Reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 2 Timothy 4:2
Dear Seminary Community and Friends, We are excited to begin another academic year. So much has happened already, as we have launched a new MA degree in Theological Studies and roll out a comprehensive distance education program. We have 24 students registered already and have room for more. If you or someone you know would […]
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What can I do with a seminary degree?
An accredited degree from RES can open many doors for a wide variety of Christian ministries and as well as further higher education in theology and biblical studies if you are considering an academic vocation. Where do you sense God calling you? RES can help you discern and pursue your Christian vocation.
What is the application process?
A student begins the application process by inquiring about the opportunities we offer by contacting Dr. Rob Arner, Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid (admissions (at) reseminary.edu). Dr. Arner will facilitate the application process with you. A complete application for admission includes the following components:
- Application form (available from Dr. Arner or for download on the website)
- Three recommendations, using RES recommendation forms (available from Dr. Arner or for download on the website). One recommendation must come from your pastor or bishop.
- Your official college transcripts from all institutions from which you have received degrees
- A 500 word personal statement, in which you describe your life of Christian discipleship and sense of God’s call on your life
- The $50 nonrefundable application fee ($85 for international students)
Once we have received all these components, we will arrange an admissions interview with you. Dr. Arner and our President, Rev. Dr. Jonathan Riches, will want to get to know you as a person and give you an opportunity to ask any questions you have about RES. The interview can be conducted in person or over Zoom. After the interview we will then process you for admission and consideration for our scholarship program.
When is the application deadline?
Because we operate on a quarter system, RES has a rolling admissions process. Our three academic quarters are (1.) Trinity Quarter, which begins at the end of August, (2.) Advent Quarter, which begins in November), and (3.) Easter Quarter, which begins in March. You may begin your studies at the start of any of these three quarters, so we can process you for admission and scholarship consideration at any point throughout the year, but generally it is advisable to get your application materials to us at least a month prior to when you hope to enroll.
I just want to audit a class. What do I do?
Auditing a class in your spare time is a great way to go deeper into a biblical, historical, theological, or pastoral topic that interests you. All we need from you to audit a class is your basic contact information. The audit fee is $150 per course plus a $50 auditor student services fee per quarter. So if you wished to audit one course in a quarter, it would cost $200. Two courses in the same quarter would cost $350, etc.
For a limited time, for all new students, the audit fee is waived for your first course!
I do not have a college degree. Can I be accepted?
If you are a student in your final year of an undergraduate degree, you can apply to RES before you have finished your undergraduate degree.
RES can admit a certain percentage of our student body into our degree program without a completed bachelor’s degree. Inquire for details.
I have a job. Do you have classes at night or other alternatives?
Yes- during the academic year, RES always offers evening courses, typically Mondays through Thursday evenings. We also offer intensive courses that meet over a compressed schedule during February during our summer session. We are small enough that to be flexible that if you have a particular scheduling need, we may be able to schedule the classes you need at a time that works for you.
What financial aid is available?
RES strives to give the best possible theological education at an exceptional value. To that end,
- Our tuition is $230 per credit, already significantly lower than most other accredited seminaries
- All full-time students are automatically considered for one of our scholarships- the majority of our students currently receive some form of scholarship, such as 1/3 or 2/3 tuition scholarships.
- RES participates in the federal direct loan program, so we are able to offer student loans for all full- or part-time students who need some extra cash to facilitate their studies with us.
Can I use my VA benefits from the GI Bill at RES?
Yes! RES is now approved by the Veterans Administration to accept students’ eligible benefits through the GI Bill.
What housing options are available?
RES has four rooms available for rental in the on-campus dorm house. The low rental price includes all utilities. We also have a partnership with The Lamb Foundation, a local Christian housing ministry to offer additional housing very close to our campus. Rent at the Lamb Foundation includes all utilities and meals too!
Whenever possible, full-time students, other than those on internship, are encouraged to take advantage of these on- or near-campus housing options to facilitate their faith development within a community setting.
Can I sign up to just take a class or two?
Yes! Whether you just want to get your feet wet and try out seminary studies, or want to take a deep dive into a theological subject of particular interest to you, we are happy to have you join us for one course or a dozen!
I am not an Anglican. Can I still attend?
Absolutely. While Reformed Episcopal Seminary is formed in the Anglican tradition and teaches the Holy Scriptures according to the Anglican Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion https://reseminary.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/39articles.pdf, we are a diverse Christian community with faculty and students belonging to Presbyterian, African Methodist Episcopal, Orthodox, Pentecostal, and other Christian traditions. At RES, we believe that we all are made better in our study and ecumenical fellowship with Christians of diverse cultural, ethnic, and confessional backgrounds.