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THE CHRISTIAN DEGREE PROGRAMS OF LIFE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY are designed to equip students to follow the Lord in the work of the ministry. For this reason,we have chosen to be accredited through Transworld Accrediting Commission International. We have chosen not to seek governmental school accreditation offered by the U.S. Department of Education or a regional accrediting association 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 a Christian University, LCU offers academic programs that are specifically designed to equip students who feel the call of God on their lives and wish to build a ministerial career or to further their Christian education. It is not for persons intending to build secular careers. The articulation and acceptance of LCU credits or degrees by other institutions, including employers, must be determined by the respective institutions.
This form of ministry accreditation is not recognized by the United States Department of Education, but is recognized by most churches, ministry institutions, and ministry organizations.
THE TYPES OF CERTIFICATES, DIPLOMAS, & CHRISTIAN DEGREES offered by Life Christian University - Quincy Campus are listed below:
The Life Christian University Audit Program is for those individuals attending strictly for their own personal spiritual growth. Audit students must attend all classes and read all texts. Audit students will participate in the graduation exercise for LCU degree students and will receive a certificate of completion for each 30-credit-hour program completed.
Audit students may convert their Audit student credit to University credit by completing the additional work requirements (tests, quizzes, papers, and labs) and paying the additional tuition for the degree program. Upon completion of the additional requirements, a Life Christian University degree certificate and transcript commensurate to the student's academic standing will be awarded.
DIPLOMA IN THEOLOGY
A Diploma in Theology is awarded to a student who successfully completes the first-year program for college credit (30 credit-hours total).
An Associate's Degree is awarded to a student who successfully completes the second-year program for college credit (60 credit-hours total).
An Advanced Diploma is awarded to a student who successfully completes the third-year program for college credit (90 credit-hours total).
A Bachelor's Degree is awarded to a student who successfully completes the fourth-year program for college credit (120 credit-hours total). All students within the Bachelor's Degree program are required to complete Program #1 courses either by class instruction or by transfer from an approved institution. They are also required to complete 30 credit-hours of study within their chosen major. Formal teaching and preaching experience may qualify a student for Ministry Life Experience (MLE) credit. Up to 30 credit-hours of MLE credit may be awarded toward a Bachelor's Degree. See your Campus Director for details.
A Master's Degree is awarded to a student who successfully completes a minimum of 36 credit-hours above the Bachelor's Degree program for college credit. Formal teaching and preaching experience may qualify a student for Ministry Life Experience (MLE) credit. Up to 9 credit-hours of MLE credit may be awarded toward a Master's Degree. See your Campus Director for details.
A first-level Doctoral Degree, such as a Doctor of Ministry, a Doctor of Education, or a Doctor of Missiology, is awarded to a student who successfully completes 45 credit-hours above the Master's Degree program for college credit. A Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) is awarded to a student who successfully completes an additional 45 credit-hours above a first-level Doctoral Degree.
Applicants expecting to enter a Christian degree program at Life Christian University must have either earned a diploma from an accredited high school, passed the General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.) test or have an equivalent education.
Audit students do not need a high school diploma.
Students transferring credit to LCU from another institution of higher learning must provide official, sealed transcripts sent directly from the institution to the local LCU campus. 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 at Life Christian University. Transferable grades must be "C" or above. Transferred grades will be included in the student's overall grade point average (GPA) at LCU. Formal transfer credit evaluation is done by the Office of the Registrar at LCU after all official transcripts have been forwarded from the local campus. In order to avoid an additional Reassessment Fee, official transcripts should be received by the Office of the Registrar within 60 days of the student's enrollment date.
To receive a Christian degree from LCU, students must take or transfer in credits covering Program #1 subjects and complete a minimum of thirty (30) credit-hours in one of the University's programs.
MINISTRY LIFE EXPERIENCE CREDIT
Ministry Life 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 MLE 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. MLE 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 MLE credit. Experienced ministers should see their Campus Director for an MLE 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 MLE credit-hour awarded by the University. If no MLE credit is awarded, the student incurs no additional fee. The maximum MLE credits that can be awarded are 30 credit-hours for undergraduate students and 9 credit-hours for graduate students. No MLE credits can be awarded for post-graduate (doctoral) level students. The MLE Application must be received by the Office of the Registrar within 60 days of the student's application to LCU. Qualifying students will receive an MLE Award Letter from the Office of the Registrar showing the MLE credits for which the student is eligible and the total Credit Awarded Fee due. Upon remittance of the Credit Awarded Fee, the MLE credits will be officially awarded.
* Cathedral of Worship / E.L. Warren Ministries is Licensed and Approved to use LCU Materials. All Degrees are issued by Life Christian University - Tampa, Florida