Frequently Asked Questions
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Where do I apply?
How do I pay my $10 application fee?
An invoice will be sent to you by email to pay by debit or credit card.
How do I pay my assessment fees?
Each course is 8 weeks long. Your fee is based on the number of credit hours in the course(s) you are enrolled. You will be expected to pay 100% of your fee before the first day of class. We offer the option of two payments 50% each without interest. An invoice will be sent to you by email to pay electronically. Additional fee and policy information is found here.
How do I get an official transcript to you?
Contact the registrar’s office where you received your undergraduate degree(s) to request a copy of your transcripts be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can the program be started in any term, or does have it start just in the Fall?
You can start during any term (Fall Term 1 or 2, Spring Term 1 or 2, or the Summer). The Academic Calendar is available online here.
Can I study at my own pace or is there a time limit to complete each individual course?
There is a specific 8-week timeframe to complete all work. Each course requires a dedication of 15-20 hours of study per week. The session dates are listed in the Academic Calendar available here.
Can I take more than one course at a time?
Yes. Because most students are already in full-time ministry, one course a term will allow you to complete the master’s degree in five years (or less).. If your schedule allows two courses at a time – completing the degree will take 2.5 years.
What is the difference between the Graduate Certificate and the Master’s degree?
The Certificate Program is 12 hours while the Master's Degree is 50 credit hours. The application process for the Certificate Program is the same as the Master’s. The certificate is not required to enter the Master’s program. You can review the difference in the two programs here: https://www.thirdmillseminary.org/programs.
Within the courses, are live Q&A sessions offered?
Faculty tutorials are live events offered for each course. There are two tutorials per term for a two-hour course, and three tutorials per term for a three-hour course. The first half is Q&A to cover content of the course. The second half is to help set you up for successful completion of the assignments. The meetings are recorded if you cannot attend at the time offered.
Are there group projects so I can collaborate with peers?
Yes, depending on the professor and course assignments.
Is there an opportunity to work with a mentor one-on-one?
Mentorship is part of your seminary program. There are guided readings for your meetings with the mentor.
Is there an opportunity to work with a pastor from my own church?
Yes, you select your own mentor. This person will review expectations about meeting (in-person or virtual) and sign an agreement per course.
Is the Capstone considered a thesis?
Capstone is a project that develops out of key themes from our curriculum and three practicums: Worship, Nurture and Outreach. With the guidance of your mentor, It is designed to be a practical application of the ministry of your local church. You would apply key themes to develop a philosophy of ministry to your particular calling (church elder, a pastor, etc).
I took courses at myThirdmill.org – can they transfer to Thirdmill Seminary?
Yes, if you are registered with valid quiz scores recorded on the free site, you do not need to repeat the course. Upon acceptance in the seminary program, you then apply to “upgrade” the course. This usually involves additional readings and a written paper to gain graduate credit for that course. Up to 12 credit hours can be transferred from myThirdmill.org and other approved partner institutions.
Will my credits be accepted by other educational institutions?
We will be happy to provide coursework objectives, however we cannot guarantee transfer of credit hours. Ultimately the acceptance of any degree or transfer credit is up to the receiving institution.
Will my degree certify me to work / fulfill requirements to serve as a pastor?
Thirdmill Seminary does not ordain students in ministry. We provide a carefully designed structure that enables you to study and develop ministry skills where you serve. We advise you to check with your association, government agency, employer or institution to determine the acceptability of the program. We will provide recommendations for those who are on a path to ordination.