A maximum of 42 credits in the Master of Divinity and 21 credits in the Master of Arts in Ministry, program may be completed through online learning, whether taken at Phoenix Seminary or transferred from another institution. The Master of Arts (Biblical and Theological Studies) and the Graduate Diploma in Biblical and Theological Studies are offered completely online
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 most of the Seminary’s degree and graduate 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, the Seminary has carefully moved forward with its online offerings. The Online Education Committee is currently developing new online courses, focusing on classes drawn from the core curricula of the 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 either taught by resident faculty members who teach the same course on campus, or by a qualified online instructor, 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.
Important Note: Applicants should review this section to ensure they are eligible for online courses.
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 Dr. Josh Anderson, Assistant Dean for Distance Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phoenix Seminary is currently authorized to offer online courses in 40 states and the District of Columbia. The Seminary is currently not authorized in the following states or U.S. Territories: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota (authorized for MDiv but not MA programs ), Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Palau, 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 Dr. Josh Anderson at email@example.com.
The Seminary has recently applied for membership in SARA (the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements). At such time as its application is approved, the school will be able to offer courses in most states.
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, Oregon, and South Carolina. For further information, contact Dr. Josh Anderson, Director of Field Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prospective students whose state has not yet authorized Phoenix Seminary for online courses should contact Dr. Josh Anderson at email@example.com.
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 and complete an online application at the seminary website for admission to Phoenix Seminary; (3) to register and pay tuition and fees for classes online; (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
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 student’s assigned Student Service Advisor. Career Counseling is provided by the 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.
Field Education Requirements for Online Students
Online students choosing to complete their Field Education requirements where they reside should first carefully read the Internship Application Packet. (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.) For further information, contact the Director of Field Education, Dr. Josh Anderson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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.
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 may submit an official written complaint detailing the issue to the Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Bingham Hunter, at email@example.com or 602.429.4431.
Students living outside the state of Arizona may choose to contact the appropriate agency in their states for a full list of complaint processes by state (provided by The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association). Every effort is made to provide accurate information on the summary document page. However, Phoenix Seminary is not responsible for changes to various states’ policies or links to their website information. If you encounter a broken website link, please try entering the link directly into your browser's address bar or utilize the contact information to contact the agency directly for the most up-to-date information.
Online Course Minimum System 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|
|PC Operation Systems||Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10|
|Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 11)|
|PC Browsers||Microsoft Edge|
|Mozilla Firefox (through version 53)|
|Google Chrome (through version 58|
|Legacy browsers with known compatibility issues: Internet Explorer 10 and|
|Mac Operating Systems||OS X Yosemite (10.10.x), OS X El Capitan (10.11.x), Mac OS Sierra (10.12.x)|
|Apple Safari (through version 10)|
|Mozilla Firefox (through version 53)|
|Google Chrome (through version 58)|
|Legacy browsers with known compatibility issues: Safari 7 and below|
|Minimum RAM||2 GB|
|Recommended RAM||4 GB|
|Minimum CPU||Pentium 4, 1.3 GHz|
|Recommend CPU||Intel Core Duo 1.33 GHz. Recommended Intel i3 2.3 GHz|