Distance Learning at Calvin Seminary

Online & Distance Program Options


What if learning in community didn't have to mean leaving your community?

Join a community of diverse students from around the world, learning together from expert scholars and seasoned ministry leaders. Meanwhile, continue your ministry where you are with the support you need to grow as a leader. Our flexible model keeps our online and distance programs accessible. Our community approach ensures you aren’t alone, and that you have the support you need to be successful.

Flexible Model

Adaptable to fit your life

Our flexible model is designed to give you the options that work best for you, while also providing you structure to keep you on track.

Our programs are designed so that you can fit them into your busy schedule. Though our courses include interactive discussion forums, you won’t be required to be available for “live” online meetings, allowing you to complete your reading, writing, and discussion posts when it works in your schedule.

Regular due dates for assignments throughout the semester keep you accountable in your progress, and ensure that online discussions are interactive. Students can take classes year round, with terms starting in September, February, and June.

The course requirements for our distance and residential programs are the same, meaning that students often switch from one format to another at some point during their program.

Community Learning

Don't go it alone

Deep learning happens best in community with others. We help our distance students to form a personal learning network that will challenge and support them throughout their program. This consists of:

Vocational Mentor
You will be paired with a mentor who helps you to explore your sense of ministry calling and spiritual growth.
Formation Groups
You will be placed with a group of 6-8 students who you will engage with regularly on topics of spiritual discipline and theological reflection. This is a place to process your ongoing academic learning and ministry experiences with trusted peers.
Small Class Sizes
Course sections are kept small in size to maximize student and faculty interaction. Peer engagement is required in our programs.
Contextual Learning Supervisor
Practical, hands on ministry experience is a cornerstone of our MDiv and MA in Ministry Leadership programs. These students complete a ministry placement that we call Concurrent Contextual Learning. In your ministry placement, your site supervisor will provide another point of challenge, encouragement, feedback, and support.
Your Program Peers
Some of our distance programs are hybrid, requiring an on-campus "intensive" - a series of days with face-to-face classroom time. This on-campus time allows for a time of interaction with your fellow classmates. Because of the focused nature of this time and our distance program in general, these peers can quickly become part of your personal learning network.
Your Existing Support
One of the benefits of not relocating for graduate school is that you can maintain the support networks in your local setting!

Available Programs

Know your options

Our distance programs are offered in two similar formats: Online and Hybrid

Online: Our online programs are fully available online, without any requirement to come to campus for any portion of the program.

Hybrid: Hybrid programs are mostly online, with the exception of two required, on-campus Intensive Weeks each year - one week in the fall and one week in the spring.

The choice is yours! For programs that are offered in both online and hybrid formats, you can decide each semester if you want to enroll as an online or hybrid student for that upcoming semester.

Available Online and Hybrid programs

Click on the options below to see whether a program is available in fully online and/or hybrid formats

Master of Theological Studies
Fully Online: No Distance Hybrid: Yes
Visit the MTS webpage
Master of Divinity
Fully Online: No Distance Hybrid: Yes
Visit the MDiv webpage
Doctor of Ministry
Fully Online: No Distance Hybrid: Yes
Visit the DMin webpage

On-campus Intensives

Planning ahead for your time on-campus

Students in a distance hybrid program will come to campus mid-semester for a week of onsite, face-to-face course work. Learn what to expect below.

Once each fall (mid-October) and spring (early March) semester, Calvin Seminary hosts a week of face-to-face classroom time for our master’s level students at our campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In person class sessions, community worship, meals, and informal time outside of class help to build on the relationships and learning established online.

On Campus Intensives are currently required for Master of Divinity (MDiv). Attending intensives is encouraged, but not required for certificate or Master of Arts students. Certificate and MA students may choose to attend the Intensives for some semesters, but not others if they’d like.

Our Doctor of Ministry (DMin) On Campus Intensives are required, and held twice a year. One week in June and one in January.

You can find specific dates for our On Campus Intensives on our Academic Calendar.

Financial Aid

Affordable from a distance

Students in our distance programs are eligible to receive scholarships that are renewable each year. See information about cost, financial aid, and affordability here.

Admissions Eligibility

Prepare to take the next steps

Calvin Seminary is approved for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

US citizens and residents: eligible for all Online and Hybrid programs

International Students: Online

-Those residing outside of the United States are eligible for all online programs.

International Students: Hybrid

  • International students are eligible for the following hybrid programs:
  • Master of Arts in Bible and Theology
  • Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership
  • Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
  • Master of Divinity (MDiv)

In order to travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan for the Residential Weeks, international students must secure the necessary immigration documents. See our International Student Page for more information about this process.

See our Application Instructions page for information on academic eligibility

Student Stories

From the east cost to the west coast and everywhere in between. Students who attend Calvin Seminary can do so from the comfort of their home thanks to our distance learning program.

Read their profiles here.

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