brite.tcu.edu is a divinity school in the Disciples of Christ
Brite Divinity School educates women and men of diverse backgrounds for the ministry and witness of Jesus Christ in the church and world. Theological education occurs through scholarship, research and reflection, balanced by community service and practical ministry experience. With a strong commitment to both academy and church, and through its innovative curriculum and renowned faculty, Brite Divinity School upholds the highest academic standards to prepare leaders for church and society. Brite Divinity School and Texas Christian University are independent institutions. They have a rich historical relationship and enjoy a shared heritage, affiliation, traditions, and values with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Both institutions recognize the tangible and intangible benefits of a supportive and collaborative relationship especially in areas of teaching and scholarly programs. Brite Divinity School is affiliated with and located at Texas Christian University. It is also affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Along with being accredited by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Brite is approved by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church and receives support for its Baptist Studies program from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. About thirty different denominations are represented in the student body of Brite, with the largest two usually being members of the Disciples of Christ and the United Methodist Churches. The current 25 full time faculty members represent several different Protestant denominations; there are also two Roman Catholic scholars, and a Jewish scholar on the faculty.
What degree programs are available at Brite?
For those with an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university and who meet the requirements for admission, Brite offers the Master of Divinity degree, the Master of Theological Studies degree, and the Master of Arts in Christian Service degree as well as the Certificate in Theological Studies.
For those who have earned at least a first graduate degree in theology, Brite offers the Master of Theology degree, the Doctor of Ministry degree, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree.
In addition to the six degree programs, Brite offers opportunity for non-degree students to take courses that may be required for ordination in their denomination or to explore an area of intellectual or professional interest.
What are the requirements for admission to Brite?
Admission requirements for each of the six degree programs are described in detail in the current Brite catalog. Those applying for admission to the M.Div., M.T.S., and M.A.C.S. programs must give evidence of completing an undergraduate degree from a fully accredited college or university and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 and a GPA of at least 3.0 in courses taken at the junior, senior, and graduate level.
What is the denominational affiliation of Brite?
Brite is a recognized seminary of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In addition, Brite is an approved by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church, is in relationship with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and through the Presbyterian Studies Program offers courses and provides support for those seeking ordination in that tradition.
During any given semester, between twenty-five and thirty different denominations are represented in the Brite student body. The Brite faculty is composed of scholars from a variety of Protestant denominations as well as from the Roman Catholic Church and the Jewish tradition. Visiting scholars further enhance this commitment to religious diversity.
What is Brite's policy regarding admission of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered students?
Brite welcomes applications from all those who meet the admission requirements as set forth in the Brite Catalog and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. If admitted, Brite seeks to extend to LGBT students the same climate of hospitality that it offers to all who are a part of the seminary community.
How do I apply for admission to Brite?
An application for admission may be obtained by contacting the Office of Admissions or by going to the electronic application for a specific degree program that is available on the Brite web site . Please note that in addition to the application, applicants are required to submit official transcripts of all college, university, graduate, and professional courses, reference forms, and an essay. There is a $50.00 charge for applying for admission to Brite Masters' programs and a $75 application for doctoral programs.
D.Min application deadline is July 15th for the Fall term and October 1 for the Spring. Ph.D. applications are due January 15th. Th.M applications are due October 1st for Spring Term consideration and January 15th for the Fall.
What about the criminal background check?
For those granted provisional admission to Brite, the next step is for the applicant to grant permission for the Divinity School to conduct a criminal background check and to pay the required $20.00 fee. If the background check reveals no information that would compromise the applicant's participation in the life of the seminary, the provisional status is removed and the applicant receives an offer of admission and financial aid. Should the background check raise questions, however, the applicant will be contacted by the Dean who will arrange for a private meeting with a screening committee composed of Brite faculty and staff. In every instance, this process follows the highest standards of confidentiality.
Are there deadlines for applying for admission to Brite?
Yes. The deadlines are established in order to give the members of the admissions committee sufficient time to read carefully each application before the committee meets as a whole. In order for an applicant to be given every opportunity for financial aid and student housing, we recommend that an application be completed at least five months in advance of the anticipated date of matriculation. If this is not possible, however, please do not hesitate to apply at a later date.
Is financial aid available?
Yes. All of those admitted in good standing to one of the first Masters program at Brite and who can demonstrate financial need are considered for a tuition grant. Those applicants with strong academic records and who show exceptional promise for ministry may be considered for awards that include full-tuition and, in some cases, an annual stipend.
What about student loans?
Students enrolled on a full-time basis are eligible for Stafford Loans. These are administered through the TCU Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at (817) 257-7858).
What about student employment?
Most students enrolled at Brite work on at least a part-time basis. Some work in churches or other religious institutions; others have secular positions. Information about church-related employment may be secured from Brite's Office of Field Education and Supervised Ministry.
Is student housing available?
Yes. Leibrock Village, which opened in January 2001, provides fifty-six one and two bedroom apartments and is located less than a ten-minute walk from campus. The apartments are unfurnished, but all come equipped with major appliances, cable television service, and a T-1 internet connection.
Does Brite Have Twitter? Yes. : @britedivinity
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The Brite Student Association has a blog called On the Brite Side. This Blog is an excellent resource for students, faculty and staff to keep up with upcoming events and information at Brite.