LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–Beginning this fall, students wishing to take classes from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary will be able to do so from their home computers.
The Louisville, Ky., seminary will begin offering Internet classes in August, with up to 30 hours counting toward a master of divinity degree. All classes are fully accredited.
“Internet classes are ideal for the person who cannot currently move to Southern’s campus but desires the same quality training offered by our professors,” said Thom Rainer, dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth. “This form of education is also suited for missionaries on the field and for pastors and staff who choose to remain in their current places of ministry.”
Students will receive a syllabus, as well as a CD that will include a professor’s lectures. Each professor also will have office hours specifically devoted to Internet students. Another feature of the classes will be a chat room where students and the professor can have online discussions.
“We are receiving about 30 inquires per week about Internet classes even though we have not advertised their availability,” Rainer said. “In the upcoming fall semester we will offer only a few courses as we test our new Internet delivery capability. We will continue to add courses each semester.”
Four Internet classes are scheduled to be offered this fall: Christian Theology I, History of the Baptists, Missiology and Church Planting. The seminary already offers one degree — the doctor of education in leadership degree — that combines on-campus seminars with the Internet.”
The application deadline for the fall semester is Aug. 1; the application deadline for the spring semester is Jan. 2. For information, call 1-800-626-5525, ext. 4617.