Overview

At this time, we offer the Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.), and the Diploma for Ministry via Distance Learning. With these expanded options, those called to ministry can receive sound Reformed theological training while staying rooted in their current home and ministry contexts.

A Flexible Approach. The Distance Learning program uses a hybrid approach to instruction, which enables church leaders to continue serving in their local contexts. It provides flexibility for families juggling a myriad of priorities. And a good number of our distance students have non-ministry jobs, presenting opportunities to bring theological reflection to bear on a variety of vocational settings.

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On-Campus Intensives. Face-to-face instruction remains a key part of our Distance Learning program. During the fall and spring semesters, the on-campus intensives are eight days and occur approximately five weeks into the semester (ordinarily mid-October in the fall and late February to early March in the spring). Summer courses are fully online. In the first year of study, there is an on-campus orientation course, Gateway, which runs Monday through Friday, in late August.

Formation for Ministry in the Context of Community. A cohort-based program means that despite the distance that separates them, our students are forming bonds of friendship and fostering deeper learning as a result. In addition to frequent interactions in course discussion forums, they share and pray using Google Hangouts. Some mentoring groups circulate weekly prayer email lists. By bringing together students from many different contexts, the distance program is enriching theological education for ministry in a changing world.

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