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 24
Mentor Coaching (TCI@CTS) (Online)


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

Sep 25
Talking Politics During Turbulent Times


This program is for clergy, church leaders and others who want to think about how to address civic and political people as people of faith during the run-up to the 2020 national elections. All sessions will be delivered online,...

Sep 28
In Life and In Death: Helping in End of Life Issues and Challenges (ONLINE)


This course has been cancelled.

Participants in this online course will gain understanding of the challenges and issues faced during health crises and find ways to minister and help those facing critical health or end-of-life issues, and their families.

Sep 28
Leadership in Ministry: Boston


The Leadership in Ministry Workshop is an on-going, peer-based clergy leadership development program. Fall LIM Boston 2020 features online group and individual coaching sessions, webinars and more. 

Sep 28
Contemporary Readings in Christian Education: Adult Religious Education Online


This course has been cancelled. This is a six-week online course focusing on Adult religious education and Christian formation and its integration with adult development, learning context, teaching and learning, methods and approaches. 

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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