Program Options

The Intercultural Studies Department at Wheaton has developed the following programs to meet the diverse needs of our Evangelism and Leadership students:

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Overview of Evangelism and Leadership Program Options

  • Introduction
  • Types of Classes
  • Cohort Full Time
  • Cohort Part Time
  • Outdoor Adventure Leadership Concentration
  • Accelerated Masters in Evangelism and Leadership
  • Making Up Cohort Courses You Miss

Introduction

The Evangelism and Leadership Masters is a cohort program that you take either full time or part time. We launch each new cohort every January 1st. We launch in January for two main reasons. For one, there is advance work for many of the classes, including the January term courses, and so you will need to take time in the Fall to get ready for your intensive courses in the Winter/Spring. For two, a January start date allows students to take the many intensive weeklong courses and be full time every semester, if you join the full time cohort.

Three Types of Classes

  • The main type of class in the program is a weeklong intensive that consists of either one 4-credit course or two 2-credit courses. For those courses, students need to do advance work that will consist of reading 6 books for each week of classes, writing reading reviews for the books, and sometimes doing interviews or preparing in some other way. We recommend students begin the work at least six weeks before the class starts, but they can begin anytime they are able as syllabi are posted as much in advance as we can arrange. In addition to the advance work, students will also need to do two final papers for each week of classes. Those papers are due four weeks after class is over.
  • The second type of class is a full time residential class offered one, two, or three times a week. Only students who can attend for the whole semester can take classes that way. During one of the semesters, full time cohort students will take three such classes.
  • The third type of class is an online class. These online classes are offered every Spring term for 16 weeks. Students will hear lectures online, blog, and submit papers and reading reviews and other assignments as specified in the course.

There are several additional options to meet specific requirements of the program.

  • First, students can take a 2 or 4 credit internship as an elective and need to contact Beth Seversen in order to pursue that option.
  • Second, students can take independent studies of 2 or 4 credits. To pursue that option, they need to get approval from the program Director Rick Richardson and they need to find a faculty supervisor.
  • Third, students will need to take their comprehensive exam. This exam is taken after all EVAN courses have been completed, and will be offered so students can complete it wherever they live and submit it via email.

Cohort Full Time

Students will begin in January and take 12 credits each semester for three semesters, Spring, Fall, and then the following Spring. Two of their courses, one each Spring semester, will be taken online. They will also take 4 credits of electives in the summer after their first Spring semester. The Fall courses during their first year will be full time semester courses. All other courses will be weeklong intensives. Students can see the course plan on the Cohort Full Time tab on the Evangelism and Leadership Home Page, and can see when the courses are scheduled on the course tab under Courses and Advance Work.

Cohort Part Time

Students will begin in January and will take one week of courses each Spring, one week of courses each summer, and one online course for two of the four Spring semesters. Students can see the course plan on the Cohort Part Time tab on the Evangelism and Leadership Home Page, and can see when the courses are scheduled on the course tab under Courses and Advance Work.

Outdoor Adventure Leadership Concentration

The Outdoor Adventure Leadership Concentration involves taking four weeks of courses at Honey Rock and then the other six weeks of courses at Wheaton College. All courses are taken in intensive format. Students can see the course plan on the Outdoor Adventure Leadership Concentration tab on the Evangelism and Leadership Home Page, and can see when the courses are scheduled on the course tab under Courses and Advance Work.

Accelerated Masters in Evangelism and Leadership

The accelerated Masters in Evangelism and Leadership involves taking 12 credits during your 2nd semester senior year at Wheaton College, and then finishing the Masters full time the next year. You also take four credits of electives in the summer after your senior year if you are able. If you are unable to take 12 credits second semester of your senior year, you will need to get advising help from Beth Seversen. You can see the course plan for the accelerated Masters on the Accelerated Masters tab on the Evangelism and Leadership Home Page, and can see when the courses are scheduled on the course tab under Courses and Advance Work.

Making up Cohort Courses You Miss

We strongly encourage you to stay with your cohort! If an emergency arises, or a scheduling conflict that you cannot avoid, then there are several options for making up cohort classes. You can, with Rick Richardson’s or Beth Seversen’s permission, make up some of the cohort classes during the summer sessions in which the class you need is offered for the Masters in Missional Church Movements degree. You can find the schedule of those courses under Courses tab in the Schedules and Advance Work section for the Masters in Missional Church Movements degree (add link). You should note that EVAN 558, EVAN 534, and EVAN 573 are not offered during the summer sessions. For those courses, and for EVAN 526, you can take them online. You can see the schedule for those offerings on the courses tab under Schedule and Advance Work on the Evangelism and Leadership degree.

Overview of Evangelism and Leadership Flexible Format   

Evangelism and Leadership Flexible Format

Flexible Format is a program designed for students who are unable to come to campus for an extended time of study. The MA can combine intensive/modular classes on campus and distance learning classes. Students may complete the degree in as little as 3 years but have up to 5 years to complete this MA and its 40 credit hour requirement.  Visit Flexible Format for more information. Refer to the Sample Student Schedule page for more information on how the degree can be completed.

Residential M.A. (Full time)

This full time program utilizes students' ability to be in school full time to complete their program (12 credit hours per semester). Students can complete their 40 hour program in 3 semesters. See the sample course schedule for Fall 2013 entering students, or the Sample Student Schedule page, for more information on how the degree can be completed. 

Residential M.A. (Part time)

The part-time program meets the needs of students who need to work full-time while still studying for their M.A. This program allows students to still live on or close to campus to work towards their M.A. by taking less than 12 credit hours per semester and work toward completion of their 40 credit hour program. Students may take a combination of intensive classes and semester classes. See the sample course schedule for Fall 2012 or the sample course schedule for Spring 2013, or the Sample Student Schedule page, for more information on how the degree can be completed

Accelerated M.A.

Wheaton College offers an Accelerated M.A. in Intercultural Studies. Wheaton College undergraduate students can earn a B.A. and M.A. in five years by taking graduate credit courses during their senior year (students may take 12 hours up to 16 hours during senior year). An application should be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office prior to earning 90 undergraduate credit hours. Please refer to the 12 hour senior year sample accelerated MA course schedule or the 16 hour senior year sample course schedule for more information on how the degree can be completed. 

For more information please refer to the Wheaton College Catalog.

HoneyRock

HoneyRock, the Northwoods campus of Wheaton College, offers a variety of courses for students throughout the year. Undergraduate students can take courses and apply their learning to a summer ministry role and graduate students can take courses taught in a modular intensive format. 

Overview of Evangelism and Leadership Program Options

  • Introduction
  • Types of Classes
  • Cohort Full Time
  • Cohort Part Time
  • Outdoor Adventure Leadership Concentration
  • Accelerated Masters in Evangelism and Leadership
  • Making Up Cohort Courses You Miss

Introduction

The Evangelism and Leadership Masters is a cohort program that you take either full time or part time. We launch each new cohort every January 1st. We launch in January for two main reasons. For one, there is advance work for many of the classes, including the January term courses, and so you will need to take time in the Fall to get ready for your intensive courses in the Winter/Spring. For two, a January start date allows students to take the many intensive weeklong courses and be full time every semester, if you join the full time cohort.

Three Types of Classes

  • The main type of class in the program is a weeklong intensive that consists of either one 4-credit course or two 2-credit courses. For those courses, students need to do advance work that will consist of reading 6 books for each week of classes, writing reading reviews for the books, and sometimes doing interviews or preparing in some other way. We recommend students begin the work at least six weeks before the class starts, but they can begin anytime they are able as syllabi are posted as much in advance as we can arrange. In addition to the advance work, students will also need to do two final papers for each week of classes. Those papers are due four weeks after class is over.
  • The second type of class is a full time residential class offered one, two, or three times a week. Only students who can attend for the whole semester can take classes that way. During one of the semesters, full time cohort students will take three such classes.
  • The third type of class is an online class. These online classes are offered every Spring term for 16 weeks. Students will hear lectures online, blog, and submit papers and reading reviews and other assignments as specified in the course.

There are several additional options to meet specific requirements of the program.

  • First, students can take a 2 or 4 credit internship as an elective and need to contact Beth Seversen in order to pursue that option.
  • Second, students can take independent studies of 2 or 4 credits. To pursue that option, they need to get approval from the program Director Rick Richardson and they need to find a faculty supervisor.
  • Third, students will need to take their comprehensive exam. This exam is taken after all EVAN courses have been completed, and will be offered so students can complete it wherever they live and submit it via email.

Cohort Full Time

Students will begin in January and take 12 credits each semester for three semesters, Spring, Fall, and then the following Spring. Two of their courses, one each Spring semester, will be taken online. They will also take 4 credits of electives in the summer after their first Spring semester. The Fall courses during their first year will be full time semester courses. All other courses will be weeklong intensives. Students can see the course plan on the Cohort Full Time tab on the Evangelism and Leadership Home Page, and can see when the courses are scheduled on the course tab under Courses and Advance Work.

Cohort Part Time

Students will begin in January and will take one week of courses each Spring, one week of courses each summer, and one online course for two of the four Spring semesters. Students can see the course plan on the Cohort Part Time tab on the Evangelism and Leadership Home Page, and can see when the courses are scheduled on the course tab under Courses and Advance Work.

Outdoor Adventure Leadership Concentration

The Outdoor Adventure Leadership Concentration involves taking four weeks of courses at Honey Rock and then the other six weeks of courses at Wheaton College. All courses are taken in intensive format. Students can see the course plan on the Outdoor Adventure Leadership Concentration tab on the Evangelism and Leadership Home Page, and can see when the courses are scheduled on the course tab under Courses and Advance Work.

Accelerated Masters in Evangelism and Leadership

The accelerated Masters in Evangelism and Leadership involves taking 12 credits during your 2nd semester senior year at Wheaton College, and then finishing the Masters full time the next year. You also take four credits of electives in the summer after your senior year if you are able. If you are unable to take 12 credits second semester of your senior year, you will need to get advising help from Beth Seversen. You can see the course plan for the accelerated Masters on the Accelerated Masters tab on the Evangelism and Leadership Home Page, and can see when the courses are scheduled on the course tab under Courses and Advance Work.

Making up Cohort Courses You Miss

We strongly encourage you to stay with your cohort! If an emergency arises, or a scheduling conflict that you cannot avoid, then there are several options for making up cohort classes. You can, with Rick Richardson’s or Beth Seversen’s permission, make up some of the cohort classes during the summer sessions in which the class you need is offered for the Masters in Missional Church Movements degree. You can find the schedule of those courses under Courses tab in the Schedules and Advance Work section for the Masters in Missional Church Movements degree (add link). You should note that EVAN 558, EVAN 534, and EVAN 573 are not offered during the summer sessions. For those courses, and for EVAN 526, you can take them online. You can see the schedule for those offerings on the courses tab under Schedule and Advance Work on the Evangelism and Leadership degree.

Overview of Evangelism and Leadership Flexible Format   

Evangelism and Leadership Flexible Format

Flexible Format is a program designed for students who are unable to come to campus for an extended time of study. The MA can combine intensive/modular classes on campus and distance learning classes. Students may complete the degree in as little as 3 years but have up to 5 years to complete this MA and its 40 credit hour requirement.  Visit Flexible Format for more information. Refer to the Sample Student Schedule page for more information on how the degree can be completed.

Residential M.A. (Full time)

This full time program utilizes students' ability to be in school full time to complete their program (12 credit hours per semester). Students can complete their 40 hour program in 3 semesters. See the sample course schedule for Fall 2013 entering students, or the Sample Student Schedule page, for more information on how the degree can be completed. 

Residential M.A. (Part time)

The part-time program meets the needs of students who need to work full-time while still studying for their M.A. This program allows students to still live on or close to campus to work towards their M.A. by taking less than 12 credit hours per semester and work toward completion of their 40 credit hour program. Students may take a combination of intensive classes and semester classes. See the sample course schedule for Fall 2012 or the sample course schedule for Spring 2013, or the Sample Student Schedule page, for more information on how the degree can be completed

Accelerated M.A.

Wheaton College offers an Accelerated M.A. in Intercultural Studies. Wheaton College undergraduate students can earn a B.A. and M.A. in five years by taking graduate credit courses during their senior year (students may take 12 hours up to 16 hours during senior year). An application should be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office prior to earning 90 undergraduate credit hours. Please refer to the 12 hour senior year sample accelerated MA course schedule or the 16 hour senior year sample course schedule for more information on how the degree can be completed. 

For more information please refer to the Wheaton College Catalog.

HoneyRock

HoneyRock, the Northwoods campus of Wheaton College, offers a variety of courses for students throughout the year. Undergraduate students can take courses and apply their learning to a summer ministry role and graduate students can take courses taught in a modular intensive format. 

If you have questions, please contact the department at Intercultural.Studies@wheaton.edu.