ONLINE Interfaith/Interspiritual Ordination, Educational Programs, Degrees, and Spiritual Community
What is the price of your degree program?
At present the tuition for all Masters Degree programs are $9,500 and includes Ordination.
The total tuition fees for the Ordination program (non-degree option) is $6,900. As part of your spiritual development annual retreats and spiritual counseling incur an extra fee (approximately $1000).
At ALL PATHS we embrace the new paradigm of affordable online education for all – aiming to help make high education costs a thing of the past. Our tuition is just a fraction of the cost of other online universities.
How much do the books cost?
The student is responsible for paying for their books and any materials used for projects. Many research and study resources are available free online as well. All Paths provides you with a list of required introductory reading which comprise a handful textbooks you will need to purchase at the beginning. You should budget $200 to $300 to get started. Many of the books can be found or requested at your local library, or used copies can usually be found through online retailers. For your convenience here is a link to our amazon affiliate store. You will find here an extensive list of inspiring, relevant, and useful titles. (New and used copies at amazon prices.)
Do you provide Financial Aid?
We do not currently offer any kind of federal loan programs or grants. Instead we are embracing the new paradigm of affordable online education for all – aiming to help make high education costs a thing of the past.
Are payment plans available?
Yes. Please contact an admissions counselor to make a payment arrangement. Please note tuition payments must be paid in full prior to graduation, however, tuition payments may be spread out over 12 months.
How do I apply for a scholarship?
Limited scholarships are available. Our scholarship process does not need to be renewed annually. Students need to demonstrate need and should include a request with your application form and supporting materials an essay which describes why you should be considered for a scholarship. Be sure to include information about yourself, your talents, goals, or vision. We recommend you don’t delay in applying for scholarships which are extremely limited.
Is there a cost for webinars, retreats, or other events?
Most online webinars are FREE to students and public events are significantly discounted. Retreats do incur an additional expense of approximately $800 but attendance is optional, though we strongly reccomend attending at least one retreat through the program. Unregistered students may access webinar content for a small fee and may also apply to attend our spiritual retreats when they are open to the public. Please join our mailing list so you be notified of upcoming events.
How soon can I earn my ordination or degree?
Our degree programs are intended to be 2 years but advanced students devoted to full-time study may be able to complete their program (fast track) in as little as 18 months. The Ordination (no degree) program is designed to be 18 months but advanced students devoted to full-time study may be able to complete their Ordination program in as little as 1 year. Those wishing to “fast track” either program need to make a special request based on ability and need. Students may take no longer than 36 months to complete the program.
How long can I take to earn my degree?
All students must complete their degrees within three years.
Do you accept international students?
At this time we do accept international students who can correspond in English and are proficient in basic computer skills. In the future we plan to accept Spanish speaking students.
Do I need a Bachelor's degree first?
We require most of our student to have a Bachelor’s degree but exceptions are made on a case by case basis. However, life experience, related education, and depth of personal study, might assist in this consideration. Such students will need to demonstrate the ability to study and write at a college level.
Do you give credits for prior learning or life experience?
Yes, but on a case by case basis. All such considerations are made during your application process. Because All Paths’ curriculum is innovative and thematic not all college coursework is transferable.
Are the teachers and faculty members qualified?
Many of our faculty members are among the most qualified people in their field and pioneers in their areas of expertise. Many hold advanced degrees from prestigious American universities and seminaries, including Harvard Divinity School, Graduate Theological Union, McCormick Theological Seminary, and Hartford Seminary. Several of them lecture and teach internationally.
Is The School Accredited?
All Paths degrees are religious degrees. Religious education is not regulated by the United States Department of Education nor it’s regional accrediting bodies, and do not require accreditation. Some Seminaries/Divinity Schools are accredited by private non-government agencies. Such agencies accredit Bible Colleges and tend to have a Judeo-Christian orientation. All Paths is not a traditional seminary, as its curriculum is interfaith/interspiritual. It covers many religions and their sacred texts; curriculum typically outside the scope of what bible-college accreditation entails. Most importantly, All Paths has designed an affordable, student-centered program open to all the world’s spiritual traditions. In order to gain accreditation the cost of our programs would need to be increased dramatically and the curriculum would have to be significantly modified. Such a path is not of our choosing at this time. We recognize that accreditation might be important for some students and though preferable in some sectors, accreditation is not always a requirement. Whereas our degrees are accepted in many quarters it will not always be accepted in all employment situations. The tide is turning in this regard. More and more institutions are accepting interfaith ministers and alternative training programs.
How does the mentoring work?
Your studies are primarily self-directed but you will assigned a mentor to assists you through the program, both to affirm that the academic benchmarks are being met and to answer any questions you might have with the coursework and with your ministry as it unfolds. We have experts in many fields relevant to your studies who will be consulted if you are needing guidance or clarification on a given topic of study which cannot be satisfied in your own research. Spiritual counseling is also available upon request.
Is coursework done through correspondence?
Each student goes through the coursework at their own pace but within the parameters of the program. The vast majority of the coursework is completed through online correspondence. Webinars are occasionally offered via online technologies which have virtual classroom features, but live real time participation is not required.
How do I become a Chaplain?
If you have detailed questions about Chaplaincy please review the following information: