About JDS


Jakes Divinity School prepares leaders through academic rigor with experiential learning, spiritual formation, and creative innovation that are necessary for the future of ministry in the Church and society. Our curriculum incorporates an emphasis on: effective preaching, vibrant worship, biblical thought, tacit knowledge, and quality instruction. The school is committed to integrating faith, scholarship, and integrity of the practice of ministry.

Welcome to Jakes Divinity School (JDS)!

We are an emerging institution with a vision to educate leaders for the church and society in a Spirit-filled and academically rigorous environment. Leadership is key to transforming our world for a positive and productive future. After more than 40 years of ministry and leadership, I want to see future generations step into their God-ordained purpose and soar into their spiritual calling. At JDS, we are partnering with some of the world’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning to offer fully accredited degrees and prepare women and men with the very best training. Now is the time; the world is waiting for leaders like you. How will you prepare for the opportunities and challenges ahead? I would like to invite you to prayerfully consider the role of Jakes Divinity School in your path to success.

Bishop T.D. Jakes

Founder and Chancellor
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Our Programs

Our degree, diploma, and certificate programs relate to the multidimensional foci of Bishop T.D. Jakes’ life and ministry which includes: the art of presentation, leadership, entrepreneurship, global humanitarianism, entertainment, and media. We nurture students to apply their hearts, heads, and hands – hearts of compassion and love for a fragile world in need of God’s love; heads that wander in search of God’s truth; and, hands that work to advance the Kingdom of God in the world.

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The school is committed to integrating faith, scholarship, and integrity of the practice of ministry.

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Jakes Divinity School students will enjoy a unique experience characteristic of Jakes Divinity School in partnership with existing institutions. Jakes Divinity School students will enroll in fully accredited degree programs because the degree offerings are powered by our fully accredited institutional partners: North Central University and Vanguard University.
North Central University is a Christian university—a Bible-based and Pentecostal university, affiliated with the Assemblies of God – located in Minneapolis, MN. NCU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. North Central University is an institutional participant in the NC-SARA initiative (National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements) and is listed on the NC-SARA website (www.nc-sara.org). NCU is approved by the Department of Education of the State of Minnesota for the training of veterans and war orphans under Public Laws 358, 634, 87-815. The university is approved by the United States Department of Justice for the training of foreign students.

NCU is approved by the State of Minnesota, Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, for the training of students with disability handicaps.

Vanguard University (VU) is also a private, coeducational, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies that believes its Spirit-empowered Christian community provides a supportive and challenging environment to pursue quality education. The vision that guides the VUSC community is rooted in the University’s heritage as an institution of the Pentecostal tradition which was birthed out of the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles, California, at the turn of the twentieth century. VU is a community that encourages individual integrity and responsibility in accordance with biblical Christianity and its social and ethical implications. VU is a Christian university affiliated with the Southern California Network of the Assemblies of God. VU has maintained regional accreditation and membership in the Western Association of Schools and Colleges were granted since 1964.

We are grateful to our partners. As a new institution for higher learning, Jakes Divinity School has not yet achieved accreditation. We plan to begin the process soon. Yet, the degree offerings are accredited through our partnership schools. Thus, students who enroll in Jakes Divinity School will be dually enrolled in Jakes Divinity School and the partnering institution per the particular degree program enrolled. Students will earn degrees with the name of the partnering institution as well as a certificate from Jakes Divinity School.

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