(DRE) 30 UNITS: Doctor of Religious Education
(All courses available on FICU are presented from a non-denominational Christian perspective.)

Candidates entering the DRE program shall have earned Master’s Degree including 27 units of prerequisites in Biblical Studies/Religious Education. In some cases a candidate may request and receive assessment for prerequisite requirements. DRE shall consist of the following 30 units of core requirements:

Financial Aid / The Covenant Agreement Program (scroll down for additional Covenant agreement information)

Friends Inter-National Christian University is a non-profit non-denominational University. We do not accept any government grants or loans, state or federal in any form. We have a special program for student loans called. The Covenant Agreement. Please read on for more details or If you have questions about financial aid please call our office at

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The Path to Enrollment ( What happens next? )

#1 Application and Application Fee - Fill out an application. FICU has an online application that is quick and easy to fill out. During this process you will be asked to input a user name and password that may be used later for registration to online courses.  We also have A downloadable application available that can be either faxed or mailed to FICU.

Fill out our application on-line (click here)

Download our Application PDF (right click and choose save as or save this link as)

Application Fee - There is a non-refundable application and registration fee upon completion of the application. The fee is $110.00 dollars. $75.00 for the application and $35.00 for registration. You may call our office during normal business hours to play your Application/Registration fee over the phone.

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#2 Transcript - Download a copy of our transcript  request form. Request transcripts from any accredited institution that you may have attended. Non-Accredited schools may be considered on the discursion of an academic advisor. Please write to: drmelinda@ficu.edu
for more information about the transfer of credit.

Download the Transcript Request Form PDF (right click and choose save as or save this link as)

#3 Portfolio - Prepare your portfolio for review by an academic advisor. Remember your portfolio is intended to inform us about your life experience as well as your education. Be sure to include any ministerial experience as well as involvement in church activities, church administration, bible study groups and secular work and education as well.

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Contact Information

If you intend to e-mail documents please send them to: drmelinda@ficu.edu or call for a fax number.


The Covenant Agreement Program (Student Loans)

Interest free student loans are made available to each FICU student. The eligibility to receive an interest free university loan is based upon each student’s direct financial need. All payment plans are referred to as Covenant Agreements. Covenant Agreements may be approved for as little as $100.00 or more per month. There will be a fee of $25.00 for every payment over 10 days late. Confer with your academic advisor or directly with the FICU Admissions Office, if you wish to apply for a covenant agreement. Each course offered by FICU is measured in semester units of credit. See the specific degree programs and course descriptions for the number of units of credit offered for each specific course. (The grade point stated for letter grade is used to calculate grade point average or GPA.)

Evaluation of Prior Learning

After a student is enrolled, all acceptable previous college course work reflect on an official transcript, will be transferred in and all non-collegiate experience is reviewed to determine if the individual has adequate experience to justify the university awarding credit for prior learning experience. FICU will extend to the student the opportunity for the student to validate and provide validation through documentation, and verifiable evidence of competence for any of the courses required in the chosen program. Each student is required to submit a complete Student Portfolio, in accordance with the FICU Student Portfolio Guidelines. The student will be required to submit evidence to their Academic Advisor that the Student has met the requirements for each Course. Additionally, at the undergraduate level, students may request “Credit by Experiential Learning” for General Elective courses and courses in their major. For areas where an adequate level of competence is identified, students will receive credit and receive advance standing. The student will be informed of the required course to complete their individualized program. Students may request a copy of the Student Portfolio Guidelines through the FICU Admissions Office or their personal Academic Advisor. All students are individually evaluated by an Academic Advisor, then approval may or may not be gained through a vote by the Assessment Committee.

The Coursework and Textbooks

The course work required of the student may take one or a combination of several different procedures to complete. Course presentation may be in the form of textbook, video, audiocassette tape, or multimedia forum. The students Academic Advisor will determine the form of curriculum and grade assessment best suited to each individual student. Academic Advisors are required to use one of several standard forms of assessment of the individual knowledge of course content.

Independent Individualized Program

The competency level of a prospective student is evaluated by review of the individual’s application or admission and a portfolio which includes a detailed ministerial/occupational resume, official transcripts and other documents supporting previous academic work, and specialized training certificates. Evaluation of each individual’s portfolio of documents is the key component for acceptance of an individual into an independent and individualized degree program for either undergraduate or graduate work. The evaluation is planned to determine whether an applicant has the appropriate educational background, occupational accomplishment and attitudinal motivation necessary to function effectively in an independent and individualized, innovative, educational environment. Motivation is a fundamental factor for determining whether an individual can successfully function in this type of learning situation.