Application Process

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 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.

Attn: Wesley Seminary Admissions
Indiana Wesleyan University
4201 S. Washington St.
Marion, IN 46953

Fax: 765-677-1750

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.

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.

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Master of Arts (MA) degree differ considerably both in format and focus. For example, the current MA in Ministry takes about two years to complete (36 credits) and can be done completely online. The format of the M.Div. is quite different. It takes three to four years (75 credits), and is mostly online, it does require six courses be taken onsite in a one-week intensive format.

The M.Div. is specifically aimed at local church ministry. Students are required to be in an official relationship with a local church for at least 10 hours a week, although that relationship can primarily involve chaplaincy (hospital, prison, military), and minor adjustments can be made to assignments to allow for those in unique situations (such as denominational leadership, missionaries on furlough, etc.). By contrast, the MA primarily benefits:

  1. Those wanting to tool or retool specific skill sets quickly (e.g., leadership or youth ministry skills)
  2. Those in parachurch or ministries outside the local church, including lay leaders
  3. Those second career individuals who are transitioning to ministry or wondering if God is calling them to ministry

Those trying to decide whether God is calling them to ministry might begin their program in an MA in Leadership cohort. This MA program will give you a feel for one of the key components of local church ministry without requiring you to be officially connected to a local church. It can be done online while exploring what God might be calling you to do. Then once you are a little over half way through that degree (about 24 hours), you can decide whether to transfer into the M.Div. degree.

The MA programs and M.Div. electives at Wesley Seminary at IWU are designed around what you need and want to help you minister and be a person of faith in the world. You help decide what elective courses we offer and what concentrations are available. We welcome your suggestions.

Please contact Richard Wollan in our Academics Office to discuss this possibility:

The tuition deposit reserves your place in the DMIN program and is applied toward the payment of your first course. It is refundable if you are unable to begin classes. Deposits are not required for any other program.

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.

Graduates of undergraduate programs with relevant theological courses in Bible, theology, church history, and cultural contexts, and who enroll in the Seminary may receive advanced standing on the basis of competence achieved in certain undergraduate courses. Thus, they can immediately enroll in advanced classes in these respective disciplines. Advanced standing may be granted for the courses listed below under the following conditions: The student successfully demonstrates competency of the required graduate course outcomes through the following undergraduate requirements: BIBL-500 The Bible as Christian Scripture - advanced standing may be granted for this course if the student has successfully completed a hermeneutics/exegetical method course and at least one upper level Bible course. THEO-500 Introduction to Christian Theology - advanced standing may be granted for this course if the student has successfully completed at least two theology courses that together cover the primary topics of systematic theology. CHST-500 Global Christian History - advanced standing may be granted for this course if the student has successfully completed at least two church history courses that together cover Christian history from the early church to the present. The courses were taken at a regionally accredited or ABHE accredited institution. The Seminary reserves the right to determine whether or not courses are equivalent. A student has received at least a "B" in the specific courses as indicated with at least one course on the 300 level and no course below the 200 level. A student wishing to receive advanced standing for BIBL-500, THEO-500, and CHST-500 must submit the application three months prior to the first day of the month in which the course is offered in the student's cohort schedule. The student will be notified of the dean's decision by the first day of the following month. Students who do not submit by this deadline will not be eligible for advanced standing.

Financial Aid

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

Due to the concentrated design of our programs, we do not provide graduate-level credit for life experience.

We would be glad to! Please contact the Admissions Office at 1-877-673-0009 or to make arrangements for a credit transfer evaluation.

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