Online Learning

General Information

Each fall or spring course is 15 weeks long and follows the regular semester schedule. Each summer course is 8 to 15 weeks long. These courses are not self-paced. In most courses, there is never a time when all of the students have to be online at the same time.

All courses include access to our Moodle learning management system, and require regular online threaded discussions. Most courses also include quizzes, midterms, finals, projects, and textbook readings. Information from the professor is provided in different media for different courses. Degree seeking students are limited in the number of online classes they may take.

Students in Denver Seminary distance education programs will need to have regular and reliable access to a computer, internet connection, and necessary software in order to participate in online and blended courses. A full list of technical requirements are posted below. Students should possess a basic set of computer skills and proficiency in online communication. The best way for prospective students to evaluate their skill level and readiness for the online components of distance education is to take the Denver Seminary Student Readiness Assessment.

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Online Application Process

  • Apply and register - download the Application and Statement of Faith
  • Sign Statement of Faith
  • Buy textbooks for course
  • Pay tuition
  • Password and Login information will be sent to you about 1 week before the course begins
  • Pay tech fee - CURRENTLY WAIVED

Courses

Summer 2015


BI 501 XD Effective Biblical Interpretation
Foundational for all biblical studies, this course introduces the students to the proper principles and methods for correctly interpreting Scripture. It traces the history of interpreting the Bible since its writing, the need for appropriate presuppositions, the nature of preunderstanding, the goals for interpretation, essential methods for performing the task, and an introduction to the various genres of both testaments as the requisite basis for doing biblical interpretation today. Includes laboratory. Two hours.

CH 503 XD Engaging Reformation and Modern Church History
Introduces the origin of Protestant Christianity in all its expressions and then traces it, along with Roman Catholicism, through the centuries to the present. Recommended prerequisite: CH 502 Engaging Early and Medieval Church History. Three hours.

CH 501 XD Survey of Church History
Surveys church history from the days of the apostles to the present, with particular attention to the relationship between Christianity and culture. Three hours.

EM 501 XD Foundations of Teaching and Learning
Introduces students to educational ministry of the church, including history, educational psychology, and practical educational methodology, with special emphasis on ministry to families with small children. Also included is a teaching practicum. Three hours.

NT511 XD Understanding the Gospels and Acts
This course provides an overview of the intertestamental period, including the religious and political backgrounds to the first century world. It studies issues of introduction for the four Gospels and Acts, and, using the English New Testament, provides a harmonistic study of the life of Christ with a focus on his essential teachings, the theology of evangelism, and the planting of the church as recorded in Acts. Pre- or corequisite for all programs except MA in Counseling: BI 501 Effective Biblical Interpretation. Three hours.

NT 512 XD Understanding Epistles and Revelation
Using the English New Testament, this course surveys the New Testament epistles and the Apocalypse. Issues of introduction and content receive emphasis as well as a continual focus on the theology of evangelism and on the contemporary relevance of the variety of issues these documents raise for contemporary life. Students engage in the inductive study of a selected biblical passage to increase their ability to engage in interpretation of the New Testament for themselves or research and write a paper on a topic that integrates counseling with some portion of the second half of the New Testament. Pre- or corequisite for all programs except MA in Counseling: BI 501 Effective Biblical Interpretation. Three hours.

OT511 XD Understanding Understanding Early Israel and Its Wisdom Literature
Survey the content, historical background, critical issues, and key texts found in Genesis through Ruth and the poetic and wisdom literature. Journey with Israel through the wilderness, and experience its conquest and settlement in the land; listen to the poetry and song of Israel’s psalms, and consider their place in the ancient world; and site with the sages of the Bible. Three hours.

OT 512 XD Understanding the Kingdom of Israel and Its Prophets
Explores how God involved himself in the life and politics of ancient Israel. What could God require of his people today and what is the hope offered in the Old Testament? This course surveys the history of Israel from the rise of the monarchy to the return from exile and the prophets during this time period. Includes 1 Samuel to Esther and Isaiah to Malachi. Three hours.

TH 501 XD Survey of Christian Doctrine I
Introduces students to the task, resources, and method of doing theology, together with the doctrines of revelation, Scripture, God, creation, providence, the human person, and sin. The course examines the historical context, biblical basis, and applications for life and ministry for the doctrines considered. Three hours.

TH 502 XD Survey of Christian Doctrine II
Introduces students to the doctrines of the person and work of Christ, aspects of the plan and progress of salvation, the nature and mission of the church, major theological systems, and general and personal eschatology. Issues of historical context, biblical foundation, and application for life and ministry will be considered for each doctrine. Prerequisite: TH 501 Survey of Christian Doctrine I. Pre- or corequisite with TH 501 for MA (Theology). Three hours.

Fall 2015


GS 589 XD Academic Resources and Research
Prepares students in MA programs, other than counseling, for research in their disciplines. Students work with their academic department to receive discipline-specific education in research and writing in addition to the more general content of the first portion of the course. The course helps prepare students to develop a project or thesis proposal. One hour.

NT511 XD Understanding the Gospels and Acts
This course provides an overview of the intertestamental period, including the religious and political backgrounds to the first century world. It studies issues of introduction for the four Gospels and Acts, and, using the English New Testament, provides a harmonistic study of the life of Christ with a focus on his essential teachings, the theology of evangelism, and the planting of the church as recorded in Acts. Pre- or corequisite for all programs except MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: GS 500 Thinking Biblically and Theologically. Two hours (MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling) or Three hours (all other programs).

OT511 XD Understanding Early Israel and Its Wisdom Literature
Survey the content, historical background, critical issues, and key texts found in Genesis through Ruth and the poetic and wisdom literature. Journey with Israel through the wilderness, and experience its conquest and settlement in the land; listen to the poetry and song of Israel’s psalms, and consider their place in the ancient world; and site with the sages of the Bible. Two hours (MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling) or Three hours (all other programs).

TH501 XD Survey of Christian Doctrine I
Introduces students to the grand narrative of Scripture – creation, fall, redemption, consummation – and to the study of theology by examining prolegomena, theological method, the Trinity, the attributes of God, the person and work of the Father, the person and work of Christ, the person and work of the Holy Spirit, creation, universal revelation, and human being. The course will critique alternate views, consider exegetical issues, help students to develop their own theological views, and examine the relevance for life and ministry for each topic studies. Pre- or corequisite for all programs except MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: GS 500 Thinking Biblically and Theologically. Two hours (MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling) or Three hours (all other programs).

TH502 XD Survey of Christian Doctrine II (old program)
Introduces students to the doctrines of the person and work of Christ, aspects of the plan and progress of salvation, the nature and mission of the church, major theological systems, and general and personal eschatology. Issues of historical context, biblical foundation, and application for life and ministry will be considered for each doctrine. Prerequisite: TH 501 Survey of Christian Doctrine I. Pre- or corequisite with TH 501 for MA (Theology). Three hours.

Spring 2016


CH500 XD History of the Christian Movement
Provides an overview of the expansion of the Christian faith from its origins in first century Jerusalem to its global influence in the early decades of the twenty-first century. Major events, ideas, people, and forces are introduced that have facilitated as well as hindered the growth of Christianity through the centuries. By developing a historical , theological, and apologetic foundation, subsequest seminary courses are undergirded, and a context as well as motivation for both personal and corporate ministry is provided. Three hours.

NT511 XD Understanding the Gospels and Acts
This course provides an overview of the intertestamental period, including the religious and political backgrounds to the first century world. It studies issues of introduction for the four Gospels and Acts, and, using the English New Testament, provides a harmonistic study of the life of Christ with a focus on his essential teachings, the theology of evangelism, and the planting of the church as recorded in Acts. Pre- or corequisite for all programs except MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: GS 500 Thinking Biblically and Theologically. Two hours (MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling) or Three hours (all other programs).

NT5012 XD Understanding Epistles and Revelation
Using the English New Testament, this course surveys the New Testament epistles and the Apocalypse. Issues of introduction and content receive emphasis as well as a continual focus on the theology of evangelism and on the contemporary relevance of the variety of issues these documents raise for contemporary life. Students engage in the inductive study of a selected biblical passage to increase their ability to engage in interpretation of the New Testament for themselves or research and write a paper on a topic that integrates counseling with some portion of the second half of the New Testament. Pre- or corequisite for all programs except MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: GS 500 Thinking Biblically and Theologically. Two hours (MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling) or Three hours (all other programs).

OT511 XD Understanding Early Israel and Its Wisdom Literature
Survey the content, historical background, critical issues, and key texts found in Genesis through Ruth and the poetic and wisdom literature. Journey with Israel through the wilderness, and experience its conquest and settlement in the land; listen to the poetry and song of Israel’s psalms, and consider their place in the ancient world; and site with the sages of the Bible. Two hours (MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling) or Three hours (all other programs).

OT512 XD Understanding the Kingdom of Israel and Its Prophets
Explores how God involved himself in the life and politics of ancient Israel. What could God require of his people today and what is the hope offered in the Old Testament? This course surveys the history of Israel from the rise of the monarchy to the return from exile and the prophets during this time period. Includes 1 Samuel to Esther and Isaiah to Malachi. Two hours (MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling) or Three hours (all other programs).

TH501 XD Survey of Christian Doctrine I
Introduces students to the grand narrative of Scripture – creation, fall, redemption, consummation – and to the study of theology by examining prolegomena, theological method, the Trinity, the attributes of God, the person and work of the Father, the person and work of Christ, the person and work of the Holy Spirit, creation, universal revelation, and human being. The course will critique alternate views, consider exegetical issues, help students to develop their own theological views, and examine the relevance for life and ministry for each topic studies. Pre- or corequisite for all programs except MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: GS 500 Thinking Biblically and Theologically. Two hours (MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling) or Three hours (all other programs).

TH502 XD Survey of Christian Doctrine II
Continues the introduction of students to the grand narrative of Scripture – creation, fall, redemption, consummation – and to the study of theology by examining the work of Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and last things. The course presents and critiues alternate views, considers exegetical issues, helps students in developing their own theological views, and examines the relevance for life and ministry of each topic studies. Prerequisite: TH501 Survey of Christian Doctrine I. Pre- or corequiste with TH501 for MA (Theology). Two hours (MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling) or Three hours (all other programs).

 

Technical Requirements

PC: Minimum Requirements

  • Any Intel processor with the word "Core" in the specifications or
  • AMD equivalent
  • 512 MB RAM
  • High color (16 bit) at 800 x 600
  • Windows XP
  • Sound card
  • Speakers
  • 8X CD-ROM Drive
  • Cable modem or DSL
  • Internet Service Provider with web and email
  • Microsoft Office 2007
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0
  • Current/up to date Antivirus software
  • All current windows updates 

Recommended

  • 2.3 GHz (or higher) Core Duo processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • True Color (24/32 bit) at 1024 x 768
  • Windows 7
  • Sound card
  • Speakers
  • 24X CD-ROM Drive
  • Cable modem or better
  • Internet Service Provider with web and email
  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 or Firefox 14.0.1
  • Current/up to date Antivirus software
  • All current windows updates

Note: Some classes may require additional downloadable software.

Macintosh: Minimum Requirements

  • 1.5 Ghz Intel Dual Core Processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Thousands of colors (16 bit) at 800 x 600
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8
  • Speakers
  • 8X CD-ROM Drive
  • Cable modem or DSL
  • Internet Service Provider with web and email
  • Microsoft Office 2008
  • Firefox 2.0 or Safari 4.0
  • Current/up to date Antivirus software
  • All current operating system updates 

Recommended

  • 2.3 GHz (or higher) Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Millions of colors (24/32 bit) at 1024 x 768
  • Mac OS X Lion
  • Speakers
  • 24X CD-ROM Drive
  • Cable modem or better
  • Internet Service Provider with web and email
  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • Firefox 14.0.1 or Safari 6.0
  • Current/up to date Antivirus software
  • All current operating system updates

Note: Some classes may require additional downloadable software.

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