Distance Learning

Calvin Seminary’s distance learning program allows you to follow your call wherever you are without sacrificing the academic quality or important relationships you would find in our residential programs. Designed to fit into your life circumstances—whether than means an existing ministry, family life or a full-time job—program requirements are spread out over more years than requirements in residential programs.

Program features

  • Flexible, innovative learning model: Distance learning programs are designed to give you the best of two worlds, combining online learning with 2-3 on-campus sessions each year. On-campus sessions, or “intensives” typically happen in the middle of the fall and spring semesters and span five days.
  • Learn in community: Learning alongside fellow students who live in a variety of contexts will enrich your seminary experience. Online discussion boards and Google hangout sessions facilitate community within your program group, or “cohort.”
  • Access to faculty: In distance programs you will take the same number of courses from full-time Calvin Seminary professors as you would in a residential program. Your distance learning professors maintain online office hours and respond to emails within 24 hours.
  • Financial aid: Calvin Seminary offers financial aid to distance education students on a rolling basis, so apply for aid as soon as you are admitted to the program.

Calvin Theological Seminary is approved for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Currently, U.S. immigration policy permits international students to participate in the MDiv distance learning program (while maintaining full time status at 7 credit hours per semester). However, international students are not permitted to participate in the distance learning format of the MTS, MA, or Diploma for Ministry programs.

Additionally, Calvin Theological Seminary is only legally allowed to offer the Distance Learning program to residents of certain states and Canadian provinces. Calvin Theological Seminary has joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which permits participation in the Distance Learning program to residents of every state currently approved as a SARA state. The status of every state (joined, in process, or not) can be found on the NC-SARA website: http://www.nc-sara.org/content/sara-state-status

Although Florida, Wisconsin, New York, and Maine have not joined SARA, laws in each of those states allow us to offer our program to their residents. If the state where you live has not joined SARA, and is not on the list of individual states above, please contact the Admissions Office, and we will research the laws of your state.

Live in Canada? We are legally allowed to offer distance learning programs to residents of Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario. We are currently researching regulations in other provinces. 

Programs Available
Master of Divinity
Master of Theological Studies
Master of Arts
Diploma for Ministry
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