Master’s Commission International Network Using Unaccredited College

According to the MCIN (Master’s Commission International Network, www.mcin.org), they’re partnering up with West Coast Bible College and Seminary:

“Master’s Commission International Network recently signed an articulation agreement with West Coast Bible College & Seminary to partner together in the training of ministers worldwide!!! Its been a few years in the making but it is finally done. Can you imagine that while attending any Master’s Commission in the world, students will be able to complete a bachelors degree…….. well now its possible and for only $1,250 per person (plus application fee & books).
However, closer inspection shows that West Coast Bible College and Seminary is not accredited through a typical accrediting program. The Transworld Accrediting Commission is NOT affiliated with the Department of Education in the United States. This information is taken from their website (http://www.westcoastbible.org/accreditation,%20Affiliations,%20and%20Credibility.html):

Transworld Accrediting Commission is in discussions with the U.S. Department of Education regarding becoming a governmentally recognized accrediting agency with a specific focus on theological schools.

What does this mean for students of Master’s Commission? They can spend money on a degree that is not recognizable in the United States to the Department of Education. When they attempt to get their Master’s Degree, they won’t be able to do so without retaking their courses for their Bachelor’s Degree.

Wonder what courses at West Coast Bible College and Seminary are like? They’re not like a typical college class! Take a look: http://www.westcoastbible.org/academics.html

At WCBCS, we are committed to providing our students with the best in academic quality, while focusing on the key principles that will be most used in their chosen field.  Students are required to complete any classes started within a six month time frame.  If a class is not completed in the given time frame, the student will receive an “I” on their transcript.  A student will not be allowed to graduate with an “I” or “F” on their transcript.

Modules – Student requirements for every level include:

1) Read one textbook and write down one personal key truth learned from each chapter and how you can implement it in ministry (our belief is that if everyone can learn one practical truth that will stay with them for life, then the reading exercise has been successful) (Read and write down a personal key truth??? This isn’t college coursework! Not even Bible College coursework. This is less qualified to be “Academic” than homeschooling from a DVD)

2) Listen to two 30-45 lectures or watch an online video and fill in the blanks of the lecture notes.

3) Complete an open book exam – (the student can complete the open book exam with reading – each exam will consist of 20 to 25 questions – however, students MAY NOT collaborate with other students to complete this exercise)

4) Find magazines articles or internet articles discussing the subject and write a summary of each article. (each article must be properly identified with the title, author, and web link noted) (Wow…really? This isn’t college level coursework!)

5) Write a final paper discussing how the subject matter is relevant to your personal ministry and what you will implement.

Students are required to purchase a 2 inch notebook to keep all assignments organized.

19 thoughts on “Master’s Commission International Network Using Unaccredited College”

  1. From my experience, people may think their cult has educated them, but may find the road back to reality can be a rough one.

  2. This is only the syllabus for one pathway…and chances are it has probably been condensed and paraphrased. I agree that WCBCS is probably not always the best choice for life, but the claims on this page are not even legitimate.

    1. Jordan,
      The claims on this page are legitimate and have been verified.

      WCBCS is unaccredited in the U.S. How could you get a Master’s degree in the U.S. with that school? You can’t. Unfortunately, it’s a bad option and it’s misleading.

      1. Religious Organizations are Exempt from having to get accredited by the US Department of Education and under the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009, also.  I find that it can be a good thing, based on separation of Church and State.  From what I see from West Coast Bible College & Seminary’s Website, the course’s seem sound and thorough.  What a great way to get a sound biblical degree for an inexpensive cost and not have to come out with huge debt.  Also, feel that it would be a good starting point for anyone, and if someone feels the need to get further training and teaching, they can go to another college,  also.

  3. Actually all of the students taking the courses currently in MCUSA have been made aware of the private accreditation and were advised to enroll only if they were interested in pursuing a career within ministry in one of the fields provided. There are some students in the program that are enrolled within other schools and the support that they receive is equal to those attending WCBCS. I agree with you that if you are seeking a career in a field unrelated to ministry then WCBCS is probably not the right choice. However, the website clearly states that it is a privately accredited Seminary with the purpose of “solely training ministers to effectively live out their calling” and even states that governmental accreditation is “extremely important for many professions, especially law or medicine.” There is nothing misleading about that. It is supposed to help equip ministers for studying and living their daily lives with purpose and integrity. The purpose of this program is not to mislead, but to train and equip young men and women.

    1. Jordan,
      I’ve read the website and it is misleading in many ways. They state their accreditation and unless your quoted areas are brand new, they were not there a few weeks ago when I checked. They did change their website after I posted this blog post, though, so they may have amended it to clear up things on their end.

      I spoke with Lloyd Zeigler a few months ago, and he misled me actually. He stated that MC students could now get a degree and pursue any career they wanted. I asked him very specific questions regarding this and he made it sound like this was a great option for all students, no matter what career they want to pursue.

      When exactly did they tell you about the non-governmental accreditation? This must have been recently.

      1. The quotes that I posted were directly from the WCBCS website. And students were spoken to regarding accreditation before entering the school year. And like I previously stated, I am not saying that this is the perfect option for all students. But it is an available option for those students that are interested.

        1. WCBCS must have just changed their website, which is GOOD. But they emphasized all of that after my blog post. Therefore, I think it’s good I keep blogging about this to inform MC Directors and students worldwide.

          Lloyd tells a different story than you do, as I’ve already stated. I’m glad you guys were spoken to about it. And, WCBCS is a better option than I had offered to me my first year, which was NONE (as far as college went). It’s still not going to serve the students well, even in ministry. I’d recommend a university that’s accredited in the U.S. If a person wants to go into ministry, they should attend a fully accredited Christian college, not an online school with questionable classwork.

  4. Jordan,

    I am the president of West Coast Bible College & Seminary and I would like to respond to what you’ve stated. FYI: I have served as a VP at a regionally accredited university and I’ve also been the principal of one of the top private schools in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, so I think I am qualified to address your concerns in the arena of education.

    First off, we are VERY CLEAR about who we are! We don’t claim to be Harvard or Yale and we have never mislead anyone regarding who we are! We’ve even encouraged people who wanted to come to go to other schools because we have told them that another school would help them better fulfill their life’s calling.

    Simply put: We train ministers and we do a very good job of that based on what our graduates have conveyed to us! When students graduate from our program and go into ministry they are equipped with real life ministry skills and none of them will spend the next 20-30 years of their lives trying to pay off their education. I talked to students who were $100,000 in debt when leaving school to go into ministry. How can someone ever minister in freedom when they’re in financial bondage for the rest of their lives?

    We provide affordable ministry training for people similar to those in the Bible who wouldn’t have had access to it or qualified for it; people like Peter, James, John…

    Let me address your responses to two of our modules used in each class:

    1) Your quote – “(Read and write down a personal key truth??? This isn’t college coursework! Not even Bible College coursework. This is less qualified to be “Academic” than homeschooling from a DVD)”

    Every student in college reads a textbook. What we are asking our students to do as they are reading is to identify one key truth that speaks to them from each chapter and then write it down in their notebook so they can refer to it for future use. I have read countless books in 9 years of college and I can’t tell you anything specifically that any of them said in any given chapter. In fact, most of my textbooks were old school books that were written by people who have been out of ministry for a long time and didn’t have anything relevant to say. We chose to require our students do this as a form of accountability in reading and so they will have an easy reference tool to help them remember where they read something. This has proven to be an effective tool for our students. It’s always easier to QB or call the plays when you’re watching on TV.

    2) “Find magazines articles or internet articles discussing the subject and write a summary of each article. (each article must be properly identified with the title, author, and web link noted) (Wow…really? This isn’t college level coursework!)”

    This isn’t college work? Perhaps you should inform the colleges across America who are already doing this and have been doing this for several years. The reason students are asked to do this is it exposes them to the viewpoints of people other than their professors, giving them them 3 more opinions to consider. A large part of education is listening to what others have to say about a subject and then to make personal judgments as to what you believe. It also forces students to do a small component of research.

    I’ve personally taken distance education from two major secular universities and made high A’s in all the classes I attempted. The work that was required in those classes is FAR LESS than what we require and all I had to do was take two tests to pass the course. Is that a better education because that came from a Division 1 secular college?

    The bottom line of education is that students learn and can take that learning into the real world. I encourage you to search the internet and find a student who is dissatisfied with their training from WCBCS. We are a ministry training school with graduates working in churches around the world, as well as in businesses including AT&T, Bank of America, State Farm, and many more.

    This certainly isn’t a money-making endeavor for any of us, or we would charge a lot more! We charge less than most people would spend in going to a conference and our professors are much highly qualified to teach. For us, it’s about people, ministry, and doing what we can to globally impact lives. You may not understand WCBCS, MC, or any other ministry, but I would ask you to please consider that there may be more than what you simply see on the surface. Last question: What are you doing to impact your world?

    I pray God blesses you!
    Kevin Harrison

    1. Hi Kevin,
      First of all, my name is Lisa. It’s not Jordan.

      Second of all, after reading your entire comment, I’ve decided that my blog post stands as appropriate commentary to everything you just stated. I’m not going to repeat everything I wrote. I stand by the comments I made on submitting an article. That is not real research. It may be an exercise to teach students, but it should not be considered research. Research includes journals, reputable and educational websites, and books which are published by an academic press. I took English 355 to learn that. 🙂

      Writing down a key truth does not qualify for coursework. If you write an academic essay or do a report on that key truth, and back it by extensive research, then that might be appropriate. Perhaps writing down a key truth is a good study habit, but that doesn’t qualify for school work. When I’ve studied my college textbooks, I’ve used highlighters, sticky notes, and pens to write in the margins. Yes, writing things down is helpful in learning. I’m not denying that. Just don’t put it on your website as curriculum or requirements and act like you’re a legit school.

      I do understand MC. I attended MC for years. I was the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of the Master’s Commission International Network and I’ve known Lloyd for years.

      My issue is with this–when I spoke with Lloyd this summer, he said that Master’s Commission students now have the ability to earn a four year college degree. He’s selling this to parents and students, who will be paying thousands of dollars for a “four year college degree” when in fact all they’re receiving is drive by bible school.

      You may not be claiming to be an accredited university, but Lloyd is claiming you are something you’re not. My beef is with him and with the statements he made, which deceive parents and students. If you stand by him with that, then I really can’t offer any kind of respect to you. And, I’ll continue blogging.

      So, you’re not denying that you’re unaccredited? I think it’s VERY important for students and parents to know that they won’t be able to transfer the “credits” they earn there to other schools.

      Also, you really are being a condescending asshole with those last two lines: “What are you doing to impact your world?” followed by a “I pray God blesses you!” Really, Kevin? What could be more trollish and hypocritical than saying that? I’m impacting my world by warning people about Master’s Commission, the cult, and terrible “colleges” like yours.

      Lisa Kerr

  5. .It seems to me that the issue is: not that Kevin Dale Harrison worked at accredited institutions, but whether or not West Coast Bible College & Seminary is fully accredited by academic standards.

    Nowhere in his long letter does he address the basic issue of accreditation, but seeks to avoid it with a pail of red-herrings four days old wherein he talks more about himself than he does the issue.

    If an institution is not fully accredited by accepted academic standards, it simply is not worth, in the real world, the money paid. There are many small colleges who are accredited and worth the investment. Mr. Harrison is correct that one does not have to attend Harvard or Yale to acquire a good education.

    From what I read from Mr. Harrison’s entry, West Coast Bible College and Seminary is not a good investment.

  6. In Harrison’s defense (?) I might point out that there are accredited universities and real professors who are this condescending! You know the difference? Accreditation certainly!

  7. Let’s look at the academic background of “Dr.” Kevin Harrison, the president is of WCBCS: He obtained a 4 year degree from Southwestern Assemblies of God College, an online master’s degree from Madison University which was deemed a diploma mill and is no longer in business, “Dr.” Harrison then obtained his online Ph. D from Andersonville Theological Seminary (not recognized by the U.S Dept of Edu.) and accredited by an accrediting organization not recognized by the U.S Dept of Education. REMEMBER: A master’s is needed for a doctorate. In the real world of academia his master and doctoral accomplishments are non-existent. To say the least “the academic apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” WCBCS is just one of a hundred money machines that are currently sweeping the evangelical community in the U.S.

    1. hickorygrove,
      Good points. I think it’s important to point things like this out, since thousands of kids will enroll in Master’s Commission and only assume that the “degree” they’re getting is legit from an accredited source.

  8. You may not like the fact that WCBCS is not accredited and that is certainly your right. However, to say that unaccredited schools are not legit, simply because they’re unaccredited is asinine. Liberty University (yes, a ultra-fundamentalist Evangelical school) is fully accredited and welcomes graduates of WCBCS to apply and enter a Masters program so long as they are admitted for a probationary semester. That is a precaution they are more than welcome to take, but they still welcome WCBCS graduates nonetheless. Liberty and another private, 4-year, regionally accredited university was willing to accept credits from Andersonville Seminary. Also, some Bible colleges and seminaries that are widely accepted for transfer have been or still are unaccredited (e.g. Golden State School of Theology, Louisiana Baptist University, and even Harvard which was not accredited until 1929). Regional accreditation is a racket. It raises tuition costs and it is overbearing in its requirements of teaching the promotion of deviation from traditional Judeo-Christian values masked as “equality” and “tolerance”. Also, the requirements of math, science, and other mundane repetitive studies are useless to someone whose calling in life is to preach, teach and minister according to the scriptures. Those requirements I can fully understand for someone studying for a career in biology, mathematics or even business or marketing, but why should ministers, missionaries or lay-ministers study things that have nothing to do with their calling? It is a waste of time and money. Even the most “affordable” regionally accredited Bible colleges are charging upwards of $300 to $400 per credit hour, how is this beneficial to ministers who may come out of Bible college only to earn $20-26K per year? That’s why a lot of Bible college grads find themselves working in a secular field where they are not called to be. Just something to think about…

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