Frequently Asked Questions


What are the eligibility requirements for acceptance to Wagner University?

The eligibility requirements are as follows:

  1. Born-again Christian
  2. Agree to live a life that honors God and abide by scriptural guidelines outlined in the Bible
  3. Actively serving in local church/organization
  4. High School Diploma or equivalent
  5. Able to conduct online learning

What if I didn’t finish my degree or don’t already have a Bachelor’s Degree?

Wagner University follows the vision of Dr. C. Peter Wagner for the Body of Christ to be equipped and trained. Therefore, we take in account past leadership/ministry and life experience into consideration for the acceptance into our programs as well as the academic background. 

What if I don’t have official transcripts to send right away?

If you do not have official transcripts to submit with the application, we will accept forms of unofficial transcripts. You may move forward in submitting the application without transcripts. Someone from our admissions team will reach out to you for the documents that are needed throughout the application process. 

Can I submit my application without some of the documents requested?

Yes. Someone from our admissions team will reach out to you for the documents that are needed throughout the application process. 

I’ve submitted my application. What are my next steps?

Once you have submitted your application and all of the necessary documents have been received, you will receive a letter of decision of acceptance that has been made via email. You will then receive an enrollment agreement that will you need to review, sign, and then return to our admissions department. 


Do you offer discounts at Wagner University?

We have various discounts available throughout year. Please contact us to find out what discounts are currently available. 

Does Wagner except FASFA?

Wagner U. does not accept FASFA or any government financial aid. 

How will payments be set up?

WU sets up electronic payments through the Squareup platform. You have the option of paying by credit card as a recurring payment, automatic transfer through your bank, or by check. Typically, the students make monthly payments on the 7th of each month. However, you also have the option of splitting up the tuition into two annual payments. You will receive an invoice by email each month from Squareup. 

How much is tuition for your programs?

Tuition varies according to each program. Please see the details of the specific program you are interested in to find out how much tuition is for that program.

Do you have payment plans for tuition?

Our payment plans for tuition typically include spreading the payments over the course of the program. For example, students completing a Masters program would have the option to make monthly payments over a 24 month period of time versus paying the full tuition up front. 

What happens if I’m late or can’t make a payment?

All WU students on a tuition payment plan, will be auto invoiced for monthly tuition payment that is due and payable on the 3rd of each month. Wagner Tuition auto invoices will be sent to your email address via our SquareUp student tuition processing system. In the event your invoice becomes past due, an additional 5% will be incurred for each invoice that hasn’t been paid. If past due payments accumulate for more than 3 months, you will be withdrawn from your WU program. 

Are there other expenses besides tuition that I can expect?

Tuition does not include the cost of textbooks, personal resources such as computers, travel, or accommodations for Residential Training.  


How long will it take to earn my degree?

Depending on the program, it will take between 24 and 30 months to earn your degree.

Is Wagner U. accredited?

While Colorado and California recognize Wagner as a religious institution authorized to issue diplomas, it is not accredited.

Are Wagner assignments self-paced or will I be on a track?

You will be on a track. Wagner delivers instruction using a cohort model. A cohort is a group of students who take assignments during the same time period. Thus, assignments cannot be self-paced.

What can I expect if I enroll in a Wagner Program?

Each Wagner program consists of core courses and a final project (depending on the program the final project may be a research paper, a mission trip with a reflection paper, or, for our doctoral students, a dissertation). Each core course is typically eight weeks. There is a one week break between each of these core courses. Because Wagner utilizes a cohort model, students take these courses as a group and they take the one-week breaks as a group.

Can I take a break or a pause whenever I want?

No. Because Wagner utilizes a cohort model, students take breaks based on the schedule of the program in which they are enrolled.

How much time can I expect to spend on assignments?

The average amount of time a student spends on assignments each week averages between 10-12 hours. Students in the doctorate program can expect to spend more time on average.

What type of work is assigned?

In a typical week, students are assigned book chapters to read and/or videos to watch. They are asked to respond to questions based on those assignments. They post their responses in a discussion forum by Thursday of that week so that the members of their cohort can read them. By Sunday of that week, each student must post a reply in the discussion forum to three of their colleagues’ posts. Activation exercises, research assignments, group projects and hands on work (called practicums) may also be assigned during the week or over the course of the program. In addition, students will complete a mid-term paper and a final paper.

Are the programs solely online or is there live instruction?

The programs are primarily online. Twice a year students will receive live instruction during a residential training session.

What is Residential Training?

Residential training is a two to two and a half day event in which students enjoy live instruction in various formats, receive activation, and share meals and other fellowship activities with the members of their cohort and other Wagner students.

What if I am not in the U.S. and I cannot attend Residential Training?

Some of the Residential Training sessions are taped. Students who live abroad and are unable to attend a session in person may view the video.

What are the graduation requirements?

Please see the specific program you are interested in to get the specific details regarding your graduation requirements. Generally speaking, all schoolwork, e.g., core courses and a final project, must be completed and all tuition and fees must be paid.