacific College SAN DIMAS Phone: 877-886-5433 Website: lifepacific.edu Email: info@lifepacific.edu Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: The Foursquare Church Simpson University REDDING Phone: 530-224-5600 Website: simpsonu.edu Email: admissions@simpsonu.edu Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Christian and Missionary Alliance Southern California Seminary EL CAJON Phone: 888-389-7244 Website: socalsem.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational The Master’s University SANTA CLARITA Phone: 661-362-2652 Website: masters.edu Email: graduatestudies @masters.edu Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Nondenominational Vanguard University COSTA MESA Phone: 714-966-5499 Website: vanguard.edu Email: admissions@vanguard.edu Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Pentecostal Vision University PASADENA Phone: 626-791-1200 Website: visionu.net 2 01 8 | C H A RI S M A ’S B E ST

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CHARISMA’S BEST GRADUATE SCHOOLS AND SEMINARIES Email: visionuniversityusa @yahoo.com Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational World Mission University LOS ANGELES Phone: 213-388-1000 Website: en.wmu.edu Email: wmuinfo@wmu.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: World Evangelical Mission Alliance

CO LO R A D O Colorado Christian University LAKEWOOD Phone: 303-963-3000 Website: ccu.edu Email: agsadmission@ccu.edu Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Interdenominational Denver Seminary LITTLETON Phone: 800-922-3040 Website: denverseminary.edu Email: info@denverseminary.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Evangelical

DISTRICT OF CO LU M B I A Wesley Theological Seminary WASHINGTON, D.C. Phone: 202-885-8600 Website: wesleyseminary.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: United Methodist Church

F LO R I DA Bethune-Cookman University DAYTONA BEACH Phone: 386-481-2000 Website: cookman.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: United Methodist Church

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Christ Exalted Seminary TAMPA Phone: 239-940-8793 Website: christexaltedseminary.org Email: Use online contact form. Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Evangelical Bible College and Seminary GREENACRES Phone: 561-965-0363 Website: legacychurchministries .com/EBCS.htm Email: legacychurchministries @gmail.com Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Faith Theological Seminary and Christian College TAMPA Phone: 813-886-8492 Website: ftscc.org Email: ftscc@tampabay.rr.com Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Heritage University and Seminary KISSIMMEE Phone: 407-348-6200 Website: heritageseminary.com Email: admissions​ @heritageseminary.com Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

Website: knoxseminary.edu Email: admissions @knoxseminary.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Reformed Life Christian University

LUTZ Phone: 813-909-9720 Website: lcus.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Pentecostal Logos University JACKSONVILLE Phone: 800-776-0127 Website: logos.edu Email: info@logos.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Palm Beach Atlantic University WEST PALM BEACH Phone: 888-468-6722 Website: pba.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Southeastern University LAKELAND Phone: 800-500-8760 Website: seu.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Assemblies of God

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

Vision Christian Bible College and Seminary CLERMONT Phone: 844-863-7847 Website: vcbcs.org Email: Use online contact form. Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

Knox Theological Seminary FORT LAUDERDALE Phone: 800-344-5669

Warner University LAKE WALES Phone: 800-309-9563 Website: warner.edu

Email: royalservices@warner.edu Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Church of God (Anderson) Zoe University JACKSONVILLE Phone: 904-743-6166 Website: zoeuniversity.org Email: zoe@zoeuniversity.org Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

GEORGIA Beulah Heights University ATLANTA Phone: 404-627-2681 Website: beulah.edu Email: admissionsinfo @beulah.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Covenant College LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN Phone: 706-820-1560 Website: covenant.edu Email: info@covenant.edu Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Reformed Hope Seminary FORT VALLEY Phone: 478-953-7898 Website: iamhope .church/hopeseminary Email: Use online contact form. Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Richmont Graduate University ATLANTA Phone: 404-233-3949 Website: richmont.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Nondenominational Shorter University ROME Phone: 800-868-6980 Website: shorter.edu Email: admissions@shorter.edu c h ar ism asb est . com


CHARISMA’S BEST GRADUATE SCHOOLS AND SEMINARIES Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Georgia Baptist South University SAVANNAH Phone: 800-688-0932 Website: southuniversity.edu Email: susavadm @southuniversity.edu Degrees: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

ILLINOIS Greenville College GREENVILLE Phone: 800-345-4440 Website: greenville.edu Email: admissions@greenville.edu Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Free Methodist Church Judson University ELGIN Phone: 847-628-2500 Website: judsonu.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Evangelical Lincoln Christian University LINCOLN Phone: 217-732-3168 Website: lincolnchristian.edu Email: info@lincolnchristian.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Churches of Christ Moody Bible Institute CHICAGO Phone: 800-356-6639 Website: moody.edu Email: admissions@moody.edu Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Nondenominational North Park University CHICAGO Phone: 773-244-6200 Website: northpark.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Evangelical Covenant Church Olivet Nazarene University BOURBONNAIS Phone: 800-648-1463 cha ri s masbe st.co m

Website: olivet.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nazarene Trinity Christian College PALOS HEIGHTS Phone: 708-239-3900 Website: trnty.edu Email: graduateprograms@trnty.edu Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Interdenominational Trinity International University DEERFIELD Phone: 847-945-8800 Website: tiu.edu Email: gradadmissions@tiu.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Evangelical Free Church Urbana Theological Seminary CHAMPAIGN Phone: 217-365-9005 Website: urbanatheologicalseminary.org Email: office @urbanatheologicalseminary.org Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Nondenominational Wheaton College WHEATON Phone: 630-752-5195 Website: wheaton.edu Email: graduate .admissions@wheaton.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

INDIANA Anderson University ANDERSON Phone: 765-641-3043 Website: anderson.edu Email: agsenrollment @anderson.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Church of God (Anderson)

Bethel College MISHAWAKA Phone: 800-422-4101 Website: bethelcollege.edu Email: admissions@bethelcollege.edu Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Missionary Church Goshen College GOSHEN Phone: 800-348-7422 Website: goshen.edu Email: info@goshen.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Mennonite Church USA Grace College and Seminary WINONA LAKE Phone: 877-607-0012 Website: grace.edu Email: gtsrec@grace.edu Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Evangelical Huntington University HUNTINGTON Phone: 260-356-6000 Website: huntington.edu Email: graduate@huntington.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: United Brethren in Christ Indiana Wesleyan University MARION Phone: 866-498-4968 Website: indwes.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Wesleyan Trinity College of the Bible & Theological Seminary NEWBURGH Phone: 800-457-5510 Website: trinitysem.edu Email: contact@trinitysem.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Multidenominational Valparaiso University VALPARAISO Phone: 219-464-5000 Website: valpo.edu Email: graduate.school@valpo.edu

Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Lutheran

I OWA Dordt College SIOUX CENTER Phone: 800-343-6738 Website: dordt.edu Email: admissions@dordt.edu Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Reformed Kingsway University and Theological Seminary NORWALK Phone: 515-288-2852 Website: kingsway.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational University of Dubuque Theological Seminary DUBUQUE Phone: 800-369-8387 Website: udts.dbq.edu Email: webeditor@dbq.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Presbyterian

KANSAS Friends University WICHITA Phone: 800-794-6945 Website: friends.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Quaker MidAmerica Nazarene University OLATHE Phone: 913-782-3750 Website: mnu.edu Email: pgadmissions@mnu.edu Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Nazarene Southwestern College WINFIELD Phone: 800-846-1543 Website: sckans.edu Email: webmaster@sckans.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate 2 01 8 | C H A RI S M A ’S B E ST

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K E N T U C KY Asbury Theological Seminary WILMORE Phone: 844-468-6287 Website: asburyseminary.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Asbury University WILMORE Phone: 859-858-3511 Website: asbury.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Nondenominational Campbellsville University CAMPBELLSVILLE Phone: 800-264-6014 Website: campbellsville.edu Email: admissions@campbellsville.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Louisville Seminary LOUISVILLE Phone: 800-264-1839 Website: lpts.edu Email: flaboy@lpts.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Presbyterian Southern Baptist Theological Seminary LOUISVILLE Phone: 800-626-5525 Website: sbts.edu Email: admissions@sbts.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Southern Baptist

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Union College BARBOURVILLE Phone: 800-489-8646 Website: unionky.edu Email: gradstaff@unionky.edu Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: United Methodist Church University of the Cumberlands WILLIAMSBURG Phone: 877-713-8767 Website: ucumberlands.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist

LO U I S I A N A Evangel Christian University of America MONROE Phone: 855-796-7111 Website: ecua.edu Email: admin@ecua.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Evangelical Team Impact Christian University BATON ROUGE Phone: 225-292-1771 Website: tiuniversity.com Email: dean@tiuniversity.com Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational

M A RYL A N D Apostolic Christian College CAPITAL HEIGHTS Phone: 202-543-0500 Website: apostolicchristiancollege.com Email: info @apostolicchristiancollege.com Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Apostolic

M A S S AC H U S E T TS Eastern Nazarene College QUINCY Phone: 617-745-3000 Website: enc.edu Email: adult.studies@enc.edu

Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Nazarene Gordon College WENHAM Phone: 978-927-2300 Website: gordon.edu Email: admissions@gordon.edu Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Evangelical Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary SOUTH HAMILTON Phone: 978-468-7111 Website: gordonconwell.edu Email: admrep@gcts.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational

MICHIGAN Calvin Theological Seminary GRAND RAPIDS Phone: 800-388-6034 Website: calvinseminary.edu Email: admissions@calvinseminary.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Reformed Concordia University Ann Arbor ANN ARBOR Phone: 734-995-7300 Website: cuaa.edu Email: admission@cuaa.edu Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Lutheran (Missouri Synod) Cornerstone University GRAND RAPIDS Phone: 616-949-5300 Website: cornerstone.edu Email: info@cornerstone.edu Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Spring Arbor University SPRING ARBOR Phone: 800-968-0011 Website: arbor.edu Email: admissions@arbor.edu Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Free Methodist Church

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MISSOURI Biblical Life College and Seminary MARSHFIELD Phone: 417-935-2664 Website: biblical-life.com Email: blcsoffice@biblical-life.net Degrees offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Calvary University KANSAS CITY Phone: 816-322-0110 Website: calvary.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Nondenominational Carver Baptist Bible College, Institute and Theological Seminary KANSAS CITY Phone: 816-333-1577 Website: carverbiblecollegekc.org Email: admissions​ @carverbiblecollegekc.org Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Baptist

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