Recently, a poster listed a few schools they recommended another poster check out. Since that first poster is affiliated with one of the recommended schools--without revealing their affiliation--I thought I'd check it out. The following are assertions regarding the school in question, Forge Theological Seminary. These assertions are based primarily on information available on the school's website (purposely not linked here). What this post does not contain is any assessments of the information, the school, nor the poster (whom I shall not mention by name) recommending it. That's for you to decide. The assertions I'm making are about the accreditation status of the school, the administration, the faculty, tuition, and the doctoral program. Accreditation. The school is not accredited by any agency recognized accrediting agency. Regarding quality, the school states, "In the case of FTS, the quality of our academics and degree programs is ensured by godly persons who possess a commitment to biblical fidelity and who are aware of what constitutes rigorous and effective curricula." Administration. One school administrator is listed. That person has their highest degree from Forge. Faculty. For faculty holding a doctoral degree, 43% hold that degree from Forge. Tuition. Tuition is charged monthly on a "subscription" basis. Students agree to have their forms of payment charged monthly while enrolled with the school. This is done through PayPal. Undergraduate and graduate students pay $60 per month. Doctoral students pay $100 per month. When a student wants to stop studying--or, presumably, graduates--they notify PayPal to stop the subscription. Doctoral Program. The doctoral program is described as a "48-credit-hour research-only program." Thus, the credit hours are not relevant (since they are not earned with coursework, nor are they paid for on a per-credit basis). It is unusual to offer a dissertation-only doctoral program in the United States. In the US system, the doctorate is "taught." That is, it consists of a body of coursework followed by the dissertation. It is not clear how this dissertation differs in a material way to make up the 48 credit hours. The main criterion stated for the dissertation is that it be at least 200 pages in length (excluding front and back matter). This kind of standard is not usually found in doctoral programs in the English-speaking world. Normally, when such limits are described, they are in word-count, not page count, and they are presented as maximums, not minimums. The other criteria described in the rubric for evaluating dissertations does not make clear distinctions regarding original contribution to the field of study, either in terms of scholarship or praxis. There is no viva. Instead, the supervisor convenes an ad hoc examining committee who examines the dissertation and renders judgment on it. At no point does the candidate meet with the committee to discuss/defend/explain the research. The grade awarded is numerical (1-100), converted to a letter grade. This is unusual; normally the candidate's dissertation would be considered on a pass/fail basis. In the grading rubric, both the dissertation and the examination are weighted for grading points. It is not clear how the student can be awarded a grade for the grading process itself. Also, the criteria for earning these scores is not explained. I didn't include a lot of things I didn't consider particularly unusual, like requiring a statement of doctrinal agreement, or the fact that one can apply for the master's without having a bachelor's. And I didn't discuss the pedagogy employed in earning credits towards degrees since the website didn't provide this information.