Tools & Resources to Help Our Students

We’ve assembled a collection of tools and resources to help our students achieve your spiritual and educational goals with Christian Life School of Theology Global (CLSTG). Our goal is also to provide easy access to online forms and other items you may need to access frequently.

Student Policies & Procedures

These Christian Life School of Theology Global student policies and procedures provide at-a-glance information about standards of conduct, evaluations and exams, grading, programs of study, and graduation.

Evaluation of Prior Learning

Active students who have completed courses in educational venues other than a CLSTG Partner School and/or have previous ministerial experience may receive recognition for their work. This requires the submission of transcripts, certificates, diplomas and/or a ministerial résumé with their “request for evaluation of prior learning” form for evaluation. The completion units awarded through this procedure are used to help determine the level of placement of the student.

Evaluation of Prior Learning General Guidelines

  • Individuals must be active students before requesting an evaluation of work for which they hope to receive recognition.
  • Units awarded are officially applied to a student’s transcript only upon completion of the residency requirement of five courses (15 units) and payment of applicable fees.
  • Students are responsible to gather all transcripts, resumes, certificates, diplomas, etc., for submission.
  • Students may request a Subsequent Evaluation of Prior Learning before beginning a new degree program.

Evaluation of Accredited Non-Theological College Courses

Students having earned college credit or degrees from accredited institutions in fields other than theology may receive up to sixty (60) units for this work. This placement is determined by the evaluation of transcripts submitted by the requesting student. Courses must have a GPA of 2.0 or more (C). Grades of D or below will not be accepted. There is no charge for these units.

Evaluation of Accredited Theological College Courses

Students having earned college credit in theology courses from accredited institutions may receive full or partial recognition for their work. This placement is determined by the evaluation of transcripts submitted by the requesting student. Courses must have a GPA of 2.0 (C) or higher. Grades of D or below will not be accepted. There is no charge for these units.

Non-accredited Non-Theological Studies

Units are not awarded for this work.

Non-accredited Theological Studies

Students will attach a transcript for each school or class attended. The successful completion of courses will be counted toward Advance Standing. A fee/unit will be charged.

Evaluation of Ministerial Experience

Ministerial experience completion units may be awarded to applicants, especially licensed and ordained ministers. Ministerial experience is recognized up to a maximum award of sixty (60) units for full-time ordained ministers and licensed ministers and thirty (30) units for lay leaders. Evaluation requests must specify whether ministerial work is full-time or part-time. Copies of licenses and/or ordination certificates must be submitted. A fee/unit will be charged.

Student Placement

Units awarded as Advanced Standing help place the student in an advanced level of his/her program of study. Awarded units will not be applied until all applicable fees are paid, and the student completes 15 units of course work to establish residency. From this point, the student works forward to the next higher level of study. If a degree point has been reached or passed, the student may apply for the award of the next appropriate degree.

Student Registration

To be enrolled as a student, a person should have at least the equivalent of a high school education or have demonstrated their ability to complete and benefit from our courses.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates are intentionally affordable to allow students to achieve a quality education to pursue their dreams. Some courses require the purchase of a textbook from a third-party. If you have questions regarding this, please contact your Student Advisor or Dean.

Standards of Conduct

CLSTG and the larger network of Partner Schools around the world are a community of Christian believers who confess and follow Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The community is expected to uphold the Word of God and apply biblical standards of morality and integrity in life. Faculty, students and member schools are expected, therefore, to conduct themselves in a manner in keeping with Christian decorum and testimony. This involves embracing attitudes and actions the Bible identifies as virtuous and avoiding attitudes and actions the Bible identifies as sinful. They must abide by all published policies and regulations prescribed by the institution. They must also abide by applicable local, state, and federal laws.

Learning Management System

All coursework is on our Learning Management System (LMS). Course materials, including video lectures, a course syllabus/study guide, and an eBook where available will be included in the cost of tuition. (Please note – some courses require textbooks to be purchased from a third party by the student. Please contact school administration for more information.) Exams are taken on the LMS.

These programs of study include various certificates, diplomas and degrees, all of which are awarded after accumulating course completion units. Successful completion of each course is worth three Completion Units. CLSTG in association with our school awards the following certificates, diploma and degrees. Bachelor of Theology and above requires at least one course from each of the six course divisions.

Program Designation Unit Requirement GPA Requirement
Certificates of Ministry Various 15 units 2.0
Diploma of Theology Dip.Th. 30 units 2.0
Associate’s of Theology A.Th. 60 units 2.0
Bachelor of Theology B.Th. 126 units 2.0
Master of Theology M.Th. 171 units 3.0
Master of Sacred Studies M.S.S. 216 units 3.0
Doctor of Sacred Studies D.S.S. 261 units 3.0
Doctor of Theology D.Th. 300 units 3.0

Certificate Programs

Our Certificate Program bundles courses into specialized areas of ministry. This enables students to focus their studies, thereby receiving specialized training and equipping for practical ministry. Certificates of Ministry are earned by successfully completing the five courses listed within each particular area of study.

  1. Students may take as many certificate tracks during their course of study as desired to equip themselves with specialized training for practical ministry.
  2. Courses taken toward the completion of a certificate will also apply toward earning a degree. Successful completion of a second certificate will also qualify a student to apply for the Diploma of Theology, etc.
  3. For selected courses in the Certificate Program to qualify toward the appropriate certificate, each student must complete all coursework and successfully complete the examination. He or she must receive a passing grade on each course and maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.
  4. Upon completion of the five courses in a certificate program, a Certificate Application Form must be submitted. Please follow the instructions provided on the form.

Continuing Education Units

A Continuing Education Unit (CEU) in higher education is awarded for 10 hours of instruction from a qualified faculty in a class that teaches specific skills. CEUs are the primary means for fulfilling “professional development” requirements. We already meet those requirements in a variety of organizations.

CLSTG and its partners offer a variety of classes that qualify for a CEU Certificate (as well as counting toward a degree if taken as a graded student). These courses are indicated in the Course Catalog.

In addition, you may be awarded professional development Continuing Education Units (CEU) by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) as fulfillment for the professional development requirements of faculty and staff in ACSI member schools.

CEU students will receive a Certificate after submitting an application. Graded students are eligible for a CEU Certificate at no additional charge.

The request for a CEU Certificate will include the student’s name and ID number, as well as the course number and title of the course for which the CEU is/are being requested. The CLSTG Office will verify the qualifications of the student and will provide the appropriate certificates.

Student Records

An unofficial record will be kept in the student profile of the online learning platform. The CLSTG Office will maintain official records and transcripts for students.

Certificate, Diploma and Degree Application Fees

When you have completed your program of study, please complete the appropriate application form to initiate the transcript evaluation that is found in “Student Help” of your LMS account.

Transferring to Other Institutions

Students from schools like ours have successfully transferred completion units to many schools around the country, either by means of an assessment of prior learning or a specific articulation agreement. Every transfer, however, is at the full discretion of the receiving school. They decide if and how completion units will contribute to the goal(s) of their program. It is important to remember that our completion units represent theological training and ministerial preparation. Christian universities often have a required “Bible core” for all majors. Your completion units may transfer into that “core.”

If you are thinking of possibly transferring your credit units to a Christian university anytime in the future, we advise you to follow recommended degree plans. The classes were carefully selected to give you much more freedom in transferability.

Transcript Requests

If a student requires an Official Transcript or an unofficial Course Record of his/her studies from CLSTG, the student must submit a Transcript Request Form to CLSTG. Forms must be accompanied by appropriate fees for each copy of the transcript requested. Requests will usually be processed within 10-15 business days. To ensure privacy of student information, the request must be in writing and be signed by the student.

Course examinations consist of objective questions. All questions on the examination are taken from the lectures, textbook, syllabus/study guide, and referenced Scriptures. The examinations are “open-book.” This means that students may refer to course materials when they take their examinations.

Taking Exams

When taking an exam, you may move forward and back in the questions until the exam is submitted. (Different button on #50) If you need to stop the examination before it is complete, you may log out. When you sign back in the test will resume where you left off. (This is true of the full site, not the app.) If you fail the exam, you may retake the exam one time. (See Make-Up Examinations below.)

Time Limitations

Students have 45 days from the course registration to complete the course and take the exam. Failure to complete the course on time will result in a “0” entered in the student transcript.

For emergency situations only, students may apply for an extension.

Course Extension Request

Course extensions may be considered for students experiencing unforeseen emergencies. Emergencies out of the student’s control may include but are not restricted to: medical problems, medical problems in the immediate family, serious technical problems, death in the family, military orders, and others of similar nature. Students must submit their request within 45 days of course enrollment. Requests made during the 5-day grace period will not be considered. If an extension is granted, it will last for a period of 14 days from the date of notification. You will be notified via email of the decision.

Make-Up Examinations

If the course expires or you fail the exam, you may retake the assessment one more time for a $50 fee within 30 days of receiving your exam grade. After the second attempt, the course must be re-taken at the full course fee. Note: If an exam retake is not submitted within 30 days of receiving the exam grade, the course must be retaken at the full course fee. Follow the instructions on your exam results or contact your School Administrator or Dean to request this.

Academic Appeal

Students have the right of academic appeal if they wish to dispute an examination grade. If a changed answer will result in a changed grade, appeals will be responded to as promptly as possible, but sometimes may require extensive research into course materials or contact with the instructor to obtain information.

Appeals must be submitted within 10 days following the date the grade report was published. The appeal must also identify the course number and title, and the name, address, and phone number of the school official to contact regarding the appeal.

The appeal must explain, with references to course materials, why the student’s original answer is correct. The student must provide specific references to course materials and state why he or she believes the material supports his or her answer.

Online students will take examinations on the Learning Management System and will receive immediate test results, including feedback and the correct answers.

Grading Scale

Letter grades as well as numerical grades are issued to students completing course requirements and are reflected on grade reports. Only letter grades are posted to official records. Letter grades are used to compute grade point averages. Grades and grade points are based on the following official grading scale.

Numerical Grade Letter Grade Grade Point
90-100 A 4.0
80-89 B 3.0
70-79 C 2.0
60-69 D 1.0
0-59 F 0.0

Grade Point Average

A specific grade point average (GPA) must be maintained to earn a degree. Grade point averages are computed by adding the grade points for each grade and dividing the result by the total number of courses taken.

Christian Life School of Theology Global hosts an annual graduation ceremony in which all graduating students may participate. The Commencement Exercises will be held annually. (Your school may also host its own ceremonies. Please contact your Student Advisor or Dean for more information.)

Requesting Degrees

Students requesting a degree must have received the required units at the time the graduation request is made. Examinations must be graded, grades posted, and grade reports received.

Students requesting a degree must also have achieved the required grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or “C” to receive the certificate, Diploma of Theology, Associate of Theology, or the Bachelor of Theology. At the graduate level, a GPA of 3.0 or “B” is required to earn all other degrees. After all record checks are completed and all monies have been paid in full, the degree order will be placed.

Five requirements must be satisfied before a degree is issued:

  1. The Degree Application Form is in order.
  2. The residency requirement is fulfilled.
  3. The unit completion requirement for each degree is met.
  4. The grade point average (GPA) must be achieved.
  5. The balancing requirement must be fulfilled. To meet this requirement, students must pass at least one course in each of the six divisions of study to earn the Bachelor of Theology degree. Outside of this balancing requirement, the student can specialize or customize their degree program as meets the needs of their calling and/or the requirements set forth by their ministry network.

The date on the degree will be the date of issue from CLSTG, or the date of the graduation at the Commencement. If the student does not participate in the graduation and later requests a diploma or degree, it will be dated on the date of issue from CLSTG.

Graduation Regalia and Class Rings

Graduates participating in a CLSTG Commencement exercise will wear appropriate graduation regalia. Graduates holding a CLSTG degree are entitled to wear the distinctive class ring that symbolizes achievement and excellence in education. Students must have earned a Bachelor of Theology degree or higher to qualify for a class ring. Graduates should order regalia or class rings through Jostens (please contact the CLSTG office for the details). Please note that no ring order will be processed by Jostens without verification of academic standing.