Is the online program at Welch College a serious educational program?
Indeed it is much more than that! It is true collegiate level work. In fact, students tend to work harder in online courses than in campus courses! It is hard work, in keeping with the gravity of the command for the servant of God "to show himself approved."
What kind of accreditation does this program have?
Welch College is both regionally and nationally accredited. It is also approved by the Tennessee State Department of Education to offer degrees leading to teacher education licensure in grades PreK-12.
The College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. This is the regional accrediting agency in the southeast.
The College is also accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, 5850 T.G. Lee Blvd., Suite 130, Orlando Florida 37822, approved by CHEA to accredit baccalaureate degree-granting Bible colleges in the United States and in Canada.
How long does this program take?
For a full-time student, a complete ASM will take two full years of study.
Students who transfer credits from other institutions may be able to complete the program more quickly. Students who need to take less than a full-time load will take longer.
What kind of scholarships and financial aid do you offer?
Welch College is approved for federal financial aid programs, including loans and grants. In addition, various scholarships are available, and most online students have typically qualified for at least one of them. Consult the Financial Information page for more detail.
How much time should I plan to put in on each course?
On average, you should expect to spend 15-20 hours involved in your class each week.
College work takes time and as an online student at Welch College you can expect to spend between 15 and 20 hours a week working on each class you take. In some classes the time may be a little longer and some a little less. Some weeks in the same class may require more and others a little less.
What do your online students say about the program? Do they recommend it?
Here is the testimony of some recent graduates of the program:
One. At a time in my life when things could not have been busier, God told me to get ready...get educated...get closer. When I began researching different avenues of education, some colleges had seemingly good programs but an unusual doctrine and theology in contrast to what I was looking for. Proverbs 14:15 says “The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.” I had concluded that though any school can give you education, not every school would give a Christ centered and Bible based education.
When I found Welch College I was overjoyed that there was a possibility for a Christian education from an institution that went hand in hand in my ideals and beliefs as far as doctrine is concerned; not only that, but the opportunity to pursue knowledge to make me more effective in my work for God while still being capable of going through my day actually doing the work God has set out for me.
Years later, I believe that the classes I have taken and the knowledge of God’s Word, as well as various other ministerial and Christian day to day topics, will only make me more effective in my work. Through the online classes I have met several men and women of God who will forever be my classmates, as well as my co-workers for the Kingdom. I have developed a heart for them I would have argued impossible before the interaction via virtual class and keeping up on Facebook.
Encouragement and exhortation from fellow students and teachers to go on to greater things for God’s glory, and fellowship in a common cause centered in Christ; these have been the most outstanding of all experiences in this endeavor.
I am not against the possibility of an on-campus education, and would encourage anyone to seek it should that be their calling, but I would also encourage those who are ‘too busy’ for an education to reconsider what we give up. In a day where spare time is minimal, this course would be a fantastic way to make the most effectibve use of the vapor of time we have. “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15.
Two. Without the online program at Welch College I would not have been able to receive a high quality education. When God called me to preach I was in my mid-twenties and happily married with four children. Relocating my family to attend [a] Bible college was out of the question and I nearly lost hope in attending college until I heard about Welch College online program.
My dream of an education to aid me in my ministry came true. I have developed friendships with other men from all over the country that I would have likely never meet. Even in an online setting, we have formed a close bond that will last a lifetime. I cannot imagine entering a pastorate without the training I have received here.
Online learning is the future of education and I know it has the potential to train numerous leaders whom otherwise would not have the opportunity to receive such education.