Gateway Seminary is offering a doctor of ministry degree completely by distance learning for overseas students. The Western Association of Senior College and University Commission approved the program Aug. 5. The American Theological Society previously affirmed it.
Delivery systems for Gateway’s program will include video conference technology, online coursework and traditional classes offered in international locations.
Jim Wilson, director of Gateway’s D.Min. program, said the expansion is part of the seminary’s global perspective.
“As we recruited in South Korea and Singapore, we found that travel to the U.S. for a traditional D.Min. program would be prohibitive for many pastors, since they would need to produce documentation that all the funds were available for the entire program just to acquire a student visa,” he said. “That caused us to consider how we could offer the same quality courses through distance education.”
Traditional courses, Wilson said, were redesigned for distribution over a two-year period.
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Source: Baptist Press