Phoenix University of Theology is a revolutionary revival of the Biblical style of teaching and is a classic model of the original Ecclesiastical Open University System. The University is formed through Alliances with world class independent teaching ministries. We are accredited through AICCS, the Association of Independent Christian Colleges and Seminaries. This collegiality, provides our students and graduates, with an ever expending network and cooperative interaction with likeminded Christian Colleagues.

We are committed to responding to the need for lifelong learning opportunities by providing a full range of educational services adapted to the needs of ministers and church leaders. To accomplish this goal, the University recognizes transfer credits and awards credit for documented "Experiential learning," also referred to as “lifelong Learning” or “Prior Learning,” which is defined as college-level learning that takes place outside a college or university setting. Learning acquired through the following kinds of activities might qualify:

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  • Non-credit courses, Bible Study classes
  • Workshops, television and internet courses
  • Self-taught knowledge or skills/independent study
  • Career/work experiences/training
  • Volunteer work or community services
  • Travel, missions trips and activity
  • Avocations, e.g., art, music, dramatics
  • Leadership roles in church, associations and organizations
  • Personal life experiences
  • Hobbies, including extensive reading
  • Published articles, newsletters, books and other written works
  • Production of teaching materials, videos, tapes, pamphlets, tracks
  • Being fluent in a second or third Language

We recognize that biblical knowledge is worthy of credit and acknowledgement, and that honor and recognition should be awarded those who learn through revelation and independent study. It is through evaluation and assessment of Prior Knowledge and Performance Skills - Distance learning – Mentoring – Independent Study – Lectures and Workshops, that those in Ministry related fields are able to complete graduate degrees primarily through Portfolio Assessment and at a fraction of the cost of the traditional seminary system.

Students may request credit for experiential learning by using the MAP - PAC© Process used for quantifying and granting college level credits.

The MAP-PAC© differs from other programs in two ways:

  1. The MAP - allows for the assembling and presentation of documented learning regardless of how it was gained. It includes transcripts, degrees and certificates that have already been earned, and joins all other methods to form one complete portfolio of the total learning experience and converts it into transcript credits.

  2. The PAC - Implements continued independent learning by degree candidates and is held open throughout their program. It is through the PAC that credits needed to complete a degree program, recognized during the initial MAP evaluation, are completed.

The PAC may include:

  • Credit by examination, Test-4-Credit (T4C©)
  • Workshops
  • Lectures
  • Independent study/Online courses
  • Oral examination
  • Research
  • Thesis or Ministry Business Plan
  • Dissertation

Degree Programs and Distinctions: The particular degree title and distinction awarded to the degree candidate will reflect the learning and proficiencies of the candidate in a specific concentrated area of ministry. Any degree title or distinction must clearly indicate that it is a Christian ministry or Theology degree and must not be confused with a Liberal Arts Education. All degree programs are designed to improve the skills and success of those committed to Christian ministry.

Degrees Offered:Abbreviation
Bachelor’s of MinistryBMin
Master’s of MinistryMMin
Master’s of TheologyTh.M.
Master’s of Marketplace MinistryMMin
Doctor of MinistryD.Min
Doctor of TheologyTh.D.
Doctor of Marketplace MinistryD.Min
Doctor of Divinity (Honorary)D.D.

Teaching has forever been an edict of the Church; it is from this edict that our educational system was spawned.

What is taught is what is believed, curriculum is the critical ingredient of education, and teaching must be recognized, first and foremost as a gift. We are admonished, in Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Historically, there have been two distinct authorities that charter or authorize educational institutions:

  1. The government or civil authority and

  2. The Church or Ecclesiastical authority

Reclaiming educational prerogatives, biblical methods, standards and measures, is a goal of Phoenix University of Theology. All our degree programs, certificates and curriculum are designed for the specific and singular purpose of qualifying individuals for Christian ministry. It is through Religious exemption, that Phoenix University of Theology has degree granting authority. The Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education A.R.S. § 32-3022(E): recognizes religious degrees which are used solely for religious purposes within a religious organization which has tax exempt status from the internal revenue service, as“… [Degree programs exempt from licensure]

Degree Program Cost: The MAP–PAC provides for the greatest amount of savings on degree program costs, through the use of teaching alliances, alumnus Professors and independent study. This classic model of the original Ecclesiastical Open University System, helps keep the cost of earning a degree through Phoenix University of Theology to a fraction of the cost of a traditional degree program.

*Bachelor’s Degree Program: One must have fulfilled the requirements for an Associate’s degree or be assessed with its equivalency, to be accepted into a Bachelor’s degree program through the University’s MAP-PAC system. Bachelor’s programs require completion or assessment of 128 credit hours.

Application fee $45.00
Bachelor’s Degree Assessment and Transcript Development$4,800.00
**Estimated Total Cost$4,845.00

*Master’s Degree Program: One must have fulfilled the requirements for a Bachelor's degree or be assessed with its equivalency to be accepted into a Master’s degree program. Master’s degree programs require completion or assessment of 40 credit hours of graduate studies, plus a Thesis ands Ministry Business Plan.

Application fee $45.00
Master’s Degree Assessment and Transcript Development$4,800.00
**Estimated Total Cost$4,845.00

*The Doctoral Degree: One must have fulfilled the requirements for a Master's degree in Ministry or be assessed with its equivalency to be accepted into a Doctoral degree program. Doctoral Degree programs require the completion or assessment of 48 credit hours, plus a Dissertation or published work.

Application fee $45.00
Doctoral Degree Assessment and Transcript Development$5,800.00
**Estimated Total Cost$5,845.00

*A minimum number of credit hours may be required through the University System.

*Fees for prior learning assessment and transcript development will be calculated at $40.00 per credit hour.

**Degree program fees do not include the cost of graduation, regalia, travel, housing, required books and materials, or other expenses related to attending workshops, classes, testing, Forums and lectures.

**No refunds will be available after 90 days of beginning your program.


Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions; (602) 224-1161.