5. How does Covenant Theological Seminary’s online program work?
Covenant’s online program is accredited and conforms to the standards of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Learn Local Northwest partners with Covenant Theological Seminary, but Learn Local Northwest Campus Cohorts are not under ATS oversight.
Covenant Theological Seminary offers a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.) and a Graduate Certificate (G.C.) online. The M.A.T.S. is a fully accredited degree and would take two years to complete as a full-time student, but online students are usually part-time and can take up to four years depending on their study pace.
The G.C. does not confer a formal degree; however, the learning experience is exactly the same. Students complete all course work, receive grades, feedback and credit and have the same access to professors as degree-seeking students. Covenant Theological Seminary certificate program meets all ATS standards.
Covenant online is accessed through a proprietary web-portal that links to audio or video lectures. Online students participate in discussion boards with the professor’s input included. The system is designed to provide community and contact with the Professor as well as other students.