Distance learning online at EMS

Prepare for ministry in a wide-range of settings with our online and low-residency courses at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. We have offered online courses for over a decade in the areas of Anabaptist theology, church history, and the practice of ministry (pastoral care, missional church, and leadership). 

Fall 2019 distance learning courses

Spring 2020 distance learning courses

Technical Requirements

Having a good quality computer that is reliable and fast will make it a lot easier to work well during the class. Enrollees should have significant access to a computer that meets the following criteria:


Suggested specifications:

  • Any computer (Windows or Mac) of relatively recent make (3 years or newer) with audio capabilities
  • High-speed Internet service via  cable or DSL for home service, or an office/campus connection
  • A place to store working documents (hard drive, flash drive, etc.)
  • Webcam (for Zoom use)
  • Headphones/earbuds (for Zoom use)


The enrollee must have licensed access to all of the following types of software:

  • Word processor (like MS Word or Word Perfect)
  • Web browser (like Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari)
  • E-mail client (like MS Outlook or Gmail). Students will be given an EMU email address using Google. You may forward this email address to another, but the EMU address will be the official way to communicate once the course has begun.

Class format

The course management system Moodle can be accessed through EMU’s webpage. Moodle is a user-friendly program that allows students to access course material, ask questions and have discussion on a discussion board, and email the professor or other students. Some courses may also incorporate the WebEx web conferencing platform for real time, virtual sessions.

Each course is broken down into 14 weekly units, which must be completed during the designated week. This encourages each student to participate by providing insights and information while interacting with the group.

Courses assume that each student will put in a minimum of eight hours of study time each week. This includes reading time, assignment time, interaction and discussion time, and time for reflection and evaluation. 


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