What is the difference between the Leadership Experience Master’s Residency and the Undergraduate Internship?

Please see this chart to compare the two programs. If you have further questions, contact us to discuss further.


If I have questions, who can i ask?

You can reach us at leadershipexperience@northpoint.org.


Who is the residency program for?

The residency program is for students who have recently graduated from college and plan to pursue vocational ministry as a career. Students will be expected to work in their ministry areas for 20 hours a week, attend North Point Ministries classes one day a week, and stay on track with their Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) course load, which will be a combination of online and live classes through the Atlanta extension. While there is a small monthly salary and 50 percent of tuition is provided, students are responsible for finding their own funding for their remaining tuition needs and living expenses.


How long is the Master’s Residency program?

This is a 22-month graduate residency program in partnership with DTS. Students in the residency program will be placed on a ministry team at one of our Atlanta-area churches while earning their master’s in Christian Leadership through DTS.


Will residents stay in the same ministry for the entire 22 months?

It’s likely students will have a review at 11 months and residents will have the opportunity to change ministries and managers based on what they’re learning.


Is the internship program limited to undergraduates?

The internship program will not be limited to undergrad students, but most participants are in their early twenties.


Is the residency program limited to postgraduates?

Yes, the residency program requires a 4-year undergraduate degree. The ideal participant is someone who is already seeking a post-graduate seminary degree and is planning to work in ministry. There is no age limitation, but most participants will be under the age of thirty.


How many people are accepted within each program?

Both our programs are very competitive. Our internship program will accept approximately 80 candidates each year, and our resident program will cap the program at approximately 15 students each fall.


Can I participate in the residency program if I’m in seminary at another institution?

The residency program is tailored specifically for the master’s in Christian Leadership through DTS, where the students will receive credit for their North Point work and courses. That being said, many of the introductory courses for biblical and theological classes align directly with other degree offerings. If you’re interested in pursuing your degree through DTS, we can explore your admission to the residency program based on your individual circumstances. You would be required to complete all the required Leadership Experience classes and work with DTS to manage the additional coursework needed for other programs.


Can I do this program if I already have credit hours with DTS or another institution?

The residency program is tailored specifically for the master’s in Christian Leadership through DTS, where the students will receive credit for their North Point work and courses. Since it is a 22-month program and the students are in a cohort together, participation in this program would typically require you to have less than 15 hours of the introductory biblical and theological studies to align with the program. If you’re interested in pursuing your degree through DTS, we can explore your admission to the residency program based on your individual circumstances. You would be required to complete all the required Leadership Experience classes and work with DTS to manage the additional coursework needed for other programs.


Can I pursue a THM with the residency program?

Yes. However, you would be required to complete all Leadership Experience courses over the 22-month period. Additional courses can be taken in addition to the program or after the program is completed and will require working with DTS to manage the specifics on your coursework. Tuition for courses beyond the MACL offered through NPLE will be the responsibility of the student.


When does the residency program start?

The program begins every fall and follows the DTS Calendar. Applications for fall 2019 have opened and students should be ready to begin working at their North Point placement, have all funding in place for their tuition, and begin classes August 2019.


When does the internship program start?

The program begins every June and runs for nine months. Applications for 2019 have not yet opened but will be opening in early 2019. You can submit your information to be alerted when applications have opened.


What are the dates I should be aware of with the residency program?

The Leadership Experience Residency program follows the DTS calendar. Currently, applications are for fall 2019.


What financial support is offered for the residency program?

The residency program provides a scholarship that covers 50 percent of the tuition each semester, a $1,500 monthly stipend (pre-tax), and an apple MacBook. Additional costs necessary for living expenses or tuition should be covered by the student. Financial aid options can be discussed with DTS. View our financial sheet (coming soon!) for approximate tuition costs by semester.