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Distance Education

Distance Education allows you to take courses in your own environment while you continue other aspects of your calling.

Why do it?

While we believe that theology is best learned in community, and therefore have a strong residency component to all our programs, we understand that life circumstances may prevent you from completing your entire program in Vancouver. As such, we offer a limited number of distance education courses that may be the right fit for you if:

  • you'd like a taste of Regent College before committing to a program
  • you are a newly admitted student wanting a head start on your program before moving to Vancouver
  • you are unable to remain in Vancouver to complete your program
  • you desire greater flexibility in planning your program
  • you seek to develop greater language proficiency in English by being able to re-listen to lectures

How it works

The courses are recordings of actual live classes held here on campus. You hear the same faculty lectures and typically receive the same instructional materials as were given in an on-campus version of the course.

The courses are available in a variety of formats including CD, MP3, DVD, and iTunes U.

All you have to do is:

  • listen to the lectures on your audio device
  • read the material
  • connect online with your professor or tutor, and with students from all over the world
  • submit your course work electronically

Listen to a sample lecture

Course Offerings

Check our Course offerings

Delivery Method

Online cohort courses

In the cohort model, you will work through lectures and be required to participate in online forums on a week-by-week basis during the term dates (September to December / January to April / May to August). All assignments are due six months from the course start date unless otherwise indicated.

We expect to offer the following courses in the online cohort model in May of 2014 (registration and payment is from April 1, 2014 to May 9, 2014):

  • APPL 522 Education and Equipping
  • APPL 610 Empowering the Church for First World Re-evangelization
  • BIBL 502 New Testament Foundations
  • BIBL 543 New Testament Use of the Old Testament
  • BIBL 561/THEO 561 Letters to Colossae
  • BIBL 580 Biblical Theology
  • BIBL 628 Isaiah
  • INDS 563/SPIR 563 Jesus in Literature
  • INDS 578/SPIR 578 Everyday Spirituality
  • HIST 502 HIstory of Christianity II
  • SPIR 588 Devotional Psalms
  • SPIR 648 Tell It Slant

We also expect to offer the following courses in the online cohort model in September of 2014 (registration and payment is from August 1, 2014 to September 5, 2014):

  • BIBL 502 New Testament Foundations
  • BIBL 610 Genesis
  • BIBL 651 Matthew
  • BIBL 679 The Revelation
  • HIST 650/THEO 650 Anglican History and Theology
  • INDS 638/SPIR 638 Spiritual Pilgrimage
  • SPIR 604 Jesus and Prayer
  • SPIR 663 Soulcraft
  • SPIR 628/THEO 628 The Meaning of the Sacraments
  • THEO 608 History of Christian Doctrine

Independent Study Courses

Distance Education independent study courses are individually paced, and you can register at any time during the year. You then have six months to complete the course. The following are courses available as independent study (the last day to register for these courses is listed):

  • APPL 511 Introduction to Preaching (November 30, 2014)
  • HIST 501 HIstory of Christianity (July 31, 2014)

While we are currently changing to a model of online cohort courses, the following independent study courses will not be converted to the online cohort model but will still be available through 2014 until the date noted:

  • THEO 605 Systematic Theology A with J.I. Packer (November 30, 2014)
  • THEO 606 Systematic Theology B with J.I. Packer (November 30, 2014)
  • THEO 606 Systematic Theology B with J.G. Stackhouse (November 30, 2014)
  • THEO 607 Systematic Theology C with S. Grenz (November 30, 2014)
  • THEO 607 Systematic Theology C with H. Boersma (November 30, 2014)
  • THEO 630 Pastoral Ethics (November 30, 2014)

Please see the course syllabi for further information on specific courses. Syllabi may be requested via email.

Contact Michael Ebbers with any questions.


Courses can be taken for credit or audit (no assignments). Per credit costs are the same as on campus. If you are only taking Distance Education, then only a non-refundable registration fee is mandatory. Visit the Financial Aid page for a full list of costs.

Tuition Discounts

There are two tuition discounts available for Distance Education courses: the 50% Distance Education Re-entry Benefit and the Parachurch 50% Tuition Benefit. Visit the Tuition Discounts page for details.


The credit limit for distance education courses within each program is generally one third of the total program credits. These limits are as follows:

GradDipCS 9 credits
MA Theo Studies 20 credits
MDiv 30 credits
ThM 6 credits

In addition, students are limited to taking six credits of the Foundational Core courses by distance education as part of their program.


OR print off the Distance Education Registration Form  and do one of the following:
  • Fax it to 604.224.3097
  • Scan and email it to
  • Mail it to Distance Education, Regent College, 5800 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC, V6T 2E4
  • Drop it off in-person at Student Services

*Note that from July 28–August 6, registration for Distance Education courses will be accepted via paper Distance Education Registration Form only as we transition between software programs.

More info

Contact us to request more information.