The Degree Completion Program (DCP) is a non-traditional program designed for adults who want to complete a Bachelor of Religious Education (BRE) degree but are unable to attend traditional semester education programs.
The DCP provides for the completion of a BRE degree with a focus in General Ministries. It is designed to serve adults interested in studying the Bible, doctrine and ministry with the intent of becoming more effective Christians in ministry and in the workplace.
The unique structure of this program makes it ideal for adult learners. Specifically, it is geared towards students who have already completed some post-secondary education. After a student transfers 30-42 credit hours into the program, there are 16 courses offered in a modular format over a 24-month period. Each course consists of one four-hour evening class per week for 5 weeks supplemented by 14-18 hours of guided independent study per week. This allows for the same time involvement as a traditional schedule.
An important component of the DCP is the Directed Research Project, comprised of academic instruction and individual advising by a qualified research professional. Students will choose from one of the following areas of interest: Educational Ministries, Intercultural Studies, Pastoral Studies or Youth Ministry.
Specific Entrance Requirements
1. Applicants must be 25 years or older.
2. Applicants must have completed at least one year of accredited transferable university or college credit with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.
How Long is the Program?
The program typically takes 24 months to complete. Students can start at any time in the academic year.