Distance Education Policies

Distance Learning Policies

Any student who desires to take a course via distance learning should submit the “Start Your Application” form available on the seminary website. This will initiate the process of enrolling in your desired course. The student will be billed $225 per credit hour for the course, as well as a non-refundable distance learning fee of $50.00. The distance learning student is subject to all the same requirements, deadlines, and penalties as set by the instructor for the on-campus students in the course instance.

For distance learning students, the refund policy for a dropped/withdrawn course is as follows:

  • Within two weeks, an 80% refund is granted
  • Within four weeks, 60%
  • Within six weeks, 50%
  • After six weeks, 0%.

Notification of a dropped or withdrawn course (as outlined in the “Drop/Add Policy” and “Withdrawal from Course[s]Policy”) should be provided by submitting a written statement to this effect (email is fine) to the registrar. The appropriate refund will be sent promptly. If a student fails to notify the registrar of a dropped or withdrawn course within the established deadline, an “F” will be noted on the student’s transcript and no refund will be granted.

Independent Study Policies

For all language courses (online Greek and Hebrew):

All students enrolled in an online language class have a one month trial period during which they may freely take the course and benefit from the instruction and guidance of the course instructor. After one month has passed, however, the student will be billed $225 per credit hour for the course, as well as a non-refundable distance learning fee of $50.00. The seminary’s drop/add policy (as outlined above) begins to apply after the student’s trial month is over.

Notification of a dropped course (as outlined in “Drop/Add Policy” and “Withdrawal from Course(s) Policy”) should be provided by submitting a written statement to this effect (email is fine) to the registrar. The appropriate refund will be sent promptly. If a student fails to notify the registrar of a dropped or withdrawn course within the established deadline, an “F” will be noted on the student’s transcript and no refund will be granted.

All students have fifty-two weeks (one year) to complete the course(s). If the course is incomplete after this point, the student will be charged a 30-day course extension, assessed at 20% of the course(s) tuition cost. A maximum of two extensions are allowed; if the course is still incomplete after this time, the student will receive an “F” for the course. Should the student request to be withdrawn from the course before the extensions expire, however, a “W” may be granted with the approval of the Academic Dean.

Non-language Independent Study Courses:

Any student who desires to take any course as an independent study (other than online Greek or Hebrew) must submit the independent study request form to the registrar (forms are available from the registrar or the seminary website). In order to enroll in an independent study, the student and over-seeing professor must agree to a syllabus that establishes the requirements and deadlines of the course. A maximum of 15 credits of independent study courses can apply towards the MAR and MDiv degrees, whereas a maximum of 6 credits of independent study courses can apply towards the ThM degree. A student who has received approval to enroll in an independent study will be billed $225 per credit hour for the course, as well as a non-refundable distance learning fee of $50.00. On the date the registrar enrolls the student, the student is considered to have begun the class. Should the student fail to meet the deadlines as established by the syllabus, the student will be charged a 30-day course extension, assessed at 20% of the course(s) tuition cost. A maximum of two 30-day extensions are allowed; if the course is still incomplete after this time, the student will receive an “F” for the course. Should the student request to be withdrawn from the course before the extensions expire, however, a “W” may be granted with the approval of the Academic Dean.

The seminary’s policies concerning dropping and withdrawing from a course are effective on the date of enrollment. The refund policy for a dropped course is as follows:

  • Within two weeks, an 80% refund is granted
  • Within four weeks, 60%
  • Within six weeks, 50%
  • After six weeks, 0%.

Notification of a dropped course should be provided by submitting a written statement to this effect (email is fine) to the registrar. The appropriate refund will be sent promptly. If a student fails to notify the registrar of a dropped or withdrawn course within the established deadline, an “F” will be noted on the student’s transcript and no refund will be granted.