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  1. b4cz28

    b4cz28 New Member

    I have enrolled with Liberty University in the Master of Arts Theology Studies. I scared as heck and full of doubt. It seems as it was just a short time ago I was working on my associates degree from Clovis. Can anyone who has done any seminary work with Liberty tell me what to expect? Should I start out with one course? I was accepted of my Nations University degree without question.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. curtisc83

    curtisc83 New Member

    Congrats!!! I know nothing about the theology degrees at LU. It's not surprising LU took your NA degree they accept NA and RA credits and from time to time unaccredited degrees from legit religious schools.
     
  3. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Best of luck with your new program. Keep us update.
     
  4. b4cz28

    b4cz28 New Member

    I am scared to death now that I pulled the trigger. I want to slink back to the safety of undergraduate courses lol.
     
  5. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    If there's some lag time between now and the time your first course starts you can fill the gap by taking a MOOC course. It will engage your mind productively instead of with unproductive worry. They're free, carry no obligation and if you choose with a bit of care you can take a course that might even help you feel more prepared for your program. In any case, good luck.
     
  6. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef

    I was scared too, but I didn't find as much of a difference between undergrad and grad- not like I imagined it to be. It was more reading and more writing, but the content wasn't exceptionally harder across the board. All the best and congratulations on pulling the trigger!
     
  7. rebel100

    rebel100 New Member

    I think this is a MUCH better idea than going through the process for a new RA Bachelors. Once you have the RA Masters no one is likely to care about the perception of your NA undergrad.
     
  8. Phdtobe

    Phdtobe Well-Known Member

    Excellent idea. Then a doctorate from from South Africa or Greenwich; you may end up with bachelor, master, doctorate for under $20k
     
  9. Tireman 44444

    Tireman 44444 Well-Known Member


    I can say, I am having to go the full route at UNISA ( I am hoping to finish by December 2016..meaning 7 plus years...I started in July 2009...I first applied in November 2007 and it took that long to get in). There are some who might be able to do it in 2-3 years and bless them if they can do it. My doctorate, when it is all said and done is just a little over 8K. It might be inexpensive, but it has been tough. Goodness.



    Edit: I am not trying to be a debby downer. I am giving you my experience. YMMV
     
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  10. Phdtobe

    Phdtobe Well-Known Member

    I am totally in agreement with you. I was focusing on cost not quality. Liberty's religious courses are reasonable priced on the cheaper side. Nation is free. For those people seeking religious education the route is an "excellent" path.
     
  11. b4cz28

    b4cz28 New Member

    Update!

    I am planning on graduating next semester, that means that it only took me a year to get it done. Not that getting it done was the point! I feel I learned so much, I want to keep learning and the more I learn the more I want to know. I have been admitted to multiple DMins (60 Hours not 36 because of leveling) Maybe I should get my MDiv before hand because of cost?

    I also found out that I have a learning disability that makes me see words that are not there. So when I type my mind thinks it writing the words but its a missed connection and they never show up. Also when I proof read my mind still shows me those words, its freaky. If I walk away for a few minutes and read it again I see my mistakes. This has been very challenging and I have struggled to keep a 3.o GPA at Liberty. I worry I might not be able to write a research project for a DMin.
     
  12. gwucdp

    gwucdp New Member

    I completed my Master of Divinity and Master of Education both through Liberty. Here is what I know/remember:
    1) Each class is 8 weeks.
    2) Every week there are 2 discussion boards (usually), and for the M.Div. you typically had to write 400-800 words per discussion board, and then reply to at least 2 classmates with 200 or so words.
    3) There are a few written assignments and PowerPoint assignments throughout the semester. I remember major papers being 10-15 pages usually.

    I think you will enjoy your studies at Liberty. I enjoyed my time in both degree programs.

    Blessings to you as you study!
     
  13. gwucdp

    gwucdp New Member

    Not only am I a minister, but I also work with people with disabilities at a small baptist college in Western North Carolina. I applaud you for working through your disability to obtain your degree! A D.Min. project can be a lengthy written assignment; however, I think with a good proofreader you could be successful. In my experience, the Master of Divinity is so long/tedious that Doctor of Ministry writing & course work does not seem too much harder. I think if you were successful in your masters level theological studies, then you should be fine for the D.Min. level. You will be doing a project & writing up results, so the writing isn't as difficult as the Ph.D. in Theology or Religion.
     
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  14. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    Congratulations!

    You stated in your first post that you were starting the MATS program, is that what you stayed with? Do you plan on continuing on to the M.Div.?
     
  15. Pugbelly2

    Pugbelly2 Member

    I agree with this, sort of. WHen I did my graduate studies it was definitely MORE reading and MORE writing, but the writing was also different. At the BA level much of the writing had to do with really broad topics and typically involved much of what others had previosuly written or said. At the grad level the topics were much more narrow and had much more to do with what I had to say.
     
  16. Pugbelly2

    Pugbelly2 Member

    I have never done seminary work with LU, but I would suggest you begin with one course. You can always ramp up next semester. Taking 2 could be too much, too soon. Take one, get the win, then decide how much to do next once you have some momentum!
     

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