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Bachelor of Theology by Distance

Mature students who have completed the Associate in Theology or its equivalent, and are sponsored by their denomination for ministerial training (whether as ordained or as lay) may enroll in the Bachelor of Theology by Distance program. In addition, this program normally requires additional Associate in Theology courses, an academic year of full-time study ON CAMPUS at the College in St. John’s, a “Local Residency” phase of at least two years.

The B.Th. by Distance is offered in three phases. Each phase is the equivalent of ten 3000 level credits, plus the four credits for SPM or CPE Internship. The requirements are as follows:

Phase I: Associate in Theology Courses

Fifteen two-credit-hour courses, as follows (may include those taken for the Associate in Theology program):

4 courses in Biblical Studies (two each of Old and New Testament, including 2000-Q and 2200-Q) 
2 courses in Historical Studies
4 courses in Pastoral Studies 
1 Introductory course in Theological Studies
1 Introductory course in Liturgical Studies 
2 courses in Methods for the Study of Theology (2510-Q and 2520-Q)
1 Elective course

Supervised Pastoral Ministry – 12 weeks in either CPE or SPM.

Students must complete all 15 Associate level courses and SPM (or CPE) before entering Phase II of the program.

Phase II: St. John’s Residency

Ten three-credit-hour courses, as follows:

1 course in Moral Theology
1 course in Homiletics 
2 courses in Theological Studies 
2 courses in Biblical Studies,
1 course in Liturgical Studies (Either 3828-Q or 3818-Q)
1 course in Pastoral Studies
1 course with focus on Church History (or Denominational Equivalent)
1 Integrative Seminar

Three Vocational Development Seminars

All course selections must be made in consultation with a Faculty advisor and approved by the Provost.

During this Year, as part of their training, students are expected to participate fully in the College’s commitment to a common rule of life, which requires attendance at Daily Offices, the Holy Eucharist, College retreats, and any such activities and events. Postulants are expected to attend all scheduled community activities and events. Request to be excused from any activities and events must be presented in advance to the Provost, except in unforeseeable circumstances such as sudden illness or family crisis. Missing scheduled activities, by choice or circumstances, may jeopardize completion of the degree program. 
Postulants are required to:

• participate fully in the College’s commitment to a common rule of life 
• participate in Parish and Community Placements
• attend the Vocational Development Seminar each semester
• engage in the Student Evaluation Process during the years.

Phase III: “Local” Residency

Seven 3000 level courses. At least four of the courses must be in real time in a class format that facilitates a learning community gathered in a class room or on-line in real time. Three of the seven courses can be on-line.

A Faculty Advisor will assist students with course selection. Students would not be expected to do 3000 level courses on the same topic as successfully completed at 2000 level, e.g.3000-Q Introduction to Old Testament should not be taken by a student who has completed 2000-Q Introduction to Old Testament.

The course selections must include the following,

1 course in Pastoral Leadership and Administration (if not already completed)
1 course in Faith Development
1 course in Homiletics
1 course in Theological Studies
1 course in Liturgy
1 course focused on one’s own denomination
4 credits are awarded for completion of The Supervised Parish Internship Program (SPIP).

SPIP is a fifteen-week unit of training with a supervisor and lay support group within a parochial setting.

Throughout the program, a minimum average of 65% with no mark less than 60% in all courses so graded.

All requirements are normally to be completed within seven years of the date of initial registration in the Bachelor of Theology program.