>> Is the MSM a formally recognized educational entity?
>> Is the MSM accredited?
>> Does the MSM cost money?
>> Can I attend the MSM if I am not a member of The Mission Chattanooga and/or not an Anglican?
>> When is the best time to apply to the MSM?
Is the MSM a formally recognized educational entity?
It is not; the MSM is a ministry offered by a church (The Mission Chattanooga), serving to edify lay Christians and those intending to achieve ordination in the Anglican Diocese of the South. The MSM does not have, nor aspire to have, recognition from the Department of Education or other governmental body. The MSM is not politically affiliated, receives no government funds, and is entirely oriented to theological and spiritual training for Christian ministry contexts.
Is the MSM accredited?
The MSM cannot be “accredited” due to its status as an extension ministry of The Mission Chattanooga. The MSM is not a college or university, and thus is not eligible for accreditation.
The MSM is formally recognized and approved for ministerial training by the Anglican Diocese of the South (see Affiliation & Recognition). The MSM is also formally affiliated with St. Mellitus College in London.
Also, due to the high-level of the MSM’s offered theological training, the MSM is currently pursuing partnerships with accredited institutions under which some MSM coursework may possibly be “transferred” into accredited programs. The high-quality of the MSM’s educational program have resulted in academic recognition from both Bryan College and Richmont University. This allows MSM students to possibly transfer some of their MSM coursework into a graduate program at one of these accredited institutions, should they so desire.
Does the MSM cost money?
The MSM is committed to the quality of its programs, and thus requires funds to employ its staff and tutors and to maintain its operations. To this end, all MSM programs are assigned a cost which can be found in the current MSM Prospectus. The cost of all MSM programs is very minimal when compared with the cost of other high-level theological training and spiritual formation programs.
Can I attend the MSM if I am not a member of The Mission Chattanooga and/or not an Anglican?
Absolutely; in fact, the MSM highly encourages applications from Christians in a variety of local contexts. The MSM is explicitly ecumenical in its coursework (though one course is specifically focused on Anglican History & Doctrine) and further believes that all its students will benefit from the diversity of theological perspectives that are generated by different Christian traditions.
Note, however, that students who are not Anglican and/or who do not desire to work in clerical contexts in the Anglican Diocese of the South should not apply for the Aspirant Clergy Track. The other two tracks (Christian Leadership & Christian Studies) will be most suited to their training/formation.
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When is the best time to apply to the MSM?
Spring-Summer (particularly between the beginning May and the end of July) is the optimal time to apply to the MSM, though applications will be accepted at any time. Generally, regardless of when application is made, students will not be allowed to “start” their MSM program until the beginning of a new program year (usually in September—see Academic Schedule). This facilitates the administration, spiritual formation, and coursework for a student in a much more orderly way than “rolling” admissions.
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