Expanded Opportunities for the Master of Divinity Degree

Flexible Life: First Year of M.Div. Online | Technological Requirements for Flexible Life M.Div. | Two Language Options

Flexible Life: First Year of M.Div. Online
What is it?

  • Begin PLTS M.Div. coursework online.* Courses are taught by regular residential faculty and populated by both dispersed and on campus students.
  • Full-time online students will have four courses in the fall semester, one course during intersession, and four courses in the spring semester.
  • Those desiring part-time study can spread “first year” over multiple years.
  • After completing the online year, students move to Berkeley for two years of residency, a variety of required and elective courses are offered at PLTS as well as at the GTU.
  • Upon completion of three years of coursework, the program is completed with a fourth year internship which includes intentional reflection opportunities.**

For whom is it designed?

  • Students with family commitments.
  • Second-, third-, fourth-career students who would like to remain in their current jobs during the first year(s) of seminary.
  • Students wishing to save on cost-of-living expenses.
  • Students graduating from college early wishing to begin seminary in advance of an upcoming academic year.

Interested in this program? Click here for detailed information!

Technology Requirements for Flexible Life M.Div.
Because the first year of M.Div. coursework is online*, your comfort with the computer and internet are important.  Click here for an article on how to develop online learning skills.

Please note the following technology information:

  • Moodle is the learning management system, which is designed to simply require basic web browsing skills.
  • Additional web tools include Skype and VoiceThread, which require a little more skill but plenty of web-based support is provided.
  • Recommended PC Specifications:
    • Windows XP or higher
    • Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz processor
  • Recommended Mac Specifications:
    • Mac OS X v.10.5.8 (Leopard) or newer
    • 1 GHz Intel processor
  • Webcam, speakers and microphone (or headset)
  • Minimum internet bandwidth: 4Mbps down/512Kbps up
  • Software:

Two Language Options***

(1)       Spanish for Worship
  • PLTS will offer a full year of Spanish geared toward the practice of ministry, especially worship leadership.
  • This course responds to the ELCA’s call for mission in the multilingual and multicultural context of the U.S.

            Biblical Languages Tools

  • Students who choose Spanish are required to take this course during January intersession of their first year.
  • This course focuses on both Biblical Hebrew and Greek.
  • Students are introduced to both traditional and electronic resources.
  • The goal of this course is to encourage students to engage in a lifetime of biblical language study for preaching and teaching in the parish.

 (2)      Biblical Greek

  • PLTS continues to offer a full year of Biblical Greek.
  • Some of this coursework can be taken online.
  • Students who choose Greek are encouraged (but not required) to take the Biblical Language Tools intersession course.

* Students wishing to spend three years on campus (“Full Residence”) will have the online courses spread throughout the entire three years.
** Fourth-year internship requires synod candidacy committee approval.  Third-year internships will be accommodated.
*** Students may enroll in both options if desired.  Students can also benefit from other biblical and modern language opportunities through the GTU and the University of California Berkeley.

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