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Summit University accepts applications on an ongoing basis for all online certificate programs. Apply now to enroll next semester.
Before you begin your application, please review the following information and instructions so that you will be prepared to complete each step in the application process.
Students who have already applied and have been accepted into a certificate program or as an audit student and are currently enrolled in courses do not need to reapply. To register for your courses, go to your SU Student Portal in Orbund. For videos on how to register, see SU 102 Register for the Upcoming Semester under Classes on the left-hand menu.
The one-time non-refundable $100 application fee is for admission to Summit University’s academic programs. Once a student is accepted, the application and the application fee will be valid for one year. If students are unable to attend the semester for which they are accepted, the application fee will be honored for up to one year from the date of acceptance. For additional information, see the Application Fee section on the Tuition and Fees page.
All applicants and students are required to have their own unique email address account that is not shared with anyone else. This email address will be used for receiving official correspondence from Summit University (including updates on application status) and accessing online course work. Providing this unique email address will help to ensure confidentiality in all communications with applicants and students.
SU online courses are available for audit to students who apply and are accepted into the General Studies program. Follow the instructions below to apply for General Studies Audit Courses. For more information about auditing courses, please see the Auditing Courses page.
This program is offered only in English and good English language skills are required in order to be successful in the coursework. Non-native English speakers may be asked to submit TOEFL scores or to successfully pass an English proficiency test before they are accepted into the program. On the application, you will be asked to certify that you have read and are able to fulfill the following Technology and Computer Literacy requirements:
To be successful in this program, SU online students are required to use a computer connected to the Internet to access their courses and fulfill course requirements. Courses are delivered via Moodle, a web-based learning platform. Some course materials are audio, video or slideshows and need to be seen and/or heard. Students with disabilities should be prepared to use a computer to access their course(s) and participate in discussion forums and assignments, either through the keyboard or voice-to-speech recognition. Students must also be able to complete all course components, such as attending on-site intensives and doing practicums where required.
Please read the Technology and Computer Literacy Requirements. On the application, you will be asked to indicate that you have read and comply with these requirements. You may print a copy for future reference.
To apply, please read the following instructions and complete each step in the process. Only complete applications will be reviewed for admission. You may also download these instructions to use as a checklist to ensure that you have completed all of the necessary steps.
Ministering Servant Certificate Program applicants—Track B (Lay Brother/Lay Sister): Explain why you feel called to strive for the office of lay brother/lay sister in Church Universal and Triumphant. Please include how you currently serve others and what serving others means to you.
All other program applicants: Describe why you would like to study at the Summit University School of Theology and Spiritual Studies. Explain what specifically interests you about the department, program, or course for which you are applying.
If you have technical problems completing the application, go to the SU Tech Support website (http://summituniversity.org/help) to create a customer support ticket.
For Summit University online programs and courses, applicants are required to have two Letters of Recommendation submitted by previous or current employers, teachers, counselors, community or group leaders, youth organization leaders or ministers from their local congregation.
Invite the individuals you have selected to fill out a confidential online recommendation form for you and give them this link: http://summituniversity.org/recommendation. The form will take them no more than 10–15 minutes to complete. To complete the form, they will need your full name and the email address that you will use for all SU course access and correspondence. The completed letters will be sent electronically to the SU registrar. You will receive an email notification when each letter has been received. Do not request that a printed copy of the form be given to you.
Request your recommendations far enough in advance so they are received by SU about the same time that you submit your application. Applications will not be reviewed without recommendation letters.
Congratulations! When you have completed all the above steps, you will have submitted your application for SU online.
Applicants will be notified by email of the Review Committee’s decision regarding acceptance. Successful applicants will receive instructions on when and how to register for their courses and how to access a required introductory online course that they must review before their program starts.
Accepted applicants will be advised of registration dates.
For a schedule and descriptions of courses, see the Course Catalog. Also see Programs for a listing of which courses are required or electives. Some courses may have a minimum or maximum number of students, and courses are subject to change prior to the start of the semester. Note: Allow 9-10 hours every week to study for each 3-credit course; allow 6 hours per week for 1-credit courses over an 8-week period.
See the Academic Calendar page of the SU website.