New Hybrid M.Div. Program Appeals to Students Far and Near

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 1:44PM

Hybrid Online Master of Divinity program

Students in the Hybrid Online program can complete the Master of Divinity degree through a combination of online classes, intensive short-term courses on campus, and classes that combine intensive classroom sessions and online work. Program requirements and faculty are the same as in the on-campus Master of Divinity program. The intensive and online formats offer opportunities for students to form relationships, develop community, and engage in deep conversation with peers and professors.

Hybrid courses include a week of on-campus sessions plus online work throughout a semester. These courses often have required pre-class reading and writing assignments. Intensive courses meet for one week on campus and often have required reading before class, plus assignments due after the last class session.

On-campus sessions of hybrid courses are generally scheduled the last full week of August and the second full week of January. Intensive courses are scheduled the first full week of January.

The Master of Divinity is usually considered a 3-year degree program. Students can complete the hybrid program in three academic years by taking 3 courses (9 units) most semesters, plus the two January intensives and some summer courses. Many students in hybrid online programs spread their course work over a longer period of time, completing the degree in 4 or 5 years.

To complete the degree in three academic years, students should plan to be on campus these times:

  • First year – one week in August, 2 weeks in January
  • Second year – one week in August, one week in January
  • Third year: one week in January

  • In addition, summer courses are often scheduled as one-week intensive courses in June or July. These take place on campus.

    All required courses, including intensives, hybrids, and online courses, are offered every year.

    To be successful in this program, students will need a computer (not a tablet), high-speed internet access, comfort with learning and using technology, and good time management skills.

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