Admission requirements for the distance learning program (Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Master of Theological Studies) are the same as on campus programs. It is recommended that distance learning students complete one online course, and one short term course before matriculating. This will demonstrate the student’s ability to complete both types of classes.
Requirements are substantially the same as for on campus students. There is financial aid available for both full and part-time students; however, a minimum of 6 credits per semester is required. Full-time for distance learning is 12 credits. This is not recommended for most distance learning students due to time constrictions and the balance of full-time jobs, church commitments, and family responsibilities.
UGST policy and the Association of Theological Schools currently require that at least 24 credits fulfill residency. Most students find a degree to take 4 years to complete and commit to coming once each June and January in order to fulfill this requirement. The sole exception is in the first year of study when all students are encouraged to take an August term, Biblical Interpretation, as their first course at UGST.