Online Seminaries for Christians

Read about the characteristics of online Christian seminary schools, and explore the types of programs they typically offer. Review the admissions requirements for undergraduate and graduate students at a Christian seminary. Schools offering Christian Studies degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are Online Christian Seminaries?

Online Christian seminaries not only offer master's degrees and doctorates; many offer stand-alone courses, certificate programs, associate's degrees programs and bachelor's degrees programs. The degree you earn (or course you complete) through an online seminary is equal to its on-campus counterpart.

According to the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a national accrediting association, the educational purpose of these schools is to qualify students to privately and vocationally serve God (www.abhe.org). This means that online seminaries not only train you for a career in the clergy, but also train you to conduct your daily life in a Christian manner.

You can locate and contact accredited schools that offer undergraduate and graduate programs through a list provided by the ABHE. The Commission of Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools provides an online contact list of over 250 Christian schools, categorized by denomination, that offer only graduate programs.

Are All the Seminaries Alike?

Online Christian seminaries, like their brick-and-mortar counterparts, can be associated with a particular church or denomination--or they may be non-denominational. In fact, some are brick-and mortar seminaries offer their programs or portions of programs online. In some cases, these options might still contain some in-person requirements, thus making them hybrid or blended programs.

A number of online seminaries offer graduate degrees, exclusively. These can include Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry or Doctor of Philosophy. If you already hold a graduate degree and, because of time constraints or preference, wish to pursue a short, focused program online, graduate certificates in theological studies are sometimes available.

Other seminaries have a broader scope and include associate's and bachelor's degrees in areas such as Bible studies or ministry leadership. Continuing-education units for personal development or college credit may be available. These can include topics such as investigative studies of the Old and New Testament or individual books of the Bible, Christian leadership tenets, Sunday school operation or basic Christian doctrine.

How Do Seminaries Handle Admissions?

In most cases, there are no admission requirements for you to meet in order to take a continuing-education or stand-alone course. This changes if you decide to enroll in a formal program.

In order to enter an undergraduate program or pursue a graduate degree or certificate at any Christian seminary, you must first be a Christian. In most cases, this requirement can be partially completed by proving you are a church member. You also need one or more pastoral recommendations from a non-relative member of the clergy who can attest to your Christian character.

Depending on the seminary, you may be able to qualify for acceptance to an undergraduate program as a junior or senior in high school. However, most seminaries require that you hold a high school diploma or GED certificate to gain admission. Master's degree programs require you to hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university while meeting a predetermined, minimal GPA. Doctoral degree programs are usually intended for pastors. Typically, in order to qualify for admission, you must hold a Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Theology and have at least three years of full-time ministerial experience.

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