Many students want to know what it’s like to experience a theological education online. Even though the online MAR program is designed to be flexible and convenient for students studying at a distance, Gordon-Conwell's online coursework is just as rigorous as courses taught on campus. Here’s what you can expect from the online learning experience.
- Courses are 14 weeks long. Some courses are fully online. Others feature online components and a three-day residency at the end.
- All course materials can be accessed through our online theological seminary learning management system, Sakai, except for textbooks. Students will need an appropriate computer system and Internet connection to fully access all course materials.
- Our online courses are media rich with content provided through video presentations, narrated PowerPoint presentations, and audio presentations. We highly recommend that you have broadband access to the Internet in order to view these media presentations.
- Courses are highly structured, with assignments due every week. Students should expect to spend 10-15 hours per week per course on coursework.
- Most assignments are asynchronous (that is, they do not require you to log on at any particular time), although some courses may contain some synchronous sessions. In this case, we accommodate multiple time zones.
- Our online courses are highly interactive, with weekly online discussions, group work, and faculty interaction.
- All library resources and technical support are available to students online including a technical help desk.
- All students will complete a self-paced Online New Student Orientation before beginning the program. In addition, students will take the Theological Research and Writing Seminar (1 Credit Hour) in their first term. These courses help prepare students to become successful in their online seminary journey. Ongoing writing assistance is also available through our Virtual Writing Center.
- Most examinations can be taken online with the oversight of a proctor. Students will identify a qualified proctor in their local community.