Atlantic Coast College and Seminary

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  1. charlesc

    charlesc New Member

    Can anyone tell me what is your experience with Atlantic Coast College and Seminary, as a student. I am planning on registering for the master of Arts program.
  2. RAM PhD

    RAM PhD Member

    Atlantic Coast Graduate School of Religion and Theological Seminary

    If this is the entity you reference:

    1. ACCS is unaccredited.

    2. ACCS has some of the same names that have been connected with Trinity (Newburgh) and Master's Divinity School (also in the Newburgh/Evansville). Use the search engine to find threads regarding these schools.

    3. Having perused some of the ACCS degree programs, the requirements appear to be below the academic norm.

    4. The MA, if paid in full up front, is approximately $1,032; the PhD is $1,500. You will get what you pay for.
  3. charlesc

    charlesc New Member

    Would you recommend this school to anyone?
  4. JWC

    JWC New Member

    Agreed that one gets what one pays for but one also gets out of something what one puts into it.
  5. RAM PhD

    RAM PhD Member

    No! There are far too many valid options available, valid in terms of substantive and rigorous programs of study and degrees that have utility.
  6. RAM PhD

    RAM PhD Member

    I have no doubt one could receive "something" from programs such as those offered by ACCS, however, the utility of the degree would be almost nonexistent. One could certainly say "I have a degree" but what could one do with the degree?
  7. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Yes, but don't forget, it's not the heat, it's the humidity.
  8. Steve Levicoff

    Steve Levicoff Well-Known Member

    When will some of y'all learn that if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck . . .

    Some people are not afraid to call a spade a spade (that, of course, is not intended to be a racial reference, just conning a very old expression).

    I wish there were more people that were not afraid to call a degree mill a degree mill.

    So, do I need to tell you what I think of Atlantic? (I think it would be yet another great school for "potpourri." But I digress... Sorry, couldn't resist.)
  9. charlesc

    charlesc New Member

    Atlantic Coast College

    Thanks so much for all the replies. Apart from the College not being the top of the line. How solid are their teaching? Are they mostly Pentecostal? Anyone taken their courses?
  10. RAM PhD

    RAM PhD Member

    It isn't about the school being "top of the line" or even how "solid their teaching" might be. In the end you get a piece of paper stating that it is an academic degree, which, in the real world, has little-to-no utility other than saying I have a degree. Why would you want a degree with no utility? If training/learning is what you want, buy the books, read and research on your own. However, if you're wanting an academic degree, earn it from a legitimately recognized accreditation.
  11. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Like RAM, I'm going to try to re-emphasize something that has been said because you seem to be minimizing it. The school is not top of the line, it's not bottom of the line, it's actually below the line. This is the sort of situation where you could actually be doing yourself a disservice by buying this degree. I can sell you the Brooklyn Bridge. I can even print out a very nice looking document that indicates that you are the owner of the bridge but this doesn't mean that you have actually bought and own the bridge.
  12. charlesc

    charlesc New Member

    I am not trying to minimize it. I am just making an enquiry because of my research. Certainly appreciate your responses. Much appreciated.
  13. charlesc

    charlesc New Member

    Got your point my friend. No need to sell the bridge.
  14. RAM PhD

    RAM PhD Member

    I for one am not trying to be obnoxious, charlesc, I'm trying to give you substantive advice that will save you possible professional embarrassment, shame and an academic time bomb in the future. If you will use the search engine on this forum and look for religious degree mills, unaccredited schools, etc., you will find literally scores of cases where religious degrees from less-than-wonderful schools have turned out to do more harm than good.

    I wish you the best in your pursuit. Please check out this website, which is an excellent source of solid, substantive, rigorous academic programs--a degree of which you will be proud.

    Baker's Guide to Christian Online Learning | Accredited Bible, College, Seminary Degrees
  15. charlesc

    charlesc New Member

    Thanks very much. Appreciate the link provided. Will certainly help
  16. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    I agree with what others here have said about getting an accredited degree. However, there is ONE unaccredited school I would recommend if you are looking for a religious degree, and that is Nations University. They have been a candidate for DETC accreditation in the past, and withdrew, and I think they may be trying again. They have developed a good reputation for themselves over the years. Also, if you reside outside the U.S., the cost of the program is free.

    NationsUniversity | providing high-quality Christian education
  17. graymatter

    graymatter Member

  18. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    From the Hobe Sound Bible College web site:

    "The tuition cost for each course is $170 per credit hour or a total of $510 for a three-hour course plus the cost of books and materials."

    How is this less money than NationsU? If a student lives in the US they only pay an annual $480 technology fee.
  19. major56

    major56 Active Member

    Perhaps because Hobe Sound Bible College is accredited (ABHE) vs. Nations (?). :icon16:
  20. charlesc

    charlesc New Member

    Excellent! Much appreciated. I will check it out

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