Delivery Methods

Seminars and colloquia in the following majors are offered in a block format that allows students to meet in on-campus sessions Thursday through Saturday three or four times during the semester. Campus meetings may be supplemented by virtual real-time sessions between class meetings.

  • Christian Education
  • Christian Leadership
  • Evangelism
  • Great Commission Studies
  • Missions
  • Psychology and Counseling

In June 2016 the ATS Board of Commissioners approved a three-year experiment allowing an exception to the Commission's PhD residency requirement that "courses, seminars, and colloquia for research doctoral degrees shall normally be completed on the main campus" (Degree Program Standard J, section J.3.1.1). This experiment is limited to offering those courses (roughly two-thirds of the PhD program's total credits) through synchronous interactive video, not through asynchronous means.

Approval of this exception means that students who are unable to take advantage of the campus scholarly environment can participate fully in seminars and colloquia through live Internet connections. Some workshop courses still will require travel to the main campus in January or summer breaks.

Courses in the following majors have the option of being taken via synchronous interactive video:

  • Biblical Exposition
  • Biblical Interpretation
  • Christian Apologetics
  • Christian Education
  • Christian Leadership
  • Church History
  • Evangelism
  • Great Commission Studies
  • Missions
  • Theology

Interested? Read more about the NOBTS SYNC delivery system and the breakdown of delivery options by major.

The complete schedule of Research Doctoral Programs courses is available on the PhD Course Schedules page.