Which Diploma program should I pursue?
Who should consider completing the Diploma of Biblical and Theological Studies?
Who should consider completing the Diploma of Pastoral Studies?
Which Certificate program should I pursue?
Who should consider completing the Certificate of Christian Leadership?
Who should consider completing the Certificate of Christian Studies?
Who should consider completing the Certificate of Biblical Studies?
Where are we located?
In addition to our main campus in King of Prussia, PA, Eastern's School of Christian Ministry has instructional sites in Philadelphia and Edgewater, New Jersey. (See below.) These instructional sites have limited course offerings, so please contact our office to determine whether the site you are interested in has the course offerings you need.
How much does the program cost?
For the 2014-15 Academic Year:
Tuition per course: $220
Student service fee: $12 per module Application fee: $30 Average program costs: (Does not include textbooks) Diploma program (3-year schedule): ($215 x 24) + ($12 x7) + $30 = $5,274 (all seven modules) Certificate program (2-year schedule): ($215 x 9) + ($12 x 7) + $30 = $2,049 (all seven modules) Additional fees: Personal enrichment: $105 Late tuition (per class): additional $25 Late tuition not cleared at the end of the module: additional $50
What is a module?
A module is an abbreviated session (five - six weeks as opposed to a semester which usually lasts for 12-14 weeks) in which our courses are held. Each course lasts for five to six weeks and consists of fifteen instructional hours. An individual can start the program at the beginning of any module. There are six modules in each academic year.
What are core courses?
Core courses are the building blocks of our program. All other coursework and instruction will be based on a sound understanding of the material offered in these three courses. The courses are Biblical Interpretation, Spiritual Disciplines and Formation, and Christian Leadership. Core courses will be offered at least twice a year on main campus, and once a year at satellite sites.
What are required courses?
Required courses are a combination of courses focusing on Biblical themes, Christian thought and mission, and Christian ministry, in order to give students a holistic education in the area they wish to pursue. Bible courses cover the basics that every believer should know. Christian Thought and Mission deals with the purpose and beliefs of the Christian church. Christian Ministry addresses the practical ministry skills that are needed to fulfill lay-leadership responsibilities. These course types are represented in our course numbers as follows: Bible (B), Christian Thought and Mission (CTM), Christian Ministry (CM), and Academic Development (ACD) which represents courses of basic educational skills.
What are elective courses?
Elective courses are additional courses that a student chooses to complete their certificate or diploma. These courses cover various topics throughout the course categories (Bible, Christian Thought and Mission, Christian Ministry, and Academic Development). Taking these courses helps the student define a certificate or diploma program to help fit their specific needs.