Online Education

Columbia Theological Seminary and the Center for Lifelong Learning offer opportunities for learning and growth through online education. 

The online experience offers high interaction with instructors and peers, and the flexibility to meet the schedules and myriad needs of the participants. Benefits of online learning include:

Engaging dialogue with diverse groups of people and experienced instructors

Quality learning at an affordable price

Ability to participate from anywhere with internet access.


Students currently enrolled in CTS degree programs, and other degree-seeking students, can take advantage of a variety of courses on campus, online, and in various hybrid classes. These formats offer expanded options for quality learning experiences. Check out our Academic Catalog to explore all the options available for degree students.

Lifelong Learners

Clergy and other church leaders can participate in a wide array of non-credit online courses through the Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL). Online learning with CLL nourishes and enriches the lives and ministries of people around the world. (CEUs are available.) See the list of courses below for more details. 

Our online courses have enjoyed participants in Canada and Australia as well as most parts of the United States. Join us!

Upcoming Online Courses

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Sep 30
Your Sacred Story: The Spiritual Practice of Journaling


Online Course

Explore the practice of spiritual journaling with Carl McColman. The course invites journaling from a variety of perspectives including writing memoir, using writing as a form of prayer, writing for healing and discernment, and writing to share...

Oct 01
In Life and in Death: Helping in End-of-Life Issues and Challenges (Online)


This online course will examine the hard choices and issues related to critical illness and end-of-life situations. Participants will gain understanding of the challenges and issues faced during health crises and find ways to minister and help those facing critical...

Nov 04
An Introduction to the New Testament (Online)


This is an online six-week survey course on the New Testament. The goal of this course is: 1. To gain an understanding of the New Testament content and its interpretation 2. To gain appreciation and knowledge of the biblical...

Jan 06
Christian Education in the Smaller Church


In this course participants will explore together the realities, challenges, and joys of providing Christian education in the smaller church context.

Jan 13
Teaching and Preaching the “Forgotten” Books of the Bible (Online)


This course invites participants to engage deeply with the books of Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther with an eye toward both the ancient context and the contemporary relevance as they develop strategies for teaching and preaching...

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Still curious?  Check out these articles about the online learning experiences of others:

Learning Together Apart: The Case For Online Learning

The Power Of Written Conversation by Sharol Hayner, DMin ’17

You may also read up on the latest news about how we are going our online opportunities:

Wabash Grant For Design Of Classroom And Online Teaching Methods