Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about Wheaton's new partnership with ReTrain and Dr. Justin Holcomb.
What is the MA in Evangelism and Leadership?
M.A. in Evangelism and Leadership is a degree for leaders with evangelistic passion and missional edge. It will motivate and equip you to become a change agent for the gospel in whatever church, organizational, marketplace, or missionary context in which you find yourself. Most of our students work, so we have designed the degrees to be flexible enough to fit within those busy schedules. ReTrain and Wheaton College have partnered together to gather a cohort of students who graduated from the Acts29 ReTrain program who will complete the MA together.
What is a cohort?
A cohort is simply a group of people brought together for a common purpose. In a cohort model, students stay together as a group throughout the program. The goal of a cohort is for you to build lasting relationships with a learning community that stays together for the entire length of the program.
The cohort model means that your fellow students will be taking each course with you, allowing you to develop deep life relationships with others who are hungry to expand their biblical knowledge for Christ and His Kingdom.
What is the format for the classes in the cohort?
As a part of the For the ReTrain Cohort, you will be eligible for 8 credits of advanced standing, and 4 credits of a tuition-free capstone class. Additionally, you will take two courses online, and six courses at the Wheaton College campus.
In April 2018, student will attend a no-cost capstone class worth four credits of Advanced Standing.
Wheaton on-campus classes are weeklong intensives, in-person, and have pre- and post-class assignments. They run from Monday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break. Wheaton on-line classes are either 8 or 16 weeks, depending on the number of credits.
Upon successful completion of the Wheaton classes, and certification by Dr. Justin Holcomb you will receive 12 credits of Advanced Standing for the towards the Wheaton M.A. Please note, these credits cannot be transferred to another institution.
What is the ReTrain scholarship?
Self-paced ReTrain students who enroll in the degree receive a 25% tuition discount.
If a group of 15-25 students take the classes at the same time and progress through the degree together, then each member of the that group will receive any extra 10% discount for a total of a 35% tuition discount. (If at any time the cohort drops below 15 students, the discount would revert to 25%.)
What are the benefits of being in the cohort verses going at my own pace?
If you join a cohort of 15-25 ReTrain students, you will take the courses with the same group, building lasting relationships as a learning community. In addition, each member of the cohort will receive a 35% tuition discount.
However, if you decide not to join the cohort, but you have completed the ReTrain program, you will be able to take the Wheaton courses at your own pace with other non-cohort students in the Evangelism and Leadership program. In addition, you would receive a 25% tuition discount.
We ask that you decide at the start of the program whether you will join the cohort or choose the self-paced option.
What if I need to miss a cohort class?
Students who need to miss a class in the cohort schedule must get advanced approval from their advisor and work out a method to make up the course credits. Please note, depending on the situation, classes taken outside of the cohort may only receive the 25% discount rate.
How do I get started?
Start your application on the Wheaton website by creating your profile and selecting “ReTrain” from the list of partnership scholarship options on the checkbox in order to qualify for the tuition discount.
Deadlines for admission are on a rolling basis, but it is recommended you apply early.
The deadline for registering for a course with advanced work assignments is one month prior to the first day of class.