- Can I start any time or are there specific semesters I must enroll within?
You can start at any time. LCU Online® students operate independently from the semester system used at Main Campus.
- May I obtain my Master's or Doctoral degrees via LCU Online®?
- Yes. See our page on Degree Programs.
- Can I take LCU courses if I don't want to pursue a degree?
Yes. There are usually two reasons for people to study at LCU without pursuing a degree:
- You desire spiritual growth on the highest level possible, but have no need of a degree. In such cases, you may earn Certificates of Completion of each program without having to provide proof of high school graduation.
- You have not graduated from high school and therefore cannot qualify to enter a degree program. Since the work you will be doing is the same either way, you may complete a GED program (high school equivalency) at any time after starting LCU, submit proof of completion, and then have your completed certificate coursework converted into degree credits at no charge.
NOTE: After completing 60 credit hours as a certificate student (earning a GPA of C or better), students will have demonstrated their ability to study at the university level and may enroll in the university and begin to earn credits toward a degree (The 60 hours of certificate study do not count toward their degree).
- What courses will I be required to take first at LCU?
All students are required to take Program 1 unless they have previously attended a ministry education institution similar to LCU in its theological approach. This exemption will be determined during the assessment phase of enrollment, during which time the student may begin the first course of Program 1, "Principles of Faith".
- Can I obtain a degree in majors other than theology, pastoral ministry, and Christian education?
- Not at this time. LCU Online® will be releasing courses for additional majors in the future. Some majors, such as Christian counseling, require supervised internships and/or extensive lab work and, therefore, will not be offered online.
- What is included with each course?
- You will receive a course outline, an exam and/or research paper assignment, your required textbook(s), and the lectures by video or MP3 (typically 10-12 per course, depending upon the course format).
- How do I begin?
First, there are 2 basic computer software requirements.
- LCU Online® currently supports only these web browsers:
- Apple Safari (MacOS, iOS)
(bundled with MacOS)
- Google Chrome (MacOS, Linux, Android, or Win7+)
- Mozilla Firefox (MacOS, Linux, Win7+)
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 (Win7/8/8.1)
(bundled with Windows)
- Microsoft Edge (Win10+)
(bundled with Windows)
NOTE: To protect our students' personal information as well as our corporate servers, LCU Online® does not support any browser running on a PC using WindowsXP and older. We also do not serve our videos in Adobe Flash format for the same reason.
- Apple Safari (MacOS, iOS)
- You will also need software which can read and print Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files as well as access to a printer so you can print the outline and test. If you own a PC and have neither Acrobat Pro nor Adobe Reader, Reader is a free download. MacOS/iOS users without Acrobat Pro may either use MacOS' Preview.app or Adobe Reader.
Download Adobe Reader here.
- In case your Internet access is too slow to support online videos, we have also included audio-only versions of the lectures in MP3 format. To download the MP3 file rather than playing it in your browser window, click the download icon next to the desired session in the Sessions List on the course’s web page. You may then either listen to them on your computer, transfer them to your favorite MP3 player, or burn them onto a CD.
NOTE: Lecture videos are for streaming playback only, never download.
Before taking any courses, you must first create an LCU Online® user account. Please carefully read and follow all directions found there, taking note of the following:
- Enter your primary email address to ensure our communications with you are unhindered. If your email software has a spam blocker, you will want to ensure that any emails coming from lcus.edu are whitelisted.
NOTE: LCU will neither constantly spam you nor sell/impart your email address to any third party for any reason.
Make a note of your username and password, as you will need them later to log in.
NOTE: No one at LCU has access to your password, ever, period. You are solely responsible for remembering your login credentials.
- If you have already applied at LCU and received a formal Acceptance Letter, please find your LCU Personal ID# provided there and ensure that you enter it into its field on the form.
- If you have applied at LCU and have not received a formal Acceptance Letter, please either await that letter’s arrival before proceeding or contact Main Campus and speak with a student advisor concerning the matter so you are not accidentally issued two LCU Personal ID numbers.
NOTE: Being issued dual Personal ID numbers is a source of confusion for you and resolving them is a headache for both you and our IT staff, so it is best avoided.
- If you have not applied to become a formal student at LCU and intend to take courses casually, simply leave the Personal ID# field blank and one will be assigned to you by the system.
- After completing the form, click “Create Your Account” button.
The system will then inform you that a confirmation email has been sent to your email address. It should arrive almost instantaneously, so keep an eye on your spam folder(s) if it doesn’t show up in your inbox. After it arrives, open it and click on the link it contains, which will take you back to the LCU Online® website to complete your account registration process.
NOTE: If you do not respond to this email as instructed, your account will remain inactive until you do. If you need to have another confirmation email sent, please click on the "Reverify Email Address" button on the LCU Online® login page.
Once confirmed, you may then login to your new LCU Online® user account using your username and password.
NOTE: Regardless of how you obtain your Personal ID#, you should always use it whenever you communicate with your student advisor concerning your studies at LCU.
- LCU Online® currently supports only these web browsers:
- What if I have trouble logging in?
- Click on the “Having Problems Logging In?” link on the LCU Online® login page. You will be presented with a series of yes/no questions which will walk you through the troubleshooting process.
- How do I purchase a course?
- Log into LCU Online® using your username and password.
- Click on the button labeled “My Learning Center” on the Main Menu.
Once inside the Learning Center, you will be presented with a list of all courses available at LCU Online®.
NOTE: The system knows which courses you have already purchased online and/or taken at a physical LCU campus. All courses previously completed at an LCU physical campus will be automatically credited to you as though you had purchased them on LCU Online®. You may review any of your courses at any time at no charge, regardless of when/where/how you took them.
- To make your purchase, click on the icon in the Actions column next to the desired course.
On the following page, select the academic level (Undergraduate, Masters, Doctor of Ministry, or Doctor of Philosophy) at which you will take the course. Then click the "Continue" button.
NOTE: The level determines both the amount of tuition you will have to pay as well as what textbooks are required for the course.
- On the next page, enter or verify your billing address and, optionally, a separate mailing address. Then click the "Credit Card" button.
- On the following page, enter your credit card information, then click the "Pay Tuition" button.
If the purchase is successful, you will land on a page detailing the transaction and allowing you the option of generating a printer-friendly receipt for your records. You will also receive a confirmation email containing the same information.
If the transaction was unnsuccessful, you will see a page notifying you of the failure explaining why it failed.
- Once you have a successful purchase, whenever you return to the Learning Center Main Menu, you will see that the icon in the Actions column next to your newly purchased course has been replaced with the icon. Clicking the icon will take you to the page for that course.
- From the course's page, you may download your course outline and view/listen/download course lectures.
Your textbook(s) will be delivered to the mailing address specified during the purchase process within 3 business days.
NOTE: LCU business days are Monday-Thursday except for holidays. LCU observes the following holidays: New Year’s Eve/Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day/Black Friday, and Christmas Eve/Day.
- After you complete your coursework, you must print and sign a Student Coursework Completion Affidavit and mail it along with your final exam and/or research paper to your student advisor at LCU Main Campus for grading.
- Are there any tuition discounts or scholarships available?
Immediate family members enrolled in LCU Online at the same time will receive a 10% discount on each course. For example, a husband and wife attending at the same time as undergraduates pay $157.50 per course per person, instead of $175. The same would hold true for any grouping of parents and children or multiple children.
NOTE: High school seniors who have not yet graduated from high school may also attend LCU. Credits earned will be held in reserve until the student graduates from high school. Upon presenting a high school diploma or GED certificate, the completed courses will be converted to college credit and any appropriate degrees will be issued, all at no charge.
NOTE: Family discounts are available to LCU Online® and Main Campus students only.
- Active-duty military personnel and veterans of the United States military are also eligible for a 10% discount on online tuition.
- How do I track my academic progress (grades, credits, etc.) and/or update my own contact information?
- Click the "My LCU Records" button on the LCU Online® Main Menu to update your personal contact info as well as examine your academic records.
- How long do I have to finish a course?
- There is no deadline for the completion of the course and submission of the exam for online students. Most online students find that an average of 4-6 weeks per course works well for almost any schedule.
- May I begin before you have my college transcripts?
- Yes. You have 60 days from enrolling in your first course to send your original sealed transcripts for advanced placement credits. After the 60-day period, a $65 Reassessment Fee will be charged.
- May I finish a course quicker than 4-6 weeks?
- Yes. You may go as fast as you wish.
- I want to receive college credit for my LCU studies. How do I accomplish this?
- See our Application Process page.
- Where can I obtain student forms online?
- Click on the “LCU Document Master” button on the LCU Online® Main Menu.
- Who has online access to my student records?
- You, period.
- Who has access to my password?
- You, period. Again, no one at LCU has access to your password, ever, period. You are solely responsible for remembering your login credentials.
- What if I forget or lose my password?
If this happens, you will have to use the Reset Password/Account button we've provided on the LCU Online® Login Page for solving that problem. Once there, you'll enter and submit the email address you entered when you established your LCU Online® account. An email will be sent containing a link to a page where you can enter a new password. If the email does not show up in your inbox, be sure to check your spam folder.
NOTE: If you have been locked out of your account due to too many failed login attempts, this process will reactivate your account, as well.
- What if I want/need to change my password?
- Once you've successfully logged in using your existing password, click on the “Change My Password” button on the LCU Online® Main Menu.
- What if my email address changes or my name changes because I got married?
- Once you've successfully logged in, click on the “Change My Legal Name” or “Change My Email Address” buttons on the LCU Online® Main Menu to change your name, email address, or both.