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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 distance education courses are based on recordings of live classes held here on campus. You (i) download and listen to the same lectures as were given on campus, (ii) interact online with other students and with the DE instructor week by week in response to the lectures, and (iii) complete similar assignments as what on campus students complete. You will require the use of a computer with an online connection and the skills to download, upload, and navigate around a website. See the Distance Education Student Handbook in the left sidebar for further information.

We have three start times for courses in the year, and these roughly coincide with the beginning of the Winter, Summer, and Fall terms: beginning of January, beginning of May, and beginning of September. Students often take advantage of the ability to register early, however, so that they can purchase the required texts and begin the reading before the course actually begins. Registration typically opens two months before the beginning of the course. You are advised to check your course requirements early to see whether advanced reading is required. Each course lasts six months, although some assignments may have an earlier due date.   

Listen to a sample lecture from "Tell it Slant" by Eugene Peterson.


Course Offerings

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Upcoming Courses

FALL 2019

Fall registration opens July 3rd, 2019.

Registration and payment deadline: 4:30 pm Friday, September 6th, 2019 (or online via REGIS by midnight).

Beginning of the courses: September 9th, 2019

Course Number Course Title Lecturer Online Instructor
BIBL 502 New Testament Foundations Rikk Watts Joshua Coutts
BIBL 543 The NT Use of the OT Rikk Watts Joshua Coutts
BIBL 610 Book Study: Genesis Bruce Waltke Aaron Sherwood
HIST 501 History of Christianity I Don Lewis Steve Watts
SPIR 619 Spiritual Discernment Gordon Smith Gordon Smith
THEO 500 Sys. Theol. Overview J. I. Packer Matt Thomas
THEO 602 Theology II Hans Boersma Matt Thomas

Registration Policies for Fall 2019

Payments made after September 6th, 2019 (if given permission by the instructor)  will be subject to a late payment fee of $50.

In the event that you drop a course; or reduce the number of credits in a variable-credit course; or change from credit to audit (or vice-versa), you will be refunded according to the following schedule:

  • 100% refund deadline: 4:30pm, Friday, September 27, 2019 (in person at Regent reception by 4:30pm; online via REGIS by midnight).
  • 75% refund deadline: 4:30pm, Friday, October 11, 2019 (in person at Regent reception by 4:30pm; online via REGIS by midnight). No refunds after this date.
  • Final course drop deadline: 4:30pm, Friday, October 25, 2019. No refunds will be granted for these changes.

Please consult the Regent College Academic Catalogue for all academic policies. Also see the Admissions page for all matters related to admission, finances, and other matters related to studying for a program at Regent College.

Please consult the Student Handbook for general questions on how to complete your course and for orientation on our procedures.


TAKE A LOOK AT THE COURSE SCHEDULE FOR THE NEXT TERMS

While every effort has been made to be accurate with the schedules below, please be advise that the list of courses are subject to change before the first day of registration of each term.

WINTER 2020 COURSES | Registration deadline: January 10th, 2020  

Registration opens on November 6th, 2019
Classes start on January 13th, 2020
Course Number Course Title Professor Online Instructor
Course Number Course Title Professor Online Instructor
BIBL 502 New Testament Foundations Rikk Watts Joshua Coutts
BIBL 524 The Sermon on The Mount Darrell Johnson Aaron Sherwood
BIBL 628 Isaiah Rikk Watts Joshua Coutts
BIBL 652 Gospel of Mark Rikk Watts Derek Brown
HIST 502 History of Christianity II Don Lewis Kyle Welty
HIST 650 Anglican History and Theology J. I. Packer Archie Pell
INDS 581 Christian Faith & Practice in a (Post)Modern World Craig Gay Jason Burtt
SPIR 628 The Meaning of the Sacraments Gordon Smith Gordon Smith
THEO 608 History of Christian Doctrine Hans Boersma Charles Raith
THEO 628 The Meaning of the Sacraments Gordon Smith Gordon Smith
THEO 650 Anglican History and Theology J. I. Packer Archie Pell

SUMMER 2020 COURSES | Registration deadline: May 8th, 2020  

Registration opens on February 19th, 2020
Classes start on May 11th, 2020
Course Number Course Title Professor Online Instructor
APPL 581 Missional Church Darrel Johnson Alex Fogleman, Charles Ringma
BIBL 502 New Testament Foundations Rikk Watts Joshua Coutts
BIBL 662 Galatians Gordon Fee Aaron Sherwood
BIBL 679 The Revelation Gordon Fee Derek Brown
HIST 501 History of Christianity I Don Lewis Steve Watts
INDS 578 Everyday Spirituality Paul Stevens Martin De Wit
SPIR 578 Everyday Spirituality Paul Stevens Martin De Wit
SPIR 604 Jesus and Prayer Eugene Peterson Brenton Dickieson
SPIR 635 Conversion and Transformation Gordon Smith Gordon Smith
THEO 601 Theology I Ross Hastings Charles Raith
THEO 635 Conversion and Transformation Gordon Smith Gordon Smith

FALL 2020 COURSES | Registration deadline: September 4th, 2020  

Registration opens on July 2nd, 2020
Classes start on September 7th, 2020
Course Number Course Title Professor Online Instructor
APPL 522 Christian Education & Equipping Darrel Johnson Martin De Wit
BIBL 502 New Testament Foundations Rikk Watts Joshua Coutts
BIBL 543 The NT Use of the OT Rikk Watts Joshua Coutts
BIBL 561 Letters to Colossae J. I. Packer Derek Brown
BIBL 610 Book Study: Genesis Bruce Waltke Aaron Sherwood
HIST 501 History of Christianity II Don Lewis Kyle Welty
SPIR 619 Spiritual Discernment Gordon Smith Gordon Smith
SPIR 663 Soulcraft Eugene Peterson Brenton Dickieson
THEO 500 Sys. Theol. Overview J. I. Packer Matt Thomas
THEO 561 Letters to Colossae J. I. Packer Derek Brown
THEO 602 Theology II Hans Boersma Matt Thomas


Costs

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

New Payment Instructions

Note that in order to reduce costs, Regent College is no longer accepting tuition payments via credit card. You may still pay online, however, via Interac (if you have a Canadian bank account), or GlobalPay (for international students). For further information, see Pay Your Tuition and Fees. Note that payment may also be made via cheque (drawn on a Canadian or US dollar bank account) or Canadian dollar money order.

Residents of the United States

We are sorry, but due to the legal barriers imposed by some states in the interest of consumer protection, Regent College has not been authorized to offer Distance Education courses to people in the following states:

Alabama
Alaska
Arkansas
Connecticut
Georgia
Hawaii
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky

Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Minnesota
Missouri
Montana
Nevada
New Mexico
New York

North Dakota
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Tennessee
Utah
West Virginia
Wyoming

If in the future you happen to reside in a state where we have authorization or in any other country, we would be happy to provide Distance Education courses for you.


Tuition Discounts

There is one tuition discounts available for Distance Education courses: the Parachurch 50% Tuition Benefit. Visit the Tuition Discounts page for details.


Degree limitations on courses taken through distance education

Regent College places a high priority on face-to-face education. At the same time, it recognizes the need to make a limited amount of distance education courses for students. 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 Christian Studies 15 credits
MA Theo Studies 20 credits
MALTS 0 credits
MDiv 30 credits
ThM 6 credits

In addition, students admitted to the College as of Fall 2014 are limited to taking six credits of the Foundational Core courses by distance education as part of their program.


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