The Master of Divinity and the Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care Journey Programs are comprised primarily of online and hybrid classes with short visits to Iliff’s campus in Denver three times per year.
The Journey program has identical entrance and educational requirements, as well as the same overall learning goals, as the Master of Divinity (MDiv) – Residential option and the Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care Residential option. Journey students may enroll full-time or part-time with hybrid, online, residential, or intensive classes.
See Residency requirements for the Journey MDIV and MAPSC.
Hybrid courses combine online (Canvas) and face-to-face meetings (Gathering Days). Students earn 1.0 residential credit per hybrid course. Hybrid classes meet online for the first and the last four weeks of the term and meet in person during the fifth week of the quarter. Attendance is mandatory. Students are responsible for making travel and lodging arrangements to ensure their presence for all of the hours that are required on campus.
First-year Journey students
The Journey program incorporates personal and spiritual formation that enhances the online learning community. This encompasses enrolling in courses that follow required formational aspects of the program including “Journey Beginnings,” which focuses on cohort formation, online education, and orientation. The course includes a day-long retreat during Journey week. Contact Vince Tango, Director of the Journey Program for more information.
Journey/Gathering Days 2018-2019
Fall Quarter Gathering Days: October 9-13, 2018
Fall Quarter Journey Week (first-year): October 7-13, 2018
Winter Quarter: February 5-9, 2019
Spring Quarter: April 23-27, 2019
It is the student’s responsibility to procure reliable, readily-accessible Internet service in order to fulfill the courses expectations. See Iliff technology and procedures. Support is available at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Distance Learning for Journey MDIV and the United Methodist Church
The University Senate of the United Methodist Church guidelines state that candidates for ordination in The United Methodist Church cannot take all of their seminary classes online. The United Methodist seminaries are permitted to offer up to two-thirds of the Master of Divinity degree as distance education (as defined by 2012 Association of Theological Schools Standard ES.4), with one-third of the degree required to be campus-based.
The Iliff School of Theology is in full compliance with the University Senate of the United Methodist Church and Iliff requires 30 of the 120 credits in a residential format. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they are meeting the UMC residential requirements if they are seeking ordination.
Degree Program Standard A.3.1.3 requires at least one year of full-time academic study or its equivalent must be done in residence, which for Iliff equates to 30 of 120 credits required for the MDIV degree. In the Journey program, students have a multitude of avenues to meet this requirement including required on-campus intensives for face-to-face interactions with their instructors and peers.