Frequently Asked Questions
Why does DCLU have a religious exemption?
The religious exemption allows DCLU to continue its mission of providing a non-secular spiritual and religious education.
DCLU's State Authorization
Florida Department of Education
Doma Christian Leadership University, Inc (DCLU) - grants degrees under the authority of the Florida Department of Education also known as the Florida Commission for Independent Education and is a fully recognized religious college in full compliance under Section 1005.06(1)(f) Florida Statutes and Rule 6E-5.001 under the governing body of Divine Breakthrough Ministries Worldwide, Inc. Its purpose is to prepare students for religious vocations as ministers, chaplains, professionals, or laypersons in the categories of ministry, counseling, theology, education, administration, music, fine arts, media communications, or social work.
Is Doma Christian Leadership University, Inc (DCLU) accredited?
Accreditation is the act of certifying that an educational institution maintains suitable standards; the granting of approval to an institution of learning by an official review board after the school has met certain requirements. Specifically, accreditation is the review of a school’s course offerings and procedures by a group of its peers to certify that that school is meeting its own stated objectives and offering its students the education it promises them.
Since 1997, The Doma Christian Leadership University has provided a quality education at a reasonable cost to those seeking a Holistic Christian faith based educational path. We are committed to academic excellence and believe the quality of our programs is evident. In order for DCLU to best continue its mission of spiritual and religious education, the school has chosen not to seek traditional accreditation, as doing so would require a substantial increase in tuition cost to our students as well as influence the focus of our Out of the Box Christian faith based curriculum.
Doma Christian Leadership University is the Official Private Holistic Seminary (Distance Learning & Campus Based Holistic Ministry School) and is the higher educational ministry arm of Divine Breakthrough Ministries Worldwide/Christ Churches Of God In Christ, USA. Doma Christian Leadership University has several satellite campuses throughout the United States of America and in Vizianagaram (A.P.) India.
Doma Christian Leadership University, Inc (Our Private Holistic Seminary) & Divine Breakthrough Ministries Worldwide, Inc (Our Church) is automatically considered tax exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS Tax Code. Our Church and all of it's ministries are Fully Endorsed, Accredited, Certified, Chartered, and have Memberships, and/or Partnerships with the following organizations:
-American Counseling Association (Virginia)
-American Association of Christian Counselors (Virginia)
-American Holistic Health Association (California)
-Christ International Churches (Washington, Tennessee, & Mississippi)
-Christ Churches Of God In Christ, USA, Inc (Washington, Tennessee, & Mississippi)
-United Association of Christian Churches and Ministries International (Tennessee)
-United Association of Christian Chaplains and Counselors International (Tennessee)
-International Association of Pastoral, Theocentric Psychotherapist, and Counselors (Tennessee)
-International Federation of Christian Chaplains, Inc. (Rhode Island)
-International Association Of Evangelical Chaplains (Texas)
-International Christian Coaching Association (Virginia)
-Society for Christian Psychology (Virginia)
-The United Full Gospel Church Association (Washington & Tennessee)
-Interpersonal Communication Programs, Inc (Colorado)
-United States of America Department of Protection, Inc (Colorado & Mississippi)
-Dominion World Outreach Ministries (Arkansas)
-Divine Breakthrough Ministries Welfare Association (Accredited in Vizianagaram, India)
-Doma Christian Leadership University (Accredited in Vizianagaram (A.P.) India)
Does DCLU offer ordination?
Ordination is on a case by case bases through Divine Breakthrough Ministries Worldwide & Christ Churches Of God In Christ, USA.
What degree programs are offered?
Doma Christian Leadership University only offers Religious/Ministry diplomas, degrees, certifications, and licenses (All Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral levels).
How long does it take to complete the degree program(s)?
Each DCLU degree program is self-paced, involving a minimum required enrollment time of six months per degree program, and a maximum enrollment time of five years per degree program.
How many credit hours are there in each program?
Students complete 60 credit hours per ministry certification program. Please see our catalog for program summaries and course descriptions; prerequisite courses may apply.
Are general education courses required?
DCLU’s bachelor’s curriculum does not require or include general education courses.
When may I enroll?
DCLU programs are completely self-paced and you may enroll at any time. We are not on a traditional quarter or semester system.
How much will my tuition be?
You can find tuition prices in a current catalog or you may call or e-mail an admissions advisor. Your admissions advisor will ask you all the appropriate questions to help determine your tuition.
Do you have financial aid?
DCLU is not state or federally funded, therefore, no federal grants or loans are applicable (such as Stafford and Pell). However, payment plans are available to help students with their tuition. DCLU offers tuition discounts for degrees held, work experience, clergy membership, and senior citizen status.
Do you have payment plans?
Yes. DCLU offers 6 payment options. They are:
Payment in Full — You can pay your tuition in full at the time of enrollment and receive a tuition discount.
Finance Plan — This plan requires a minimum down payment. The balance would be financed at 5% interest for 6, 9 or 12 months.
Interest Free Plans
90 day plan. Tuition divided into three equal payments. First payment due upon enrollment; second payment due in 60 days; and third payment due 90 days from enrollment.
6 month cash plan. Pay half of tuition upon enrollment and the balance in five monthly interest free payments.
6 month credit card plan. After down payment, pay tuition in 5 equal monthly credit card payments.
Extended interest free plan. This plan requires a minimum down payment of 25% of your total tuition. The balance will be financed interest free for 6, 9 or 12 months.
Does the tuition cover everything?
Yes. The tuition includes all textbooks and course material needed to complete your degree program and upon graduation, your transcript and diploma are also included in the original tuition price. There are no additional charges for anything. The only thing not included is the postage to mail your exams to us for grading.
**NOTE: International students are responsible for overseas shipping costs in excess of our standard costs. Please see our catalog for this information.
Where are you located?
Several States in the USA and in the country of India. DCLU headquarters are located in Florida.
Do you have a campus?
Since DCLU is a complete Holistic distance learning program, we do not have a traditional campus. Our administrative headquarters includes space for our faculty, academic support personnel, student services, shipping, on-line services, accounting dept., etc. There are absolutely no residency or attendance requirements to complete your degree program.
How does distance education work?
Upon enrollment you will be sent materials necessary to complete your program. You will read and study the texts (and supplementary material, if applicable) and then complete course assignments, which are questions designed to carry you through the text: either chapter by chapter or section by section. These questions vary in format. Questions may be multiple choice, fill in the blank, true/false, or short essay questions.
Most courses have progress tests and a final exam. The exams vary in format also. You must complete each test/exam with a minimum grade of 80. If you do not make a passing grade, you will have to retake the exam. The masters program requires a thesis. The doctoral program requires a dissertation.
There is an academic “Help Line” available Monday - Friday from 8:30 to 4:30 (CST) to help you with any questions or problems that you might be having. That number is (253) 282-9802, (901) 850-4469, or (253) 251-2771 ONLY. We also have an e-mail address you may contact for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you have completed your course requirements you send the requirements for the complete courses in for grading. Our academic staff will grade it and return the results to you within four to six weeks.
Are the exams proctored?
Proctoring is not required by the school.
Are there any residency requirements?
No. DCLU degree programs do not require residency.
Can you take the program from anywhere/even if I’m overseas?
Yes, DCLU has students from all across the U.S. and in 22 countries.
What are the credentials of your staff?
DCLU's staff consists of both on-site and adjunct professors. Their vast range of experience includes completion of graduate, post-graduate and ministerial studies, plus demonstrated professional mastery as educators, authors and counselors/practitioners.
Will my employer reimburse me for my tuition?
There are several employers that have reimbursed their employees for course work taken at DCLU. Check with your employer to see if they offer tuition reimbursement. We verify all degrees, diplomas, certifications, and licenses for potential employers.
What are some associations that graduates of DCLU can join?
DCLU students, graduates, faculty, and staff are eligible to apply for membership within numerous affinity organizations that may offer opportunities for professional networking, educational enrichment, community service projects, inspired camaraderie, and/or group benefits. DCLU is a member of the following organizations:
-Christ Churches Of God In Christ, USA, Inc
-American Counseling Association
-American Association of Christian Counselors
-American Holistic Health Association
-United Association of Christian Churches and Ministries International
-United Association of Christian Chaplains and Counselors International
-International Association of Pastoral, Theocentric Psychotherapist, and Counselors
-International Federation of Christian Chaplains, Inc.
-International Association Of Evangelical Chaplains
-Interpersonal Communication Programs, Inc
-Society for Christian Psychology
-International Christian Coaching Association
May I waive courses I have already taken at another school?
Due to the uniqueness of the courses at DCLU transfer credit is not available. If you have questions please contact Admissions.
Can I enter at an advanced level if I already have a degree?
If you already hold a degree from another school, you may be eligible to enter at an advanced level. Transcripts are required for evaluations.