Is online learning right for me?
Online learning has become a popular alternative to traditional residential study because of its flexible time alternatives, convenience to home and work, and course scheduling. However, just because something is convenient doesn’t mean that it is right for you. Online learning requires a high level of self-direction and discipline, common for adult learners. Some students, however, prefer residential courses because of the structure of the classroom. When assessing your learning choice, you should take into consideration your goals, learning styles, and reasons for enrolling in a seminary course. Online learning may be the perfect choice for you.
How long do courses last?
The online academic term is eight weeks long and typically there are monthly starts so students can steadily progress through the program. Students can expect to spend that time working through learning modules for each course.
How many courses should I enroll into each term?
The number of courses a student may take varies from student to student. For full-time working adults with familial obligations, it is recommended that students take one course during each eight-week term to optimize success. For other students who are working part time and have more flexibility in their schedule, more hours may be feasible. It is recommended that you consult with the program director to agree upon a course load for each term.
What can I expect in each course?
Knox Online courses vary from discipline to discipline, but there are similarities in all of the courses. For survey courses, students can expect to watch a minimum of 2.5 hours of recorded lecture material per week, interact in weekly online forums, and participate in two or three live chats with the professor or course facilitator per course. In addition, there are reading assignments, online tests, and papers that may be assigned.
What are the required textbooks?
Course textbooks vary from course to course. All courses are designed to utilize e-books available in Logos Bible Software whenever possible. Some other books may have to be purchased.
How many courses are available through Knox Online?
Knox Online offers 100% of the core curriculum of seminary education, including courses in Systematic Theology, Apologetics, Biblical Studies, and Church History.
Are Knox Online courses substantially different than the residential courses?
Knox Online courses are inherently different because of the medium in which learning occurs. Most of your communication with the professor occurs through discussion forums, e-mail, and live webinars. Residential lectures for the corresponding course have been recorded and edited. In most cases, the lectures have been edited for content. So in a typical three-hour residential course, a half hour has been eliminated. This allows for efficiency in time and learning.
Which programs are available through Knox Online?
Students may complete a full Master of Arts (Biblical and Theological Studies) or Master of Arts (Christian and Classical Studies) online. See the Programs page for more information on each of these degrees.
May I complete the Master of Divinity online?
Knox Online courses may be applied towards the completion of the MDiv program. ATS limits the number of course hours to 66%. So in our 90-hour program, 60 hours may be taken via online offerings.
Is Knox Seminary’s online program accredited?
Knox Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada and has been granted status to offer a comprehensive distance education program. The Master of Arts (Biblical and Theological Studies) and the Master of Arts (Christian and Classical Studies) are available fully online. For the Master of Divinity program, up to 60 of the 90 required hours can be taken online. Our Doctor of Ministry students can also take up to three courses online.
Are courses taken through Knox Online transferable to another institution?
Because Knox is an accredited seminary, most institutions will accept Knox courses as transfer credit. However, please check with the institution you wish to transfer credits to before enrolling into an online course.
When can I enroll in an online course?
Online courses typically have monthly starts.