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Columbia Seminary Opening Admission to Part-time M.Div. Students


Decatur, GA—Columbia Theological Seminary has opened its Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program to part-time students and has developed an evening and weekend class schedule that will allow completion of the degree in five years. Classes will meet on Monday and Thursday evenings during the fall and spring terms and on Friday evenings and Saturdays in the January term. “One of our objectives has been to broaden access to the M.Div. program,” says Columbia’s president, Laura Mendenhall. “We know that it’s not always feasible for someone to quit a job and become a full-time graduate student. So this new schedule removes a barrier for those who are working and not able to attend classes during weekdays.” According to D. Cameron Murchison, executive vice president and dean of the faculty, evening and weekend sections of courses will also be open to full-time students. “Our students will have more options to customize a schedule that meets individual needs.” Murchison also points out another benefit: “Adding sections of courses allows us to keep class sizes small, which is one of the hallmarks of Columbia’s style of doing theological education.” The fall 2009 schedule includes the required Old Testament Survey, and two electives: Spiritual Formation for Ministry and Youth and Young Adult Ministry. The January 2010 course is the elective Introduction to Theology. Spring 2010 courses include two required courses: New Testament Survey and Pastoral Care. Information about Columbia’s M.Div. program and application materials are available online at For more information, contact Monica Wedlock, director of recruiting and admissions, at or 404.687.4516. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). xxx

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