If you hold a full-time job, can’t move to Pittsburgh, or are discerning whether or not seminary is right for you, our online classes and interterms are a flexible option.
What to Expect
The Office of Online Education offers a range of courses on a rotating basis each Fall, Spring, and Summer. The courses mirror the residential courses: semester-long classes, weekly reading and assignments, regular interaction with the faculty and class members, and an average of 8–12 hours of study, per week, per course. The coursework is largely asynchronous—students are not required to be online at the same time. However, there are some synchronous components in some courses (chat sessions, conference calls or web-conferencing). Participation in these discussions, combined with the other assignments, demands an extensive amount of reading and writing.
The Master of Divinity (MDIV) program requires a residency component of two consecutive semesters at the NALS seminary center in Ambridge, PA. This requirement fulfills the spiritual formation component of a NALS seminary education. The Master of Arts in Religion (MAR), in any of its concentrations, can be completed entirely online, or through a combination of online and residential study. The Diploma in Lutheran Studies is, likewise, available online. Residential students may also augment their coursework through online study.
Requirements for Online Learning
- Motivation, self discipline and the ability to engage with others in thoughtful, challenging, Christian dialogue.
- A schedule that permits 8 to 12 hours per week of reading, studying, and writing per course.
- Willingness to engage in an extensive amount of reading and writing.
- Basic skills in typing, emailing, and creating/attaching electronic files.
Interterm Intensive Courses
Every January and June TSM and the NALS offer an array of intensive courses (a semester-long class covered in one or two weeks) on the campus of the NALS in Ambridge, PA. These intensive classes enable our distance students to join our residential students in required coursework on campus.