Distance Master of Divinity

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 reach residential week on campus.   


This summer, the schedule for the on-campus week (July 13-17) is as follows:

MONDAY   TUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
MorningHistory II
8a - 12n
History II
8a - 12n
History II
8a - 12n
History II
8a - 12n
History II
8a - 12n
AfternoonGenesis to Joshua
1p - 5p
Genesis to Joshua
1p - 5p
Genesis to Joshua
1p - 5p
Genesis to Joshua
1p - 5p
Genesis to Joshua
1p - 5p
EveningCommunication I
6p - 9p
Communication I
6p - 9p
Communication I
6p - 9p
Communication I
6p - 9p
Communication I
6p - 9p

 

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.

 

Curriculum

The curriculum for the Distance M.Div. is identical to RTS’s residential M.Div., and the desired outcome is the same. We aim to equip pastors, missionaries and teachers who have a deep love for God, are learned in the Scriptures, and possess the skills needed to shepherd the church. Please contact Dave Veldkamp at dveldkamp@rts.edu to see how we can put together a schedule for you.

 

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.

Summer 2015 Winter 2016 
Communication IPreaching Lab I 
Preaching Lab IICommunication II
History of Christianity IISystematic Theology II 
Genesis - JoshuaActs - Romans

Summer 2016Winter 2017
Communication IPreaching Lab I 
Preaching Lab IICommunication II
Preaching Lab IIISystematic Theology III 
Pauline EpistlesMentoring
Pastoral Counseling 

Summer 2016Winter 2017
Communication IPreaching Lab I 
Preaching Lab IICommunication II
Preaching Lab IIITheology of Ministry I 
History of Christianity ISystematic Theology I
Poets