These are the degree requirements for students who matriculated in the 2017-18 school year. Requirements for other years can be found in their appropriate sections. The Master of Divinity Journey Program is comprised primarily of online and hybrid classes with short visits to Iliff’s campus in Denver up to four times per year.
This program has identical entrance and educational requirements, as well as the same overall learning goals, as the residential option. At least 120 quarter credits are needed for completion of the MDIV degree. At least 40 of the 120 credits must be earned as residential . Journey students may take a full-time or part-time course load. Course load may include hybrid, online-only, residential, or intensive classes. Full-time is considered to be 8-14 credits.
Hybrid courses are a combination of online and on-campus. A typical hybrid class meets online for the first four and final four weeks of the 10 week term. Students arrive on campus for residential sessions, called “Gathering Days.” during the 5th week of the quarter. Gathering Days also include optional campus community activities such as meals, worship, academic presentations, and other social activities.
Earning residential credits
40 residential credits are required in the Journey Program. During the first Journey week intensives, students earn 7 residential credits. Residential credits are earned by attending hybrid courses at Gathering Days and other residential courses such as weekend and summer/interterm intensives.
Flexibility is important in the online classroom. Instead of meeting face-to-face, students learn through online presentations from professors, discussions with peers, and exercises that will demonstrate or test critical thinking skills. Course delivery may include, small group online meetings, podcasts, videos, discussion postings and blogs.
To determine how much course load is right for you, multiply three hours per week for each credit hour of class to calculate the amount of much time each course will require. For example, in most instances you will be enrolled in a 4.0 hour class. In this case 12 hours of study, writing, reading, and online activities preparation will be required per week/per class. This will vary with each course and you may find that some courses require a bit more or a bit less per week.
Students should have daily access to a computer. E-mail will be one of the primary modes of communication used for online courses offered by Iliff. You will receive an Iliff e-mail address that you are required to either check regularly or forward it to another active e-mail account.
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 fulfills this requirement by requiring 40 of the 120 credits in a residential format. The Association of Theological Schools (ATS)
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 40 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.