University of Dubuque

Distance Education

By leveraging the power of the Internet, the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary makes quality theological education widely available to those who seek to serve the church in leadership roles.  We offer two master's degrees as well as non-credit classes for anyone with a high school education. If you are considering a theological education but cannot relocate, you may find the answer to your prayers through one of these options.

There are four choices for the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary’s distance learning programs:

Online instruction allows participants to benefit from the flexibility of independent learning and the interaction of group learning in a new educational experience that permits participation from nearly anywhere in the world. Interaction with instructors and other students occurs through discussion boards and other activities on the course web site.

Our masters degrees offered in the distance education programs feature the same curriculum with the same faculty as our residential programs. For more information about online learning opportunities at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, email

The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary has a strong track record for successful distance learning programs. More than 1,800 students from across the nation have participated in our innovative Christian Leadership Program for Commissioned Ruling Elders. We offer all of the courses that the Book of Order recommended for CREs, as well as some advanced courses.  The program also serves to meet lay education requirements for some other denominations.

In 2004, the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary began offering several elective Master of Divinity courses online. Students who are studying to become ordained clergy within the PCUSA often take these courses in preparation for their exams, but we find these courses are widely applicable to other mainline and reformed students.

In 2007, our seminary expanded its distance learning program to allow participants to obtain an accredited Master of Divinity degree primarily online. The first students graduated from this program in May 2012. In 2011, we added an accredited Master or Arts in Missional Christianity degree. Participants spend only four weeks a year on campus. Time constraints, scheduling difficulties, and geography are no longer barriers to theological study! Seminary students can conveniently attend many of their classes online.