The most affordable accredited online
Associate's in Christian Ministry & Leadership
for parachurch and nonprofit leaders.
Next Start Date
June 1, 2020
100% Online, 8 Week Courses
Up to 75% of credits can be transferred or up to 25% come from prior learning assessment
What Will You Learn in Our Associate's in Christian Ministry and Leadership?
Pick Five Minimum
Fall 1 (August 19-October 13)
Fall 2 (October 21-December 15)
Spring 1 (January 6-March 1)
Spring 2 (March 16-May 10)
Summer (June 1-July 26)
Students not near graduation can take courses at any time to meet their general education requirements or take any course to count toward their total credit requirements for their degree.
|Fall 1, First Year (pick 2)|
Fall 2, First Year
Elective or general education course
Spring 1, First Year (pick 2)
Elective or general education course
|Spring 2, First Year|
Elective or general education course
Summer, First Year
Fall 1, Second Year
Select Concentration Courses
This is provided as a sample degree completion plan for a full-time transfer student, but students can chose any degree completion plan as long as it meets the graduation requirements for their degree. Students not near graduation should also consider taking courses outside their major to meet their general education requirements or take any course to count toward their total credit requirements for their degree.
Ministry & Interpersonal Competencies
Operations & Governance Competencies
Innovation & Entrepreneurial Competencies
Business & Funding Competencies
Each of our courses map the above competency domains that relate to the Management Skills Assessment Instrument/Competing Values Framework. Students can use this framework to develop custom competency maps for their degree plan based on their goals. Relative to our other degrees, this degree emphasizes the Ministry & Interpersonal Competencies more.
Degree outcomes are the overall skills and knowledge we expect you will have after successfully completing a degree program at City Vision University. After completing the degree, you will be able to do the following in each of the listed domains:
- Bible. Use sound principles of Biblical interpretation to analyze the structure, themes and content of the Bible and apply that to local contexts.
- Theology. Apply the foundational truths of Christian theology grounded in Scripture to local contexts.
- Calling. Create a synthesis of a reflective life vision and plan to enable 24/7 ministry based on God’s purposes for work and their own unique calling.
- Leadership. Develop a personal philosophy and plan for leadership based on principles of leadership and effective ministry management.
- Life Balance. Develop plan for him/herself and others to establish life balance in a society saturated with technology and addiction.
Associate's Degree in Christian Ministry and Leadership: Information and Requirements
- Our degree will prepare you to be a leader in a parachurch ministry, nonprofit, urban ministry or urban mission.
- More than 70% of our graduates have worked in the nonprofit or ministry sector after graduation.
- Others often work in businesses with values that reflect strong social responsibility and entrepreneurship.
You can apply for free now. You must submit the following:
- A copy, scan or photo of a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.
- A copy, scan or photo of a government-issued photo ID.
To graduate, students must:
- Complete 60 credits with at least 15 credits from City Vision.
- Complete all major core requirements and general education requirements.
- Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 (including City Vision credits and accepted transfer credits).
- Have no outstanding balance with the school.
How this Degree Can Help You Achieve Your Goals
Which City Vision Degree Fits You?
Christian MinistryMinistry Careers
- Bible courses & More Ministry Competencies in core
- Concentrations: Urban Missions, Ministry Mgt, Counseling Ministry
- 120 credits, 4 years
- 11 required courses
Nonprofit ManagementNonprofit & Ministry Careers
- Most balanced and practical for nonprofit careers
- Most direct path to a nonprofit or ministry career
- 120 credits, 4 years
- 10 required courses
Addiction CounselingCounseling Careers
- Helps you prepare to be a certified addiction counselor
- Our most popular degree with highest job placement rate
- 120 credits, 4 years
- 10 required courses
BS in Business AdministrationNonprofit & Business Careers
- More Business courses with focus on nonprofits and social entrepreneurship
- Concentrations: Nonprofit Management & Social Entrepreneurship
- 120 credits, 4 years
- 11 required courses
MBASenior Leadership in Nonprofit & Business Careers
- Prepare you for senior leadership in ses with focus on nonprofits
- Concentrations: Nonprofit Management & Education Management
- 36 credits, 1.25 years
- 12 major courses
Our History with Urban Missions and Ministries
City Vision Founded as the education arm of
the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions
called Rescue College.
Rescue College is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission with a degree completion program in Missions.
Rescue College becomes a part of the
Christian nonprofit TechMission
and was renamed City Vision College.
City Vision College starts offering graduate programs and becomes City Vision University.
City Vision celebrates serving students and
interns from over 500 urban ministries.
We are accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency.
We are an Approved Provider for NAADAC, which means that our addiction counseling courses are approved for Certified Addiction Counselor credit in most states.
Flexible Online Courses
With our 8-week format and 5 start dates per year, you can study on your schedule in 100% online courses. You never have to travel to a physical campus.
Our online courses are like live courses but instead of live lectures, most are recorded. Instead of live discussion, you have discussion forums with other students.
Radically Affordable so You Can Graduate Without Debt
What Our Students are Saying:
Their concern for their students has encouraged me to be more compassionate towards others. I am not just a student of City Vision. I am part of the City Vision family.
I really enjoy the live class video sessions because it allows us to put names to faces.
We Specialize in Credit for Prior Learning Experience
City Vision offers what we believe is the most flexible, streamlined process to get prior learning experience credits of any online Christian university. We view City Vision as a Christian counterpart of secular schools that specialize in granting prior learning credit. We focus on this because we often teach leaders with decades of senior experience in the nonprofit and business world who operate at a practical experience level of someone with an MBA, but they do not have any degree.
What You Can Get Credit For
How Prior Learning Credit Works
- Take City Vision’s Prior Learning Assessment course to have up to 30 credits evaluated.
- Develop a portfolio documenting your experiential learning.
- Our faculty evaluate your credit, comparing your documentation to learning outcomes of accredited courses.
- The credit will be added to your transcript if it is granted,
so you can finish your degree more quickly.
Awards & Recognition
You Work to Transform Lives - Let Us Be a Guide
Like us, you work to transform lives. But some people you serve may appear stuck in dysfunction. You may feel over your head, like no one trained you for this. The needs seem endless, and you want to be more effective.
You know you need training to serve well, but you don’t have the time to stop working to get trained. City Vision’s flexible online programs allow you to balance work, family, and the rest of your life.
You deserve an affordable, flexible degree so you can help move your nonprofit to profound success. We want our students to know they are making a difference.
You may feel like your current position is an accident. But there are no accidents in God’s plan. Study with City Vision, clarify your calling, and be equipped to transform more lives than you’ve imagined.
Frequently Asked Questions
To get credit for experience, first take City Vision’s Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio Development course, which uses the CAEL portfolio process. In this course you will develop a portfolio of your learning experience using a template we provide. For each subject area where you believe you should receive credit, you must identify a course at an accredited institution where you believe that you have already mastered the learning outcomes for that course. For each course that you want to receive credit for, you need to develop a specific portfolio section where you provide several pages of documentation on how you have achieved the learning outcomes of the course. A faculty member then reviews your portfolio to assess whether you have provided adequate documentation to be granted credit.
After completing this eight-week course, you will get 3 elective credits toward your degree plus the credits for any courses where you documented that you met the course outcomes through your portfolio. You have up to 3 months to submit the rest of your portfolio to get credit for additional courses where you can document learning. After the three months, you can pay $100 to have additional sections of your portfolio reviewed. Undergraduate students can receive credit for up to 25% of their degree through prior learning (30 credits for a bachelor’s or 15 credits for an associate’s) and graduate students can receive credit for up to 25% of their degree (9 credits for an MBA).
We have credit mapping partnerships with Wheeler Mission, The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI), Third Millennium, Saylor Academy and YWAM’s University of the Nations that works in conjunction with our prior learning process. If you are with an organization that would like to set up a Credit Mapping Partnership, please contact us.
For the 2019-20 year, we offer the following tuition scholarships:
- 15% Tuition Scholarship: to City Vision alumni, those affiliated with rescue missions, the Salvation Army, YWAM, AmeriCorps, as well as active duty or reserve military students or veterans and their spouses. After this scholarship, tuition for undergraduates is $638/course ($6,375/year or $212.50/credit hour). For graduate students it is: $680/course ($6,800/year or $226.67/credit hour). We also provide a 10% to students from organizations or businesses affiliated with the Tuition Reduction Network.
- 33% Tuition Scholarship. We offer a scholarship to students outside of the US and student affiliated with partner organizations such as Wheeler Mission, The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI), Third Millennium, Saylor Academy and YWAM (outside the US). We will offer this level of scholarship to students from any organization that sends two or more students in a given year. For these students, tuition is $500/course ($5,000/year, $266.67/credit hour) for both undergraduate and graduate tuition.
To receive your scholarship:
- Apply online for free.
- Once you have submitted your application, contact our financial aid office at firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know that you qualify for a scholarship.
- Our financial aid office may require documentation to verify your eligibility. Be sure to read our criteria to keep scholarships.
City Vision offers two types of partnerships with organizations.
Multi-Student Organizational Discounts. We offer a scholarship to students from any organization that refers multiple students to City Vision in a given year. The scholarship makes tuition $5,000 ($500/course, $266.67/credit hour) for both undergraduate and graduate programs. If an organization does not have more than one student for at least a year, that organization loses its scholarship status. If you are with an organization that would like to receive this discount, please contact us.
Credit Mapping Partnerships. City Vision sets up credit mapping articulation agreements with ministries that have high-quality ministry training that can be evaluated through our prior learning assessment process. We have credit mapping partnerships with Wheeler Mission, The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI), Third Millennium, Saylor Academy and YWAM’s University of the Nations, among others, that work in conjunction with our prior learning process. If you are with an organization that would like to set up a Credit Mapping Partnership, please contact us.
Yes. City Vision has worked with many employers that offer tuition assistance or reimbursement.
For students whose employer will pay their full tuition, we can work with you to send your tuition invoice to your employer for them to pay directly.
For students that pay their own tuition and need reimbursement with their employer, we provide the invoices and documentation you need to get reimbursed.
City Vision believes we are among the best in the world in providing an extremely practical Christian education for those interested in Addiction Counseling and Nonprofit Management.
While state schools can provide information about counseling, City Vision will provide very practical counseling education with deep Christian integration. Similarly many state schools’ nonprofit management programs are often essentially generic business degrees, while we help our students integrate their Christian values in how they run nonprofit organizations and businesses.
Many community colleges or state schools will advertise “free” or nearly free tuition. Historically, for City Vision students that have applied for a Pell grant, 79% have qualified. For students that receive a full Pell grant, the grant will pay all your tuition making the cost to the student only the cost of books (which is similar to many community colleges or state schools).
City Vision is very focused on providing extremely practical Christian education for those interested in Addiction Counseling and Nonprofit Management. City Vision offers fewer degrees than the mega-universities, but the degrees that we do, we do very well. We like to think of ourselves similar to the family-run hardware store where staff can answer all your questions with personalized service as opposed to the big box department stores like Walmart that offer everything.
Liberty and Grand Canyon are fine schools if they are what you are looking for, but we believe we are superior for students seeking an affordable, practical education in what we teach. The following shows how we believe our strengths compare to those of Liberty and Grand Canyon:
$7,500 per year
$12,198/$15,275 per year
Nonprofit Management & Addiction Counseling degrees, with personalized service and practical training
Hundreds of degrees, convenience that comes from scale of 100,000+ students
20+ year history of serving the poor, addicted and underserved, including partnerships with rescue missions and Salvation Army
Liberty was founded by Jerry Falwell.
Grand Canyon was a for-profit school.
Speed to Degree
Extremely flexible acceptance of transfer credit and prior learning credit
Somewhat flexible transfer credit.
Primarily word of mouth and partnerships with 90+ rescue missions, Salvation Army, counseling centers, 500+ nonprofits and urban ministries
$100 million+ advertising campaigns
We have never had a student who wasn’t accepted into a graduate program based on our degrees, although in some cases with state schools we have had to advocate for them.
Our alumni have been accepted into the following schools: Grand Canyon University, Bay Path University, Southwest Baptist Seminary, Fuller Seminary, California University of Pennsylvania, James Madison University, Liberty University, North Park University, Southern New Hampshire University, St Mary’s University of Twickenham, Trinity Bible College, Bakke Graduate School and AG Theological Seminary.
Ultimately the acceptance of any degree or transfer credit is up to the receiving institution.
City Vision is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the US Department of Education and CHEA. The US Department of Education does not recognize a distinction between regional and national accreditation in its standards and recently stated, “The Department does not believe…that rejecting transfer credits, an application for admission to graduate school, or a request to sit for a State occupational licensing exam on the basis of the type of Department recognized accreditation is justified.” See the US Department of Education letter on National vs. Regional Accreditation.
We have heard from a number of our students that other schools (sadly, even Christian schools) use scare tactics as a part of their sales practice, and misrepresent the significance of the distinction between national and regional accreditation.
From a Christian social justice perspective, many have called the distinction between regional and national accreditation a cartel that is a major injustice that hurts the poor. Having said that, there are those that still maintain this distinction, so we address their concerns in this section. This letter from Dr. Leah Matthews addresses some concerns about the quality of DEAC accreditation.
Functionally, our experience has been that the distinction between regional and national accreditation is primarily of importance for:
- Student pursuing academic careers, since many high-end schools may require Ph.D.’s from regionally accredited schools. A very small percentage of jobs (mostly academic) require regional accreditation. For example, a recent search of jobs in Boston showed 19 jobs out of 65,645 total requiring regional accreditation (of which 18 were in academic institutions).
- Students pursuing licensing in fields that often require a master’s degree from a regionally accredited school, such as Counseling or Social Work. It is because of this reason that City Vision does not offer master’s programs in these fields. As listed above, regional master’s programs to date have always accepted our bachelor’s degrees, but the decision is up to each individual school.
- Students planning to complete their bachelor’s degree at other schools. Many state schools and some CCCU schools may not accept transfer credits from nationally accredited schools. It is up to each school on what transfer credits they accept. Based on this, for students that come to City Vision that do not plan to complete either their associate’s or bachelor’s with us, but expect to complete at a state university or CCCU school, we recommend that they first check with that school on credit transferability.
Ultimately, choosing City Vision’s national accreditation over a regionally accredited school is a question of value: you get more for your money with City Vision. If you need the “gold plating” of regional accreditation for one of the reasons described above, then it may be worth paying 2-10 times more to get a degree with regional accreditation from another school. However, because of the career choices of our students, they prefer to choose the value of City Vision rather than more expensive high-end options.
Historically, 70-80% of our alumni work in the nonprofit or ministry sector after graduation.
The others work in business with strong values that reflect strong social responsibility, Christian values and entrepreneurship.
We have had hundreds of students that have come from over 90 Gospel rescue missions.