All applicants must meet the following requirements to receive consideration for admission:
- Applicants must live in accordance with godly principles, as stated in the Student Commitment to Excellence.
- Applicants must have completed High School via diploma or GED (or graduated with an equivalent level of education in another country).
- Age: Applicants must be at least 17 years of age by the first day of the term in which they wish to enroll.
- Applicants must complete the online application, including a $25 nonrefundable application fee.
FIRE School of Ministry endeavors to keep its tuition as affordable as possible, while factoring in the administrative costs we incur in order to operate.
As FSM Online is just launching we do not have a financial aid program at this time. Thank you for understanding.
Yes, students can attend FIRE School of Ministry part-time and take classes at their own pace. Tuition per credit hour remains the same whether the students is full-time or part-time.
FIRE School of Ministry classes are entirely online. Students will also be required to fulfill practical ministry requirements, which can be done in conjunction with a local church or Christian ministry.
FIRE School of Ministry is not accredited at this time. Nevertheless, FIRE School of Ministry does place a high value on academic excellence and seeks to instill a sound biblical worldview and an advanced level of biblical understanding into all of our students. All of our faculty members have years of ministry experience, and several of them are active in biblical scholarship and academic research and writing.
FIRE School of Ministry has partnered with three accredited universities, Ecclesia College, The King’s University, and Southern Evangelical Seminary, all of whom will accept many FSM credits for transfer. FSM is also working to obtain additional agreements. This will help enable students to pursue further education after studying at FSM. Please see the Transfer of Credit page for more details.
FIRE School of Ministry will consider requests to transfer credits from other colleges into FSM on an individual basis. Students should be aware of the following regarding transferring credits:
- FSM does not offer General Studies/Humanities courses (Math, Science, Art,etc.), and as a result does not consider such classes for transfer of credit.
- If the applicant has their own copy of their transcripts, they can email a copy to the Registrar in order to receive a preliminary evaluation.
- In order to formally be considered for transfer of credit, the student must have an Official copy of their transcripts be sent to FIRE School of Ministry from the college. Transcripts which are not in English must be accompanied with a certified English translation from a recognized translation service.
FIRE School of Ministry operates on three month “Quarters.” Students may enroll in classes any month of the year, and the course due dates will adjust accordingly. For instance, if the student begins a class during August, the class will be due at the end of October. If the student begins a class during September, the class will be due at the end of November.
FIRE School of Ministry’s Doctrinal Statement can be found in the School Catalog. Furthermore, while there are many areas of doctrine where fellow Christians often differ and can have constructive debate, there are also beliefs that are foundational and essential.
In order to participate in practical ministry requirements, FSM students must not promote beliefs contrary to fundamental, essential teachings of the Christian Church, including: the triune nature of God; that salvation is only found through Jesus Christ; that both the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God; that marriage, as ordained by God, is only between a naturally born man and a naturally born woman; that life begins at conception.
FIRE School of Ministry students are required to complete ministry practicums in conjunction with ministries or churches in the student’s local area. Each practicum credit requires the student complete 30 hours of ministry within a 3 month period to receive full credit.
A few examples of acceptable practical ministry would include: serving on a church worship team, serving in your church’s youth or children’s ministry, evangelism done in conjunction with a local church outreach or other Christian ministry, hospital or nursing home visitation with a Christian ministry, mission trip sponsored by your local church or other Christian ministry.
Furthermore, students have the option of fulfilling a number of these requirements through an internship. This is where the student will serve another ministry in a more focused way, for a set amount of time. This could include the student going to serve with another ministry for one or more months. Internships are optional but are another way to fulfill practical ministry and elective requirements.