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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.

Those of you enrolled in any of the first degree programs may seek advanced standing in the following areas:

• Bible Survey

• Christian Theology in Reformed Confessions

• Church in Historical Context I or II (not both)

• Christian Engagement with World Religions

MDiv students are limited to 12 hours of advanced standing; MTS students are limited to 9 hours of advanced standing; MA, Diploma and Certificate students are limited to 6 hours of advanced standing.

The next test dates are December 5, 2013, and January 16, 2014. You may also arrange to take one or more of the tests on your own, with a local pastor or teacher serving as your proctor. However, tests will not be graded until late January. If you would like to arrange a test with a proctor, please contact Denise Mokma at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

There are study guides available for each test. They can be found here:

http://calvinseminary.edu/portals/students/registrars-office/ap-study-guides/

Each test costs $50 and may only be taken one time. Please note that the Bible Survey test and Christian Theology in Reformed Confessions tests must be taken prior to a student’s first fall semester. All tests must be taken within your first year at Calvin Seminary. To read more, please see this page on the web site:

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).

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

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 J-Term 2014 or Spring 2014.

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. Many textbooks are available in the Calvin College/Calvin Seminary bookstore located in the Commons Annex on the Calvin College campus.

Tuition for J-Term and the Spring 2014 term is due by February 28, 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

Some of you have indicated that you intend to take the Christian Engagement with World Religions or the Church in Historical Context II advanced standing exam.  However, the registrar could not assume that you would take the test, or that you would pass the test.  Therefore, she has registered all full-time students and most part-time students for Christian Engagement with World Religions (718) and The Church in Historical Context II (305).  If you take one or both tests on the January 16 test date (or earlier) and you pass, then you may drop the course and replace it with another if you choose.

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

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 spring orientation. 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 spring semester.

Also, if you take and pass the advanced standing exam in Church in Historical Context II, you may substitute that with another course.

Mentored Ministry Groups

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 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 Fall of 2014.

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/

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.

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 course sequence by clicking on this link and choosing residential or distance. https://calvinseminary.edu/academics/degree-programs/mts/

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

Mentored Ministry Groups

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 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.

Courses

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

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 spring schedule under Current Students/Tools and Resources/Course Schedule. Here is a link:

https://calvinseminary.edu/portals/students/registrars-office/course-schedule/. Click the link and filter for J-Term 2014 or Spring 2014.

Mentored Ministry Groups

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 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.

Spring Semester

You have been registered you for your first course, Research Methodology (801), at Calvin Seminary for the Spring 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 spring. 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:

https://internal.calvinseminary.edu/degrees/sampleSchedules/Electives_Schedule_2013-2014.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 Tuesday, February 11 . Other students may choose to take the course as well.

Advising

Dr. Mariano Avila is the Director of the ThM program and will serve as your adviser. You will have opportunity to meet with him during the spring orientation.