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, California, New York, New Jersey, 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.