Graduate Admissions

Master of Science in Leadership – Admissions Requirements

  • Submit a completed application
  • Submit 2 required reference using the reference form.
  • Complete FAFSA/MPN/ELC with NSLDS clear or VA process complete or Cash payment plan completed
  • Have official transcripts from undergraduate degree sent to SDC attn: Norma Arwood
  • Have a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA for all previous post-baccalaureate academic studies (Appeal possible)
  • Up to 9 Leadership/Org graduate credits can be transferred into MSL. Transcripts are evaluated on a case by case basis
  • Submit required writing sample from previous academic work or according to given prompt. Samples from previous undergraduate work must fulfill the following:
    • 1000+ words, minimum 6 peer-reviewed quality references
    • From a 300-400 level course
    • Must be written in academic third person style (no ‘I’ language)
  • Those submitting a new writing sample because no previous work available must fulfill the above requirements and must also:
    • Write using APA format
    • Research leadership theories that best fit your preferred approach to leadership and apply them to your current or desired work context.

Master of Arts in Teaching

Teaching Credential Program (TCP) – Admissions Requirements

  • Submit a completed application
  • Submit the required reference form.
  • Complete FAFSA/MPN/ELC with NSLDS clear or VA process complete or Cash payment plan completed
  • Have official transcripts from undergraduate degree sent to SDC attn: Jahnai Feldmann
  • Have a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA for all previous post-baccalaureate academic studies. (Appeal possible)
  • Submit a formal essay describing a teacher who has influenced you. Please include the following:
    • The essay must be at least 500 words and not to exceed two pages.
    • The essay must be submitted using APA formatting
    • A college rubric will be used to score content, fluency of writing, a reflection of critical thinking skills, and all mechanics including grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
    • Applicants must score a 3 on the rubric. If a score less than 3 is received, applicants must resubmit their writing sample.

Master of Arts in Teaching Research Year (MAT) – Admissions Requirements

  • Submit a completed application
  • Submit the required reference form.
  • Complete FAFSA/MPN/ELC with NSLDS clear or VA process complete or Cash payment plan completed
  • Have official transcripts from undergraduate degree/credential work sent to SDC attn: Jahnai Feldmann
  • Have a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA for all previous post-baccalaureate academic studies. (Appeal possible)
  • Submit required writing sample from previous academic work or according to given prompt. Samples from previous undergraduate work must fulfill the following:
    • 1000+ words, minimum 6 peer reviewed quality references
    • From a 300-400 level course
    • Must be written in academic third person style (no ‘I’ language)
  • Those submitting a new writing sample because no previous work available must fulfill the above requirements and must also submit a formal essay that includes the following:
    • Your beliefs about teaching and learning
    • Your understanding of the role of students and teachers
    • Your view of the impact values and ethics have on classroom teaching.
    • This essay must be 3-5 pages long. Your proficiency in writing will be evaluated for admittance into this program. Take time to brainstorm, plan, write, edit, rewrite, and proofread. This essay will be scored using a college writing rubric.

Financing Your Education

In order to apply for Financial Aid, please visit the FAFSA website and follow the instructions. Students applying for a program that begins July 1 or later should complete next year’s FAFSA application. The school code for San Diego Christian College is 012031.

Graduate Financial Aid for 2017-18

  • TCP/MAT Classes – $550/credit
  • MSL Classes – $550/credit
  • Graduate Book – Vary
  • Special Class Fees – Vary
  • Technology Fee – $25/credit

Payment Options

There are a variety of ways to pay your bill at SDC. You may combine these payment options to find the arrangement that best suits your financial needs.

Option A – Financial Aid

All students interested in receiving financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine eligibility. The FAFSA determines a student’s eligibility for both federal and state aid. All California residents must submit a FAFSA byMarch 2nd prior to the Fall semester of enrollment to be eligible for the maximum amount of aid available. Be sure to list San Diego Christian College’s school code of 012031 on the “Selected Schools” tab on the FAFSA! Students applying for a program that begins July 1 or later should complete next year’s FAFSA.

San Diego Christian also encourages students to apply for aid from outside sources, such as private, community, and corporate programs.

Option B – Pay in Full

Pay the balance for the semester in full. SDC offers a variety of convenient methods to make payments. At SDC, the following methods of payment are acceptable:

  • Cash
  • Check, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order (please write student’s name and ID number on the memo line)
  • Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express)

Option C – Payment Plan

Make automatic monthly payments by requesting a secure link from Student Financial Services to input your credit or debit card information. Each semester’s bill can be paid by up to five (5) monthly payments. If payments are not made in a timely manner, the ability to continue on a monthly payment plan may be revoked.

Option D – PLUS or Private Loans

If you still have a balance owed after all Financial Aid has been awarded, you may choose to take out an additional loan to cover your remaining balance.

It is recommended that students first exhaust their Federal Direct Stafford Loans due to their low and fixed interest rates. If you have already taken out your Stafford Loans, other loan options include Graduate PLUS loans and Alternative (Private) Loans. These are subject to additional steps and credit review by the Department of Education (for PLUS) or a private lender (for alternative/private loans).

Option E – VA Benefits (GI Bill®)

Use your VA benefits eligibility to pay for your educational expenses. Be sure to apply for your Certificate of Eligibility early, making certain that San Diego Christian College is listed as your Place of Training. You will need to provide a copy of your current Certificate of Eligibility before you may begin classes.

Use your Military Tuition Assistance eligibility to help pay for your educational expenses. Check with your Education Officer regarding the process to apply for TA. You will need to provide a TA Voucher prior to each class for which you are using TA. SDC will reduce the tuition for each class paid by TA to $250 per credit. In this way, TA will pay all tuition for that class. Students are responsible to pay all fees and charges associated with each class.

Option F – Employer Tuition Reimbursement

You will need to provide a copy of your approved Employer Tuition Reimbursement form. Upon receipt, you will be permitted to delay tuition payment for each class until its conclusion. If your Employer Tuition Reimbursement does not cover 100% of your costs, you will need to have payment arrangements in place to cover the remainder of what you owe.

Students must have a confirmed financial aid plan in place before beginning class. SDC does have a Partner Discount Program. For more information on this program click here.

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