Who should consider the GCDM program?
Pastors, elders, ministers, church leaders, workers and volunteers who are interested in and/or engaged in disability ministry will gain tools and strength to help them in their calling.
What if I already have an M.Div?
Graduates who already possess an M.A. or M.Div. (from any ATS approved institution) will be required to complete Introduction to Disability and the Church and 5 of the disability-related electives, as well as a 3 credit hour thesis paper, in lieu of the core required courses, in order to demonstrate the student’s ability to integrate disability concerns and insights with their previous theological training.
Can I take courses at night? On weekends?
WTS tries to schedule its courses to make it possible for pastors and congregational leaders working in the field to attend. This entire program is available as a distance learning course.
What are the professors like? Are they actively involved in disability ministry?
The professors of the GCDM program are a knowledgeable and experienced group. And courses that address disability concerns will be taught by or at least include the voices of persons with disabilities.
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 GCDM 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 that 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 GCDM and other study programs hold membership in non-Reformed denominations.
What do the courses cost?
Each successfully-completed course in the GCDM program earns the student one-and-a-half or three credit hours. The three credit-hour courses cost $1,335 and the one-and-a-half credit-hour courses cost $668.
Is financial aid available?
Tuition discounts are available for students pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Disability and Ministry (GCDM). Discounts are based on financial need using EFC (Expected Family Contribution) from the FAFSA, membership in the Reformed Church in America, racial status, and GPA. Student loans are not available. You must be enrolled at least half time in a degree program (not certificate program) to qualify for student loans.
Are classes in the GCDM program graduate level courses?
Yes, each course in the GCDM program at WTS is taught at the graduate level and earns students 1.5 or 3 Master’s level credits, which are transferable into Master of Divinity programs at accredited seminaries. Students who complete the entire program will earn 24 Master’s credits, much of the credit requirement for the first year of the Master of Divinity degree program at WTS.
How do I apply?
Click here for application form. Click here to read the GCDM admissions policy. 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. Ben Conner for more information on applying, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 1-(800) 392-8554, ext. 193.