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Sep042013

NTS Receives Approval to offer Complete MDiv Degree at ENC

The Association of Theological Schools (ATS), the accrediting agency for NTS, has granted the Seminary full approval to offer the complete Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree at its Multi-Campus Seminary site of Eastern Nazarene College (ENC). NTS began offering courses at ENC last fall.

 “We are pleased that ENC has become the fourth fully approved extension site where a student can earn the NTS Master of Divinity degree,” said Dr. Roger Hahn, NTS Dean of the Faculty.  “ATS mandates that 1/3 of the required courses for the MDiv degree be taken in residence at NTS; this ruling makes it possible for that residential credit to be earned at ENC—and last summer, ATS approved Sothern Nazarene University (SNU), Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) and Trevecca Nazarene University (TNU) as full extensions sites of NTS as well.  Now students can earn the full MDiv degree through a combination of on-campus (in Kansas City or at ENC, SNU, MVNU or TNU), online and video conference courses—and they can do this without coming to Kansas City.” 

The NTS Multi-Campus Seminary is very unique, in that ATS had never before allowed residential credit to be granted at a location where an institution did not have its own administration, staff, faculty, library, and/or other important academic resources.  The ATS ruling in favor of the multi-campus sites recognizes the unique relationship that NTS has with the eight regional Nazarene undergraduate colleges and universities across North America. 

At the NTS multi-campus sites, two one-week intensive module courses are offered each semester on each extension campus. One is taught by an NTS faculty member, the other taught by an NTS affiliate/adjunct faculty member usually from the host campus. These courses include several weeks of pre-course work, one week of intensive classroom time, and several more weeks of post-course work.

Dr. Joseph Coleson, NTS Professor of Old Testament, taught the course “Theology of Creation” at ENC last week (August 26-30, 2013); and the course American Cults & Sects will be taught at ENC October 28 - November 1, 2013 by Dr. Philip LaFountain, ENC Associate Professor of Theology.  To view the course offerings at all 5 NTS locations for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014, log on to NTS.EDU/NTS-RESOURCES and click on Course Schedules.   Learn more about the Multi-Campus Seminary at NTS.EDU/MULTI-CAMPUS-SEMINARY.

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