Graduate Admissions | San Diego Christian College

Why San Diego Christian College?

Affordable

Low tuition costs put a Christian education within reach of anyone called to serve. SDC provides a valuable education for less than many other private institutions.

Distinguished

SDC has earned a reputation for preparing exceptional leaders. Business leaders, pastors and other professionals have achieved success after SDC.

Christ-focused

The SDC academic experience is delivered from a biblical worldview. Christ is infused into every curriculum and classroom experience.

Effective

An experienced faculty gives personal attention to each student so they can reach their full potential. A caring learning environment is ideal for spiritual growth.

Admissions

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.

Masters of Science in Leadership - Admissions Requirements

- 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: Shahri Taylor
- 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 a completed application
- Submit 2 required reference using the reference form.

- 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 Year (TCP) - Admissions Requirements

- 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 completed application
- Submit the required reference form.

- 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

- 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 a completed application
- Submit the required reference form.

- 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.

Graduate Financial Aid

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 2016-2017

  • TCP/MAT Classes - $550/credit
  • MSL Classes - $550/credit
  • Graduate Book - $290/semester
  • Special Class Fees - Vary

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 and need. In order to apply for the maximum grants available, a student must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between October 1st and March 2nd prior to the Fall semester of enrollment. This application checks a student’s eligibility for Federal and State Aid. Be sure to list the Title IV School Code number 012031 for San Diego Christian College as one of your college choices in Section 5 on the FAFSA. Students applying for a program that begins July 1 or later should complete next year’s FAFSA application.

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 monthly payments by setting up an automatic payment link at the time of Financial Check-In. 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.

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.