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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May 01
In Life and in Death: Helping in End-of-Life Issues


Online Course

This five-week online course will examine the hard choices and issues related to critical illness and end-of-life situations.

Jun 04
Thriving As a Church Ministry Staff Associate


Online Course

This five-week online course will focus on the role and function of the pastoral associate or program staff in the congregational context. Because most children’s and youth ministers work in the congregational setting as associates, they must understand...

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 04
Creation and Connection: An Introduction to Celtic Christian Spirituality


Online Course/ Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Join Art Wright for this class exploring the rich traditions of Celtic Christian spirituality throughout the ages. See how these traditions led people to encounter God in their historical contexts, and consider what...

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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