Interdenminational Theological Center Details

Email Address
Co_Education Yes
Campus Address 700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Southwest
City Atlanta
State GA
Zip 30314
Phone 404-527-7700
Total Enrollment 402
Motto Students Enter, Leaders Graduate
Level of Selectivity Moderately competitive
Location Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) is located in the metropolitan city of Atlanta, the capital of Georgia, with a population of more than 2 million. The city is served by mass air, rail, and bus systems. Local transportation on the MARTA provides easy access to downtown, the airport, or virtually anywhere in the metro area.
History The Interdenominational Theology Center is a collection of private graduate schools of theology. It was founded in 1958 through the mutual efforts of four denominations, representing several schools of theology, for the purpose of training African-American ministers. The Center represents a consortium of several schools of theology, creating an ecumenical cluster. The schools and their denominations, in order of dates of establishment, include the following: Morehouse School of Religion, Baptist (1867); Gammon Theological Seminary, United Methodist (1883); Turner Theological Seminary, African Methodist Episcopal (1885); Phillips School of Theology, Christian Methodist Episcopal (1944); Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, Presbyterian USA (1867); and Charles H. Mason Theological Seminary, Church of God in Christ (1970). ITC considers itself an intellectual arm of the church. It has educated more than 35 percent of all trained black ministers in the world and 50 percent of all black chaplains in the United States military, including the highest-ranking female chaplain. The mission of the school is to serve black religious communities by providing quality theological education that gives students a knowledge base from which to eradicate some of society’s problems. This unique consortium of six seminaries is a Bible-centered, social action–oriented center, proficient in the study of black religion, including churches of Africa and the Caribbean. The modern nine-building campus is situated on 10 acres at the northern edge of Atlanta’s historic black college district. Each seminary has its own dean and board of directors. Each provides for its own student financial aid and housing. This traditionally black consortium of schools is a United Negro College Fund member and a member of the Atlanta University Center, a cluster of six predominantly black colleges and universities.
Band Program No
Religious Affiliation Yes
Accrediation ITC is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Christian education, Master of Arts in church music, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Theology in pastoral counseling, and dual degrees.
Costs per Year 2002–03 Tuition: $6378 (constituent); $7728 (nonconstituent) Room and board: $3716 (constituent); $4287 (nonconstituent) Special fees: $350 Books: $1000 (constituent); $13,365 (nonconstituent) Estimated total cost: $11,44
In State Tuition 6378
Out of State Tuition 7728
Financial Aid-Institutional Funding Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 85 Number of scholarships and grants: 140 Total amount of scholarships and grants: $200,168 Range of scholarships and grants: $500–$5000
Financial-Aid Deadline April 1 (fall); November 1 (spring)
Admission Deadline July 1 (fall); November 1 (spring)
Entrance Requirements Students need a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university with a minimum 2.25 GPA; an official transcript of all academic records; three letters of recommendations; an autobiography (see guidelines), a recent physical; and endorsement by the respective denomination with a certificate by a major denominational official and the academic dean or administrative dean of either one of the affiliated seminaries, indicating acceptability of the prospective student. Auditors also must have the approval of the Administrative Dean or the respective dean representing the applicant’s denomination. A $25 nonrefundable application fee is required. Admission Application Deadline: July 1 (fall); November 1 (spring) Admission Contact: Office of Recruitment, Interdenominational Theological Center, 700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Southwest, Atlanta, Georgia 30314; Telephone: 404-527-7792.
Graduation Requirements Must complete denominational history, policy, and doctrine for constituent’s denomination; must pass test in English proficiency; must complete requirements within five years from date of registration. A $50 graduation fee is due thirty days before end of last semester.
Student Body Profile Total enrollment: 400 In-state: 231 Graduate students: 400 Ethnic/racial makeup: African American, 377; Asian, 1; Caucasian, 5; International, 17.
Diversity 57
Student Life Campus Services: Health, personal and psychological counseling, pastoral counseling, chapel services, and religious activities. Campus Activities: ITC offers a variety of religious, social, cultural, and recreational activities. Leadership opportunities are found in the Student Christian League, which represents the ITC student body and offers a wide variety of seminarian activities. Honor societies include the International Society of Theta Phi Honor Society. Publications include the biannual Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center, as well as a series entitled Black Church Scholars. The churches of the city, human service agencies, hospitals, and theological institutions provide laboratories for students preparing for the Christian ministry. Many opportunities exist for students to interact with students at other Atlanta University Center institutions, including Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, Morris-Brown College, and Morehouse School of Medicine. Housing Availability: Four dormitories, thirty-seven apartments, and twenty efficiency units are available for married students on a first-come, first-served basis.
Faculty Profile Number of faculty members: 41 Student-teacher ratio: 13:1 Full-time faculty members: 26 Part-time faculty members: 15 Percentage of faculty with doctorates or other terminal degrees: 75
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School Calender August-May (semesters) Commencement and conferring of degrees: May One summer session.
Degrees Master’s Degrees: Master of Arts in Christian Education, Master of Arts in Christian Education/Master of Divinity (dual), Master of Arts in Church Music, Master of Arts in Church Music/Master of Education (dual), Master of Arts in Church Music/Master of Arts in Christian Education, Master of Divinity, Master of Divinity/Master of Public Health (cooperative) Doctoral Degrees: Doctor of Ministry (cooperative), Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling (cooperative)
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