Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Please contact the Admissions Office as soon as possible once you have determined that you will not be able to begin classes as scheduled.
Your statement of purpose should include a brief testimony, description of your call to ministry, your philosophy of ministry, and what you expect to gain from the program that you are applying for.
Yes. As long as your undergraduate degree meets the current requirements for admission, there is no "expiration date." However, graduate credit older than 7 years cannot be considered for transfer credit.
You will need to contact the Registrar's/Records Office at your previous institution. We accept transcripts electronically if sent directly from the issuing institution to firstname.lastname@example.org. Printed transcripts must be mailed directly to the Admissions Office to be considered official. Have your transcripts mailed directly from your undergraduate institution to Wesley Seminary at the following address (The transcript can't be sent by you, even if in a sealed envelope.):Adult Enrollment Services
Indiana Wesleyan University
1900 W. 50th Street
Marion, IN 46953
You will need to provide a copy of the reference form to each individual that you listed as a reference. These forms can be faxed (765-677-1750), mail, or email.
You should plan to apply at least a few months before you would like to begin classes. Since Wesley Seminary admits students on a "rolling" basis, it is important to have your application in as early as possible.
No. Once you pay an application fee at IWU, you will not need to pay it with subsequent applications.
Enrolling In A Program
You will automatically be enrolled in the first course in your program once you are financially cleared. Please visit the "Accepted Students" page for more information.
Our initial residential includes important orientation information and is designed to help you get started well. Exceptions are considered on a case by case basis.
The tuition deposit reserves your place in a class and is applied toward the payment of your first course. It is refundable if you are unable to begin classes.
The real question is, what is your goal? If you are transitioning from the marketplace into ministry, have a graduate degree that did not prepare you for ministry, and want MDIV classes but don’t want the whole MDIV, the MPTH is a great fit. It will help you gain excellent ministry skills and knowledge.
However, if your goal is to enter a Doctor of Ministry program, the MDIV is the better option. Doctor of Ministry programs require that students have an MDIV or MDIV equivalency. Our MDIV consists of 60 credits of Bible, Theology, Church History, and Practical Ministry and 15 hours of electives. Therefore, our Doctor of Ministry committee looks for students without an MDIV to have at least 60 credits in the fields of Bible, Theology, Church History, or Practical Ministry. If your graduate credits are less than seven years old, we can transfer in 15 credits toward your electives and then you would complete the 60 credits of the MDIV core. This will give you an MDIV and establish you as eligible for a Doctor of Ministry program.
If your graduate degree is in a ministry related field (Bible, Theology, Ministry, etc.), all of our programs are viable options. The Master of Divinity would help you acquire additional ministerial skills and, if your credits are under seven years old, we can transfer in up to 27 credits or half the graduate degree (whichever is less). The Master of Practical Theology would also help you acquire new skills in the field of ministry while accumulating the additional credits needed toward the Doctor of Ministry. No credits can transfer into the MPTH program.
*Note that after completion of the MPTh, you will receive a diploma that states you have earned a Master of Practical Theology degree but it will not state that you have earned an MDIV Equivalency.
The Wesley Seminary Title IV code is 001822 (the same as the code for IWU).
No. We offer scholarship opportunities for all students and additional tuition discounts to pastors and Wesleyan students who are ordained or are in the ordination process. For more information, please visit our Financial Aid page.
Yes. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information. **The first payment is due two weeks prior to the start of classes.** Once your program starts, a payment schedule will be emailed from the Accounting office.
All students enrolled in a degree program are considered full-time.
Transferring Credit From Another Program/University/Seminary
Up to 27 hours of prior graduate coursework can apply to the M.Div. program, provided you have not yet graduated from the M.A. program. These credits will primarily consist of the concentration from the M.A. degree (15 hours - Ministerial Leadership or Youth and Family Ministry). If you have completed your M.A., you can transfer in 18 hours (15 hours of concentration courses as the 15 hours of M.Div. elective hours and one 3-hour core course). For more information, please contact the Admissions Office at 1-877-673-0009 or email@example.com.
Due to the concentrated design of our programs, we do not provide graduate-level credit for life experience.
Last updated: 10/28/2016