Distance Learning

North Park Theological Seminary welcomes students from all over the country—and world—who desire biblical and theological training in preparation for ministry or in support of their current calls to ministry. We recognize that it is not possible for everyone to move to Chicago to take all of their classes on our campus, and offer several options to complete coursework without relocating.

To aid in the transition to online coursework, all new distance-learning Seminary students will complete an online orientation before their first semester of classes. This will provide an introduction to Moodle, our online course system, as well as to the Seminary. Resources such as the Brandel Library and guides from the Seminary's academic and student service offices are also available to our distance learners to help you successfully complete your Seminary program.

Distance Learning

Residency Requirements

Our master’s degrees may be completed through a combination of distance and in-person coursework. However, all include a specific minimum number of credits that must be earned through courses taken on our campus in Chicago. Learn more.


Distance Learning Course Formats

For students who do not move to Chicago, the Seminary offers several course formats that will help you complete your degree in a timely manner. You can choose from online, intensive, and intensive hybrid classes. Learn more.

Distance Learning

Regional Course Offerings

The Seminary offers a limited number of classes each year at regional sites. These are taught in an intensive hybrid format, and may be counted toward a foundational courses certificate, a master’s degree, or taken for personal enrichment. Learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions about distance learning


What do you need to know about distance learning? Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about how these programs and courses work. Get the details you need.

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If you are considering Seminary through a distance-learning model, contact the Office of Seminary Admissions for more information.