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 10
Living Prayer: The Spirituality of Everyday Liturgy


Certificate in Spiritual Formation Online Course

Carl McColman leads this class focused on ordinary habits and practices that can nurture faith and spiritual growth. The class will look at ‘liturgy’ for personal use with an eye toward sharing n...

Sep 17
An Introduction to the Old Testament


Online Course

This six-week online course provides a brief introduction to the Old Testament. Through the synthetic approach, you will grasp the big picture of the OT which will help in understanding details in your continuing study of the...

Oct 01
Ministry with LGBTQIA Youth


Online Course

This five-week online course examines issues and challenges of ministering with and to LBTQIA youth and their families. Participants will explore effective and practical ways to minister, as well as gain insights in helping congregations address ministry to...

Nov 01
Money and Your Ministry


Online Course

Using the current book by Margaret Marcuson by the same title, this course will focus on helping participants interpret and reframe their understanding about money in the congregation, and, approach the issue of money in the church from...

Feb 01
The Role of the Minister in a Dying Congregation


Online Course

Using the book by Woody Jenkins by the same title, this course will focus on helping clergy and laypersons explore the challenges of pastoral leadership in a dying congregation. Author and instructor Jenkins will share his own wisdom...

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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