Who should consider the GCUPM program?
Pastors, elders, ministers, and church leaders who are interested in and/or engaged in ministries in urban areas will gain tools and strength in the art and practice of ministry in the city.
Do I have to hold a Bachelor’s degree to enter?
Normally, WTS requires a Bachelor’s degree to enroll in courses. In some cases, students who have not yet completed a Bachelor’s degree are permitted to enroll as GCUPM students. Interested persons should contact Dr. Mark Poppen or Rev. Joseph Ocasio to discuss their particular situations.
Can I take courses at night? On weekends?
Class sessions are often held in intensive format (one week of class all day at a specific geographic location) that can include weekends. Others are taken online or a combination of online and in-person.
What are the professors like? Are they actively involved in urban ministry?
The professors for the GCUPM program are a diverse group, including both ministers who serve primarily as pastors in urban areas and those ministering primarily as seminary professors.
Will I have access to professors, the bookstore, the library and other services?
Seminary offices, the bookstore and the library are open during the times when GCUPM courses are held so students have access to the services they need to succeed in their studies.
What if my own theology is different than that which WTS embraces?
WTS is an institution which values its identity as ecumenical and evangelical, welcoming students from a number of Christian theological traditions. While WTS is Reformed in its theological identity, many current students in the GCUPM and other study programs hold membership in non-Reformed denominations.
What do the courses cost?
Each successfully-completed course in the GCUPM program earns the student three credit hours and costs $1,335. Students are encouraged to fill out a financial aid application.
Is financial aid available?
Financial aid is available to students accepted into the GCUPM program who demonstrate financial need through application. Students interested in financial aid should request a financial aid application.
Are classes in the GCUPM program graduate level courses?
Yes, each course in the GCUPM program at WTS is taught at the graduate level and earns students three Master’s level credits.
Are the credits transferable into a Master’s program?
Each successfully-completed course earns the GCUPM student three credits, which may be transferable into Master of Divinity programs at accredited seminaries. Students who complete the entire GCUPM will earn 24 Master’s credits, which can then apply to the credit requirements for the Master of Divinity (96 cr) or Master of Arts (48 cr) programs at WTS.
How do I apply?
Click here for the WTS application forms (choose “Non-degree and Grad Certificate Application”). With the application, you must submit: • $50 application fee • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, whether or not you received a degree • A one page, double spaced description of how you hope theological education will enhance and/or empower your ministry. Call or write Dr. Mark Poppen for more information on applying, at email@example.com, or 1-(800) 392-8554, ext. 132.