The Office of Continuing Education program provides masters level learning opportunities for students who wish to remain in their life and ministry contexts. It also facilitates life-long learning and renewal through a variety of certificate programs.
As an in-service program, course offerings are scheduled in a variety of formats to accommodate the life and ministry demands of the students. Offering seated and distance learning courses each semester provides the students with flexibility in scheduling their learning experiences.
- AGTS Main Campus, Springfield, Missouri
- AGTS West Branch Campus, Sacramento, California
- CINCEL Site, Zapote, San Jose, Costa Rico
- Continental Theological Seminary Site, Brussels, Belgium
- Online Campus, Wherever you are
AGTS Continuing Education offers the following programs:
Master of Arts in Christian Ministries
This 45-credit degree program is an in-service degree that may be completed entirely at the AGTS Main and West campuses. Up to half of the credits (21 hours) may be taken through distance learning. Students who have completed a strong undergraduate program in religion may be eligible for 9 credits of Advanced Standing (See MACM Advanced Standing).
Master of Pastoral Leadership
This 48-credit degree program is an in-service degree offered at the AGTS Main campus only. It is delivered in a cohort model that blends face-to-face and online learning, providing students with an opportunity to take two courses per semester (6 credits) with only one week of required seat time. Students who have completed a strong undergraduate program in religion may be eligible for 12 credits of Advanced Standing (See MPL Advanced Standing).
Master of Divinity In-Service Track
This 78 credit program is an in-service degree offered from the AGTS Main campus, but allows a limited number of courses to be taken at any AGTS course location. Up to half of the credits (39) may be taken through distance learning. One third of the required credits (27) must be taken at the AGTS Main campus in any of its seated learning experiences.
This program offers professional development learning experiences for people who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills without the commitment to complete a full degree at AGTS. Certificates can be packaged in specific learning content, e.g. preaching, leadership, biblical studies, but may also be specialized to the participant’s wishes. Any AGTS course offering may be taken to complete the certificate program. Most certificates require participation in at least four courses to meet the certification standards. If a participant decides to pursue a degree program at AGTS, certificate courses may be converted to credit-bearing courses and applied, if applicable, to any AGTS degree program.
Distance Learning Courses
AGTS offers online learning experiences that provide students the opportunity to earn credits toward their degree programs without traveling to any of the course locations. All online courses provide faculty to student and student to student interaction through the Course Commons (Canvas) learning management system. Up to half of the credits in the MACM (21) and the MDiv In Service Track (39) degree programs may be taken through distance learning.
Continuing Education Non-degree (Audit)
Courses may be taken on a noncredit basis at any of the AGTS course locations, excluding the online campus. Participants may join these classroom based experiences at one fourth the regular tuition rate. Audited courses may not be changed to credit-bearing courses in the event the participant chooses to pursue a degree program at AGTS.
The Church Network (Formerly NACBA)
AGTS is one of five training centers for The Church Network (TCN), formerly known as the National Association of Church Business Administration. Through the training center, AGTS offers two four-day professional development seminars each summer that fulfill the residential requirement for TCN’s Certified Church Administrator (CCA) certificate. For more information on the TCN CCA program, contact the AGTS Office of Continuing Education or visit the TCN website at www.nadba.net. By special arrangement, these seminars may be taken for graduate credit at AGTS.
Note: Credits earned in the Continuing Education program may be applied to resident programs (see Advanced Standing).
Individuals are expected to complete the requirements for their degree under the catalog in effect at the time of initial degree candidacy. They may elect to meet modifications in the program announced in subsequent catalogs if approved. (Contact Registrar’s Office for approval process.)
All requirements for the MACM degree through Continuing Education must be completed within six years. Active missionaries must complete their degree within 10 years.
Applicants for admission must submit the following to the Enrollment Office:
- Application, photograph and the nonrefundable fee of $75 (see online application)
- Official certified copies of transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended, sent directly by the schools to the seminary
- Personal/ministerial references from two individuals who have known you at least three years or more
- All participants in the AGTS Continuing Education program are required to read the AGTS Continuing Education Handbook which spells out the policies and procedures for the Continuing Education program. The handbook is published online, but is available in print upon request.
- Applicants whose first language is not English must submit TOEFL exam scores (see Application Procedure)
Participants in the Continuing Education program who are interested in concurrent enrollment in another seminary or graduate school for the purpose of transferring credits to AGTS toward the MACM or the MDiv In-Service must secure approval in advance from the academic dean (contact the Registrar’s Office; see Transfer Credit and Advanced Standing).
Course Reservation Procedure
For the schedule and online registration procedures, visit www.agts.edu/continuing_education. For other information regarding the Continuing Education programs, contact the Office of Continuing Education.
Tuition and Fees
Every effort is made to keep costs of the Continuing Education program as reasonable as possible without jeopardizing the excellence of the program. (See Financial Information.) Financial assistance is available to qualified applicants. For more information contact the Continuing Education Office or the Financial Aid Office.
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