Distance Master of Divinity


Program Overview

RTS firmly believes that residential learning is the best way to prepare for gospel ministry. However, not everyone is able to relocate for a seminary degree. For those unable to leave a particular ministry or job in order to move to campus, RTS Orlando's Distance Master of Divinity program offers a flexible way to earn a fully accredited M.Div. degree.

Through the Distance M.Div. track, you can complete up to 70 credits through distance education, while finishing the remaining 36 credits in only six weeks of hybrid courses offered on the Orlando campus. Since hybrid coursework incorporates online learning, students are able to complete 2-3 courses in each residential week on campus.

Program Design

Students in the Distance M.Div. enjoy a cohort-like experience as they take online courses in the fall and spring semesters and meet on campus each January and July. For most working students, the program can be completed comfortably in five years, though students have the flexibility to complete the program in as few as three years or as many as seven.

SummerHybrid courses. Online portion begins June 1 with on-campus meeting in mid-July.
FallDistance education courses.
WinterHybrid courses. Online portion begins November 15, with on-campus meeting in mid-Jan.
SpringDistance education courses.


Hybrid Course Offerings

In order to successfully complete the Distance M.Div. program, students must begin hybrid courses in the summer term and complete the following courses in hybrid residential format, even if they are offered fully online.

This winter, the schedule for the on-campus week (January 11-15, 2016) is as follows:


MorningST: Ecc/Sacraments
8:30a - 12n
AfternoonST: Chr/Sot/Esch
1p - 5p
EveningPreaching Lab I
6p - 9p

Curriculum Overview

Summer 2015 Winter 2016 
Communication IPreaching Lab I 
Preaching Lab IIST: Chr/Sot/Esch
History of Christianity IIST: Ecc/Sacraments
Genesis - Joshua

Summer 2016Winter 2017
Communication IPreaching Lab I 
Preaching Lab IICommunication II
Preaching Lab IIIActs - Romans
Pauline EpistlesMentoring
Pastoral Counseling 

Summer 2017Winter 2018
Communication IPreaching Lab I 
Preaching Lab IICommunication II
Preaching Lab IIITheology of Ministry I 
History of Christianity IST: Scr/Th Prop/Anth


Please contact Dave Veldkamp at dveldkamp@rts.edu to see how we can put together a schedule for you.

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