In the fall of 2000 Southwestern began offering master's level courses online. The Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.), Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Theology (Th.M.), and Master of Arts in Christian Education (M.A.C.E.) may be completed 100% online. The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) may be completed through synchronous online study under an educational experiment approved by the Association of Theological Schools.
Most courses are asynchronous, which allows the student to log on to the class at the time of one's choice within a weekly assignment period. However, most asynchronous classes may also be view synchronously. Some courses are offered in synchronous-only format, offering live interaction with residential students and faculty.
Students enrolling in an online course should expect to have a similar workload as an on-campus class. There are interactive assignments for each week of the semester, and online students must have a reliable Internet connection to access the course material. A student must be accepted to the seminary prior to enrolling in classes. There is a different fee structure for online courses.
Online learning enriches the educational experience by bringing together in one class students from around the world. Southwestern Online has students living across the United States as well as foreign countries.
Students should contact an academic advisor in the Office of the Registrar to plan his or her schedule at 817-923-1921 ext. 2000 or by email at Registrar@swbts.edu.