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Heritage recognizes the rapidly changing realities for many people seeking to complete their theological studies, or simply have the need for additional flexibility in scheduling their studies in conjunction with work, ministry or family responsibilities. There are several course formats available to provide you with flexibility. Examine your options and consider how Heritage can help you successfully keep your life in balance as you work towards your education goals.


Heritage Seminary offers some Saturday and modular courses in the Fall and Winter terms. In addition, most of the courses scheduled for the Spring term (May and June) are also modular. Modular courses involve a one week (5 days) in-class course, with additional assignments and coursework completed outside of the class time.


With multi-modal classes, students only need to be on campus twice during each semester (Friday or Saturday), with the remainder of the coursework being completed through web-based lectures and online discussions. Through multi-modal courses, you could complete a Master of Theological Studies degree in as few as 3 1/2 years. Multi-modal courses allow part-time students to take 2 courses by only attending classes on 2 weekends during the term.

Distance Learning

Heritage Seminary offers a wide variety of courses which students can take by distance learning. Many of these courses were produced by the Institute of Theological Studies (ITS) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Well-known evangelical teachers from around the world have developed these high-quality course packs.

Students who register for an ITS distance learning course through Heritage are provided with the contact information for the professor who has agreed to oversee the student for the duration of the course. The professor is available to answer questions, mark assignments, and administer the exam(s) for the course.

Courses are offered on a term basis and students must register for courses before the beginning of each term. Course materials will be available within two weeks of the term’s start. Students must complete the course by the end of the term in which they begin.


Students can study full time through our convenient block scheduling Tuesday and Thursday, with no need to commute every day.

During the Fall and Winter terms, most of the seminary curriculum is taught in a concentrated schedule on Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week. Full time students can do all their classroom hours in just two days of the week normally, giving them flexibility for work and ministry responsibilities. This concentrated schedule facilitates study for part time students who are able to take as many as three courses by coming to campus for only one day each week.