Use ISOM to get a Masters of Ministry Degree
ISOM is excited to announce its Pathway to a Masters option. This option is available to those who have completed the Bachelor’s program and is being honored by Vision International University, Christian Leadership University and Covenant Theological Seminary. It is designed to give maximum flexibility to students and to enable them to take advantage of additional modules from the Bachelor’s line up. Currently to complete the Pathway to a Masters award, a student has to choose five modules from the following 13 module options:
You need to take:
Plus any 3 of the following that you have not taken:
Miracle Living Module
Understanding Islam Module
Step 1: Choose your Modules
For the Masters of Ministry Degree through ISOM, a student will need to choose any additional three modules from the above line up of available modules (these are in addition to the five they chose for the Pathway to a Bachelors award) Each Module consists of roughly 32 full sessions of teaching with complimentary notes. The student will need to complete each module withing a 7-month time period. Please note that there will be a $50 late fee charged when a module is not completed in a 7-month time frame.
Step 2: Book Reports and Thesis Guidelines
Where the Masters program will differ will be in the supplemental reading and concluding thesis that will be required. Three books will be required to be read with each module and will be due before moving onto the next module, making a total of nine book reports due at the end of the program. There will be a 5-page book report (single spaced at 12pt Times Roman font or 10 pages double spaced) required for each book read. While the Modules will be graded in normal ISOM fashion by the school, book reports will be graded at the ISOM headquarters by a Doctorate level instructor. The book reports will count for 30% of a student’s grade (10% for each book). Guidelines will be provided as to what is expected in each book report and sample book reports will be given to show the quality of writing expected.
Please send all book reports and attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org – you may also send emails with specific questions to this address. Please make sure before you email your first report that you REGISTER as an enrolled Masters student. This will set you up in our grades system so that all your grades will be tracked.
Click the buttons below to download samples and guidelines for writing your research paper and book reports.
The following nine books are the initial list of reading that will be followed. This list may change over time as the most strategic reading content is sought to optimally enhance the Masters program:
- Jack Hayford–Rebuilding the Real You
- Stan DeKoven–Visionary Leadership
- Tony Cooke–Grace:The DNA of God
- Jim Feeney – The Team Method of Church Planting
- J. Oswald Sanders and Grover Gardner–Spiritual Leadership:Principles of Excellence for Every Believer
- Dwight L. Johnson – The Transparent Leader II
- David Shibley–Missions Addiction
- Fritz Ridenour–What’s the Difference?:A Look at 20 Worldviews, Faiths and Religions
- Mark Virkler—Gifted to Succeed
Step 3: Masters Thesis
In addition, at the completion of the three modules, a 25-page Masters thesis will be required (single spaced at 12pt Times Roman font or 50 pages double spaced). Very specific guidance will be given to each student as to what is expected in their thesis paper. These guidelines will be given at the shipment of the final module of the Masters program and they will also be available online on the ISOM website for downloading. Students will have seven months from the shipment of their final module to turn in all book reports and thesis to qualify for their Masters award. This thesis will be submitted with a graduation fee of $350, an application for transfer credit to Vision, CLU or CTS and will be graded again by a Doctorate level instructor in the ISOM headquarters. The $350 fee will include grading and the processing of the Masters award.
Step 4: Passing Grade
- A 70% pass rate per module will be required and an 80% attendance record will apply as normal.
- A 50% grade will be required on EACH book report in order for a student to qualify for graduation.
- A 70% grade will be required on the thesis to qualify for graduation.
- There will be a $50 late fee charged when a module is not completed in a 7-month time frame.
- A grading rubric for the book reports and one for the thesis will be provided to each student.
- A sample of a book report will also be provided to all students and strategic portions of a thesis to help the students understand what is expected of them.
- $200 per student per Masters Module (regardless of how many students may be in a class.) Price per student includes workbook, the three printed books and grading of the book reports.)
- $175 per set of Masters Module DVDs for less than 10 students. (DVDs free with 10 or more students.) – Note: individual students are allowed
- $350 Graduation fee (This fee will include grading and the processing of the Masters award).
- All books will be supplied through ISOM as a part of the registration fee. No discounts will be given to those who source these books from other places.
Getting a Masters
ISOM Modules transfer seamlessly to three of our partner institutions. These schools have agreed to the above fee structures and the requirements for their degrees on the adjacent panel. Our partner institutions have agreed to recognize the ISOM Bachelors Programs plus 3 additional modules, the 9 book reports, and the thesis paper to be equal to their respective Masters Programs, as long as their specific requirements are met.
In the United States, the ISOM does not function as an accredited training school. Rather it supplies curriculum materials for churches and other ministries to run their own training programs.
When ISOM materials are utilized in a training capacity according to a prescribed manner, then the course material can be submitted to certain schools and universities which may or may not accept the training for transfer credit.
Currently, all partner institutions issuing credit for ISOM studies at a Bachelors degree level are NOT accredited by a US Department of Education approved accrediting agency, but offer degrees through religious exemption.
Bachelors degrees issued for transfer of ISOM studies are for religious training purposes only, and may or may not be accepted for transfer into other accredited institutions or for recognition in work training requirements. For specific affiliation, and religious accreditation of partner institutions, please see their respective sites for full details. For questions commonly asked about transfer of credit with religious exempt and non-accredited degrees, see our FAQ.