Pathway to a Masters Program

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:

Maturity Module
This module is the recommended starting point (if you have not already taken this module) for all those entering the Pathway to the Masters program.
Maturity Module
Ministry Module
This module brings forth vital messages from veteran teachers. Presented with practical wisdom and Spirit-led insight, topics include: how to prepare a sermon, hearing God’s voice, the role of prophecy and the prophet in the New Testament, and capturing the heart of God for ministry.
Ministry Module
Miracle Living Module
Dr. A.L. Gill, lovingly referred to by many as “Papa Gill”, has been a favorite teacher of ISOM students worldwide through his teaching on Supernatural Living in Trimester 1. The demand for more revelation teaching from him has been enormous – and now ISOM students get 32 new, dynamic sessions! In one course, God’s Provisions for Healing, he demonstrates how to pray for the sick in an extraordinary and practical way. This entire module is taught in Papa Gill’s vintage supernaturally-natural style.
Miracle Living Module
WOW Essential Module
Women of the World was originally developed to equip and train women around the world, but many of the courses were also relevant to men. Drawing from the two WOW modules, WOW Essential chooses content that is relevant both to men and women, including life-messages from Darlene Zschech, Joyce Meyer, Marilyn Hickey, Pat Harrison and Gloria Copeland.
The original WOW Volumes 1 & 2 are also eligible toward a degree, though students may complete either 1 and/or 2, or Essentials, but not all 3, since Essentials contains courses from both Vol. 1 and 2.

WOW Essential Module

Understanding Islam Module
Probably the greatest challenge facing Western Christianity and world missions is the rising influence of Islam. i2 Ministries, headed by Dr. Joshua Lingel, has produced an apologetics training resource for Christians to engage Muslims. Condensed from i2 Ministries’ own program with over 90 hours of university-level teaching, we have consolidated the top 10 teachers into a 30-session module. The goal is to equip Christians to effectively reach Muslims for Christ, providing understanding and answers for many common questions.
Understanding Islam Module
Apologetics Module
Nation-2-Nation Module
This exciting module includes contributions from some of the finest instructors from Elim Bible Institute in Lima, New York. The courses bring forth revelation in the areas of marriage and the family, personal loss, victorious living, and a wonderful overview of the Book of Romans. World Impact Now (WIN) Ministries, headed by Brick Cliff, produced this series.
Nation-2-Nation Module
Messenger Module
John Bevere is not only a best-selling, prolific author, but is also a well-respected teacher. His few courses in the ISOM Core have had a lasting effect on students worldwide, showing his heart to equip and train believers globally. When he heard about the Pathway to the Bachelors, he wanted to provide further impartation into ISOM students. This module includes 3 classic Bevere series: Extraordinary, Driven by Eternity and Breaking Intimidation. The teachings were produced by Bevere’s Messenger International ministry.
Messenger Module
Messianic Module
It is highly recommended that ongoing ministry students have the opportunity to understand the Hebraic roots of their Christian faith. Who better to spearhead this emphasis than Rev. Perry Stone and his Voice of Evangelism ministry? Using amazing and creative props, Perry Stone and others make Jewish and Biblical history come alive. Additional courses were also recorded and added by ISOM to round out this fascinating new module.
Messianic Module
Business Training School Part 1
Business Training School provides cutting-edge small business training, infused with sound teaching from the Bible, to launch a business venture effectively. The curriculum is designed and taught by experts in the field of small business development. It guides entrepreneurs through the many challenges that may be encountered on the road to becoming successful business owners. This Module includes the Prerequisite Module as well as Module 1 and Module 2 of the BTS Program.
The BTS modules must be completed consecutively if these modules are selected, all other modules may be taken individually and in any order

Business Training School Part 1

Business Training School Part 2
Business Training School provides cutting-edge small business training, infused with sound teaching from the Bible, to launch a business venture effectively. The curriculum is designed and taught by experts in the field of small business development. It guides entrepreneurs through the many challenges that may be encountered on the road to becoming successful business owners. This Module includes Module 3 and Module 4 of the BTS Program.
The BTS modules must be completed consecutively if these modules are selected, all other modules may be taken individually and in any order

Business Training School Part 2

Spiritual Intimacy Module
This Module is produced by Christian Leadership Seminary, and taught solely by Dr. Mark Virkler, Academic Dean of CLS, and a prolific author. His hands-on teaching style and publications centered on How to Hear God’s Voice have impacted countless Christians worldwide. He is known for having an emphasis on a learning style that includes personal encounter and revelation, where the classroom is not separated from life (Lamad Education). In this module he covers such topics as Dream Interpretation, Emotional Healing and Spirit-Anointed Teaching.
This module is a requirement for a degree from CLS.

Spiritual Intimacy Module

Application for Masters Program

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 masters@isom.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.

General GuidelinesThesis, Book Report, and Overall Grading Book Report RubricRubric Book ReportSample Research PaperWriting Guidelines Masters Thesis Assessment RubricMasters Thesis Assessment Rubric
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:

Module 1 Books
  • Jack Hayford–Rebuilding the Real You
  • Stan DeKoven–Visionary Leadership
  • Tony Cooke–Grace:The DNA of God
Module 2 Books
  • 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
Module 3 Books
  • 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.

Pricing

  • $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.

Credit

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.

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