Short Course Details

How short courses work

Courses are offered online and last six weeks each. Short course students are expected to complete coursework on their own and post to an online forum weekly. Some short courses also include optional, weekly, live video conversations. These conversations are typically recorded for class members who cannot attend.

Short courses explore topics like Anabaptist history, biblical study, spiritual and ethical issues, worship, and more. These non-credit courses involve readings from textbooks and online articles and include written forum discussion. You won’t receive a grade, but readings and discussion are comparable to seminary-level work, and professors assume you have critical thinking skills and some previous academic study.

Online course requirements

You will need:

  • High speed internet access
  • Access to a computer with a web browser, a word processing program, and a PDF file reader (such as Adobe Reader)
  • An email account
  • Basic computer skills
  • One or two textbooks selected by the professor, available from a web source

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available. Upon the completion of course requirements, you can earn 2.4 CEUs. However, no academic credit is awarded and these courses do not meet any requirements in the AMBS Master of Divinity or Master of Arts programs of study.

Before you register

Online learning is not for everyone. To help evaluate your skills and abilities to benefit from an online course, please follow this link to a quiz provided by Washington Online. Question 5 asks about available time to devote to the course. Short courses require, on average, 5-10 hours per week rather than the 10-15 hours mentioned in the quiz. With this in mind, we encourage you to take the quiz and find out whether you are a good candidate for online learning.

Cost

  • Early registration: $300 USD per course (plus textbooks)
  • Regular registration: $350 USD per course (plus textbooks)
  • Anabaptist Short Course Bundle$995 USD total (plus textbooks) for the four courses!*
  • Global South Scholarships are available.
  • Participants should expect to pay for one or two textbooks.

*NOTE: Anabaptist Worship Network online short courses are not included in the Anabaptist Short Course Bundle.

Global South scholarships

For those living in the Global South, five (5) scholarships of up to US$300 are available. Apply by emailing [email protected]. (This scholarship does not include the cost of textbooks.)

Anabaptist Short Course Bundle discount!

Only $995 total for four Anabaptist short courses.* Register online and select the bundle price.

Refunds

Before the early registration deadline, cancellations will be refunded, less US$50. After this date, cancellations will be granted credit, less US$50, toward a future short course within one year. Refund credits must be requested within one week of the beginning of the event.

Questions? Contact us!

2021–22 Offerings

Exploring Peace and Justice in the Bible

Taught by Susannah Larry, PhD, and Drew Strait, PhD from Sep. 15 – Oct. 26, 2021. Learn more.

Exploring Anabaptist History and Theology

Taught by Jamie Pitts, PhD from Oct. 27 – Dec. 14, 2021. Learn more.

Understanding Anabaptist Approaches to Scripture: What’s Different and Why?

Taught by David Cramer, PhD, and Susannah Larry, PhD from Feb. 9 – Mar. 22, 2022. Learn more.

Transforming Congregational Conflict and Communication

Taught by Betty Pries, CMed, MTS; PhD (ABD) from Apr. 20 – May 31, 2022. Learn more.

Explore more global education offerings from AMBS.