DMin modules are considered to be year-long events (with the exception of the in-residence cohort, which are semester-long). However, because the University runs on the semester system, registrations are renewed for each of the three semesters in a calendar or academic year. Registrations are prepared about four weeks before the start of each semester. The semester schedule is...
Spring semester: starts the first week of January
Summer semester: starts the first week of May
Fall semester: the last full week of August
You must apply and be accepted to the program before you may register for course modules, but once that is done, the process is very simple. DMin students reserve their classes through the DMin office, and not online.
First, about five weeks before each new semester begins, make sure you have financial clearance to register. If you have no outstanding balance on your account, you will be financially cleared. Whether or not your employer is sponsoring some portion of your tuition, Andrews will always regard you as the responsible party for keeping your account up to date, so please monitor your account carefully and communicate with your sponsoring entity about financial clearance and registration deadlines. Payment may be made by mail, by phone, or online (access with AU username and password, pay with a credit card) via the AU website. Financial clearance is issued by Vicki Thompson, Associate Director/Student Accounts: 269-471-6995, firstname.lastname@example.org.
While DMin students may not register through online registration, there are parts of the registration process that you can easily do yourself if you wish. Online registration is open about two months preceding a school term. You will find a link to Registration Central on the Andrews main web page, www.andrews.edu, or through the "vault" link at the bottom of the page, where you can set up your username activation online. Then make sure that
1) your academic information is correct,
2) your addresses are correct and
3) you have no academic or financial holds.
Cohort members may expect to be registered by the DMin program office according to their cohort's course schedule; generally, there are no excused absences. Failure to register and attend will result in loss of your place in the cohort. Exceptions to the cohort schedule are seldom granted and must be arranged on an individual basis, usually for reasons of extreme duress such as serious illness or injury. To arrange for special situations that vary from a cohort's schedule, call or email the DMin office at 888-717-6244 or email@example.com.
After you have begun your program with registration for your first course, your registration will continue to be managed by DMin office personnel for every subsequent semester you are in the program, either for credits (in the terms you attend intensives) or for program continuation (zero credits and zero tuition in the semesters between intensives, rated as half-time student status). Starting with the second semester following your last registration for credits (4th year intensive) up to the six-year program limit, you will be registered for DMin Project Continuation (0 credits, rated as full-time status). This will give you unobstructed access to university services including the library. Another important benefit is that it keeps student loans in deferred status. This registration is not optional--you are expected to secure financial clearance so you can be registered every term you are in the program.
As illustrated in the DMin Program Planner, program participants will be registered for eight credits each year for four years, for a total of 32 credits, including the project. Subsequent registrations, starting with the second semester following the fourth year's module registrations, will be for GSEM788 Project Continuation each semester until completion up to the six-year program limit, with a registration fee of $600 per semester.
Persons who exceed the six-year time limit and are granted a one-year extension will be charged a registration fee each semester during the extension period equivalent to the tuition for one semester credit of doctoral tuition without discount. Failure to register during an extension period can result in early termination of the extension privilege.