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Online Courses

A maximum of 42 credits in the Master of Divinity, 21 credits in the Master of Arts in Ministry, and 13 credits in the Graduate Diploma program may be completed through online learning, whether taken at Phoenix Seminary or transferred from another institution.  The Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies is offered completely on line.

Online courses appeal to current on-campus students who may need to commute long distances or have an unexpected schedule conflict at home or work. They also appeal to those accepted to study at the Seminary who must delay moving to Phoenix for a season. Students in other U.S. states or foreign countries also find such courses a good option. Online courses are available for full academic credit to those enrolled in the Seminary’s degree and diploma programs and may also be accessed on a noncredit basis in several personal enrichment certificate options. Online courses offered by Phoenix Seminary meet all applicable regulations of State and Federal agencies and the criteria of our professional (ATS) and regional (HLC) accrediting agencies.

The Phoenix Seminary Faculty have approved 28 courses which can be offered online. The Faculty’s philosophy of education places a priority on the importance of face-to-face instruction and ministry formation in traditional classroom settings. Because the development of quality, graduate-level online courses is both expensive and time-consuming, we are moving forward in this area carefully over several years and current online course offerings are limited. Our Online Education Committee is currently developing new online courses, focusing on classes drawn from the core curricula of our Master-level programs. As new online courses are completed, they will appear in the semester course schedules with course numbers followed by the letter “o.”

Phoenix Seminary online courses are multifaceted, consisting of learning experiences such as captured lectures, assigned readings, projects, research papers, quizzes, discussion forums, and examinations. The classes require regular and substantive student-faculty and student-student communication. Courses are often taught/facilitated by the faculty member whose lectures form the backbone of the course. Occasionally, however, the “professor of record” may be another Seminary faculty member who facilitates the course, using the captured lectures of the professor who developed the course. Online courses follow a traditional 15-week semester format in the fall and spring semesters but are adapted in the summer semesters to follow the accelerated 10-week format.

Application to Study Online at Phoenix Seminary

Inquiries from online students about enrolling at Phoenix Seminary are welcomed in a variety of ways—by phone, email, Skype, paper correspondence and via Facebook. An Enrollment Counselor is available during business hours to consult with interested students about admission requirements, degree program options, the student experience and so forth.  The Counselor will explain the types of courses available in online format, the commitment required to succeed in these courses and the amount of online education that can be accepted toward completion of requirements for a particular degree, diploma or certificate.

Making formal application to enroll in Phoenix Seminary—whether as a resident student or an online student—is done electronically through our website (link below) and requires establishing a student login and password. Once a prospective student has begun an online application, he or she may save the data entered and return to it at a later time to add required information and complete the application. The entire application process, including required references, is online. Application may be made to either credit or non-credit programs. Students wishing to take non-credit online classes in our Continuing Education program complete an abbreviated application.

Admission requirements for students in a degree program are the same as for on-campus students, allowing them to move seamlessly from online to campus course enrollment without additional steps. At any time during the application process, an applicant may contact an Enrollment Counselor for clarification or assistance. Serving the prospective student so that he or she may engage in theological education of excellence is our highest priority.

To apply for admission to take graduate online courses for credit in one of our degree programs please click the following link: Apply for Admission.  (Note: Applicants should review the “State Authorization” paragraph below to ensure that they are eligible for online courses.)

To apply for admission to take online courses on a non-credit basis for personal enrichment in our Continuing Education program please click the following link: Apply for Admission.

State Authorization

Phoenix Seminary seeks authorization or exemption, as applicable, in U.S. states and territories in compliance with federal and state regulations that govern the offering of online programs. Phoenix Seminary continually monitors regulations in states and territories in which it offers programs and courses. Regulations vary by state. Please review regulatory information in your state of residence. For specific information regarding state authorization, approval, licensure or exemption, contact Roma Royer, Director of Academic Services, at rroyer@ps.edu.

Phoenix Seminary is authorized to offer online courses in 44 states and the District of Columbia. The Seminary is currently not authorized in the following states or U.S. Territories: Alabama, Arkansas, Michigan, Minnesota (authorized for MDiv but not MA programs ), Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Wyoming, American Samoa, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Federal States of Micronesia, Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Prospective students whose state has not yet authorized Phoenix Seminary for online courses should contact Roma Royer at rroyer@ps.edu.

It is important to note that some states do not allow students to do their field education requirement without full state approval for the degree program. Students residing in the following states will need to complete their field education requirements while in residence at Phoenix Seminary: Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio and South Carolina. For further information, contact Chip Moody, Director of Field Education, at cmoody@ps.edu.

Prospective students whose state has not yet authorized Phoenix Seminary for online courses should contact Roma Royer at rroyer@ps.edu.

*Updated 5/13/16

Technical Skills Required to Complete an Online Course Successfully

To complete the requirements of a Phoenix Seminary online course you must have the ability: (1) to use a computer word processor such as Microsoft Word; (2) to launch a web browser (see above) and complete an online application at the seminary website for admission to Phoenix Seminary; (3) to register and pay tuition and fees for classes on line; (4) to log into the seminary’s Moodlerooms Learning Management System and establish access using a password/key provided to registered students; (5) to access course materials and discussion forums by clicking on the items and drop-down menus displayed on the course page in Moodlerooms; (6) to send and receive email; (7) to send assignments to the professor as an attachment to email or through the electronic course Dropbox in Moodlerooms; and (8) to complete course evaluations and related assessment surveys online.

Online Student Services and Support

General

Once admitted, online students are assigned a “personal librarian” at the Seminary Library with whom they may communicate by email, telephone or Skype video call.

Academic advising may be obtained from the Registrar. Career Counseling is provided by the Associate Dean of Students.

Technical assistance is available to online students. Please contact Technical Support at OnlineSupport@ps.edu.

Students with Disabilities

The seminary seeks to provide reasonable accommodation for online students with disabilities.  General guidelines for students with disabilities may be found in the Student Handbook and are administered by the Dean of Students.

With regard to online students, support includes accommodation for sighted, but color-blind, online students by ensuring that none of the course and support pages in the Learning Management System require color discrimination.  Pages can be scaled for those who lack visual acuity.  Additional time is available for online students with learning disabilities who need longer periods to respond to course requirements.  Students with limited motor function may be assisted by a helper.  A similar approach is also available for blind students.  Those with minimal or complete auditory disability may be accommodated by signing.  Supplemental Texts and other readings can also be provided for students unable to hear course lectures.

Financial Aid for Online Students

Online students enrolled in Phoenix Seminary have access to the same array of financial aid options available to resident students.

  1. Online students have access to the financial aid process via the Seminary’s website where links and forms are provided for students wishing to apply for scholarships and loans.
  2. The policies and procedures for financial aid are published on the Seminary’s website and in the current Student Handbook.
  3. Financial Aid counseling can be conducted by telephone or Skype. Documentation can be managed via email. (All students anticipating using federal student loans are required to have one-on-one financial counsel from the Financial Aid Officer [either in person, by telephone or Skype]).

More information on Financial Aid may be accessed at the Office of Financial Aid.

Field Education Requirements for Online Students

Resident and online students have identical Field Education requirements. For MA and M.Div. (BC and LD concentration) students this is an Internship as described in the Student Handbook. MAC and M.Div. CF students must complete one practicum during their residence on campus. The Director of Counseling programs is available to discuss this requirement with prospective MAC and M.Div. CF students: jsmith@ps.edu or (602) 429-4446.

Online students choosing to complete their Field Education requirements where they reside may do so by arranging for an internship experience close to them. Guidance for this is available in the Information and Internship Information and Registration Packet available on the Field Education course pages on http://ps.mrooms.net. (Please note: Select states do not allow students to do their field education requirement without full state approval for the degree program. Students residing in the following states will need to complete their field education requirements while in residence at Phoenix Seminary: Delaware, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Ohio and West Virginia. Contact Dr. Chip Moody for further information: cmoody@ps.edu.)

Student Conduct Requirements for Online Students

Student conduct requirements at Phoenix Seminary apply equally to resident and online students. Resident and online education students are required to know and follow the “Student Conduct Policy” located in the appendices of the Phoenix Seminary Student Handbook.

Institute of Theological Studies

Effective with the 2013-2014 academic year, Phoenix Seminary ended its participation with The Institute of Theological Studies (ITS) which is now part of ChristianCourses.com. ITS remains an excellent source for lay people and non-credit students who are interested in Biblical and Theological Studies. Courses are offered on MP3/Data CDs which contain audio lectures by biblical scholars. Individuals interested in taking courses through ITS should obtain them directly from http://christiancourses.com.

Online Course Complaint Process

Online students are asked to first contact their course instructors to resolve any complaints or concerns. If a problem is not resolved, students should then contact the Academic Dean’s office to file a complaint.

Students living outside the state of Arizona may choose to contact the appropriate agency in their states. Please refer to this summary document (provided by The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association) for a full list of complaint processes by state.

Online Course Technical Requirements

To complete an online course you need the following computer and software minimums:

Internet Connectivity High-speed connection (DSL, Cable, Satellite, Wireless)
Software Microsoft Office 2007 or higher, Adobe Acrobat Reader
Hardware & Browser Tegrity minimum requirements

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