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 14
TCI@CTS Mentor Coaching Fall 2022 (Online)


Mentor Coaching includes 10 hours of coach education and is open to coaches who have completed or are enrolled in their initial ICF-approved ACSTH coach education program. Each participant must be coaching at least 2 clients through the duration...

Sep 19
Understanding the Old Testament (Presbytery of the Wabash Valley) (Online)


This six-week survey of the Old Testament is part of the Presbytery of Wabash Valley Ruling Elder program open to members of that presbytery.

Sep 26
Praying with Teresa of Avila: Exploring The Interior Castle through Image and Metaphor


Join us for a contemplative exploration of selected passages from Teresa of Avila’s spiritual and theological masterpiece, The Interior Castle. As we read, we will draw attention to foundational metaphors in Teresa’s writing and consider their significance for spiritual life today.   


Oct 03
Intercultural Competence and Church Leadership (Online)


This practical five-week course is an introduction to intercultural competence in the context of local churches and religious organizations. Participants will explore what it means to be a culturally competent and inclusive leader in a diverse and changing world.

Jan 09
Seeking God: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life


This four-week online retreat is for anyone seeking to cultivate a more meaningful life with God. It may also be helpful for those exploring new directions and callings. With: Carl McColman, Deedra Rich and CTS faculty. 

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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