Distance Learning at EMS

Eastern Mennonite Seminary has 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). More than a dozen online courses are offered on a two-year cycle, with several course offerings each semester as well as during the summer.

We’re also excited to offer the BLESS program, an innovative new blend of online and on-site learning for students interested in mission work or currently serving around the globe.

International students are welcome in online courses. They must document language skills and the ability to pay tuition fees as stated in the admissions section for international students.

Online Student Tom Albright


The courses are applicable and flexible. It fits my schedule as a husband, father, public school teacher, pastor and seminary student. ~Tom Albright: Distance Learning Student


Easy format, great courses

EMS’ online courses are offered through the Moodle course management system. Some courses may incorporate the WebEx web conferencing platform for real time, virtual sessions. (Other technical requirements are easy to meet.) You don’t have to leave your home or community. Study at your convenience as you complete weekly units within a standard semester-long learning experience. Learn more about class structure

Most online courses at EMS are taught by full-time faculty and will meet typical requirements of a theological education degree.

If you are interested in testing seminary studies, pursuing a theological degree program in the Anabaptist tradition, growing in your personal and faith journey, or developing your leadership skills further, then an online seminary course offered by EMS is for you. EMS’ vibrant learning community will draw you in; an expert instructor will lead a dynamic and interactive online class akin to on-site studies at EMS’ campus.

Review distance learning courses that are currently offered throughout the academic year
See all our online courses

Begin now!

If you want to be part of a distance learning course at EMS, fill out the part-time online application for seminary studies or contact the office of seminary admissions by e-mailing semadmiss@emu.edu or calling (540) 432-4257.

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