Frequently Asked Questions
• What is Ministry Studies Online (MSO)?
• What is the goal of MSO?
• Is MSO accredited?
• What ministry studies training courses can be completed online?
• How much will each course cost?
• Are scholarships available?
• What if I already have a degree?
• Can credits earned through MSO be transferred to another institution?
• Can credits earned at another institution be transferred to MSO?
• Do I need a college degree in order to take MSO courses?
• What are the registration deadlines?
• When can I begin taking MSO courses?
• Is MSO for ministry leaders of any denomination?
• Is it hard to use the online courseroom?
• How do I receive and hand in my assignments?
• How do I interact with my instructor and classmates?
• What time are courses held?
• How many courses can I take at once?
• Can I get a refund if I need to drop a class?
• Do courses have specific start and end dates?
• How long will it take me to complete the entire certificate program?
• How do I apply to MSO?
• How and when do I register for courses?
• How will I know which courses to take?
• What if I have more questions?
What is Ministry Studies Online (MSO)?
MSO is an Internet-based training program for ministry leaders in a variety of disciplines, whether they be full time, part time, or volunteer.
What is the goal of MSO?
We exist to help you reach and disciple people to impact their planet for Jesus Christ. Our desire is to help you develop a dynamic ministry, in an environment of theological faithfulness, personal health and professional excellence.
Is MSO accredited?
Because MSO has an agreement with North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as well as the University of Valley Forge in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, MSO students can receive college credits at NCU or UVF for courses completed through MSO. For more information regarding NCU's accreditation, click HERE. For more information regarding UVF’s accreditation, click HERE. Please email us by clicking HERE for the latest information on cost and process.
What ministry studies training courses can be completed online?
All MSO courses are fully-online, meaning that learners can complete the entire 30-credit certificate program in Ministry Studies without ever needing to travel to a college campus. A complete listing of the available online courses is available HERE.
How much will each course cost?
We understand the financial sacrifices that are made to be involved in ministry. With that in mind, we intentionally present a cost-effective option for our online program. Current tuition rates have been set at $99 per credit hour! This reflects a deeply discounted rate for college level courses available only through MSO. Tuition for a 3-credit course is $297 plus an administrative fee of $25 and a technology fee of $25. All MSO course registration fees are shown in US dollars and payment of course registration must be in US currency.
Are scholarships available?
MSO courses are offered at a substantial tuition discount. However, we are actively seeking scholarship monies to be available for those who are pioneering MSO in their home country. If you are the first student in your country to apply and be accepted to MSO, a full or partial Pioneer Scholarship may be available! Email us HERE to inquire about availability. If you would like to help sponsor a student or an entire ministry team, click HERE.
What if I already have a degree?
MSO courses can be taken as continuing education courses giving you a deeper understanding of the principles and practices in biblical and theological faithfulness as well as personal and professional development in ministry.
Can credits earned through MSO be transferred to another institution?
Each college or seminary retains the prerogative to decide what it will accept as transfer credits. Beyond our relationship with North Central University, people who have completed MSO have gone on to pursue degrees at schools like Liberty University and the University of Valley Forge. Be sure to check with the institution you want to transfer credits to regarding their policy for accepting transfer credits, then MSO can contact the institution and work out a credit transfer agreement.
Can credits earned at another institution be transferred to MSO?
Learners may transfer up to 6 credits from an accredited institution toward the Certificate in Ministry Leadership. In order for transfer credits to be considered for MSO, an email from the learner to firstname.lastname@example.org notifying MSO of the intention to transfer credits and an official printed transcript mailed to Ministry Studies Online, 302 Antietam Drive, Douglassville, PA 19518, are required. Credit transfers must be approved by the MSO program director.
Do I need a college degree in order to take MSO courses?
No, you do not need a college degree to apply for MSO and begin taking courses. MSO is available for anyone who is at least in their Junior year of high school, offering a great jump-start for those wanting to go on to college. A college degree is not a prerequisite for admittance to MSO. If you already have a college degree, you may still take online courses offered through MSO. Whether you are a Junior in high school, or already have your Ph.D., MSO will provide you a flexible and customizable online ministry leadership learning experience.
What are the registration deadlines?
Be sure to check the website for registration deadlines for each semester. Courses begin in September, January, and May. You may enter the program at any of these points.
When can I begin taking MSO courses?
By applying today, you can then make payment online for your first course and begin the course at the beginning of the next semester. Application and payment deadlines are available HERE.
Is MSO for ministry leaders of any denomination?
Yes! Every effort is made to ensure that the non-denominational, evangelical ministry training provided utilizes available online learning technology and includes the most current ministry best practices and is grounded in biblical and theological faithfulness. (A growing number of fellowships, including the Assemblies of God are recognizing MSO as meeting the requirements of credentialing. Please email us HERE for the latest news on these exciting developments.)
Is it hard to use the online courseroom?
Not at all. Using the online courseroom is similar to using email, your computer at work, or any basic online program. You will find yourself comfortable very soon as you make your way around the online courseroom.
How do I receive and hand in my assignments?
Just log in to your online courseroom. You can view and print assignments, as well as discuss them with your classmates. The courseroom also allows you to submit your assignments in normal Word document file format.
How do I interact with my instructor and classmates?
MSO is an online program that offers versatile form of learning. Students find that one of the most exciting advantages to our e-learning environment is the ongoing opportunity to interact with instructors and other learners.
- By email: Students and instructors can exchange email addresses at the beginning of each course, which enables ongoing discussion outside of the online classroom.
- By phone: You are free to exchange phone numbers with classmates.
- Using online discussion threads: Some of your favorite interaction will be with your classmates in the online discussions! You will also track topical discussions or respond to questions posed by your instructor.
What time are courses held?
Anytime, anywhere! You can access your course and participate via our online classroom at any time as long as you have an Internet connection. Students usually need to log in 2-5 times each week, but there is no set course time so you can “attend class” anytime. You can expect to spend 5-7 hours each week per course.
How many courses can I take at once?
It’s important to consider your family, work, and ministry responsibilities and the amount of available time you currently devote to each. You can expect to spend 5-7 hours per week for each course you are enrolled in. Up to four courses may be taken each semester, allowing you to finish the entire ministry studies certificate in as little as one year.
Can I get a refund if I need to drop a class?
Tuition is 100% refundable up until the official opening of the course. Please contact our Student Support Specialist HERE to request any refund. Once a course officially opens, no refunds are available. Fees are non-refundable.
Do courses have specific start and end dates?
Yes, each MSO course has a designated start and end date. Courses start in September, January, and May, with each 3 credit course to be completed in 12 weeks. A schedule of courses is available HERE.
How long will it take me to complete the entire certificate program?
Your individual time constraints will determine exactly how long it may take you to complete this certificate program. Many learners are able to complete the program in as little as 12 months, while others may proceed slower and take somewhat longer to finish all 10 courses. The program is designed to be flexible, so you can personalize your course load.
How do I apply to MSO?
Simply complete the online application by clicking HERE. You will then be contacted by our admissions staff with details necessary to register for your first course. It’s as simple as that, and best of all - there is no Application Fee!
How and when do I register for courses?
The first step is to complete the MSO online application, which can be filled out online HERE. Once the application is received, users will receive email confirmation within 3-5 business days of their acceptance to the program and their MSO username & password. Once payment is made for the course(s), we will register you in the course. You will have access to course material once the course begins. If you have questions about the registration process, please email us at MSOhelp@gmail.com.
How will I know which courses to take?
Your course options and program requirements are easily accessible on this web site. An overview of the online certificate program is available on the Program Tracking Worksheet HERE.
What if I have more questions?
If you have additional questions, please email us HERE or call 484-529-7232. We look forward assisting you in every step of your endeavor toward furthering your ministry journey!