Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to our most frequently asked questions. If your question isn’t addressed, give us a call at 850-478-8496, ext. 5241, or e-mail pts-grad@pcci.edu. We’re here to help!

General

  1. Is PCC an accredited institution?

    Yes! For more details, see accreditation.

  2. Does PCC/PTS help with job placement?

    Career Services helps PCC/PTS students and alumni seeking internships or employment. Through the Career Services website, you can see posted job openings and connect with organizations about your job interests.

  3. Can I transfer credits from somewhere else?

    PCC accepts or rejects credits based on its own institutional criteria, regardless of whether or not the school transferring credit is accredited.

    Up to 3 hours of graduate credit can be transferred to a master’s or D.Min. degree (up to 32 hours for the M.Div.). Up to 9 hours of doctoral credit in research, statistics, writing, or technology may be transferred for the Ed.S. or Ed.D. degree. For more details, see academic credit policies.

  4. What are the living arrangements for on-campus graduate/seminary students?

    In the summer, residence hall accommodations are available for single students and married couples with no children. For one-week modules, rooms are single occupancy.

    During summer sessions and one-week modules, spouses of graduate/seminary students may also stay in the residence halls (if space is available) and only need to pay room and board per session.

Academics

  1. Is there a minimum GPA in order to continue in my program?

    Graduate and seminary students are expected to maintain a 3.00 cumulative GPA (2.00 for M.Div. and M.Min.).

  2. What’s the grading system?

    The 4.00 grading system below is used for all students.

    Grade   Grade Points Per Hour
    A Excellent 4
    B Good 3
    C Passing 2
    D Unsatisfactory 1
    F Failing 0
  3. What if I have to repeat a course?

    If you don’t earn a passing grade, you are able to repeat the course. All grades earned become part of your permanent record and will show on any PCC transcript. However, when a course is repeated, the highest grade you earned for that course will be used in computing your grade point average. (Note: Credit hours are only counted once for repeated courses.) For more details, see grading system.

  4. How many credits should I take per semester?

    A normal full-time, on-campus graduate load is 9 to 15 credits, depending on the program in which a student is enrolled. A maximum load is 20 credit hours per term.

    Online-learning students can take as many as three courses per term.

  5. Can I take fewer credits?

    Yes, you can take fewer credits than the normal credit load. However, keep in mind that taking fewer classes per semester means it’ll take longer to finish your degree. Also, you may be subject to changes in your degree requirements if you don’t attend consecutive semesters full-time.

Application

  1. How do I apply?

    If you’re attending for the first time, use the following checklist to apply:

    1. Apply online or fill out the Graduate Application for Admission or the Seminary Application for Admission.
    2. Pay the $50 application fee by credit card (Visa, Discover, MasterCard, or American Express) or mail a check or money order to the address on your application.
    3. After submitting your application, ask the college or university that granted your bachelor’s degree to send a complete transcript to the Director of Admissions. We need transcripts for all graduate-level and undergraduate-level work.
  2. What are the academic admission requirements?
    • A master’s degree requires a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA (2.00 for M.Div. and M.Min. degrees).
    • A specialist degree requires a master’s degree with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA.
    • A doctoral degree requires a master’s degree (M.Div. or equivalent for D.Min) with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA.

    Specific degree programs may include additional admission requirements.

Online Learning

  1. What is an online-learning course?

    Courses are delivered via a learning management system (LMS) called Canvas. Canvas is a web-based tool allowing you to do your work, watch course videos, and communicate with other students and the PCC online-learning office all within one area. These courses provide a traditional classroom experience without leaving your current ministry or full-time employment.

  2. Who should take online-learning courses?

    Self-motivated individuals who are independent learners are ideal online-learning students.

  3. How do I find out what courses you offer?

    View course listing for all available courses.

  4. What delivery formats are available for online learning?

    All courses are now delivered via Canvas, a web-based learning management system.

  5. How do online-learning courses work?

    You’ll access your courses through a learning management system (LMS) called Canvas. You’ll be able to do your work, watch course videos, and communicate with other students and the online-learning office all in one place.

    With our online-learning courses, you’ll get a traditional classroom experience without leaving your current ministry or work.

  6. Will I have quizzes, tests, papers, etc.?

    Yes, you’ll complete the same coursework as on-campus students.

  7. Will I need a proctor?

    Yes, you’ll need a proctor to administer and supervise the quizzes and tests for your online course. If you will be working on your courses in the United States, you can either use a live proctor or Examity online proctoring. If you will be taking quizzes or tests while outside of the United States, you must use Examity online proctoring. There is no charge to use Examity, which is a remote test proctoring service that allows you to take quizzes and tests from home at any time, day or night.

  8. Who can be a proctor?

    If you choose to use a live proctor, you must get the proctor approved before you can begin preregistration. The proctor must be a member of the local church pastoral staff (pastor, associate pastor, youth pastor); pastor’s wife; deacon; church secretary; or a member of the administration, faculty, or secretarial staff of a Christian school. Relatives, peers, GA’s or other students enrolled in online courses are not allowed to be proctors. Your proctor should be available throughout the term to proctor your tests, and you will need to plan your testing times around your proctor’s schedule. Tests will be administered online using the proctor’s computer.

    The Online Learning Office will also provide testing times for on-campus and town students. If you select this option, you will receive an email with available testing times after you are registered for your course.

  9. What are the computer requirements?

    You can use either a Mac or Windows computer for your online courses. We recommend that you have high-speed Internet of 1.5 Mbps or higher. Also, you may need Adobe Flash Player or Silverlight to view videos and course material. If your computer doesn’t currently have these programs installed, you’ll see a message asking if you want to download them. Downloading both of these programs is free.

    If you will be using Examity online proctoring, you must have a computer with a webcam and a microphone.

  10. What are the costs?

    View a current list of tuition and fees.

  11. How many online-learning courses can I take at one time?

    You can register for up to three courses per term.

  12. How much time do I have to complete my course?

    See dates and deadlines for specific registration and term dates.

  13. How long can I take to finish my degree?

    You may take up to seven years (six years for the D.Min. and five years for the Ed.S.) to complete your degree.

  14. Which courses are offered online?

    See course listing for all available courses.

  15. Can I earn a degree entirely by online learning?

    The following degrees can be earned entirely online:

  16. How do I get started?

    Apply for admission online or by printing your application and mailing it to us. When you receive final acceptance, you can register for your online-learning courses online.

  17. How do I register for a course?

    After receiving final acceptance, go online to register for your course.

  18. When can I register?

    See dates and deadlines for registration and term dates.

  19. How do I get my textbooks?

    You can rent or buy textbooks through the Campus Store by calling 1-800-722-3570 or by e-mailing cstore@pcci.edu.