Online courses at AMBS
Fall 2015 online courses:
- The Strange New World of the Bible (BIB500E)
- Christian Attitudes Toward War, Peace, and Revolution (HTE644E)
- Christian History 2 (HTE502E)
- Theology and Religious Pluralism (HTE624E)
- Human Development and Christian Formation (CHM531E)
- The Spirit World and the Global Church (CHM556E)
- Ministry in Church and World (INT687E)
Spring 2016 online courses:
- Beginning Hebrew: Ruth (BIB501E)
- Biblical and Postliberal Theology (BIB640E)
- Anabaptist History and Theology (HTE520E)
- Ethics and the Practice of Forgiveness (HTE657E)
- Social Theory for Christian Peacemakers (HTE533E)
- Principles of Pastoral Care (CHM532E)
- Ministry in Church and World (CHM687E)
Discounts for online students
People wishing to take an online course can receive a 50% discount on tuition if they are not already admitted for study in any masters-level theological program and have not previously taken an online course from AMBS. In addition, students at Canadian Mennonite University and Conrad Grebel University College can take an unlimited number of online courses with this discount.
Visit the page that explains this discount for more information.
More information about online courses
Online courses meet several needs:
- For people who want to explore seminary study before making a commitment to move to campus
- For students in degree programs, who live at a distance and wish to do some study from their home.
- For people who want to enhance their knowledge of the Bible, church history, or other aspects of theological study in order to contribute more fully in their congregations.
Students in these courses are encouraged to share their learnings and understandings through online discussions, correspondence with the professor and student peer interactions.
On the AMBS course list online course IDs are followed by the letter "E."
For more information regarding AMBS online courses, please contact the Registrar by email or call 800.964.2627.
ExpectationsFor a three-credit hour course, students are expected to spend a minimum of ten hours each week in activities related to the course, or a total of 140 hours for the duration of the course. This includes time spent reading, writing, posting work online and completing assignments. For two- or one-credit-hour courses, the expectation is adjusted proportionally.
Participating in an online course requires equipment and a discipline of study that is different from those of a face-to-face course.
AMBS online courses are offered through a platform called Moodle, which is a website that houses course assignments, lectures, conversation threads, some readings and links to readings, contact information for your professor, the syllabus and textbook list, etc. It's organized by week to help you keep on track as the course progresses. Assignments have deadlines, but most work is done asynchronously, meaning that you can complete most work at the time of day that is most convenient for you.
In an online course at AMBS, you can expect to complete readings, contribute to conversation threads, upload writing assignments to Moodle, watch recorded lectures on YouTube, participate in a Google Hangout or Skype session (these would be scheduled according to student availability), etc. Our library excels at working with distance learners. You can read more about that here.
Take an AMBS course
Take an online, non-credit course
Although short courses are similar to our master's degree courses, they are intended for people who are exploring the topics at a graduate level but who are not seeking course credit.