Learning Options

We know that being in ministry often means you can’t leave everything and return to school, so we’ve given you some learning options.

Campus Modules

Can’t be on campus for an entire semester, but need residential hours for your program? Consider taking a course in module format. Two courses are usually offered in May and two more in June in addition to a winter module between the fall and spring residential semesters, usually the first full week of January. Spend one week on campus and complete an entire course.

Virtual Modules or Classes

Join a module or semester-long residential course from home via the Internet in real-time.  You will need to be logged in at certain times to complete these courses (some recording and playback options are available if you a miss a class).  Regular attendance in virtual classes is required.

Online Courses and Programs

Many of the courses required for the MA and MDiv programs may be taken online.  You do not usually need to be online at a specific time of the day to complete online courses.  Online courses are considered non-traditional*.  If you want to complete a degree entirely online, consider the MA in English Bible.

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement refers to the acceptance of certain undergraduate courses to fulfill seminary course requirements. Students who receive Advanced Placement will receive academic credit for these courses and will not have to take the corresponding Seminary course. This has no relationship to the transfer of graduate credits into the Seminary.

In accordance with the standards of the Association of Theological Schools, Maranatha allows students who graduate from a Bible college to receive up to 32 hours of Advanced Placement for the Master of Divinity degree and up 12 hours for any Master of Arts degree. Advanced Placement courses must have been taken in the student’s senior year of college. The grade for each course must be a B- or better, and the student’s final college GPA must be 2.5 or better.

The student is responsible to request Advanced Placement using the Advanced Standing application. Use a separate form for each class. If applying for Advanced Placement for Greek or Hebrew, use one form for each language. Advanced Placement for biblical language classes requires a competency exam. There is one exam for Greek and one for Hebrew; students may receive Advanced Placement for more than one class based on the results of the Greek or Hebrew exam. The Seminary will give as much credit as it deems appropriate based on the placement tests.

Applicants seeking Advanced Placement for courses other than the biblical languages must submit the course syllabus and one major example of class work (e.g., research paper, final exam) for each class; this material must be submitted with the Advanced Standing application. Use a separate application for each class. An interview may be required. These courses will be added to the student’s Seminary transcript upon successful completion of 32 hours in the Master of Divinity and 12 hours in the Master of Arts.

Application for Advanced Standing