Entering Students | The Interdenominational Theological Center

Entering Students


What to expect when you arrive:

You are a part of the get acquainted and registration processes.


An important step in the process of your registration for coursework is Advisement.


Getting ready for advisement:

  • You determine your denominational affiliation

Five constituent denominational seminaries:  Gammon Theological Seminary (UMC), Morehouse School of Religion (Baptist), Turner Theological Seminary (AME), Phillips School of Theology (CME), Charles H. Mason Theological Seminary (COGIC), Harry V. and Selma T. Richardson Ecumenical Fellowship (All other denominational affiliation, non-denominational or general religious interest)


  • You determine if you are matriculating to earn a Master of Divinity (MDiv) or Master Art in Christian Education (MACE) or Master of Art in Church Music (MACM). There is opportunity for concentration studies while pursuing the MDiv. There are several options for earning a dual degree which conjoins MDiv with the MACE or MACM. You may in the future want to consider the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) or Doctor of Theology (ThD).  All of the above degrees prepare the student for professional demonstrations of the varied disciplines within the church and its work.


  • You determine if you will matriculate as a day, evening or distance learning on-line student.


  • You determine whether or not you will matriculate as a Full-time or part-time student.

Full-time student matriculates between 12-16 credit hours per semester.

Maximum credit hours per semester are 16. Any credit hours over 16 require prior approval.


Important considerations in making these determinations:

Consider the life adjustments that will be made in order to complete your matriculation toward earning a degree. Also, consider all of the support systems that need to be in place and maintained here; these include family, congregation, denomination, financial, health and spiritual. You are preparing to embark upon an educational process that will change your life.


On-campus participation via general relationship with your peers, mentoring relationships with the faculty, and guidance relationships with your denominational dean are significant to the successful completion of your matriculation.


This is an integrated curriculum. Therefore, courses need to be taken in sequence throughout your matriculation in order for you to receive the fullest benefit of the education you are earning.


Determining whether or not you are Day (Track 1), Evening (Track 2), or On-line Distance Learning (Track 3) is important. Switching between Tracks can be requested and approval based upon review and consideration of changes in your life demands.


You will learn more about the block-and-track schedule rotation as you matriculate. This is the course grid which guides your selection of courses. This course grid serves two functions, to insure that you remain in sequence and help with the planning of additional sections of course offerings.



You will need flexibility within your schedule to accommodate the variable times when courses are taught. This type of flexibility in scheduling changes from semester to semester.


Most courses are taught Tuesday through Thursday. Denominational course requirements are taught on Monday evenings.


Consider the number of credit hours per semester that you can master as you participate in the development of your planned program of study. The table below projects the length of completion for the MDiv with the required total of eighty nine (89) credits hours with a grade of C or better in Core and Concentration courses required for graduation. Seek advisement on credit hour requirements and projected time of completion for the other degree options.



Credit Hours

Projected Completion


Day Full-time


3 years


3.5-4 years

Day Part-time


5 years

Night Full-time


3.5-4 years

Night Part-time


5 years



5 years


Forms of advisement

Individualized: You will be assigned a faculty advisor: Responsibility of the faculty advisor is to help you with planning and/or adjusting your planned program of study throughout your matriculation.


Centralized: The Office of Dean of Students Affairs insures fair and equitable options, flexibility are in accordance with institutional policies. it approves changes requested b student and faculty advisor


Shared: This is the opportunity for the respective seminary dean to review with the student the developed plan program of study. The dean provides denominational guidance and direction in financial support toward student achievement of mutually recognized and/or determined personal and denominational goals as supported by the plan program of study.


Initial semester advisement:

  • You will be introduced to Plan Program of Study Format
  • You will be assigned an advisor with whom to do later follow up in the semester.
  • You will be helped to select the semester assigned courses for entering students as part of your start-up plan program of study and registration process.


Note: Your course load is based upon your indicated credit hour preference for the semester. Every semester thereafter it will be your reciprocal responsibility with your faculty advisor to follow-through and complete your plan program of study. The ITC academic catalog is currently under revision. Please check with your faculty advisor for changes that may affect the development of your planned program of study. You will receive supplemental catalog updates as they are developed.



Initial advisement contact and follow-up: Dr. Willie G-dman, Interim Dean of Student Services

studentservices@itc.edu and wgoodman@itc.edu