Bachelor of Religious Education (B.R.E.)

Description

The Bachelor of Religious Education degree is of particular value to those involved in faith community educational programs, and has been designed especially for experienced Sunday School teachers, CCD teachers, RCIA teachers, catechists, lay ministers, and directors of religious education programs.

The Bachelor of Religious Education takes a minimum of 18 months and a maximum of 36 months for completion.


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Admission Requirements

  1. Completion of the Undergraduate Portfolio* to provide evidence of five or more years of post-high school, professional-level paid or volunteer work experience in a social service ministry or faith community
  2. High school diploma or G.E.D. Foreign students must hold the equivalent.
  3. Completion of the Application Procedure.

* See the Undergraduate Portfolio section for an explanation.

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Program Requirements
  1. Students are expected to thoroughly familiarize themselves with the Student Handbook of the year of their acceptance with particular focus on their degree program.  Students are bound by the academic and financial requirements of the Handbook in use at the time of their acceptance.  The current Student Handbook as well as past years’ Handbooks can be viewed here. 
  2. Completion of 30 credit hours from the GTF’s B.R.E. online curriculum (Transfer credit can be considered on a case by case basis).
  3. Completion and submission of senior paper

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Senior Paper
 
The senior paper is the final academic requirement of all undergraduate students. This paper should consist of the student’s personal reflections on his/her ministry or social service work to date. Students should address the following topics in their senior paper: 
  1. the nature and extent of their experience and current social service/ministry work
  2. their plans for furthering their work
  3. how their studies and resulting degree from the GTF will benefit them in their service to their community 
The format of the senior paper is as follows:
  1. 3,500-5,000 words (10-15 pages)
  2. one-inch margins
  3. double-spaced
  4. typed in Times New Roman 12 point font
Papers are submitted by mail to the Office of the Registrar of the GTF.
 

Tuition 

Total Program Cost: $13,500

Degree candidates are bound by the regulations of the Graduate Theological Foundation Handbook of the year in which they are accepted into their program of study. Tuition fees will not change during a student’s course of study, providing the student submits payments and papers on schedule and completes the degree program within the prescribed time. If the student does not conform to scheduled payment and/or paper submission deadlines, the student’s file will be deactivated. Upon reactivation, the student will be responsible for the tuition and degree requirements which are current at the time of reactivation.
 
Tuition payment schedule
Activation fee due within 90 days of acceptance
$1,200 due at time of registration for each course
Completion fee due by March 1st of the year of graduation

Payment Plan Option
Students who are unable to make the initial activation fee may break that initial payment into 3 equal installments.  If a student requests a mailed invoice as a reminder to make payment, there is a ten dollar fee per invoice. 

To make tuition and fee payments online click here
 
If you have a question for the Bursar please click here or contact our office 9am-3pm EST.
 

Graduation
 
When all academic and financial requirements have been met, the student is eligible to attend Graduation. Students of the GTF have the option of attending graduation (held each year in May) or receiving the diploma by mail. 

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