Getting Started Guide

Welcome to Phoenix Seminary! The following information is intended to help newly admitted students prepare for their first semester.

Table of Contents

  1. Pre-Seminary Suggested Reading
  2. Academic Advising
  3. New Student Registration
  4. Student Handbook and Guidelines for Course Papers
  5. Financial Aid and Scholarships
  6. Semester Book Lists and Textbook Purchases
  7. Mentoring
  8. Course Syllabi and Course Handouts
  9. Parking

Pre-Seminary Suggested Reading

We have designed the following list in an effort to better prepare incoming students for seminary. A solid foundation in the liberal arts is helpful in seminary studies. If you do not have an undergraduate degree which included courses in philosophy, theology, western civilization or Bible, we highly recommend that you read these suggested books before you begin your studies at Phoenix Seminary. All titles may be checked out from the Phoenix Seminary Library or purchased through Phoenix Seminary’s Portal.

J. P. Moreland and William Lane Craig, Philosophical Foundations for a Christian World View, IVP Academic, 2003.
Garrett J. Deweese and J. P. Moreland, Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult: A Beginner’s Guide to Life’s Big Questions, InterVarsity Press, 2005.

Western Civilization
Colin Brown, Christianity and Western Thought, Vol. 1, IVP Academic, 1990.

World Views
W. Gary Phillips and William E. Brown, Making Sense of Your World, Sheffield Publishing Company, 1996.

Intelligent Reading
Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren, How to Read a Book, Touchstone, Revised Edition, 1972.

Academic Advising

You can download helpful Program Checklists for your specific concentration. To speak with an advisor who can assist you with course selection and answer any other questions you may have, please contact Lee Richards ( 602.429.4946).

Note: Students in the Master of Arts in Christian Counseling with Ottawa University or Graduate Diploma in Counseling should contact Roma Royer ( or 602.429.4947) for all academic advising issues.

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New Student Registration

Please visit the New Student Registration page for frequently asked questions and other important information. New students are encouraged to register for courses by the August 1 Registration Deadline. They may register after this deadline without any late registration fee, but will not be eligible for the Tuition Installment Plan. If you have other questions related to registration, contact Lee Richards ( or 602.429.4946).

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Student Handbook and Guidelines for Course Papers

2012-13 Edition of the Phoenix Seminary Student Handbook – Section 1, Pages 4–62

  • About Phoenix Seminary
  • Student Services
  • Academic Programs

2012-13 Edition of the Phoenix Seminary Student Handbook – Section 2, Pages 63–108

  • Admission and Funding
  • Preparing for Seminary
  • Excelling in the Classroom
  • From Academics to Graduation

2012-13 Edition of the Phoenix Seminary Student Handbook – Section 3, Pages 109–179

  • Personnel and Teaching Position
  • Course Descriptions
  • Appendices

Guidelines for Course Papers

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

For information on financial aid and scholarships available to you as a Phoenix Seminary student, contact Lynn Gordon ( or 602.429.4921).

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Semester Book Lists and Textbook Purchases

The Semester Book List is available online at You are responsible to purchase your own textbooks. If you choose to purchase your textbooks online, please order through Phoenix Seminary’s Portal. A portion of the purchase price will be donated to Phoenix Seminary and your cost will be the same as if you go directly through Amazon. Also, anything large or small that you purchase for whatever reason, Phoenix Seminary will get a 6% finders fee if you purchase through the above Amazon affiliate link.

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The Phoenix Seminary Mentoring Program is all about relationships! During your first semester of classes, you will choose a spiritually mature Christian mentor to provide accountability and encouragement for goals you will develop in a Personal Development Plan (PDP). Your mentoring relationship will provide accountability to live out what you are learning in the classroom for a specific duration:

MDiv—Until completion of 60 credit hours and the passing of the 60-Hour Faculty Review.

MABL—Until completion of 42 credit hours and the passing of the 30-Hour Faculty Review.

Diploma/MAC—All semesters enrolled for courses at Phoenix Seminary and the passing of the 15-hour Faculty Review.

Contact Tiina Mitchell ( or 602.429.4918) in the Mentoring Department for complete mentoring requirements when you register for your first semester of classes.

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Course Syllabi and Course Handouts

Syllabi for the upcoming semester’s classes will be posted to as they become available. Once you have officially registered for a course, you will be able to access your course web pages and syllabi by using the same username and password from the student portal site. If you are not able to log in using the instructions posted there, contact Jenny Miller ( or 602.429.4433) for assistance. If a syllabus is not posted, it is not yet available and will be posted as soon as it has been received from the instructor.

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Please see the receptionist for the access code for the parking structure and after hours building access. Students must park on the roof of the parking garage. All other spaces are reserved for tenants of the building.

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If you have other questions related to the student experience, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students:

Chip Moody, Dean of Students ( or 602.429.4919)

Tiina Mitchell, Associate Dean of Students ( or 602.429.4918)

The page you are currently viewing is maintained by Roma Royer. If you discover a typo, broken hyperlink, or any other issue on this page please notify Roma by sending an email to so it can be corrected.