Learning Options

Learning Options

We know that being in ministry often means you can’t leave everything and return to school, so we’ve given you some learning options.

Traditional, Residential Classes

The majority of the seminary classes are offered in the traditional, residential model. You will be in a classroom at a specific time on specific days, interacting with fellow students and with the professor. The traditional classes are sixteen weeks in length, and all course work is done by the end of the last week of class. Almost all of these traditional classes are live-streamed for our virtual students.

Campus Modules

Can’t be on campus for an entire semester, but still want to take a course on campus? Consider taking a course in module format. Our modules begin on Monday, usually in the afternoon, and conclude Friday afternoon. Module courses are only offered occasionally.

Virtual Modules or Classes

Join a module or semester-long residential course from home via the Internet in real-time. Since you are joining a live class, you will need to be logged in at specific times on specific days to complete these courses (some recording and playback options are available if you a miss an occasional class). Regular attendance in virtual classes is required.

Online Courses

Many of the courses required for the MA and MDiv programs may be taken online. You do not usually need to be online at a specific time of the day to complete online courses. There are frequently weekly course assignments with due dates, but there is no specific time of the day for you to be involved in the class. The online courses are usually eight weeks in length, but still provide a full semester’s worth of material, so they are intense. You also have an additional four weeks to finish up reading and writing assignments.


The master of Arts in English Bible can be completed online.  The other Master of Arts programs and the Master of Divinity can be completed with a combination of online and virtual courses.

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement refers to the acceptance of certain undergraduate courses to fulfill seminary course requirements. Students who receive Advanced Placement will receive academic credit for these courses and will not have to take the corresponding Seminary course. This has no relationship to the transfer of graduate credits into the Seminary.

In accordance with the standards of the Association of Theological Schools, Maranatha allows students who graduate from a Bible college to receive up to 28 hours of Advanced Placement for the Master of Divinity degree and up six hours for any Master of Arts degree. Advanced Placement courses must have been taken in the student’s senior year of college. The grade for each course must be a B- or better, and the student’s final college GPA must be 2.5 or better.

The student is responsible to request Advanced Placement using the Advanced Placement application. Use a separate form for each class. If applying for Advanced Placement for Greek or Hebrew, use one form for each language. Advanced Placement for biblical language classes requires a competency exam. There is one exam for Greek and one for Hebrew; students may receive Advanced Placement for more than one class based on the results of the Greek or Hebrew exam. The Seminary will give as much credit as it deems appropriate based on the placement test results.

Applicants seeking Advanced Placement for courses other than the biblical languages must submit the course syllabus and one major example of class work (e.g., research paper, final exam) for each class; this material must be submitted with the Advanced Placement application. Use a separate application for each class. An interview may be required. These courses will be added to the student’s Seminary transcript upon successful completion of 32 hours in the Master of Divinity and 12 hours in the Master of Arts.

Application for Advanced Placement