Grace’s tuition rates are very competitive. This coupled with the low cost of living in the Winona Lake area makes Grace one of the best values in the conservative evangelical seminary market. While the federal government does not offer grants or scholarships for master's work, Grace Seminary is able to offer several scholarship options. They include the: GTS Sparks Endowment Scholarship, Church Matching-Partners in Education Award, and the annual Glimpse of Grace Scholarships awarded each spring.
No, seminary is considered a first professional degree, which means programs are designed to serve those who will be taking their first formal theological class as well as those who have already completed a theological degree. You do not need to have an undergraduate degree in Bible, ministry or theology in order to enter seminary.
While you do not need to have an undergraduate degree in Bible or ministry to enter seminary, it can be to your advantage if you do. We do accept your previous work as advanced standing credit. If course credit is granted, then there will not be any need to take an equivalent class or replace the credit for these courses. There are limits to the amount of advanced standing that will be granted. A maximum of 21 hours will be granted for M.Div. applicants and 12 for the 48-credit-hour M.A. programs. Please discuss this with the Seminary Admission Office during your application process.
If you have already taken multiple Bible or ministry classes, a seminary education will provide you with additional tools to effectively serve Christ. Grace will provide you with excellent advanced training that will allow you to study Scripture and ministry in depth, so that you are fully prepared as you enter your ministry field.
Yes! A campus visit will offer you an excellent opportunity to meet with Grace faculty members and to get acquainted with the academic programs. If you come during the school year, we recommend that you attend a seminary class. The best day to visit is on Thursday, as we will arrange for you to attend graduate chapel, sit in on a class, and go to lunch with a professor or staff member. We will still be able to arrange a high-quality visit on another day. If you would like to schedule a campus visit on another day that works better with your schedule, simply email Grace Seminary Admissions or call the Seminary Recruitment office at 800-544-7223, ext. 6001.
Winona Lake is right next to Warsaw and is 100 miles north of Indianapolis, 110 miles east/southeast of Chicago, 230 miles southwest of Detroit, 30 miles west of Fort Wayne, and 50 miles southeast of South Bend. Map and driving directions.
It is certainly possible that you can focus so much on your studies and your grades that you miss out on the growth God wants to initiate in your life. But Grace intentionally provides many opportunities that will contribute toward your spiritual growth. From weekly chapels to Day of Worship to required mentoring groups as well as courses in spiritual formation and prayer, students at GTS will find their educational experience to be spiritually transforming as well as academically challenging.
Seminary is a time to prepare for ministry. You and your spouse both need to understand and agree that life is going to be “different” during your time in school. That is not to say that you shouldn’t try to find a good balance between family, school, work and local church involvement. The faculty at Grace is very sensitive to the pressures that your studies put on you and your family and are more than willing to work with you should unique situations occur. We are very excited about being able to offer family support through our SWIFT ministry. All seminary wives are encouraged to participate in the weekly and monthly gatherings that are designed to help wives prepare for ministry and handle their current situations.
Yes, many students work part-time and a few even work full-time while attending seminary.
Grace Theological Seminary offers certificates for those that don't have an undergraduate degree, M.A. programs, M.Div. programs and D.Min. programs.
Yes, Grace has a full-service dining hall on campus called Alpha Dining Commons that provides breakfast, lunch and dinner for a nominal per-semester fee on a meal plan, or individual meals can be purchased by paying at the door. Grace also provides a coffee shop in the center of the main campus called Jazzman's and a sub shop called Subconnection. The campus bookstore, called the Tree of Life, also houses a coffee shop and is located on the edge of campus.
The Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches is a voluntary group of churches that share common doctrinal beliefs in a voluntary association of churches in the U.S.A., Canada and around the world. Grace is technically not a denomination in that it does not operate under a hierarchal structure and attracts students from a wide variety of backgrounds, both Calvinistic and Arminian.The worldwide Grace Brethren movement includes over 2,300 churches, with a heavy concentration in central Africa. Although the Grace Brethren doctrinal beliefs are very similar to conservative Baptist denominations, Grace has several ordinances that make them unique because of their Brethren/Pietistic background.
When you examine Grace's Covenant of Faith, you will discover the following elements:Covenant of Faith
History of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches.
Students taking at least eight semester hours are considered full-time, and anything less than that is part-time. This is important because certain student loan programs may require you to attend full-time in order to be eligible for deferment. Also, if you are receiving state unemployment, you may not be able to attend full-time.
Grace Theological Seminary is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Grace Seminary is also a member of The Association of Theological Schools (ATS), having received full accreditation in the summer of 2010.
Students that only desire to take a few seminary courses without completing the entire application process may do so simply by completing the unclassified student form. This process allows students to take up to four seminary classes before they apply and are accepted to the program. Unclassified students cannot take part in the GTS scholarship program. The unclassified student process was designed for those students that desired to only take a few seminary courses or for those that were late in applying to attend the seminary and plan to complete their application later.
In some cases, if completing a bachelor's degree is unrealistic, the Admissions Committee may grant "bachelor's equivalency" to students who’ve completed approximately a junior's level of college credit. Grace Seminary also recognizes that some students desire advanced theological training but have not completed a bachelor's degree. For those individuals, we offer two programs to meet their needs: Diploma in Theology and the Certificate in Biblical Studies. The Certificate in Biblical Studies is also available in an online format.
Email Admissions or call 877-607-0012.