Online & Distance Programs

The Graduate School of Theology is working hard to create as many opportunities as possible for people to be able to obtain a theological education while remaining within their current vocational context. 

Non-Residential Student Options:
The Master of Arts in Global Service is the degree most conducive to distance education. The Degree Process entails three residencies (at the beginning of the degree, in the second year at an international site, and then at the end of the degree) of two weeks long each. The rest of the degree can be earned via online classes.  

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry also has a non-residential option. This program provides an opportunity for students from around the world to remain in their current jobs while taking course work to advance their ministerial leadership skills. Students may select courses from several formats, including one-week intensives, weekend intensives, and online courses.

The Graduate School of Theology requires all students to complete part of their degrees in residence. This residency requirement may be met through the one-week or weekend intensive courses. Substantial reading preparation is required for all intensive-format courses, so students must register several weeks in advance to receive reading assignments. 

Strengths of Distance Education
Distance Education has important advantages over traditional, residential education. The GST seeks to cultivate these strengths to complement the well-established strengths of residential programs.

  • Distance Education allows students to remain connected to their current ministry context. Instead of uprooting and leaving their ministry context, they are able to remain within the ministry to which they have already been called.
  • Not only will students be able to remain in their current ministry context, Distance Education improves current ministry. Theological education provides tools, methods, rationale, and information that shapes students into more well-rounded and well-prepared ministers.
  • Distance Education increases the connection between classroom teaching and what God is doing in the world. Faculty recognize that students who are currently engaged in ministry provide an invaluable resource to inform their pedagogy. In this way, distance education not only helps students in their local context, but students' local context also helps the school.

Non-residential students in the Graduate School of Theology are eligible for significant discounts for tuition and fees. For detailed information about tuition rates and a full listing of available financial aid, visit the Cost & Affordability page.

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