With the growth of online distance education, true "corresondence courses" in theology are getting harder and harder to find. However, there are still several institutions that offer theology degrees by mail, either for those without Internet access or for those who would prefer a less technical approach to distance education.
Heed University School of Theology
Heed University has offered non-residential independent study degrees for more than 30 years. The school offers Master of Theological Studies, Master of Divinity, Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry degrees. The school is authorized by the Florida State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities, and offers advanced placement for life experience; for instance, as many as 27 of the 36 credits required for a Master's degree may be earned through previous experience. Students are assigned a Mentor who helps guide their course of study.
Queen's College (Newfoundland)
Queen's College, in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, was founded in 1841 by the first Anglican bishop of the Diocese of Newfoundland. The school offers an Associate of Theology degree that can be completed entirely through correspondence. No computer access is required. Students may study Biblical Studies, Pastoral Studies, Liturgical Studies, Historical Studies, Theological Studies and Youth Ministry Studies. The associate degree may be applied toward a Bachelor's in Theology by Distance, which does have a residency requirement.
Catholic Distance University
The Catholic Distance University was founded in 1983 to provide undergraduate and graduate education to Catholics who needed a non-residential program. While the school has expanded its online offerings considerably, it still offers courses via mail. Students work on assignments and mail them back to course instructors. Students take a proctored exam at the end of each course. Students may complete a Bachelor of Theology or a Master of Theology by mail.
Toronto Baptist Seminary
Founded in 1927, this seminary offers 17 correspondence courses, including three courses in Biblical theology. Other courses include Biblical Greek, Bible Survey and Baptist History And Spirituality. The courses may be applied toward a One Year Diploma, which nevertheless requires some residential study. Toronto Baptist Seminary graduates typically find pastoral positions at Baptist churches throughout Canada and the United States.
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