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Frequently Asked Questions

 

When is the application deadline?

Applications for the Master of Divinity degree program may be submitted by August 1 for consideration for any fall term. Applications for the Master of Divinity degree program may be submitted by January 1 for consideration for any spring term. Applications for the Master of Divinity degree may be submitted by May 1 for consideration for any summer term.

Applications for the Doctor of Ministry degree program should be submitted by April 1 for consideration for any fall term.

 

Applications for the Doctor of Ministry degree program should be submitted by November 15 for consideration for any spring term. Review of applications will continue until the class is full.

 

Can I apply online?

Yes. Applications for the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degree programs may be submitted online. The online application may be accessed on the Admissions page of the website.


What are the requirements for admission to the Master of Divinity degree program?

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Nationally-recognized accrediting agencies are the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the Middles States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA), New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), and Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WACS).
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in baccalaureate work
  • A call to Christian ministry.
  • An articulated and demonstrated commitment to Christian ministry.
  • Official transcripts from all baccalaureate and/or graduate level work.
  • Submission of three (3) reference forms.
  • Submission of the Church Approval Form.
  • Submission of the Pilgrimage Statement.
  • Submission of the Immunization History.
  • Submission of proof of satisfactory criminal background record check for all states of residence for the past five (5) years with a residence verification statement.
  • An admission interview may be required.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must take the TOEFL examination. The minimum acceptable score is 550 on the paper-based test.
  • Applicants who hold baccalaureate degrees from institutions outside the United States of America must submit their transcripts to the World Education Services (Post Office Box 745, Old Chelsea Station, New York, New York 10113-0745) for evaluation before the transcripts are mailed to the School of Divinity Office of Admissions. Applicants should request World Education Services submit an official evaluation of transcript(s) to the School of Divinity Office of Admissions.


What are the requirements for admission to the Doctor of Ministry degree program?

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Nationally-recognized accrediting agencies are the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the Middles States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA), New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), and Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WACS).
  • A Master of Divinity degree (or its educational equivalent) from a seminary or divinity school that is accredited by The Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale in Master of Divinity (or its educational equivalent) studies.
  • Three years of significant ministerial experience beyond the first graduate theological degree.
  • Placement in a full-time vocational ministry environment.
  • Official transcripts from baccalaureate and graduate level work.
  • Submission of three (3) reference forms.
  • Submission of the Church Approval Form.
  • Submission of the Ministry Essay.
  • Submission of the Immunization History.
  • Submission of proof of satisfactory criminal background record check for all states of residence for the past five (5) years with a residence verification statement.
  • An admission interview may be required.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must take the TOEFL examination. The minimum acceptable score is 550 on the paper-based test.
  • Applicants who hold baccalaureate degrees from institutions outside the United States of America must submit their transcripts to the World Education Services (Post Office Box 745, Old Chelsea Station, New York, New York 10113-0745) for evaluation before the transcripts are mailed to the School of Divinity Office of Admissions. Applicants should request World Education Services submit an official evaluation of transcript(s) to the School of Divinity Office of Admissions.


I am an international applicant? What documentation am I required to submit?

In addition to the standard application procedure, the following items must be submitted:

  • Statement of Financial Responsibility
  • Affidavit of Support
  • Certificate of F-1 eligibility
  • TOEFL - Minimum scores: 550 paper-based; 173 computer-based; 61 Internet-based )
  • Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials (World Evaluation Service - www.wes.org)
  • Copy of VISA

 

Do I need to be a religion major in order to apply for admission to the Master of Divinity degree program?

No. Although a strong liberal arts background is encouraged, we welcome applicants from diverse educational backgrounds. Our Master of Divinity students have educational backgrounds which include political science, business, psychology, women’s studies, human services, engineering, and education.

 

Must my undergraduate degree be from a regionally accredited college or university?

Yes. Nationally-recognized accrediting agencies are the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the Middles States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA), New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), and Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WACS).

 

How long will it take for me to complete the Master of Divinity degree program?

The Master of Divinity is a ninety (90) semester hour graduate professional degree, which requires a minimum of three (3) years of full-time study. Our Master of Divinity students typically complete the program in four (4) years.

 

How long will take for me to complete the Doctor of Ministry degree program?

The Doctor of Ministry is a thirty (30) semester hour degree program, which requires a minimum of three (3) years of study. Our Doctor of Ministry students typically complete the program in three (3) years.

 

What are Master of Divinity concentrations?

The Master of Divinity is a ninety (90) semester hour degree program. The sixty (60) hour core of the program is comprised of biblical studies, historical/theological studies, spiritual formation, and ministry studies. Beyond the sixty (60) hour core, a student may choose to focus the remaining thirty (30) hours of her/his degree program in one of six concentrations.

 

Are dual degree programs offered?

The School of Divinity offers five (5) dual degrees: the Master of Divinity/Master of Business Administration, the Master of Divinity/Master of Arts/Educational Specialist in Mental Health Counseling, the Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in English, the Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in English Education, and the Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Religion.

 

May the Master of Divinity degree program be earned online?

Although the Master of Divinity degree program may not be earned online, a student may complete up to twelve (12) semester hours online.

 

Does the School of Divinity offer any classes in Charlotte?

Yes. Some Master of Divinity classes are offered on our Charlotte campus each semester.

 

When are classes offered?

Master of Divinity courses are offered on a block schedule in which classes are offered all day Monday and Tuesday and at night on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. A current course schedule may be obtained by visiting the Academics page of the website.

 

Seminars in the traditional Doctor of Ministry degree program are conveniently offered in a four or eight week schedule format, with classes on Thursdays and Fridays. Doctoral students enrolled in the specialized concentration in Pastoral Care and Counseling and Member Care for Missionaries adhere to a unique schedule that is comprised of one (1) week to ten (10) day intensive seminars that meet all day. Prospective doctoral students are encouraged to contact the Kheresa Harmon, Director of Admissions, regarding the schedule.

 

 

What is considered full-time enrollment in the School of Divinity?

Master of Divinity students who are registered for nine (9) semester hours, or three (3) classes, are considered full-time. All Doctor of Ministry students are considered full-time. There is no part-time enrollment in the doctoral program.

 

Can I be a part-time Master of Divinity student?

Yes.

 

Can I enroll in a Master of Divinity class if I am not enrolled in the degree program?

Yes. You may take classes as an auditing or special student; however, space is limited. Applicants for auditing or special status will meet the same basic admission requirements as applicants to the Master of Divinity degree program.

 

Does the School of Divinity offer a doctoral program?

Yes. We offer the traditional Doctor of Ministry degree and the Doctor of Ministry degree with a specialized concentration in Pastoral Care and Counseling and Member Care for Missionaries.

 

Is the Master of Divinity degree required for admission to the Doctor of Ministry degree program?

Yes. A Master of Divinity degree (or its educational equivalent) from a seminary or divinity school that is accredited by The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) is required for admission to the Doctor of Ministry degree program.

 

Is the GRE or MAT required for admission?

No. We do not require our applicants to submit GRE (Graduate Record Exam) or MAT (Miller Analogies Test) for admission to the Master of Divinity degree or Doctor of Ministry degree. Applicants to one of our dual degree programs will be required to submit GRE (Graduate Record Exam), MAT (Miller Analogies Test), or GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) results.

 

Does the School of Divinity accept transfer credits?

Yes. Graduate-level credits earned in institutions accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, regional accreditation associations, and/or recognized specialized agencies may be considered for transfer credit toward degree programs of students enrolled in the Master of Divinity degree program. Each course considered for transfer is required to have a grade of at least C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale).

 

Eight (8) hours of doctoral level course work may be transferred into the Doctor of Ministry program from another seminary or divinity school that is accredited by The Association of Theological Schools.

 

May I receive credit by exam?

Applicants holding a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university may be granted up to fifteen (15) hours of credit by examination toward their Master of Divinity degree.

 

How much will it cost for me to attend?

2013-2014 tuition for the Master of Divinity degree program is $362 per semester hour. 2013-2014 tuition for the Doctor of Ministry degree program is $411 semester hour.

 

Is financial aid available?

Yes. Scholarships and grants are available for Master of Divinity students. Applicants for admission to the Master of Divinity degree program receive a Student Aid Profile, which invites them to apply for scholarships and grants through Gardner-Webb University. Information about scholarships and grants is available on the Financial Planning page of our website.

 

Is the School of Divinity accredited?

Yes. The School of Divinity is accredited by The Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Gardner-Webb University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

 

What is the difference between a seminary and a divinity school?

A divinity school is typically affiliated with a university. A seminary is typically a free-standing institution. The divinity school and seminary prepare women and men for vocational Christian ministry.

 

What is the denominational affiliation of the School of Divinity?

The School of Divinity is historically Baptist. We are affiliated with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina, and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. We celebrate the ecumenical diversity of our student body. Nearly 25% of our student body represents a variety of Christian traditions, including Lutheran, Episcopal, Methodist, and AME Zion.

 

When was the School of Divinity founded?

We were founded on October 22, 1992.

 

How many full-time faculty teach in the School of Divinity?

The School of Divinity employs eleven (11) full-time faculty members who serve as both professors and spiritual mentors to our students. Biographical information about each member of our faculty is available on the Academics page of our website.

 

When does the School of Divinity gather for worship?

The School of Divinity gathers for worship on Monday afternoons at 1:00 in Dover Chapel each fall semester. Each spring semester we gather for worship on Tuesday afternoons at 1:00 in Dover Chapel.

 

How can I receive information?

You may call Kheresa Harmon, Director of Admissions, at 704.406.3205, and she will be happy to share information with you about the School of Divinity. You may also email her at kharmon@gardner-webb.edu. Finally, you may request information online by visiting the Admissions page of our website.

 

May I visit?

Please visit our community! Preview Days are planned each semester for prospective students to learn more about our curriculum, to worship with us, and to meet our students, faculty and staff. You may also schedule a private visit any time of year. Simply contact Kheresa Harmon, Director of Admissions, at 704.406, 3205 or kharmon@gardner-webb.edu to arrange your visit.