City Vision provides a 33% discount to TUMI students.
After discount tuition is only: $500/course ($5,000/year) undergraduate or graduate.
TUMI College Credit Mapping
Students from the Urban Ministry Institute can receive up to 32 credits for prior learning based on the following course mappings. Students wishing to have credit evaluated should provide a copy of their TUMI transcript sent to City Vision.
- Conversion and Calling (Module 1): 2 credits
- Bible Interpretation (Module 5): 2 credits
- Old Testament Witness to Christ & His Kingdom (Module 9): 2 credits
- New Testament Witness to Christ & His Kingdom (Module 13): 2 credits
Theology and Ethics
- The Kingdom of God (Module 2): 2 credits
- God the Father (Module 6): 2 credits
- God the Son (Module 10): 2 credits
- God the Holy Spirit (Module 14): 2 credits
Theology of the Church (Module 3): 2 credits
The Equipping Ministry (Module 15): 2 credits
Practicing Christian Leadership (Module 11): 2 credits
Foundations of Christian Leadership (Module 7): 2 credits
- Foundations for Christian Mission (Module 4): 2 credits
- Focus on Reproduction (Module 12): 2 credits
- Evangelism and Spiritual Warfare (Module 8): 2 credits
- Doing Justice & Loving Mercy: Compassion Ministries (Module 16): 2 credits
Degree Completion Paths
Associate's DegreeIn Christian Ministry & Leadership or Business
Completion Cost with TUMI Discount and 32 Transfer Credits
Transfer up to 45 credits (32 from TUMI)
Only need 60 credits to complete
$500 per 3 credit course
Bachelor's DegreesIn Christian Ministry & Leadership, Nonprofit Management,
Addiction Counseling or Business
Transfer up to 90 credits (32 from TUMI)
Only need 120 credits to complete
$500 per 3 credit course
City Vision's History with Urban Ministries and TUMI
City Vision founded as the education arm of AGRM 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 is renamed City Vision College.
City Vision College starts offering
graduate programs and becomes
City Vision University.
City Vision gets Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Christian Ministry and Leadership
accredited using TUMI material co-designed
with Hank Voss from World Impact/TUMI.
City Vision becomes a TUMI site.
Current and Former City Vision Faculty with TUMI Affiliation
- Dr. Hank Voss, Senior National Staff, The Urban Ministry Institute
- Dr. Paul de Vries, President, New York Divinity School
- Dr. Bob Lay, Dean of TUMI Los Angeles
- Peter Watts, West Region Vice President, World Impact
- Dr. Bonita Smith, Dean, C.H. Mason Bible College
TUMI Site Partner Profile: New York Divinity School
The New York Divinity School (NYDS) serves the urban evangelical community of New York City as a TUMI site through training in Biblical knowledge, evangelism, ministry skills, and theology. The school is led by Dr. Paul de Vries, who serves as a TUMI site director. NYDS has been offering City Vision’s accredited online courses based on TUMI material as a complementary option for his students taking TUMI courses in person to offer more flexibility needed based on schedule and geographic constraints.
Paul has served as faculty with City Vision University and NYDS has referred several students to City Vision over the past few years. He said that City Vision provides a very streamlined process for credit recognition. Paul said, “The knowledge provided by TUMI courses is wonderful, but in today’s world it is essential to also have a degree that City Vision University is empowered to grant to students.” To him, key values of the partnership are the intellectual and spiritual unity that comes from City Vision’s accredited ministry courses using TUMI curriculum and that City Vision ministry faculty are also TUMI site directors.
“There is a tremendous harmony combining the genius of Dr. Don L. Davis’s TUMI curriculum with a values-aligned program through City Vision that multiplies the benefits to students.”
– Dr. Paul de Vries, New York City, TUMI Site Director and President of New York Divinity School
Alumni Story: Jean Congera, TUMI Graduate, BA in Christian Ministry & Leadership '20 City Vision
Jean Congera was born in Rwanda and spent much of his early life in refugee camps in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He came to the US in 2006. He got involved in Christian community development because he wanted to help others in the ways he was helped, and started working at the Refugee Ministry Leader at Northwest Community Center out of Northwest Bible Church. He became one of the leaders who planted a Refugee Church at the Northwest Bible Church in Dallas. He realized that he needed more training, so he enrolled in The Urban Ministry Institute in Dallas. After he graduated, he enrolled at City Vision and received 30 credits for his studies at TUMI. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry & Leadership in 2020.
Now, as of 2021, he is enrolled in City Vision’s MBA program, and was able to get prior learning credit for his church planting experience. In addition to being a community leader and pastor, he is also a husband and father of two children. In the long term, he plans to go back to Africa to develop ministries there similar to those he has developed in the US.
City Vision Students and Alumni from TUMI Sites
New York Divinity School
• Darnell Pierre-Canel
• Vondell Scott
• Katherine Meeks
• Lam Trang
• Kim-Maria Osorio
• Jean Congera
• Lana Ward
• Victor Martinez
• Charles Nickell
World Impact Staff
• Cedric Nelms, LA City Director of Ministry
• Stephanie Farr
TUMI Los Angeles
• Reginald Quintana
• Jennifer Chou
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.
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.
Awards & Recognition
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 recognition partnerships with Wheeler Mission, The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI), Third Millennium, Saylor Academy, Vision International, Harvestime Institute, Genesis Process and YWAM’s University of the Nations. If you are with an organization that would like to set up a Credit Recognition Partnership, please contact us.
For the 2021-22 year, we offer the following tuition scholarships:
- 15% Tuition Scholarship: to City Vision alumni, those affiliated with rescue missions, the Salvation Army, YWAM, Adult and Teen Challenge, AmeriCorps, first responders, 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 (undergrad) 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, $166.67/credit hour) for both undergraduate and graduate tuition. Additional scholarships may apply to students taking courses from the City Vision Institute that submit a completed student assignment workbook.
To receive your scholarship:
- Apply online for free.
- Once you have submitted your application, contact our financial aid office at email@example.com 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.
“The partnership with City Vision has been one of the most important factors to equip our team to minister to the needs of the poor. Without this partnership, we wouldn’t be nearly as effective serving our most vulnerable neighbors.”
– Rev. Vann Ellison, President, St. Matthew’s House