Requirements, Grading, and Terms


Entrance Requirements

Any person who has a sincere desire to be trained and equipped in Christian growth and service, and who exhibits a proper attitude towards the standards and conduct, purpose, and doctrinal position of the college may enroll.


1. Agreement with Grace’s Doctrinal Statement

Acknowledge affirmation of the GRACE Doctrinal Statement as found in this Catalog. This affirmation is required for admission and subsequent graduation from GRACE.


2. Academic Preparation

Admission to the Doctor of Ministry program requires completion of the Master of Ministry Degree (a minimum of 150 semester credit hours), or its equivalent with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited or equivalent institution. Applicants who do not meet these requirements may petition the Admissions Committee for consideration.


3. Ministry Experience

Applicants to the Doctor of Ministry program must normally have at least three years of ministry experience completed after receiving the Master of Divinity and evidence of capacity for an advanced level of competence and reflection. Ongoing engagement in ministry in a specific ministry context is required for continuance in the program. Evidence of mature Christian character and significant ministry achievement must be demonstrated in the application.


4. Evidence of Research and Writing Ability

Applicants must submit a ten-page research paper (excluding title page, table of contents, and bibliography) that exegetically and theologically explains the biblical position on one of the following topics: openness theology, prosperity theology, homosexuality, philosophy of Leadership.


The paper must interact with different Christian viewpoints and must utilize at least ten different resources. The paper must be footnoted.


Students who have completed a graduate thesis (Master’s level or higher) in a theological discipline requiring competent exegesis and theological reflection may submit it in lieu of the research paper for consideration in meeting this requirement. This paper will be utilized to assess student proficiency in written English, critical thinking skills, exegetical ability, and theological competence.

Code of Conduct

Every aspect of the believer should reflect awareness that he or she is a representative of the Kingdom of God. Therefore, it is expected that all students will avoid practices and forms of entertainment that may be detrimental to their Christian witness and/or spiritual growth. Our students agree to comply with the following code of conduct, which will be strictly adhered to:

  • Recognize and follow the authority of God’s Word in all areas related to personal conduct and moral standards.

  • Maintain a strong desire to walk in the fruit of the Spirit

  • Maintain a strong desire to serve God be serving their fellow man

  • Attend all classes as scheduled in a timely manner.

  • Pay tuition within the required time limits (no transcripts will be released until fully paid)

  • Purchase all books and materials within 2 weeks of start of class.

  • Complete all homework assignments in a timely manner.

  • Provide for childcare as NO CHILDREN ARE ALLOWED.

  • Refrain from eating in the classrooms and sanctuary.

  • Exercise discipline and self-control at all times.

  • Refrain from disrupting class times.

  • Respect authority of the administration and instructors.

NOTE: any instance in the life of the student that is deemed biblically immoral or unseemly by the Dean or President may be considered as grounds for immediate dismissal.

Graduation Requirements

There are five graduation stops along the path of our programs. All students who have completed course work for the particular program, have settled all financial obligations, have exhibited the development of Christian character and maturity to the extent that Grace has no hesitation recommending them, and have a grade average of 2,0 or better will graduate at a formal ceremony at the end of that program term. Presbytery is available upon graduation for most programs, if not joining the One Body Outreach network, is available upon request. Students must submit a letter of intent to graduate to the registrar’s office by the end of the term in order to graduate in that year.

 Grading Scale

Grace Christian gives letter grades that are based on the scale below. Although grades are given, our main focus is upon Spiritual growth and maturity rather than scholastic accomplishment. Grades are administered in order to help the student gauge their progress in spiritual development.

90% - 100%                      “A”                               4 Points

90% - 100%                      “A”                               4 Points

85%-89%                          “B”                               3 points

80%-84%                          “B-“                              2.67 Points

75%-79%                          “C”                                2 points

70%-74%                          “C-“                              1.67 Points

65%-69%                          “D”                               1 points

60%-64%                          “D-“                             0.67 Points

Below 60                          “F“                               0 Points


 Terms: Five Terms

(A term is 2-courses for one day a week for eight weeks)

TIME                                           ACTIVITY

5:30 – 6:00 PM                 Praise & Prayer (Optional)

6:00 – 6:50 PM                 Session I

7:00 – 7:50 PM                 Session II

8:00 – 8:20 PM                 Chapel


Term 1 – Begins Monday, February 11th to April 1st

Term 2 – Begins Sunday, April 8th to May 27th

Term 3 – Begins Sunday, August 19th to October 7th

Term 4 – Begins Sunday, October 14th to December 2nd

Term 5 - Begins Sunday, December 9th to February 3rd