Indiana Wesleyan University, or IWU, is an evangelical Christian university located in Marion, Indiana. The goal of IWU is to develop leaders and professionals through a Christ-centered education that fosters character, scholarship, and leadership. Indiana Wesleyan University seeks to provide students with not just a degree, but the tools to answer God’s call on their lives, and this is central to their educational philosophy. This is reminiscent of the foundations of the concept finding a vocation dating back to the Middle Ages when people answered God’s call to enter ministry as a priest. Ministry has expanded in today’s culture to include working and serving outside of church walls in one’s work, home, and community. Thus, IWU’s commitment to Christ-centered education helps individuals to do just that.
Indiana Wesleyan University has over 15,000 students enrolled in its traditional on-campus program, as well as its satellite locations and online distance learning programs maintained by the College of Professional Studies (CAPS). IWU’s use of both traditional on-campus and modern distance learning has made it one of the largest private universities in the US. Indiana Wesleyan University began to utilize distance learning in 1985 through satellite locations located in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. Advances in educational technology and expanses in distance learning have “made the world a campus” for Indiana Wesleyan.
Originally founded in 1910 as a training institute for teachers and ministers, Indiana Wesleyan now offers more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees such as Liberal Arts, Art, Social Sciences, Natural Science, Business, Nursing, Health Care, Leadership, Music, Math, and Literature and Languages. Many of the same programs that are taught on-campus are available through distance learning online at the associate’s, bachelor’s master’s and doctoral levels. Certificate programs are also available online.
Associate’s degrees include Business, Accounting, Criminal Justice, Computer Studies, Christian Ministries, and General Studies. Bachelor’s degrees include Business Administration, Business Information Systems, Accounting, Finance, Addictions Counseling, Criminal Justice, Biblical Studies, and Nursing. Degrees offered at the master’s level include Business Administration, Management, Counseling, Education, Student Development, School Counseling, Primary Care Nursing, Nursing Education and Nursing Administration. Doctoral degrees include a Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Organizational Leadership. Certificate programs are available in Business, Education, Communication, Religious Studies, Counseling, Criminal Justice, and Parish Nursing.
In 2009, Wesley Seminary was added to Indiana Wesleyan University to further equip church leaders. Wesley Seminary offers 3 master’s degrees that can be obtained on-site or online. Master’s degrees offered through Wesley Seminary Master of Divinity (MDiv) and Master of Arts in Ministry with concentrations in Youth Ministry and Ministerial Leadership. Wesley Seminary is current pursuing accreditation through the Association of Theological Schools.
Tuition and fees range from $307/credit hour for undergraduate courses, $412/credit hour for graduate education and $495/credit hour for certificate programs, plus additional fees and costs for books and materials. Financial Aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships, student loans, military and employer reimbursement, and discounts for active military and their families through the Yellow Ribbon Project.