Download the registration form and application above

    Admissions Requirements

Admission to Heritage Center for Religious Studies requires the submission of a completed Application for Admission and $35 application fee. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the first day of the term in which the student plans to begin.

In addition, students seeking admission to the Diploma of Ministry program must submit verification of High School diploma or GED completion and a Church letter of recommendation. If students are requesting consideration of transfer credit for previous ministry studies, then transcripts sent directly from the institution are required.

Application files must be completed no later than the first day of the term in which the student plans to begin.


Students may register for classes as early as five (5) months before the quarter begins. Registration dates and procedures are published and distributed every quarter. All financial obligations for the previous term must be settled before a student is permitted to register. Students may register in-person or by mail. See registration form above.

Students will be permitted to register late during the published dates for adding classes. Students are responsible for making up any missed work.

All course schedules are subject to change based on student enrollment. The decision to cancel a class due to insufficient enrollment will be made by the published date and time contained in the course schedule distributed each quarter.

    Who Should Enroll?

  • Laity who are pursuing ministry as a profession but who desire more theological education to improve their ministry service.
  • Persons whose denominations require verification of theological training to receive a ministerial license.
  • Active clergy or laity considering ministry as a profession who do not possess an undergraduate degree.
  • Active clergy or laity possessing an undergraduate degree in a non-ministry field and who desire continuing education.
  • All who desire to attend.

Any prospective student considering enrollment in Heritage Center for Religious Studies is welcome to sit in a scheduled class session to become familiar with our academic environment. Class visitations must be scheduled in advance with the Heritage Center Administrative Office. Current students should not bring visitors to classes without prior approval by the Administrative Office. 

    Program Completion Guidelines

A grade C or better is required to pass each course.   The Diploma and Certificate programs each require the minimum of 10 courses and are designed for completion in two (2) years. However, students must normally complete their programs within five (5) years. 

    Class Schedule and Instruction

Heritage Center for Religious Studies operates on a quarterly academic calendar. Each course provides 30 hours (1 unit) of classroom instruction. Seminars provide 15 hours (0.5 unit) of classroom instruction and are generally included in a two-part course sequence. Classes are held at Third New Hope Baptist Church and are generally scheduled as follows:

  • Mondays and Thursdays: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: Intensive 6 week format, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Weekend intensive format: Fridays, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.                                                                    Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Orientation and Advising

For the 2001-2003 schedule, the Director of Administration and Academic Affairs will provide academic advising to students on a quarterly basis. Each student will participate in an initial session at the beginning of their program to discern ministry goals and program planning. The student is responsible for contacting the Director each quarter prior to registration. 

    Vocational Planning

The intent of the curriculum at Heritage Center for Religious Studies is to prepare students for effective service in Christian ministry. Many of our students are active in the ministries of their churches and others are already engaged in full-time professional ministry. Ministry vacancies, which are periodically received by Heritage Center from local churches and organizations, will be made available to students via newsletter or the school’s web site. 

    Ministry Practicum

All students are required to participate in a Ministry Practicum on HIV and Substance Abuse Prevention. The Ministry Practicum is offered several times a year and may be taken for academic credit or as a free workshop.