Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

About Establishing an WCU Campus

  • Why is bringing the WCU program to your community a good idea?
  • Starting a local campus of World Christian University offers many benefits. Here are a few:
  • Becoming a local campus enhances the profile of your church or ministry by offering your community higher education that they may not otherwise have available to them.
  • Campus Directors and instructors can continue progress toward their personal educational goals through credits earned by teaching.
  • Campus Directors and instructors have an opportunity to teach and train Christian leaders, thus fulfilling another part of the Great Commission.
  • Becoming a local campus allows you to be a part of an established, accredited university with a world vision. We’ve done all the startup work — now you can get down to the business of providing a quality education for a reasonable cost.
  • WCU has established programs with supporting documentation such as syllabi, outlines, quizzes, tests and answer keys. The textbooks for all courses have been selected. All you need to provide is a qualified, anointed teacher. This ensures that your students benefit from a high-quality, established program.
  • With the Main Campus providing administrative support for only a portion of the tuition received, the local campuses are able to generate additional ministry income.
  • What is your accreditation and what does this mean for our students?
  • When should we start and how many courses should we offer in an academic year?
  • Because of the way the courses and programs are structured, you can start your local campus and begin a program at any time. A fall startup matches most academic school years, but many campuses have found a January startup, corresponding with the calendar year, equally effective. The Main Campus can support either schedule.

And you are not limited to teaching only 9 courses per year. By starting in January, your campus can offer 2 additional electives each calendar year and still break for the month of December. You set the campus schedule?students simply continue to accumulate credits toward their next degree level.

  • How do we get started?
  • Simply complete the Campus Application package and make a $250 payment by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover) or a check made payable to World Christian University. Send the Minister’s Recommendation Forms to two fellow ministers, who will forward them to us. Once you are accepted, we will send you a basic start-up package that will include the following items:
  1. A letter of acceptance as an official campus of WCU
  2. An official campus wall certificate
  3. The Campus Director’s Handbookwhich is updated periodically
  4. A list of wholesale book distributors who stock the required textbooks.
  5. A photocopy master of the Student Handbook & Course Catalogso you can make as many copies as necessary whenever they are needed
  6. Photocopy masters of all syllabi, outlines, quizzes, final tests and appropriate answer keys for all courses offered in each 1-year program
  • What is included in the Campus Director’s Handbook?
  • The Campus Director’s Handbook standardizes and minimizes instructor training and student orientation and facilitates efficient communication with the Main Campus. This information includes:
  • General administrative procedures
  • Detailed financial information
  • Photocopy masters of all the forms you will be using to communicate with the Main Campus
  • Photocopy masters of the instructor handbooks
  • An instructional DVD
  • What should we name our local campus?
  • World Christian University has built a fine reputation and gained international recognition for excellence in higher education. To take full benefit of our name recognition, you must use “World Christian University” in the name of your local campus. You may add the name of your city (e.g., “World Christian University, South Florida Campus” or “World Christian University, North Carolina Campus,”) or your church name (e.g., “World Christian University, Church of God Campus.”)

NOTE: All local campus names must be approved by WCU’s Main Campus before you begin to advertise.

In a few states in the U.S., Christian churches and ministries are not allowed to offer ministry educational programs that lead to earned degrees without being licensed by the state. Most often, such schools are not allowed to use names that include the words “university” or “college.” WCU considers the statutes in those states to be unconstitutional and violate what we consider to be undue governmental intrusion into religious affairs. However, we must operate according to the state laws until such time that the people of those states rise up and demand legislation to repeal these statutes. Because of these circumstances, WCU has licensed its curriculum for use by World Christian Bible Institute. WCBI is able to offer a non-degreed Bible institute program in these states. You will be notified upon application if your state falls into this category.

  • How do we advertise?
  • Most local campuses begin with a student body comprised of their own church members. Start advertising in your own church through your church bulletin and pulpit announcements. Also available are full-color promotional brochures and flyer which can be downloaded from the WCU Online; for Campuses website (campus.wcus.edu) to which you will be given access upon establishment of your campus. You may also advertise in all your local and regional print media as well as on radio and television.

If you are involved in a ministerial fellowship, be sure to let the other pastors know that you are starting a World Christian university. Often, they will be interested in continuing their own education. Ask if they are open to letting you advertise within their congregation.

  • How much time should we allow between advertising and startup?
  • We recommend allowing at least 2 months after receiving WCU approval and the Campus Start-Up Package. This gives students time to plan financially and time for the local campus to develop the program, advertise, recruit instructors, order books, and process student applications.
  • How do we enroll students?
  • Have each student fill out a  WCU Student Application and submit it along with:
  • Proof of high school graduation or GED (if they are entering a degree program)
  • The $29.99 application fee
  • Payment-in-full for the first course
  • If a student is transferring credit from previous colleges, universities or institutes of ministry, a full, original, sealed transcript from each institution will be required.
  • If a student is applying for ministry life experience (MLE) credit, a completed MLE Applicationwill be required.

The Campus Director will then:

  • Complete an Application Summary Report
  • Make a copy of the first page of each student’s application
  • Enclose a check for the total tuition and fees to be paid
  • Send the above to the Main Campus on the day following the first class.

Now your students are officially enrolled.

Individual student files must be sent to the Main Campus after all required documentation is obtained and the file is ready for formal review and approval. These procedures are explained in more detail in the Campus Director’s Handbook.

  • How many courses must we offer in an academic year?
  • Local campuses must commit to offer at least 9 courses per academic year, one at a time.

Rather than have students carry a course load of 5 different subjects through the whole semester, they will simply take one subject at a time. This method accomplishes two things:

  • Each student gets to concentrate on one subject at a time.
  • Students may enroll at the beginning of any new course, not just at the beginning of the semester. In this way, you may increase student enrollment throughout the year.
  • What are the course requirements?
  • Each 3-credit-hour course meets for 3 clock-hours once per week. Over a period of 4 weeks, the required 12 clock-hours of class time is accumulated. You should allow for at least two 10-minute breaks during each 3-hour class session.

Most campuses meet at night to accommodate student work schedules, however some campuses have also added day classes.

  • What program of study should we offer first?
  • All students should be enrolled in an initial 30-credit-hour program called Program #1. This program of classes is designed to solidly establish each student in certain foundational Bible truths. If you had an individual student for only a single year, you would want the assurance that he or she received a foundation on which they could build a solid Christian life.

Program #1 for all majors consists of the required courses in the list accessible using the button below:

Program 1 Courses List

WCU provides syllabi, outlines, quizzes, final tests and appropriate answer keys for all these courses.

  • What is a ministry practicum?
  • A ministry practicum is simply volunteer ministry in any area of church work during the 9-month duration of the program. Students are required to give an average of 2 hours per week (or a minimum 72 hours) of volunteer or professional service to their local church or an acceptable substitute within the student’s major.

Ministry Practicum Activity Log form must be completed by the student and signed by their supervisor. The ministry practicum will count for 3 credit-hours of the program.

Pastors in your community will especially like the fact that members of their churches who become students on your campus will actually become more involved and faithful to their local church or outreach ministry. This program also helps to dispel the notion that you would use your university educational program to proselytize their members into your church.

  • What else is required of the student for each course?
  • In addition to the class time, undergraduate students are required to read approximately 250-300 pages of written, published material from their texts. Graduate students must read approximately 500-600 pages of written, published material.

Undergraduate students are required to write a minimum of 4 formal papers (6 pages, typewritten, double-spaced) each year past Program 1. In lieu of papers for other courses, quizzes and exams will be required as indicated on the syllabus.

Graduate students must write a 6-page formal paper for each class. (If a paper is required for undergraduates on the course syllabus, then a 12-page paper is required for graduate students.)

The important issue is to accurately assess student learning.

  • How often is student achievement recognized?
  • World Christian University awards a diploma or a degree at the completion of each 30 credit-hours of undergraduate course work. Students transferring college credit or ministry life experience credit to WCU will enter the program at the level commensurate with their cumulative totals.
    Academic Standings List     Degrees/Diplomas List

Audit students who attend all class sessions and complete all reading assignments will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance upon the completion of each annual program. (Audit students are not required to take exams or write papers.)

  • How may I continue my education while running a local campus?
  • By simply teaching courses, you and your staff may continually accumulate credit for continuing education. The study and preparation in teaching undergraduate courses is commensurate to graduate-level course work and will meet the course requirements, even though the doctoral level.

In addition to teaching classes that satisfy your course work requirements, a dissertation (150 pages, typewritten, double-spaced) must be submitted for each doctoral degree. Under certain circumstances, books that have been written by doctoral candidates can qualify as dissertations.

NOTE: Dissertation subject and approach must be pre-approved by the Main Campus.

  • What support is provided by the Main Campus?
  • Main Campus provides each extension campus with:
  • Campus Director’s Handbook(with periodic updates)
  • Course syllabi, outline, quizzes, tests and appropriate answer keys for all programs
  • An academic assessment of each student upon receipt of the student’s file and transcripts
  • The opportunity for your faculty, staff, and students to purchase computer equipment and software from Apple® and other educational vendors at educational prices. These computers and software are not contractually limited to classroom or school administration use, but can be used throughout your ministry as needed without limitation.
  • A listing in the Campus Locator pagehere on the WCU web site that will contain a link to your church website.

Main Campus also:

  • Maintains a master file on each student
  • Sends one official transcript and a degree/diploma certificate to each student at the completion of each degree program
  • Releases official student transcripts to other educational institutions (upon written request of the student)
  • Orders on your behalf graduation caps, gowns, and hoods for your graduation ceremony (optional: paid for by your collecting gown fees from students).
  • Upon request, provides a speaker for your graduation exercise (expenses paid by the extension campus)
  • What are the administrative duties of a Campus Director?
  • The Campus Director is responsible for:
  • Recruiting students
  • Collecting applications and all associated paperwork
  • Collecting fees and tuition
  • Remitting funds to the Main Campus on a timely basis
  • Sending originals of all student forms to the Main Campus
  • Recruiting instructors
  • Ordering all textbooks
  • Ensuring that all class sessions are recorded, and copies made available to students who were absent during that session
  • Maintaining master copies of all class recordings for possible random check from Main Campus or our accrediting commission
  • Completing and sending attendance and final grade reports to the Main Campus
  • Certifying graduation information with the Main Campus
  • Checking their WCU email account regularly to ensure prompt communication with the Main Campus
  • Who would be a qualified instructor?
  • Instructors must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in a ministerial or theological discipline (transfer credits for liberal arts programs are awarded at 50%). In the case of certain Bible institute graduates (for example: Rhema Bible Training Center), you may teach for course credit for the final year of your bachelor’s degree.

Typical Instructor Qualifications

  • What are some instructor duties?
  • The instructor’s responsibility is to:
  • Read the entire course text and listen to CDs or DVDs from the Main Campus before teaching each course
  • Verify that course materials (syllabus, outline, tests and quizzes) are current and ready to hand out to students
  • Teach all classes
  • Grade all tests, quizzes, and research papers
  • Take attendance and record grades
  • Assist in making audio recordings of all classes
  • Can a campus start without qualified instructors?
  • Using our DVD courses, local campuses may now be opened in churches which lack academically qualified faculty by offering the courses taught at the Main Campus and recorded on DVD. Potential instructors attend classes with the students while working on their own degrees. As soon as they meet WCU’s academic requirements, they may begin teaching the courses “live.”
  • How do we order books?
  • The Main Campus provides a list of wholesale book distributors who stock the required textbooks. Each local campus orders books directly from the appropriate distributor. Most qualified churches have already established accounts with some distributors, but if you have not, it is quite simple to open most accounts.
  • How much does each student have to pay?
  • How much a student pays depends his or her level of study.

For audit students, undergraduates and graduate students, the annual cost includes tuition, basic textbooks, and graduation fees. For doctoral students, the annual cost includes tuition for 5 courses and the dissertation phase. Graduation fees and course texts are included, but texts required for research for the dissertation or dissertation bindery fees are not included.

Audit students receive no college credit and pay a reduced tuition. If an audit student desires to convert their coursework to receive college credit, they must pay the tuition difference, then take and pass all tests and/or submit the required research paper(s) for each such course.

The tuition costs for each level of study as displayed in the lists associated with the buttons below represent scenarios where no advanced placement credits have been awarded due to studies at prior institutions or ministry life experience (MLE).

Undergraduate Tuition Costs

Master’s Degree Tuition Costs

Doctoral Degree Tuition Costs

  • Do the students have to pay the annual fee all at once?
  • No. Students pay tuition in 9 equal monthly installments (for audit students and undergraduates) or 11 monthly installments (for graduate students) before the start of each new course. This is a type of interest-free student loan offered as a service by World Christian University.
  • How are the tuition and other fees distributed between local campuses and Main Campus?
  • Many educational programs operate on a 50%–50% division of the tuition proceeds. World Christian University has determined to tithe to all its local campuses and operates on a 60%–40% division of tuition with the local campuses retaining the larger portion. All other miscellaneous fees (application, change-of-grade, etc.) cover the costs of administration and are paid 100% to the WCU Main Campus. Click here for a detailed financial breakdown.
  • How do we collect and disburse funds?
  • Each month, students must make their tuition payment to the local campus prior to the start of each course. The per student share due to the Main Campus must be submitted within 7 days of the start of each new course. Forms will be provided for this reporting. This process is explained in more detail in the Campus Director’s Handbook.

Like any other ministry or church, we budget and have expenses. We are dependent on prompt payment and expect our campus directors to practice excellence in meeting this obligation.

  • What if a student cannot pay for a particular course?
  • Students must pre-pay each course before attending classes. If a student cannot pre-pay, they are not disqualified from continuing their education, though they might not complete the number of courses required to graduate in the next graduation exercise. There is no provision for partial payment.

If the student is allowed to attend classes without paying, the normal per-student tuition payment must still be made to WCU by the local campus. This process is explained in more detail in the Campus Director’s Handbook.

  • What about offering tuition discounts and scholarships?
  • Discounts offered by local campuses will be allowed at their discretion, but all discounts are deducted from the local campus’ proceeds. Discounts are customarily offered only to full-time ministers or husbands and wives attending together.

A local campus desiring to scholarship the tuition for one or more of its students may do so for any amount of money up to the total amount of the local campus’ proceeds at the Campus Director’s discretion. Any campus desiring to grant a full scholarship may certainly do so, but would still be required to pay the normal per-student disbursement due to the Main Campus.

  • How do we handle a graduation ceremony?
  • Your graduation ceremony is a wonderful time to recognize the hard work and sacrifices of your students. It is also your best advertisement! How to plan and conduct your graduation ceremony is explained in great detail in the Campus Director’s Handbook.
  • May we participate in the graduation ceremony at the Main Campus?
  • Yes. We invite you to attend the annual Main Campus graduation ceremony. This is especially meaningful if you are to receive a degree yourself for your own continuing education.
  • What qualifications must be met to start a local campus with WCU?
  • In order to operate as a local campus of World Christian University, you are required to meet the following standards:
  • If in the U.S., you must be an ordained minister with a church.
  • Your church must have adequate space to house the university classes
  • Your Campus Director must be certified by World Christian University
  • All faculty must be qualified by World Christian University (unless you are using our DVD program)
  • Either the Host Pastor or Campus Director must be able to be contacted by phone during World Christian University’s hours of operation
  • Your Campus Director must have access to the Internet
  • What government requirements must be met to start a local campus of a degree granting university?
  • These vary from state to state. You will be contacted by Main Campus with information of any limitations in your state.

 

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Available Through WCU Online®

             Undergraduate Degrees & Diplomas

  1. Diploma in Theology– awarded to a student who successfully completes the first-year program for academic credit (30 credit-hours total).
  2. Associate Degree in Theology– awarded to a student who successfully completes the second-year program for academic credit (60 credit-hours total).
  3. Advanced Diploma in Theology– awarded to a student who successfully completes the third-year program for academic credit (90 credit-hours total).
  4. Bachelor’s Degree in Theology
    Bachelor’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry
    Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Education
    – awarded to a student who successfully completes the fourth-year program for academic credit (120 credit-hours total).

NOTE: Students who do not have proof of high school graduation will receive a certificate of completion for each 30-credit-hour program completed. Any such student who can later send proof of high school graduation or equivalency to their student advisor will be upgraded to degree-student status. A World Christian University diploma/degree and transcript commensurate to the student’s academic standing will then be awarded.

Undergraduate Coursework

Undergraduate coursework is split into four programs made up of 9 courses plus 1 Ministry Practicum for which a student earns 3 credit-hours each, totaling 30 credit-hours per program. At Main Campus, each of these programs is completed within a single year. Online students complete them more quickly or slowly since they are working at their own pace.

Programs #1-3 are standard for all students. All undergraduate students are required to complete Program #1 courses either by class instruction or by transfer from an approved institution. In Program?#4 (senior year), students have a choice of majors.

NOTE: Any program may change without advance notice.

Program #1

Program #1 is foundational in nature and required for all students. It is designed to give each student a solid foundation for their own personal life and Christian walk. Program #1 addresses the four areas where Satan tries to keep a believer from being successful in life: faith, Love, provision, and character. Program #1 also includes courses on the ministry of Jesus and a survey of the New Testament.

Program 1 Courses List

Program #2

Program #2 is designed to give students a “jump start” into fulfilling the call of God on their lives. These courses provide training in such basics as Bible study, prayer, preaching, various giftings, and flowing with the anointing. Program #2 also includes a survey of the Old Testament as well as a course designed to help students discover their own purpose in the Kingdom of God.

  Program 2 Courses List

Program #3

Program #3 provides in-depth study of important books and doctrines of the Bible. Such study will help students achieve a greater degree of effectiveness in any area of church-related ministry.

  Program 3 Courses List

Program #4

Program #4 is the year of specialization as students move into courses designed to prepare them to preach and teach the Word of God and help in areas of specialized service in the local church. Courses are grouped into “tracks” and provide a subject concentration focused on the student’s major field of study. A maximum of 2 courses may be substituted in a Program #4 track as long as they have the same subject concentration. Students may choose courses from the Elective Course List below for Program #4.

NOTE: The senior-level degree tracks listed below are those currently available through WCU Online®. The specialized degrees available through attendance at a physical campus location varies from campus to campus, depending upon the faculty available to them. Every WCU extension campus offers the Theology track, regardless of whatever other specialized degrees they are qualified to offer.

Program #4: Theology Track

This major course of study continues to build a solid foundation in the Word of God and meets the needs of the Christian worker by equipping them for various areas of full-time Christian service. This is the default track for students who do not declare a specialized major.

Theology Track Courses List

Program #4: Pastoral Ministry Track

This major course of study helps prepare students for their callings as pastoral staff members of a local church and prepares them for graduate studies in theology and related fields.

Pastoral Ministry Track Courses List

Program #4: Christian Education Track

Our School of Christian Education equips the student for teaching in a Christian Education program for a Christian school, a local congregation, or Bible training program encompassing children, youth, and/or adults. It is also designed to prepare those interested in Primary & Secondary Christian School Administration.

Undergraduate Requirements

Applicants expecting to enter a Christian degree program must have either:

  • Earned a diploma from an accredited high school;
  • Passed the General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.) test;
  • Can document an equivalent education, or;
  • Attended college and have already provided proof of high school graduation.

NOTE: Students who do not have proof of high school graduation will be enrolled in a certificate program.

High school seniors who have not yet graduated from high school may be dually enrolled at WCU while in their senior year. Credits earned will be held in reserve in a Bible institute program until the student graduates from high school. Upon presenting proof of high school graduation, the completed courses will be converted to college credit and any appropriate degrees will be issued.

 

Graduate Degree Programs

Available Through WCU Online®

Master’s Studies

  • Master of Theology
  • Master of Pastoral Ministry
  • Master of Christian Education

A Master’s Degree is awarded to a student who successfully completes 36 credit-hours of study at the graduate level.

The Master’s in Pastoral Ministry degree prepares the student with a rich, well-rounded program encompassing elements Church administration, Christian education, Christian counseling, music, and theology, preparing the pastor to lead the church in all areas of ministry.

See the Admissions page for entrance requirements and advanced placement credits.

Each track is made up of 9 courses, 1 Ministry Practicum for 3 credit-hours, and a formal thesis worth 6 credit-hours for a total of 36 credit-hours. (A master’s candidate has the option of substituting two (2) pre-approved elective courses in lieu of the formal, 50-page-minimum thesis.)

NOTE: The masters-level degree tracks listed below are those currently available though WCU Online®. The specialized degrees available though attendance at a physical campus location varies from campus to campus, depending upon the faculty available to them. Every WCC extension campus offers the Theology track, regardless of whatever other specialized degrees they are qualified to offer.

Master of Theology Track

This major course of study is for students who desire to expand their training and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Bible and theology.

Theology Track Courses List

Master of Pastoral Ministry Track

This major course of study helps pastors increase their effectiveness in the work of the ministry.

  Pastoral Ministry Track Courses List

Master of Christian Education Track

This major course of study is available to WCU graduates with a bachelor’s in theology or Pastoral Ministry who desire to earn a masters degree in Christian Education. The course content is similar to the Program 4 track in Christian Education, but with additional reading and writing required for each course.

Christian Education Track Course List

Doctoral Studies

First-Level Doctorate

  • Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Theology
  • Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Pastoral Ministry

Second-Level Doctorate

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Theology
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pastoral Ministry

A doctoral degree is awarded to a student who successfully completes 45 credit-hours of study at the graduate level.

All doctoral-level programs are individually designed for qualified students who want an in-depth study of a particular area of ministry. Each 45-credit-hour program is designed as in-ministry education for ministry professionals and will build on ministry experience and previous education while challenging the individual candidate to pursue and realize their full potential.

The Ph.D. program is the capstone to all previous academic degrees. It represents the most prestigious accomplishment in a student’s educational endeavors.

See the Admissions page for entrance requirements and advanced placement credits.

Doctoral Program Requirements

  1. The completion of 5 postgraduate-level courses related to the student’s major and pre-approved by the student’s faculty advisor.
  2. One doctoral dissertation of a minimum of 150 pages. Dissertation guidelines are available from your student advisor.

What is Ministry Practicum?

Students are required to serve in their local church as:

  • A volunteer minister of helps (e.g., as a greeter, usher, Sunday school assistant, youth worker, nursery attendant, etc.), or;
  • A paid staff member

Freshman, sophomores, and juniors are required to serve a minimum of 72 hours during each of their 9-course programs of study. Ministry practicum hours must be valid volunteer work sanctioned by the student’s local church providing training for the student and helping that church. Functioning in a paid ministerial capacity at that local church also qualifies. It does not include student ministry independent of a local church. This service, verified by a church leader, earns the student 3 credit-hours.

Seniors must fulfill their ministry practicum requirement in a function related to their major. These hours can be fulfilled either as volunteer work or as paid employment.

Masters students are required to serve in their local church and/or community for a minimum of 176 hours during their program of study and that service must be related to their major. These hours can be fulfilled either as volunteer work or as paid employment.

Doctoral students have no ministry practicum requirement.

NOTE: Ministry Practicum credit will only be granted after a student has completed 9 courses at World Christian University.

Admissions Requirements

Undergraduate Requirements

Applicants expecting to enter a Christian degree program must have either:

  • Earned a diploma from an accredited high school;
  • Passed the General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.) test;
  • Can document an equivalent education, or;
  • Attended college and have already provided proof of high school graduation.

NOTE: Students who do not have proof of high school graduation will be enrolled in a certificate program.

High school seniors who have not yet graduated from high school may be dually enrolled at WCU while in their senior year. Credits earned will be held in reserve in a Bible institute program until the student graduates from high school. Upon presenting proof of high school graduation, the completed courses will be converted to college credit and any appropriate degrees will be issued.

Master’s Requirements

Theology candidates must have earned a bachelor’s degree with a theological major from a recognized college or university (leveling courses may be required). If the bachelor’s degree is in an unrelated field, sixty (60) credit-hours of biblical foundation courses are required before starting at the master’s level.

First-Level Doctorate Requirements

To enter the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program, a student must have earned a Master’s Degree with a theological major from a recognized college or university (leveling courses may be required).

Second-Level Doctorate Requirements

To enter the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program, the student must have completed one of WCU’s 45-credit-hour D.Min. programs and have completed a minimum of 10 years in full-time ministry.

Advanced Placement Credits

Transfer Credits

Students transferring credit from another institution of higher learning must provide official, sealed transcripts.

Students will be granted credit for work done on an equivalent level and for a similar amount of time in subjects that fit in the student’s program of study.

To qualify as transferable, courses must have received grades of “C” or higher. Transferred grades will be included in the student’s overall grade point average (GPA).

Formal transfer credit evaluation is done by the Admissions Department after all official transcripts have been obtained and submitted by the student. In order to avoid an additional reassessment fee, all official transcripts should be received by Admissions within 90 days of the student’s application to WCU.

To receive one of our Christian degrees, students must take or transfer in credits covering Program #1 subjects and complete a minimum of 30 credit-hours in one of our programs.

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Bible Teaching Experience (BTE) Credits

Bible Teaching Experience credit recognizes academic study for the preaching and teaching of the Word of God in formal classes or services sanctioned by the church, such as adult services, children’s church, and youth services.

To qualify for BTE credit, the majority of the material presented should result from the instructor’s own study of the Word of God and not rely upon use of pre-printed curriculum. BTE credit will also be awarded for evangelistic speaking engagements, as well as teaching or preaching over radio and television. Conducting Sunday school classes, home Bible studies, or cell groups do not count toward BTE credit.

The maximum BTE you can receive is 1/4 of the credit-hour requirements towards your undergraduate or graduate degree. This means up to 30 credit-hours may be awarded toward a bachelor’s degree and up to 9 credit-hours of BTE credit may be awarded toward a master’s degree. No BTE credits can be awarded for doctoral students.

Experienced ministers should see their Assessment Package for an BTE Application. There is a $35 evaluation fee that must accompany the application at the time of submission. A further fee of $10 per credit-hour (undergraduate level) or $15 per credit-hour (graduate level) will be assessed for each BTE credit-hour awarded. If no BTE credit is awarded, the student incurs no additional fee.

Your BTE Application must be received by Admissions within 90 days of the student’s application. Qualifying students will receive an BTE Award Letter from the Office of the Registrar showing the BTE credits for which the student is eligible and the total BTE Credit Awarded Fee due. Upon remittance of that fee, the BTE credits will be officially awarded.

Tuition, Fees & Other Costs

Low Tuition Philosophy

We have the philosophy that a quality, spiritual education training a person for service to the Lord Jesus Christ should not leave that individual with an oppressive financial debt.

This is another reason why we have not sought the very costly regional accreditation leading to qualification for government-guaranteed student loans and other government programs. Institutions using such loans generally charge the maximum tuition allowable, leaving the student with a sizeable debt at the completion of their education. For those called to the ministry, it can be very difficult to obey God’s calling with this type of debt lingering over their finances.

Therefore, we selected a less-costly, independent accreditation. Our approach is to provide the most affordable, quality, spiritual education that we can as a ministry to the Lord and to His servants.

Student Loans

Our policy is to provide an in-house, interest-free, student loan in the form of a “pay-as-you-go” program rather than requiring the student to pay the full tuition at the beginning of each semester.

Flexibility of schedule is another great advantage of our approach. Students can finish their programs of study or achieve their educational goals over a period of time convenient to them. Their own personal preferences, work schedules, and their own finances determine the speed at which they progress.

Students must pre-pay each course before attending classes. If a student cannot pre-pay the course, they are not disqualified from continuing their education, though they might not complete the number of courses required to graduate in the next graduation exercise. There are no provisions for partial payments.

Undergraduate

The cost of a full year of undergraduate studies is $1,575. It is payable in 9 installments of $175 each ($58.33 per credit-hour). Each installment covers tuition and primary textbook costs for one course, Practicum credits, and graduation fees for that year.

Undergraduate Tuition

Master’s Program Tuition

WCU’s Master’s Degree is based upon a 1-year, 36-credit-hour program and costs $2,310, payable in 11 installments of $210 each ($70 per credit-hour). Each installment covers tuition and primary textbooks for each course, Ministry Practicum credits, and graduation fees for that level.

Masters Degree Tuition

Doctoral Program Tuition

Both the first and second-level Doctoral Degrees are based on a 45-credit-hour program which includes 15 credit-hours of course work and a 30-credit-hour doctoral dissertation. The cost of the coursework phase of this program is $1,125, payable in 5 installments of $225 ($45 per credit-hour). Each installment includes tuition, graduation fees, and primary textbooks for each course. The cost of the dissertation phase is $1,500 payable in 10 installments of $150 ($50 per credit-hour). Total cost is $2,625.

Frequently-Asked Questions

About WCU Online®

  • Can I start any time or are there specific semesters I must enroll within?
  • You can start at any time. WCU Online®students operate independently from the semester system used at Main Campus.
  • May I obtain my Master’s or Doctoral degrees via WCU Online®?
  • See our page on Degree Programs.
  • Can I take WCU courses if I don’t want to pursue a degree?
  • There are usually two reasons for people to study at WCU without pursuing a degree:
    1. You desire spiritual growth on the highest level possible, but have no need of a degree. In such cases, you may earn Certificates of Completion of each program without having to provide proof of high school graduation.
    2. You have not graduated from high school and therefore cannot qualify to enter a degree program. Since the work you will be doing is the same either way, you may complete a GED program (high school equivalency) at any time after starting WCU, submit proof of completion, and then have your completed certificate coursework converted into degree credits at no charge.NOTE:After completing 60 credit hours as a certificate student (earning a GPA of C or better), students will have demonstrated their ability to study at the university level and may enroll in the university and begin to earn credits toward a degree (The 60 hours of certificate study do not count toward their degree).
  • What courses will I be required to take first at WCU?
  • All students are required to take Program 1 unless they have previously attended a ministry education institution similar to WCU in its theological approach. This exemption will be determined during the assessment phase of enrollment, during which time the student may begin the first course of Program 1, “Principles of Faith”.

Program 1 Courses List

  • Can I obtain a degree in majors other than theology, pastoral ministry, and Christian education?
  • Not at this time. WCU Online®will be releasing courses for additional majors in the future. Some majors, such as Christian counseling, require supervised internships and/or extensive lab work and, therefore, will not be offered online.
  • What is included with each course?
  • You will receive a course outline, an exam and/or research paper assignment, your required textbook(s), and the lectures by video or MP3 (typically 10-12 per course, depending upon the course format).
  • How do I begin?
  • First, there are 2 basic computer software requirements.
    1. WCU Online®currently supports only these web browsers:
      • Apple Safari(MacOS, iOS)
        (bundled with MacOS)
      • Google Chrome(MacOS, Linux, Android, or Win7+)
        (free download)
      • Mozilla Firefox(MacOS, Linux, Win7+)
        (free download)
      • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11(Win7/8/8.1)
        (bundled with Windows)
      • Microsoft Edge(Win10+)
        (bundled with Windows)

NOTE: To protect our students’ personal information as well as our corporate servers, WCU Online® does not support any browser running on a PC using WindowsXP and older. We also do not serve our videos in Adobe Flash format for the same reason.

  1. You will also need software which can read and print Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files as well as access to a printer so you can print the outline and test. If you own a PC and have neither Acrobat Pro nor Adobe Reader, Reader is a free download. MacOS/iOS users without Acrobat Pro may either use MacOS’ Preview.app or Adobe Reader.
    Download Adobe Reader here.
  2. In case your Internet access is too slow to support online videos, we have also included audio-only versions of the lectures in MP3 format. To download the MP3 file rather than playing it in your browser window, click the download icon next to the desired session in the Sessions List on the course’s web page. You may then either listen to them on your computer, transfer them to your favorite MP3 player, or burn them onto a CD.NOTE:Lecture videos are for streaming playback only, never

Before taking any courses, you must first create an WCU Online®user account. Please carefully read and follow all directions found there, taking note of the following:

  • Enter your primary email address to ensure our communications with you are unhindered. If your email software has a spam blocker, you will want to ensure that any emails coming from wcus.com are whitelisted.
    NOTE:WCU will neither constantly spam you nor sell/impart your email address to any third party for any reason.
  • Make a note of your username and password, as you will need them later to log in.

NOTE: No one at WCU has access to your password, ever, period. You are solely responsible for remembering your login credentials.

  • If you have already applied at WCU andreceived a formal Acceptance Letter, please find your WCU Personal ID# provided there and ensure that you enter it into its field on the form.
  • If you have applied at WCU and have not received a formal Acceptance Letter,please either await that letter’s arrival before proceeding or contact Main Campus and speak with a student advisor concerning the matter so you are not accidentally issued two WCU Personal ID numbers.NOTE: Being issued dual Personal ID numbers is a source of confusion for you and resolving them is a headache for both you and our IT staff, so it is best avoided.
  • If you have not applied to become a formal student at WCU and intend to take courses casually, simply leave the Personal ID# field blank and one will be assigned to you by the system.
  • After completing the form, click “Create Your Account” button.
  • The system will then inform you that a confirmation email has been sent to your email address. It should arrive almost instantaneously, so keep an eye on your spam folder(s) if it doesn’t show up in your inbox. After it arrives, open it and click on the link it contains, which will take you back to the WCU Online®website to complete your account registration process.

NOTE: If you do not respond to this email as instructed, your account will remain inactive until you do. If you need to have another confirmation email sent, please click on the “Reverify Email Address” button on the WCU Online® login page.

  • Once confirmed, you may then login to your new WCU Online®user account using your username and password.

NOTE: Regardless of how you obtain your Personal ID#, you should always use it whenever you communicate with your student advisor concerning your studies at WCU.

You can create an WCU Online® User Account here.

  • What if I have trouble logging in?
  • Click on the “Having Problems Logging In?” link on the WCU Online®login page. You will be presented with a series of yes/no questions which will walk you through the troubleshooting process.
  • How do I purchase a course?
    1. Log into WCU Online®using your username and password.
    2. Click on the button labeled ‘My Learning Center’ on the Main Menu.
    3. Once inside the Learning Center, you will be presented with a list of all courses available at WCU Online®.

NOTE: The system knows which courses you have already purchased online and/or taken at a physical WCU campus. All courses previously completed at an WCU physical campus will be automatically credited to you as though you had purchased them on WCU Online®. You may review any of your courses at any time at no charge, regardless of when/where/how you took them.

  1. To make your purchase, click on the    icon in the Actions column next to the desired course.
  2. On the following page, select the academic level (Undergraduate, Masters, Doctor of Ministry, or Doctor of Philosophy) at which you will take the course. Then click the “Continue” button.

NOTE: The level determines both the amount of tuition you will have to pay as well as what textbooks are required for the course.

  1. On the next page, enter or verify your billing address and, optionally, a separate mailing address. Then click the “Credit Card” button.
  2. On the following page, enter your credit card information, then click the “Pay Tuition” button.
  3. If the purchase is successful, you will land on a page detailing the transaction and allowing you the option of generating a printer-friendly receipt for your records. You will also receive a confirmation email containing the same information.

If the transaction was unnsuccessful, you will see a page notifying you of the failure explaining why it failed.

  1. Once you have a successful purchase, whenever you return to the Learning Center Main Menu, you will see that the    icon in the Actions column next to your newly purchased course has been replaced with the    icon. Clicking the    icon will take you to the page for that course.
  2. From the course’s page, you may download your course outline and view/listen/download course lectures.
  3. Your textbook(s) will be delivered to the mailing address specified during the purchase process within 3 business days.

NOTE: WCU business days are Monday-Thursday except for holidays. WCU observes the following holidays: New Year’s Eve/Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day/Black Friday, and Christmas Eve/Day.

  1. After you complete your coursework, you mustprint and sign a Student Coursework Completion Affidavit and mail it along with your final exam and/or research paper to your student advisor at WCU Main Campus for grading.
  • Are there any tuition discounts or scholarships available?
  • Yes!
    • Immediate family members enrolled in WCU Online at the same time will receive a 10% discount on each course. For example, a husband and wife attending at the same time as undergraduates pay $157.50 per course per person, instead of $175. The same would hold true for any grouping of parents and children or multiple children.

NOTE: High school seniors who have not yet graduated from high school may also attend WCU. Credits earned will be held in reserve until the student graduates from high school. Upon presenting a high school diploma or GED certificate, the completed courses will be converted to college credit and any appropriate degrees will be issued, all at no charge.

NOTE: Family discounts are available to WCU Online® and Main Campus students only.

  • Active-duty military personnel and veterans of the United States military are also eligible for a 10% discount on online tuition.
  • How do I track my academic progress (grades, credits, etc.) and/or update my own contact information?
  • Click the “My WCU Records” button on the WCU Online®Main Menu to update your personal contact info as well as examine your academic records.
  • How long do I have to finish a course?
  • There is no deadline for the completion of the course and submission of the exam for online students. Most online students find that an average of 4-6 weeks per course works well for almost any schedule.
  • May I begin before you have my college transcripts?
  • You have 60 days from enrolling in your first course to send your original sealed transcripts for advanced placement credits. After the 60-day period, a $65 Reassessment Fee will be charged.
  • May I finish a course quicker than 4-6 weeks?
  • You may go as fast as you wish.
  • I want to receive college credit for my WCU studies. How do I accomplish this?
  • See our Application Process page.
  • Where can I obtain student forms online?
  • Click on the ‘WCU Document Master’ button on the WCU Online®Main Menu.
  • Who has onlineaccess to my student records?
  • You, period.
  • Who has access to my password?
  • You, period. Again, no one at WCU has access to your password, ever, period. You are solely responsible for remembering your login credentials.
  • What if I forget or lose my password?
  • If this happens, you will have to use the Reset Password/Account button we’ve provided on the WCU Online®Login Page for solving that problem. Once there, you’ll enter and submit the email address you entered when you established your WCU Online® An email will be sent containing a link to a page where you can enter a new password. If the email does not show up in your inbox, be sure to check your spam folder.

NOTE: If you have been locked out of your account due to too many failed login attempts, this process will reactivate your account, as well.

  • What if I want/need to change my password?
  • Once you’ve successfully logged in using your existing password, click on the ‘Change My Password’ button on the WCU Online®Main Menu.
  • What if my email address changes or my name changes because I got married?
  • Once you’ve successfully logged in, click on the ‘Change My Legal Name’ or ‘Change My Email Address’ buttons on the WCU Online®Main Menu to change your name, email address, or both.

Frequently-Asked Questions

About WCU Online®

  • Can I start any time or are there specific semesters I must enroll within?
  • You can start at any time. WCU Online®students operate independently from the semester system used at Main Campus.
  • May I obtain my Master’s or Doctoral degrees via WCU Online®?
  • See our page on Degree Programs.
  • Can I take WCU courses if I don’t want to pursue a degree?
  • There are usually two reasons for people to study at WCU without pursuing a degree:
    1. You desire spiritual growth on the highest level possible but have no need of a degree. In such cases, you may earn Certificates of Completion of each program without having to provide proof of high school graduation.
    2. You have not graduated from high school and therefore cannot qualify to enter a degree program. Since the work you will be doing is the same either way, you may complete a GED program (high school equivalency) at any time after starting WCU, submit proof of completion, and then have your completed certificate coursework converted into degree credits at no charge.NOTE:After completing 60 credit hours as a certificate student (earning a GPA of C or better), students will have demonstrated their ability to study at the university level and may enroll in the university and begin to earn credits toward a degree (The 60 hours of certificate study do not count toward their degree).
  • What courses will I be required to take first at WCU?
  • All students are required to take Program 1 unless they have previously attended a ministry education institution similar to WCU in its theological approach. This exemption will be determined during the assessment phase of enrollment, during which time the student may begin the first course of Program 1, “Principles of Faith”.

Program 1 Courses List

  • Can I obtain a degree in majors other than theology, pastoral ministry, and Christian education?
  • Not at this time. WCU Online®will be releasing courses for additional majors in the future. Some majors, such as Christian counseling, require supervised internships and/or extensive lab work and, therefore, will not be offered online.
  • What is included with each course?
  • You will receive a course outline, an exam and/or research paper assignment, your required textbook(s), and the lectures by video or MP3 (typically 10-12 per course, depending upon the course format).
  • How do I begin?
  • First, there are 2 basic computer software requirements.
    1. WCU Online®currently supports only these web browsers:
      • Apple Safari(MacOS, iOS)
        (bundled with MacOS)
      • Google Chrome(MacOS, Linux, Android, or Win7+)
        (free download)
      • Mozilla Firefox(MacOS, Linux, Win7+)
        (free download)
      • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11(Win7/8/8.1)
        (bundled with Windows)
      • Microsoft Edge(Win10+)
        (bundled with Windows)

NOTE: To protect our students’ personal information as well as our corporate servers, WCU Online® does not support any browser running on a PC using WindowsXP and older. We also do not serve our videos in Adobe Flash format for the same reason.

  1. You will also need software which can read and print Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files as well as access to a printer so you can print the outline and test. If you own a PC and have neither Acrobat Pro nor Adobe Reader, Reader is a free download. MacOS/iOS users without Acrobat Pro may either use MacOS’ Preview.app or Adobe Reader.
    Download Adobe Reader here.
  2. In case your Internet access is too slow to support online videos, we have also included audio-only versions of the lectures in MP3 format. To download the MP3 file rather than playing it in your browser window, click the download icon next to the desired session in the Sessions List on the course’s web page. You may then either listen to them on your computer, transfer them to your favorite MP3 player, or burn them onto a CD.NOTE:Lecture videos are for streaming playback only, never

Before taking any courses, you must first create an WCU Online®user account. Please carefully read and follow all directions found there, taking note of the following:

  • Enter your primary email address to ensure our communications with you are unhindered. If your email software has a spam blocker, you will want to ensure that any emails coming from lcus.edu are whitelisted.
    NOTE:WCU will neither constantly spam you nor sell/impart your email address to any third party for any reason.
  • Make a note of your username and password, as you will need them later to log in.

NOTE: No one at WCU has access to your password, ever, period. You are solely responsible for remembering your login credentials.

  • If you have already applied at WCU andreceived a formal Acceptance Letter, please find your WCU Personal ID# provided there and ensure that you enter it into its field on the form.
  • If you have applied at WCU and have not received a formal Acceptance Letter,please either await that letter’s arrival before proceeding or contact Main Campus and speak with a student advisor concerning the matter so you are not accidentally issued two WCU Personal ID numbers.NOTE: Being issued dual Personal ID numbers is a source of confusion for you and resolving them is a headache for both you and our IT staff, so it is best avoided.
  • If you have not applied to become a formal student at WCU and intend to take courses casually, simply leave the Personal ID# field blank and one will be assigned to you by the system.
  • After completing the form, click “Create Your Account” button.
  • The system will then inform you that a confirmation email has been sent to your email address. It should arrive almost instantaneously, so keep an eye on your spam folder(s) if it doesn’t show up in your inbox. After it arrives, open it and click on the link it contains, which will take you back to the WCU Online®website to complete your account registration process.

NOTE: If you do not respond to this email as instructed, your account will remain inactive until you do. If you need to have another confirmation email sent, please click on the “Reverify Email Address” button on the WCU Online® login page.

  • Once confirmed, you may then login to your new WCU Online®user account using your username and password.

NOTE: Regardless of how you obtain your Personal ID#, you should always use it whenever you communicate with your student advisor concerning your studies at W.C.U.

You can create an WCU Online® User Account here.

  • What if I have trouble logging in?
  • Click on the “Having Problems Logging In?” link on the WCU Online®login page. You will be presented with a series of yes/no questions which will walk you through the troubleshooting process.
  • How do I purchase a course?
    1. Log into WCU Online®using your username and password.
    2. Click on the button labeled ‘My Learning Center’ on the Main Menu.
    3. Once inside the Learning Center, you will be presented with a list of all courses available at WCU Online®.

NOTE: The system knows which courses you have already purchased online and/or taken at a physical WCU campus. All courses previously completed at an WCU physical campus will be automatically credited to you as though you had purchased them on WCU Online®. You may review any of your courses at any time at no charge, regardless of when/where/how you took them.

  1. To make your purchase, click on the    icon in the Actions column next to the desired course.
  2. On the following page, select the academic level (Undergraduate, Masters, Doctor of Ministry, or Doctor of Philosophy) at which you will take the course. Then click the “Continue” button.

NOTE: The level determines both the amount of tuition you will have to pay as well as what textbooks are required for the course.

  1. On the next page, enter or verify your billing address and, optionally, a separate mailing address. Then click the “Credit Card” button.
  2. On the following page, enter your credit card information, then click the “Pay Tuition” button.
  3. If the purchase is successful, you will land on a page detailing the transaction and allowing you the option of generating a printer-friendly receipt for your records. You will also receive a confirmation email containing the same information.

If the transaction was unnsuccessful, you will see a page notifying you of the failure explaining why it failed.

  1. Once you have a successful purchase, whenever you return to the Learning Center Main Menu, you will see that the    icon in the Actions column next to your newly purchased course has been replaced with the    icon. Clicking the    icon will take you to the page for that course.
  2. From the course’s page, you may download your course outline and view/listen/download course lectures.
  3. Your textbook(s) will be delivered to the mailing address specified during the purchase process within 3 business days.

NOTE: WCU business days are Monday-Thursday except for holidays. WCU observes the following holidays: New Year’s Eve/Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day/Black Friday, and Christmas Eve/Day.

  1. After you complete your coursework, you mustprint and sign a Student Coursework Completion Affidavit and mail it along with your final exam and/or research paper to your student advisor at WCU Main Campus for grading.
  • Are there any tuition discounts or scholarships available?
  • Yes!
    • Immediate family members enrolled in WCU Online at the same time will receive a 10% discount on each course. For example, a husband and wife attending at the same time as undergraduates pay $157.50 per course per person, instead of $175. The same would hold true for any grouping of parents and children or multiple children.

NOTE: High school seniors who have not yet graduated from high school may also attend WCU. Credits earned will be held in reserve until the student graduates from high school. Upon presenting a high school diploma or GED certificate, the completed courses will be converted to college credit and any appropriate degrees will be issued, all at no charge.

NOTE: Family discounts are available to WCU Online® and Main Campus students only.

  • Active-duty military personnel and veterans of the United States military are also eligible for a 10% discount on online tuition.
  • How do I track my academic progress (grades, credits, etc.) and/or update my own contact information?
  • Click the “My WCU Records” button on the WCU Online®Main Menu to update your personal contact info as well as examine your academic records.
  • How long do I have to finish a course?
  • There is no deadline for the completion of the course and submission of the exam for online students. Most online students find that an average of 4-6 weeks per course works well for almost any schedule.
  • May I begin before you have my college transcripts?
  • You have 60 days from enrolling in your first course to send your original sealed transcripts for advanced placement credits. After the 60-day period, a $65 Reassessment Fee will be charged.
  • May I finish a course quicker than 4-6 weeks?
  • You may go as fast as you wish.
  • I want to receive college credit for my WCU studies. How do I accomplish this?
  • See our Application Process
  • Where can I obtain student forms online?
  • Click on the ‘WCU Document Master’ button on the WCU Online®Main Menu.
  • Who has onlineaccess to my student records?
  • You, period.
  • Who has access to my password?
  • You, period. Again, no one at WCU has access to your password, ever, period. You are solely responsible for remembering your login credentials.
  • What if I forget or lose my password?
  • If this happens, you will have to use the Reset Password/Account button we’ve provided on the WCU Online®Login Page for solving that problem. Once there, you’ll enter and submit the email address you entered when you established your WCU Online® An email will be sent containing a link to a page where you can enter a new password. If the email does not show up in your inbox, be sure to check your spam folder.

NOTE: If you have been locked out of your account due to too many failed login attempts, this process will reactivate your account, as well.

  • What if I want/need to change my password?
  • Once you’ve successfully logged in using your existing password, click on the ‘Change My Password’ button on the WCU Online®Main Menu.
  • What if my email address changes or my name changes because I got married?
  • Once you’ve successfully logged in, click on the ‘Change My Legal Name’ or ‘Change My Email Address’ buttons on the WCU Online®Main Menu to change your name, email address, or both.

What Makes WCU the Best Choice?

6 Simple Answers!

  1. Our curriculum is Bible-based and faith-filled.

Study deep truths that will transform your life. No matter how much you know about the kingdom of God, there is always more with God!

  1. We’re convenient.

Study in your own community — at your own church! No need to relocate your family. Enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded learners as you make new friends and enjoy deepening relationships with a spiritual focus, study at your own pace.

  1. A WCU degree is doable.

Meet only one evening a week for three hours of class. Concentrate on one course a month. Finish your Associate’s degree in two years, your bachelor’s degree in four years.

  1. We’re affordable.

Because of our partnership with local churches, our tuition is very affordable! And textbooks are included with the tuition! Our pay-as-you-go rates allow you to graduate with zero college debt!

  1. Earn a prestigious degree.

WCU is rapidly becoming known as one of the premiere ministry universities in the world. With its quality program, miraculous growth rate, and awesome roster of prominent and distinguished ministers who have chosen WCU for recognition of their academic work, a degree from WCU is one of the most prestigious degrees available.

Meet Our President

Dr. Jose De La Rosa

Founder and President of World Christian University, has a passion for educating the ministers of tomorrow. He has a world vision  and has created a network of campuses in churches across the United States and around the world. He has empowered these pastors to provide quality ministry education to their staff and others in their communities desiring to enter the work of the ministry.

Today, World Christian University is a global network of campuses, now numbering many  campuses located in different states and 10 foreign countries. WCU has graduated over many students with many other  students currently enrolled.

Dr. Jose De La Rosa has over 35 years of diverse ministry experience, including music ministry, youth ministry, ministry administration, as well as 12 years as senior pastor. He has been involved in Christian higher education since 2006, founding World Christian University,and other universities. Dr. De La Rosa, along with other WCU faculty professors, developed the faith-based curriculum taught at the university worldwide.

Dr. De La Rosa and his wife, Keila, live in Georgia with their two children: Joseph and Keise.

Dr. Jose De La Rosa

“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the Word and in teaching.” — 1 Timothy 5:17

 

WCU Vision Statement

Train 5 million ministers to impact billions of people in this generation.

“The basic needs of mankind never change — in fact, they seem to grow more urgent as the time of the return on the Lord Jesus draws near.

“World Christian University is more dedicated than ever to do its part in the great end-time harvest. The need for ministers of the Gospel, who will walk in integrity and excellence, proclaiming the life-transforming power of God’s Word throughout the whole earth has never been greater.

“We believe that with God’s grace, we will be able to stay the miraculous course that has been set before us, and go on to affect the lives of a billion of souls for the kingdom of God.”

Dr. Jose De La Rosa
President & Founder

WCU Statement of Faith

What We Believe & Teach

We consider the truths below to be fundamental to understanding our relationship to the One True & Living God.

ONE TRUE GOD

The One True God is the eternally self-existent “I AM,” the Creator of the universe. He has further revealed Himself as a triune Being, manifested as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

SCRIPTURES INSPIRED

All Scripture is verbally inspired by God as written in the original languages and is the inerrant revelation of God to man. The Bible is the sole, complete, and infallible authority for faith and conduct.

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

The Lord Jesus is 100% divine (Son of God), while simultaneously being 100% human (Son of Man). As God Incarnate, He is the express image of the Living God in human form. While on earth, He lived a perfectly sinless life and became the perfect sacrifice for the past, present, and future sins of all mankind through His death on the cross. Three days after His burial, Jesus was resurrected from the dead, appeared in His resurrected form before many witnesses, and ascended to heaven. He lives eternally and now makes intercession for them at the right hand of God the Father.

ORIGINAL SIN & THE DEPRAVITY OF MAN

Man was created good and upright in the image and likeness of God. The first man, Adam, rebelled against God and, thus, sin and death entered into the world. Adam’s rebellion incurred not only physical death for man, but also spiritual death, which is eternal separation from God. Man’s propensity to sin because of his sinful nature necessitates both salvation from the power of sin and a Savior to provide that salvation.

SALVATION OF MAN

Man’s only hope of redemption and salvation from sin is through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. His blood is completely sufficient to deliver every person from the power and penalty of sin. Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. Salvation can never be earned or deserved by the good and/or religious works of man.

THE CHURCH & ITS MISSION

The Church is the Body of Christ and is comprised of all believers. God inhabits the Body of Christ by the Holy Spirit both individually and corporately. Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshiped by man, and to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the Church’s responsibility is to:

  1. Evangelize the world;
  2. Grow in Christ-likeness by the grace of God and the working of the Holy Spirit.
  3. Demonstrate the love of God, allowing that love to permeate and control its relationships with others, both within and outside the Church.
  4. Be a corporate body in which man may worship and glorify God, and;
  5. Equip the saints for the work of service.

BAPTISM IN WATER

Baptism by immersion in water is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent of their sins and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized.

HOLY COMMUNION

The Lord’s Supper, consisting of bread and a cup of the fruit of the vine, is a memorial of Jesus’ suffering and death and a celebration of His resurrection to be enjoyed by all believers until He comes again.

BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is evidenced by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Holy Spirit gives utterance. This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth. With the baptism of the Holy Spirit comes the enduing of power for life and service and the bestowing of spiritual gifts.

EVER-INCREASING FAITH

Faith of the heart is based on the hearing (spiritual understanding) of God’s Word. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Christians are saved through faith, justified by faith, shall live by faith, and overcome the world by faith.

DIVINE HEALING

Divine healing is provided for in both Old and New Testaments and is integral to the Gospel.

THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST & THE FINAL JUDGMENT

As the climax to God’s dealings with man, Jesus is coming again. At that time, there will be a resurrection of the righteous and the wicked. The wicked will be judged, and the righteous will be ushered into the everlasting Kingdom of God.

Faculty & Administration

of World Christian University

Senior Faculty Members & Administrators

Jose De La Rosa DR.

Founder, President, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Professor of Theology, Biblical Studies & Pastoral Ministry

Education: Doctorate in Divinity, Revelation University of South Florida, Goldon Conwell Theology.

Keila M De La Rosa, Dr.

Vice-President, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dean of Theology & Biblical Studies, Professor of Theology, Biblical Studies & Pastoral Ministry

Education: Liberty University, Associate of art in education, Revelation, University of South Florida,  Doctorate in Divinity, Goldon Conwell Theology.

WCU Accreditation

World Christian University is a theologically accredited, educationally accountable institution of higher learning. Our educational programs are designed to help students grow in their faith as they prepare to follow the Lord in the work of the ministry.

For this reason, WCU has chosen to be accredited through Accrediting Commission International. ACI is an internationally known, non-profit, church educational organization. They handle the accreditation of Christian theological seminaries, universities, and colleges throughout the world, providing supervision for almost 300 schools in 8 countries and in 38 states of the USA.

Accreditation in the United States is a voluntary submission to standards of high academic quality, accurate record keeping, and ethical policies and practices. Accreditation is essentially a statement of approval. The best accrediting commissions provide on-site visits to ensure their high standards are met.

Why Non-Governmental Accreditation?

WCU has chosen not to seek governmental school accreditation because we believe we should not allow secular institutions to dictate the qualifications for instructors or the programs for a Spirit-filled ministerial degree. As an independent accrediting agency, ACI helps the religious world obtain accreditation that is not government affiliated. The form of ministry accreditation provided by ACI is recognized by most churches, ministry institutions, and ministry organizations. All ACI member institutions around the world accept credits from other member schools, if the credits apply to their programs.

Meeting & Exceeding State Requirements

World Christian University has fulfilled rigorous educational requirements in our determination to acquire and maintain a quality educational program. WCU is a state-authorized school, recognized by the Florida Department of Education’s Commission for Independent Education, having fully met and exceeded the requirements of state law. Additionally, in each of the many states where WCU has campuses, we have met and exceeded the requirements of their State Departments of Education as well.

WCU offers academic programs that are specifically designed to equip students who feel the call of God on their lives and who wish to build a ministerial career or to further their Christian education. Our academic programs are not for persons intending to build secular careers. The articulation and acceptance of credits or degrees by other institutions, including employers, must be determined by the respective institutions.

WCU History

WCU Christian University has been proclaiming the life-transforming power of God’s Word for just over 24 years.

Founded in 2018 by Dr. Jose De La Rosa, World Christian University has endeavored to provide the highest quality ministry education possible to ministry students throughout the world.

One of the fastest growing Christian universities in the country, World Christian University is known for making theology come alive by focusing on the practical applications of Scripture.

Bringing the WCU Program

to Your Church & Community

Please read a short message from our president and founder, Dr. Jose De La Rosa.

If you are one of those ministers who senses the call to educate and mentor the next generation of ministry gifts in the Body of Christ, you can bring the WCU program to your church and thus to your community.

Some have said that you can’t be a true success without raising up successors. In order for pastors to leave a lasting legacy, you must train elders and leaders to propel your heavenly assignment and then to carry on the work that you have labored so diligently to establish. The WCU Extension Campus program and the WCU Licensed Institute program can help you achieve those goals.

Your students would be required to fulfill 72 hours of Ministry Practicum (Ministry of Helps) per academic year as part of their undergraduate degree programs, a great way to increase participation in your church’s ministry by your members.

We have an FAQ concerning launching and operating an WCU extension campus that will answer many of your questions.

Download an WCU Extension Campus Application Forms Package (PDF format)