5.6 Distance Education

5.6 Distance Education

Westminster offers a limited number of courses through Distance Education. All Distance Education courses require a standard $100 course materials fee per course in addition to course tuition. The following courses are offered through Distance Education in the 2013-2014 academic year:

ST 131

Survey of Reformed Theology

3 credits

AP 101

Introduction to Apologetics

3 credits

Beginning in 2013-2014, Westminster has approval to allow students in the master’s-level degree programs (M.Div., M.A.R., M.A.C., and M.A.U.M.) and the Certificate in Biblical and Urban Studies, to take up to 49% of their courses through distance education. Students in the Certificate in Christian Studies may take 100% of their courses through distance education. These maximums are limited by the courses Westminster currently offers. See the degree program requirements in section 6 for the courses that may be applied to the masters level degree programs and section 5.4 for the courses that may be applied to the Certificate programs. Students on either a J or F visa may take a maximum of 3 semester credit hours through distance education, in the fall and spring semesters.

Students must take a minimum number of credit hours on Westminster’s campus, as stated in the transfer of credit policy in section 5.2.3.d. Since courses taken through Distance Education are not considered courses taken on Westminster’s campus, the number of course credits taken through Distance Education will reduce accordingly the number of course credits approved for transfer credit into a Westminster degree program.

In order to take a distance education course, a student must be admitted to Westminster and register during the normal registration periods. A fee for course materials, in addition to tuition, is also required. See Financial Information section 8.3.a and section 8.3.c.

Students taking distance education courses must have regular, high-speed internet access. A student email address is provided by Westminster. Westminster recommends that students use a newer computer for distance education courses.

Westminster is mandated to meet the requirements of the state in which a student resides in order to offer distance courses to those students. Requirements vary by state and Westminster is working to apply these state department of education regulations.

The Registrar’s Office needs to approve each student’s course registration for distance courses, to ensure Westminster is authorized to offer courses in the student’s state of residence. Please note, currently Westminster does not have authorization to offer distance courses to students living in the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Utah


This list is subject to change. Please email accreditation@wts.edu with questions regarding your state or to request an updated list.