Frequently Asked Questions
Theology Programs

What is Self-Paced Learning?

A self-paced program means you are not required to be in contact with professors and other students. You can study at your own pace and when necessary can ask questions in the communications area of your dashboard allowing the greatest degree of flexibility.


How Do Self-Paced Degree Programs Work?

Self-guided education allows Lucent University to produce high-quality content while offering the best cost-benefit in Bible-based education. Our self-paced programs do not require you to be in contact with professors and other students. You can study at your own pace and when necessary can ask questions in the communications area of your dashboard. Also, such programs allow the greatest degree of flexibility for distance learners. You can enroll at any time and not worry about deadlines to complete your coursework, as long as you complete five courses every Term (6 months).


Why choose a Self-Paced Degree Program?

There are many reasons why you should choose a Self-Paced Program. First, you can be more independent. You can keep your current activities, set your own schedule, and have more flexibility in the course of your studies. Second, it is more economical than regular education. Costs of tuition, books, and transportation are much lower or non-exist when you get your education online. Third, higher quality. If you are studying topics that do not require hands-on experiences, such as medical, mechanics, or driving courses, online programs are usually more effective than the classroom experience. They are better planned, and classes are better presented in a recorded class than in a regular classroom.


Can I start at any time?

You can start your program immediately after completing the enrollment process. The enrollment process includes filling out the enrollment form, logging in, and initiating the 30-day trial. You can complete your registration by taking the free Test of English Comprehension (for non-native speakers), uploading the required documents, and making the first-month tuition payment.


Can I complete the terms early or late?

Students have the flexibility to complete a term (6 months) early or late by applying for advancement or extension. Advancement means to advance to the next term before its completion date end, and extension means to extend the current term to be completed after its completion date. Students can request an advancement or extension for up to 2 months. In case of advancement, a term would last 4 months, and in case of an extension, a term would last 8 months. The application for advancement or extension needs to be submitted in writing through the student dashboard. Approvals for advancement or extension can take up to 2 weeks and are subject to the availability of courses.


Can I complete my program early?

There are two ways to complete a program early. First, by advancing individual terms. In this case, the shortest or minimum duration possible for a term is four months. The approval for an advancement request is subject to the availability of courses. Second, by transferring credits from another program.

Can I transfer credits from another institution?

Yes. Students can transfer credits upon presenting the official transcript from another institution. Our academic department will determine the equivalence to the courses we offer based on comparable learning outcomes. The decision taken on a case-by-case basis depends on the program you wish to enroll in and the program you have partially or fully completed. The maximum number of credits we consider per course is three credit hours.


How much time do I need to dedicate to my studies?

Students enrolled in the Certificate Courses are free to study at their own pace. Students enrolled in the Associate and Bachelor's degrees are required dedicate 8 hours per week. Students enrolled in the Master's degrees should dedicate 12 hours per week.


What are Associate and Master's Degrees?

The Associate and Master's Degrees are higher education programs. Students enrolled in them must take exams, write projects, and complete all the assignments. Students intending to enroll in an Associate program must present proof of high school completion or another secondary program. Students intending to enroll in a Master's program must present proof of completion of a Bachelor's degree.


How does the Bachelor's Degree work?

All Bachelor programs are double majors. You can choose two concentrations, provided one concentration is related to Ministry or Theology. For instance, you can enroll in the Ministry degree and choose a second concentration in Theology, Technology, Business, Counseling, or Health Care. The courses related to Business will start being offered in the Fall of 2023 and Spring of 2024. Beginning in the Fall of 2024, the courses in Counseling and Health Care will start. Upon the completion of 120 credit hours, you can be granted a Bachelor’s degree in Ministry and Theology, Technology, Business, Counseling, or Health Care.


What is the Certificate Course?

The Certificate Course of Ministry, Biblical Studies, Greek New Testament, and Hebrew Old Testament Tools and Exegesis are Bible-based affordable non-degree programs developed for students who feel called to serve as a layperson, teach Sunday school, lead small groups, or want to understand the Bible in-depth. Students in the Certificate Course do not need to have a High School diploma and are exempt from taking the English entrance exam.


Does Lucent offer Doctoral programs?

We currently have no plans to launch the Doctoral programs. We may eventually acquire a university that offers them and start offering them through time.


Do I have to be fluent in English?

Students applying to enroll in the Certificate Course do not need to be fluent in English. Students who wish to enroll in the Associate degree must have intermediate knowledge of the English language. Students interested in enrolling in the Master's degree must have advanced knowledge of the English language. For non-native speakers, Lucent offers a free online Test of English Comprehension (TEC) to verify if the student has the necessary knowledge of the English language to enroll in their desired program.


What is the TEC?

The Test of English Comprehension (TEC) was developed to assess the level of comprehension in the English language of non-native speakers. The TEC is free of charge. The test has a total of 100 multiple-choice questions. The candidate has 90 minutes to complete the test.


How many points do I need in the TEC?

The passing grade for the Test of English Comprehension (TEC) is 60 points for the Associate and Bachelor's Degrees and 70 points for the Master's Degrees. The maximum score a candidate can achieve is 100 points. If the student does not achieve the necessary points in the first attempt, he or she can retake the test multiple times at no cost.


What documents do I need to enroll?

Students are required to upload to their dashboard the images of two government-issued identification documents that display his or her photo and proof of residency documents (bills, bank statements, or official documents containing their address). Students enrolled in the Certificate Courses are not required to upload academic documentation, only the two government-issued identification documents that contain his or her photo and proof of residency document are required. Students enrolled in the Associate or Bachelor's degree must upload the images of their High school diploma or secondary school diploma and transcripts. Students enrolled in the Master's degree must upload the images of their High school diploma or secondary school diploma and transcripts and the Bachelor's degree and transcripts. All images must be in high resolution and high quality. The images can be scanned or photographed on a flat surface. Color images are not required but preferred. Documents written in non-Roman characters need to be translated into English. All documents must be uploaded within 30-days from the enrollment date.


Can I enroll in the Associate or Bachelor's if I'm still in High-School?

Yes, while technically a student in high school is not officially a college student, the college credit courses a high-school student takes in an undergraduate program can count as credits towards a degree. The student who enrolls in a degree program, such as an Associate or Bachelor's degree, can state that he or she has a school diploma or a secondary Degree in the enrollment form. It will be necessary to upload the transcript of the last high-school semester to the learning system as proof of current enrollment. Once the student completes his or her high school or secondary school education, the high school or secondary diploma needs to be uploaded to the learning system. Note that if the high-school or secondary school education is not completed by the time all required credit hours for an Associate or Bachelor's program are achieved, the Associate or Bachelor's degree will not be issued.


Can I take multiple courses at the same time?

In most instances, students can take multiple courses at once within the same term. However, there are courses offered in the same term that are sequential. Sequential courses are blocked and marked with a lock icon in the student dashboard and can only be taken once the previous introductory course is completed.


Do I have to take courses in a particular order?

Students are free to take any course on their current term available on their dashboard in the order that they want, or even take multiple courses at the same time. The exceptions are courses that have prerequisites. For courses that require prior knowledge, the first part must be completed before taking the second part.


Are books and materials included in the program?

All academic materials necessary for students to complete their studies are available for download in electronic format from the learning dashboard at no additional cost.


How does student support work?

Lucent University has dedicated teams that provide technical assistance, content management, hosting, and student support. Lucent University will answer questions regarding registration, pricing, duration of the program, and all questions about the usability of the learning system. Support is provided through the learning dashboard or the talk to us page.


What are the passing grades?

All exams are multiple-choice based with a 1 to 100 points grading system. The passing grade is 50 points for the Certificate Courses, 60 points for the Associate and Bachelor's Degrees, and 70 points for the Master's Degrees. Students can take exams multiple times until the passing grade is achieved. Each time you start a new exam, the questions and answers are shuffled, meaning that every exam is unique.


What are Credit Hours?

A credit hour is a measuring unit adopted by educational institutions, mainly in the United States. Credit hours are used to count educational credits. It is usually based on the number of hours the student is exposed to a course during a week during an academic semester. The courses you take at Lucent are worth three credit hours each.


How do I write my papers?

At Lucent University, students are not required to write book reviews, compositions, or research papers. All the written work is based on projects. For most courses, you will write a project on how to apply what you learned. To make things simple, we provide a template, like a questionnaire, with each project.


How much does my program cost?

The program cost varies for each country. Lucent University uses the Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) of the World Bank to determine the cost of its programs. To check the monthly tuition, go to your desired program page and click on your country of residence in the drop-down menu of the Affordable section.


How do I pay my tuition?

US institutions normally charge tuition based on semesters. We offer our students the flexibility to pay tuition on a monthly basis. The Certificate and Associate degrees are 24-month programs. Hence, students pay 24 installments. Similarly, 18 installments for the Master's in Theology and Master's in Ministry programs, 36 installments for the Master's in Divinity program, and 48 installments for the Bachelor's program. The first installment is due after the student completes the 30-day trial.


What is the form of payment?

You can make payments using any major Debit/Credit card or PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal account, visit the PayPal website for your country by clicking here.


What happens if my payment is late?

The system temporarily disables your learning dashboard access if the tuition payment is late. Once the due amount is cleared, access to the dashboard is resumed immediately.


How can I apply for a Scholarship?

Scholarships may be available for students in need of financial aid. To apply for a scholarship, the candidate must click on this link. It normally takes a week to respond if the student is eligible for financial aid.


Can I pause my studies?

You can pause your studies and return at your earliest convenience. You do not have to pay the tuition during this duration. To pause your program, send an email from the contact area of your learning dashboard. To resume your studies, contact Lucent University using the contact form on our homepage. Students with scholarships may lose their benefits if they paused their studies beyond six months.


How can I withdraw from a program?

If a student decides to withdraw from a program, he or she can do it via the learning dashboard or the contact page. It may take up to 30-days for the cancellation to take effect. No fine or fee will apply if the student has no outstanding payment. No partial refund will be issued in case the student has paid the tuition for the month in which the cancellation was requested.


Where can I find the Student Handbook?

The Student Handbook can be downloaded from the Enrollment form or by clicking here. The Student Handbook explains in detail the procedures of the Institution, your responsibilities as a student, and the obligations of Lucent University.


What if I have a disability?

Lucent University will take all reasonable measures to accommodate students with visual, hearing, learning, mental, motor, or other disabilities. You will be able to indicate if you have a situation that requires special accommodation in the enrollment form. Though it is not guaranteed that we will provide access in every situation, there are measures in place to accommodate students in need of special attention.


What happens when I finish my Certificate program?

After the completion of your Certificate program, you will receive a digital certificate within 30 days. You will continue to have access to the video classes, books, and all resource materials available to current students. This way you will keep enjoying the benefits of being a part of Lucent University even after finishing your program.


What happens when I finish my Degree program?

After the completion of your Degree program, you will receive a digital certificate within 30 days. The printed and signed diploma/degree will be mailed directly to your pastor or church leader within 90 days. Your transcripts can be downloaded anytime from the learning dashboard. If you need to request another copy, the cost is US$50.00. You will continue to have access to the video classes, books, and all resource materials available to current students. This way you will keep enjoying the benefits of being a part of Lucent University even after finishing your program.


How does the Graduation Ceremony work?

The graduation ceremony takes place at your local church. Lucent University's administrative staff will contact you three months before the completion of your program to inform you of the necessary arrangements and request the contact information of your pastor or church leader. We will contact your pastor or church leader to invite him to perform the graduation ceremony and ask him to provide one of the signatures of your diploma as the bestowing officer. The diploma and graduation cap will be mailed directly to your pastor or church leader. If you are receiving a master's degree, we will also send the hood to be placed around your neck.


How do I get my Diploma or Certificate if I finish early or Late?

Your diploma or degree can only be issued after the total tuition of the program is paid, even if the student completes the last term early. For instance, if your program lasts 24 months, and you completed the entire program in 18 months, you still need to pay the remainder monthly tuition for the remaining 6 months. The same applies to students that fall behind. If the student is behind in his or her studies but has paid all the installments, he or she can continue the program until its completion at no additional cost.


How will my Academic Records be kept?

During the time you are enrolled, your academic records are available in the student's environment. After you graduate, your academic records will be kept indefinitely. At the end of the program, your records will be printed and stored in a secure location. A copy of your records will also be kept in digital format at a major global storage provider.


What accrediting body accredits Lucent University?

Lucent University is fully accredited by the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges, and Universities (ASIC) in the United Kingdom with premier status. Also, Lucent University is in full compliance with the laws of the State of Texas and the US Federal Government. Students in the United States seeking regionally US-based accredited institutions should note that Lucent is not accredited by these agencies. To learn more about ASIC click here.


What institutions accept degrees from Lucent University?

Lucent University, like any other institution, does not have control over the admission policies of other Colleges or Universities. Depending on the institution the student wants to enroll in in the future, or the country the student lives in, institutions or the country may not accept theology degrees even from Harvard or Oxford. If you plan to pursue a Degree in another institution after completing your studies at Lucent University, you should contact that institution to check their admissions policies to verify degrees from institutions like Lucent University qualifies you to enroll in the program you intend to enroll after you complete your studies at Lucent.


What institutions accept credits from Lucent University?

As mentioned above, no institution has control over the policies of other Colleges or Universities. Depending on the institution the student wants to transfer credits to, or the country where the student got his or her credits, your credit hours may not be accepted. If you plan to transfer credits to other institutions in the future, you should contact that institution to check on their policy on accepting credits from other institutions.


Does the Brazilian Ministry of Education and Culture recognize degrees from US or UK institutions?

Brazil is the only country that recognizes degrees exclusively issued by Brazilian colleges and universities. No institution based outside Brazil is recognized by the Brazilian Ministry of Education and Culture - MEC. We would still encourage you to prepare for the ministry with Lucent since you will have access to better quality education. Also, having a degree from an institution based in the US or the UK does not impact negatively a career in ministry unless you want to become a seminary professor in Brazil.

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