Frequently Asked Questions
1. What courses are offered online?
Southern Seminary Online Course offerings may be found at the following: Current Online Courses or when logged into Moodle, under the Registration tab, then search by term. Check the Catalog Curriculum page for a description of the course.
2. Can I audit an Online course?
Southern Seminary Online courses are not available for audit.
3. What do I do to get started?
To participate in one of our online courses, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary must first accept you as a student. Contact the Office of Admissions to obtain admissions information by calling 1-800-626-5525, x 4617 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Applying to Southern is easy with this Online Application.
4. How do I register for an online course?
Once you are approved through the admissions process, you will receive an acceptance letter containing your student ID, student email address set up instructions and other information necessary to register for Online courses. All registration takes place online in Moodle; use these Registration Instructions to successfully search for and register for your courses. The required Student Information Form must be updated prior to registering in each term. If you need assistance with this process please contact the Office of Academic Records at 1 (800) 626-5525, x 4209 or locally 897-4209.
5. How much do Online courses cost?
Please view the current Online Learning Tuition and Fees.
6. How do the Online courses work?
Students registered for Online courses access the course syllabus, assignments, handouts, the list of required textbooks, contact information for professors and support, discussion forums and other vital course information via Moodle. In addition, in most of our Online courses, students will view the professors’ recorded lectures in streamed video format. Streamed video lectures will be made accessible as determined by the course instructor, on the course site. Library resources, technical support, advisers, virtual chapel resources, and more are also available via the course and/or the seminary website. Explore these Online Learning pages for links to some of these features.
7. How do Hybrid Modular courses work?
Upon registration, you access your Hybrid course in Moodle and per the syllabus or posted required text lists; obtain books and begin reading. The on-campus component begins with the start of the semester, with the online component continuing throughout the 8-week term. Language courses will be 16-weeks in length and meet at the mid-point of the semester. Note the Hybrid course assignment schedule, e.g., forums, lecture video, quizzes, exams, etc., with due dates relative to the on-campus session; online work may be required before, during and after. Always refer to the syllabus schedule and communicate with the Hybrid course instructor with course questions. When your course schedule is set, make your travel and lodging arrangements keeping in mind Southern’s Legacy Conference Hotel for the convenience of staying on campus.
8. What is considered residency?
Any course credit that is earned, in any semester, while attending a class at the SBTS Main campus location. The intensives offered in winter and summer terms are usually in week-long formats, typically attended from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and may entail pre-work, class duration work and post-work. Obtaining the syllabus and/or required textbook list as soon as possible after registering, is recommended. Always check the term schedule for actual dates, times, room location and comments for the intensive courses.
9. What schedule do the Online courses follow?
Our Online and Hybrid courses are offered in six 8-weeks terms. Please see the 8-week Hybrid and Online Terms page for further details and frequently asked questions. All term “start and end” dates are posted on the Academic Records Registration and Course information or at the top of the opening Moodle page when you log in. Note the Important Dates link under Quick Access to Selected Resources. Normally the course work is divided into weekly sections with deadlines. For example, a syllabus might instruct a student to read chapters 1-3, view lectures 5-7, participate in a discussion forum, submit a paper and take a weekly quiz during a specific week or by a set deadline. Chapel observance and QEP may be a course’s requirement as well.
10. How do I obtain textbooks?
Registered students will access the list of the required textbooks on their Moodle course site. Students may arrange for the purchase and delivery of textbooks from any book dealer of their choosing. Keep in mind that our LifeWay Campus Bookstore is always ready to assist you and can be reached by calling 1 (502) 897-4506.
11. How do I obtain books from the library when I live at a distance?
The school’s library exists to serve all our students—whether at a distance or not. Distance students can contact the SBTS library and request any book. The library will work with you to make sure you have the resources you need. To discover how distance students can request a book or article or to view terms and conditions on borrowing a book from a distance, visit the library’s webpage for Distance Student Services.
12. Who do I contact with specific questions about my Online course?
Please following the instructions in the syllabus or email the course instructor. The instructor may also be emailed in the “Message my teacher” block on the Moodle course page.
13. What if I must drop an Online course?
If you do not properly drop an Online course for which you have registered, you will receive a failing grade at the end of the semester. Please see this Academic Records Registration Policy page for details about when and how you may drop a course. Please do not simply “not show up” in an online course! The Online fee will be refunded only if a course is dropped before the term of study begins. The Online fee will not be refunded after the first day of that term or semester. Always refer to the Important Dates link in the opening page of Moodle for Online and Hybrid course Add/Drop dates.
14. How do I find Academic Advising?
The Center for Student Success exists to help students navigate their seminary experience “From Orientation to Graduation.” This important services provides you with answers concerning your degree plan, course substitutions and requirements for graduation as well as general encouragement throughout your program. They may be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone, toll free at 1(800) 626-5525 or (502) 897-4680. If you plan to be in the Louisville area and would like to meet with an adviser, you may use the above contact information to schedule an appointment. If coming to campus is not currently an option, they also offer phone advising appointments. Contact them to schedule a time that is convenient for you.
15. What if I have more questions?
First, browse through the pages of this website. You will find many answers right at your fingertips. You can also access the seminary catalog online. Second, do not hesitate to contact us. You may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1 (800) 626-5525, Ext. 4701. We would enjoy the opportunity to assist you.
16. How do I register for my courses?
Registering is easy! Once you are accepted as a student, simply follow the instructions included in this document: