Online Seminary Schools and Degrees

Online theological seminaries offer you a range of options, from bachelor's degrees in religion to Doctor of Ministry programs. Learn how to choose an online school, what degree programs are offered and what topics may be included in your program. Schools offering Christian Ministry degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Online seminary programs are offered by many schools. There are a variety of seminary study degree options and course topics.

Schools Many different seminary schools have options for online learning
Degrees Bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees are available, as well as certificates
Courses The Bible and other religious texts, history of the church, apologetics, youth ministry, web evangelism

How Do I Choose an Online Seminary School?

Your first consideration when choosing an online theological seminary is the school's religious affiliation. Will you be taught by Baptists, Calvinists (reformed theologians), multi-denominational Protestants or members of another religious group?

Next, you might ask what your primary purpose is for seminary education. Are you simply looking to enable your own spiritual growth or are you considering becoming a pastor? Then you may research whether a school's religious training is primarily for ordination as a clergy member or whether there are programs to prepare you for a role as a religious counselor, missionary or Sunday school teacher.

Consider this brief list of schools that offer online seminary degrees:

  • Reformed Theological Seminary
  • Arizona State University
  • Liberty University
  • University of Central Florida
  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Faulkner University

What Types of Degrees Are Offered?

There are a variety of degrees to choose from, at different levels of expertise. Your choice will depend on your professional goals. Because all of the programs are available online, you may pursue them without leaving your current job or ministry. Some degrees may require a week-long residency at the seminary or allow you to conduct an approved external residency at your current place of worship. Online degree options that prepare you to serve the church either as a layperson or as an ordained minister include:

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Religion, Christian worldview concentration
  • B.A. in Religion, biblical counseling concentration
  • B.A. in Religion, ministry concentration
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Religion
  • M.A. in Apologetics
  • M.A. in Biblical Counseling
  • M.A. in Christian Studies and Leadership
  • Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
  • Master of Theology (Th.M.)
  • Master of Ministry (M.Min.)
  • Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biblical Studies

What Will I Study?

As a foundation for most programs in Christian theology, you'll study the Bible and the history of the Church. Many programs will also teach you skills in effective communication, cultural sensitivity and counseling. At the graduate level, you'll interpret the Bible, research religious texts and learn to articulate your faith to others. Some online courses cover:

  • History of Christianity
  • Reformation theology
  • Apologetics
  • Pastoral studies
  • Youth ministry
  • Biblical counseling
  • Christian view of world religions
  • Missionary leadership
  • Ethics of cross-cultural ministry
  • Challenges facing the church in the 21st century
  • Web evangelism
  • Focus of scriptures in ministry
  • Interpretation of the Bible

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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Popular Schools

  • Saint Leo University

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    Popular programs at Saint Leo University:

    • Bachelor Degrees
    • Associate Programs

    Online Programs Available

  • Kaplan University

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    Popular programs at Kaplan University:

    • Bachelor Degrees

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  • Regent University

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    Popular programs at Regent University:

    • Doctoral
    • Master
    • Bachelor Degrees

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    Popular programs at Johns Hopkins University:

    • Master

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  • Abilene Christian University

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    Popular programs at Abilene Christian University:

    • Master

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  • Southern New Hampshire University

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    Popular programs at Southern New Hampshire University:

    • Bachelor Degrees

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  • South University

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  • Central Christian College of Kansas

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    • Associate Programs

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  • Grand Canyon University

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