Messenger University

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Messenger College is a small private college in Euless, Texas, which is halfway between Fort Worth and Dallas. It owes its formation to the combining of two separate private colleges that closed in the early 1980s. The Pentecostal Church of God moved both the Evangelical Christian College and the Southern Bible College into one school. Though the two campuses formerly sat in California and Texas, the Church moved those schools to Missouri, which was the site of its own headquarters, and renamed it Messenger College. That school opened in 1987. Citing the need for more space, the Pentecostal Church of God moved Messenger College to its current location in 2012, which also led to its enrollment slightly increasing.

Though the college does not list the number of currently enrolled students, it's somewhere around 100 students. This figure only applies to the number taking classes on its campus. The number taking classes online is higher. Messenger originally offered a distance learning program but turned this program into Messenger College Online, which gives students the right to take all their required classes and earn a degree online. The college currently offers BA degrees in both business and ministry as well as an associate's degree in the arts.

Messenger College Accreditation Details

Messenger College does not have regional accreditation, but it does have national accreditation from the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. This special organization specifically accredits Christian colleges across the country. The United States Department of Education also approved its degree programs. Unlike larger colleges though, Messenger does not have program accreditation for any of the degrees and programs that it offers.

Messenger College Application Requirements

Like other colleges, Messenger College has a deadline for when applications are due. Those applying for early acceptance must submit their applications by March 1, and the deadline for all other students is July 1. If you want to enroll in an online program, you have until later in the year to apply. The application process consists of multiple steps including the application itself. This online application consists of two different pages. The first page asks for your name, email address, home address and phone number. Once you complete this step, you'll encounter a page devoted to your background and history.

This second page asks about the involvement that you had/have with your church. You can list any volunteer work you did or leadership roles that you held. You'll also need to supply references who can vouch for your character, including at least one peer, someone familiar with your academic work and a pastor or someone who works for your church. The application asks about your education history too, including where you went to high school, if you earned any college credits and what you want to study in college.

Other requirements include an admissions essay and two letters of recommendation. The essay must be no more than 500 words and describe the five most important moments in your life. One of the recommendations that you submit must come from your pastor or minister. Messenger College also asks for an official high school transcript and your official ACT or SAT score. Those over the age of 22 can apply without submitting a test score. If you earned any college credits while in high school or before enrolling in the college, you must submit a transcript from each of those colleges too.

Messenger College requires that high school graduates have a minimum GPA in the C range. Those who went through a home-school program must show records of the classes they took. Students with a GED need to show the certificate itself or proof that they earned the certificate.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Students taking classes on the Messenger College campus in Dallas/Fort Worth pay $325 per credit and fees of $660 per semester. They're also responsible for paying more than $1,600 a semester for campus housing. The cost of taking classes online is also $325 per credit, but online students must also pay a $300 semester fee for those classes. Certain online classes also come with fees of $50 to more than $60. Those who want to audit their classes pay half the total cost of each class.

Financial aid available to Messenger College students include Pell and SEO grants from the federal government and both subsidized and unsubsidized student loans. Parents can also qualify for Parent Plus loans. You can only find out about what aid you get after filing the FAFSA. Messenger also offers entrance and exit counseling for those who want to take out student loans to give them a better understanding of how much they'll pay back later and how they can pay off their loans faster. Veterans may qualify for military benefits that they can use to pay some of their costs and expenses.

Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries

Enrolling in the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries offered by Messenger College lets you work with students from similar backgrounds and learn from those who have the same passions that you have. The program helps students make the transition into graduate programs but also prepares those students for working as youth pastors of leaders in their own churches. It includes 129 credits in four key areas, including general education, leadership, communications and religious knowledge. You can also choose a concentration in one of seven fields:

-Bible studies
-discipleship ministry
-intercultural ministry
-leadership and management
-student ministry
-pastoral ministry
-worship ministry

You should select a concentration that best applies to your own career goals and dreams for the future. The student ministry concentration includes courses on the cultural issues facing teens today, ethics, communications methods and family problems. Those who select a concentration in Bible studies will take courses that teach them how to read and interpret the Bible as well as how to share their thoughts with others. If you want to work in a religious nonprofit organization or take on a higher role in your church, the leadership and management concentration will help you do that with classes like resource management, Christian leadership and event planning. Though many of the required courses are the same across all concentrations, Messenger College lets you select electives that relate to your own goals.