Welcome New Students

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All the stuff you need to know!

The information in these first set of tabs applies to all programs. Please read it carefully and then proceed to the information pertaining to your particular program.

General Information

You may be able to gain advanced standing for prior study, knowledge, or experience in Bible and Theology. Advanced standing means that you have gained competence equivalent to one or more of those courses and would not be required to take them at Calvin Seminary.

To read more, please see this webpage:

http://calvinseminary.edu/portals/students/registrars-office/ap-exam-procedures/

Some of you have been admitted with outstanding admission requirements. Generally, those requirements should be met within the first year of your program. Please make note of the following specific requirements:

MDiv students who are missing an admission requirement in Speech need to meet the requirement before taking Preaching Theory and Methods (306B/306D).

If you have a missing admission requirement in Philosophy, it needs to be met before taking Apologetics (450B/450D).

Elective courses in Philosophy, Speech, Literature and Natural Science will be offered at Calvin Seminary sometime in the next two academic years. If you are an MDiv student and you take these courses at Calvin Seminary, up to two of the courses can be used to meet elective requirements in your program. Depending on the course, students in the MTS and MA (Bible and Theology) program may also be able to use one or two of the electives to meet a requirement in their program.

You may also fulfill these requirements by taking courses at our sister institution, Calvin College while paying the seminary tuition rate. To do this, please pick up a form from the seminary registrar’s office, which will allow you to register for a course at the college without completing an entire application. Admission requirements can also be met by taking courses elsewhere and submitting transcripts to the registrar. Be sure to check with the registrar prior to enrolling in courses elsewhere to ensure it fulfills the requirements you are trying to meet.

If you have a number of admission requirements to meet, you should develop a plan for completion together with the registrar.

Viewing your Schedule

To view your course schedule, you can click on Portals on the top right of the opening page of the web site. Go to Students, and then View My Course Schedule and Grades (you will need to be logged in).

Some of the courses have options for sections. The registrar has assigned sections somewhat randomly. You may choose a different section if you prefer. To do so, go to Portals/Students/Register and drop the course. Save the drop and then add the course again, choosing the section you prefer. Save again.

The registrar does try to keep the sections balanced, so there may be a point when you cannot switch sections anymore.

To view the entire course schedule, go to Portals/Students/Course Schedule. Or click on this link:

https://calvinseminary.edu/portals/students/registrars-office/course-schedule/ and filter for Fall 2014. Please note that Gateway to Seminary is in its own term, and is one credit hour. You will receive a separate email for Gateway via email.

Once you are registered for courses, you should receive an automated email with instructions on how to access Canvas, our course management system.

Bear in mind that the due date for faculty to publish their courses and submit their syllabi for the fall is August 1. So, you will not be able to see your course in Canvas until they have done that.

The same is true for the book list. The book list is not due until August 1. At that time you will be able to view the list in the syllabus in Canvas or under Portals/Students/Book List. Students are responsible for purchasing books for their courses.

Tuition for the Gateway and Fall 2014 is due by September 30, 2014. For more information about payments and due dates, go to Portals/Students/Tuition Rates and Fees, or use this link:

https://calvinseminary.edu/resources/financial-services-office/tuition-rates-and-fees/

To view your statement, go to Portals/Students/View Statement

Program Registration Information

You can view the MDiv course sequence options on the this page of the web site.

Minimum full-time status

Minimum full-time status is 9 hours per term. You will not be able to graduate in 3 years if you take 9 hours per term, but you can maintain full-time status.

Courses

Based on what you have communicated to the registrar, courses have been determined by what is available and what fits into your schedule.

You can view the three tracks of study on the web site by going to Current Students/Degrees and Programs/Master of Divinity. Or, you can click on this link: http://www.calvinseminary.edu/degrees/mdiv/

Advanced standing and your schedule

Many of you have indicated that you intend to take one or more advanced placement exams. However, it is not assumed that you will take the test, or that you will pass the test. Therefore, all full time students and most part-time students have been registered for Bible Survey (716) and Reformed Confessions (303). If you take one or both tests during the Gateway course (or earlier) and you pass, then you may drop the course and replace it with another if you choose.

Most full-time students have been registered for Church History I. Again, if you take an advanced placement test and pass, you can choose to replace it with another course. You may get advanced placement in either Church History I (304) OR Church History II (305), not both. If you pass an advanced placement exam in both Church History courses, you may be able to replace one of them with an elective in Church History.

If you have not met one or both of your admission requirements in Speech, you will need to meet the requirement before taking the introductory preaching course in the Spring. Therefore, instead of Church in Historical Context I, you have been registered for the course Gospel Communication this fall. The course can also serve as an elective requirement in your program.

Mentored Ministry Groups and Service Learning

You will begin Mentored Ministry Groups and Service Learning in the Fall 2014 semester.

You will learn more about Mentored Ministry Groups, Service Learning, Vocational Mentors, and Internships during Gateway. You can also read more about it here: http://calvinseminary.edu/academics/mentored-ministries/

Your Program

To stay on track with a 5 year program, you should follow the chart as it is laid out on the web site here:

http://calvinseminary.edu/academics/distance-learning/

If you have communicated to the registrar that you’re planning to take 5 years to complete the program, she has registered for you accordingly. If you are part-time, or if you have transfer credit, she will be in contact with you about an adjusted schedule.

If you have already completed your Greek language studies, you may choose to add another course to your fall semester.

Mentored Ministry Groups

All full-time students and most part-time students have been registered for a Mentored Ministry group (751).

You will register (or this first year, be registered) for a Mentored Ministry group each semester for six consecutive semesters.

Some part-time students may want or need to wait until year two to begin their Mentored Ministry group and to take the course Theological Education as Formation for Ministry. This is something the registrar will discuss with each part-time student.

You will learn more about Mentored Ministry Groups during Gateway to Seminary. You can also read more about it here: http://calvinseminary.edu/academics/mentored-ministries/


Distance

You have been registered for one or two of the online courses you need, depending on what you had indicated to the registrar.

Please continue to check your CTS e-mail regularly, as you will be responsible for your own registration beginning in the Spring of 2015.

For more information about the EPMC program and requirements, please refer to this page:

http://calvinseminary.edu/academics/degree-programs/epmc/e-p-m-c-program-requirements/

Residential

I have registered you for the five courses that are required in the EPMC program:

Preaching the Word- 435B (2 credits)
Hermeneutics – 711B (2 credits)
Christian Theology in Reformed Confessions- 303B (3 credits)
Christian Reformed Church Polity- 773B (1.5 credits)- first 6 weeks of semester
Christian Reformed Church History- 774B (1.5 credits)- last 6 weeks of semester

In addition, you should plan on meeting with your Mentoring Group once a week. The time hasn’t been determined, but it will be sometime on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. You will receive more information about that from our Director of Mentored Ministries, Al Gelder.

You can view the course schedule here:

http://calvinseminary.edu/portals/students/registrars-office/course-schedule/

Filter for Fall 2014.

Minimum full-time status

Minimum full-time status is 9 hours per term. You will not be able to graduate in 2 years if you take 9 hours per term, but you can maintain full-time status. The 1 credit Gateway to Seminary can be figured into your fall semester hours.

Your First Semester

If you indicated that you intend to be a full-time student, you have been registered according to the schedule found here:

https://calvinseminary.edu/academics/degree-programs/mts/

If you indicated that you intend to be a part-time student, you have been registered for one language and- depending on how many hours you indicated- some additional courses.

Students in the distance program will be contacted separately about registration.

Mentored Ministry Groups

Full-time students and most part-time students have been registered for a Mentored Ministry group (765).

You will register (or this first year, be registered) for a Mentored Ministry group each semester for four consecutive semesters.

Some part-time students may want or need to wait until year two to begin their Mentored Ministry group. This is something the registrar will discuss with each part-time student.

You will learn more about Mentored Ministry Groups during Gateway to Seminary. You can also read more about it here: http://calvinseminary.edu/academics/mentored-ministries/

Minimum full-time status

Minimum full-time status is 9 hours per term. You will not be able to graduate in 2 years if you take 9 hours per term, but you can maintain full-time status. The 1 credit Gateway to Seminary can be figured into your fall semester hours.

Your First Semester

You have been registered according to what you have communicated with the registrar.

In order to complete the program in two years, full-time students may need to add an elective to their schedule. Please see your program information on the web site under Current Students/Degrees and Programs. Here is a link to the page:

https://calvinseminary.edu/academics/degree-programs/ma/

You can view the Fall schedule under Current Students/Tools and Resources/Course Schedule. Here is a link:

https://calvinseminary.edu/portals/students/registrars-office/course-schedule/

Filter for Fall 2014.

Mentored Ministry Groups

Full-time students and most part-time students have been registered for a Mentored Ministry group (780).

You will register (or this first year, be registered) for a Mentored Ministry group each semester for four consecutive semesters.

Some part-time students may want or need to wait until year two to begin their Mentored Ministry group. This is something I will discuss with each part-time student.

You will learn more about Mentored Ministry Groups during Gateway to Seminary. You can also read more about it here: http://calvinseminary.edu/academics/mentored-ministries/

Certificate Students

You have been registered according to what you have communicated with the registrar about the number of hours you’d like to take.

Diploma Students

You have been registered according to what you have communicated with the registrar about the number of hours you’d like to take.

In addition to regular courses, you will register and participate in Vocational Mentoring for two semesters, and get one credit each semester. Please contact Al Gelder in the Mentored Ministries office to learn more.

Fall Semester

You have been registered for your first course, Research Methodology (801), at Calvin Seminary for the Fall 2014 semester.

International students should plan on completing the ThM program in two years. Therefore, the Research course is the only course you should take this fall. We will consider you as having full-time status, even though you are taking just one course.

Other students who intend to complete the program in one year will need to add a course to their registration. You will likely want to choose a course in your area of specialization. To add a course, go to Portals/Students/Register.

Here is a link to the electives courses offered this year:

http://calvinseminary.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Electives-Offered-2014-2015.pdf

Written Expression

Some of you are required to take the course Written Expression as a condition of your admission. If this was the case, you have been registered for the course for credit. The course meets for 8 weeks, beginning on Wednesday, September 10. Other students may choose to take the course as well.

Advising

Joan Beelen is the adviser for the ThM program. During orientation in August, you will have opportunity to meet with her and a professor in your area of concentration.