The Office of Continuing Education seeks to enhance the effectiveness of ministers through classroom sessions, conferences and seminars, distance learning and modular sessions. It also serves to facilitate life-long learning and renewal for ministers and church leaders.
Courses are scheduled at strategic regional locations as well as the resident AGTS campus. Courses are offered in a variety of schedules supported by pre-session and post-session assignments. Individuals who are engaged in full-time ministry or other employment are encouraged to take at least one course per semester.
- AGTS Main Campus, Springfield, Missouri
- AGTS Southeast Branch Campus, Celebration, Florida
- AGTS West Branch Campuses in Scotts Valley & Sacramento, California
The Office of Continuing Education offers the following programs:
Master of Pastoral Leadership
This 48-hour degree program is an in-service degree, delivered in a cohort model. A limited number of courses may be taken through directed research or distance learning.
Master of Arts in Christian Ministries
This 45-hour degree program is the only master’s degree offered by AGTS that may be completed entirely at one of the branch campuses. A limited number of courses may be taken through directed research or distance learning.
Master of Divinity In-Service Track
The curriculum design of this 78-hour degree program eliminates advanced standing (course reduction). One-third of the required credits (27) must be taken at the main campus (this requirement may be satisfied by attending one-week modular classes, summer sessions or full-length semesters). A limited number of courses may be taken through directed research or distance learning.
Certificate for Graduate Studies
These are designed to provide continuing education opportunities for ministers and lay leadership, who wish to enhance their competency in specific areas through graduate level education without the commitment to complete a degree. These certificates provide training in specific areas, such as expository preaching, leadership or evangelism. The Certificate Program can also facilitate the completion of any graduate degree by applying credits earned to respective degree requirements.
Distance Learning Courses
These courses enable individuals to earn credits toward a graduate degree without traveling to any of the participating campuses. Participants study selected subjects through various student to student and faculty to student mediated formats and interactions. These courses are currently under re-development. Additional information, including a list of courses and descriptions, will be forthcoming subsequent to the final revisions.
Continuing Education Non-degree (Audit)
Courses may be taken on a noncredit basis at one quarter the regular tuition rate. They offer continuing education for individuals who do not wish to pursue a degree. Please note that courses audited cannot be changed to credit.
National Association of Church Business Administration
AGTS is a training center for the National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA) and offers seminars leading to certification by NACBA as a Certified Church Administrator. By special arrangement, these seminars may also be taken for graduate credit at AGTS. For additional information on the NACBA certification program, contact the AGTS Continuing Education Office.
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 M.A.C.M. 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 M.A.C.M. or the M.Div. 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.
See the general
requirements for graduation.
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