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Midwestern Seminary’s Global Campus Introduces Online Cohorts for Students

Posted May 25, 2023 by Brett Fredenberg

KANSAS CITY, Mo—Midwestern Seminary announced this spring the expansion of its master’s program, including three new degrees and fourteen new emphases. In addition to the curricular changes, the seminary also added four new online cohorts to increase the community experience for Global Campus students.

“Christian higher education has learned in recent years that community matters,” said President Jason Allen. “That is why I am thankful to announce our new online cohorts for our Global Campus. These cohorts will further connect our online students to one another and to our world class faculty.”

Starting in the fall of 2023, online students at the Global Campus can now opt-in to one of four academic cohorts: one cohort each in Biblical Studies and Theological Studies, and two cohorts for Applied Theology.

The four cohorts are patterned after the approved curricular changes. The seminary’s master’s program is now organized under three headings: Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, and Applied Theology. The available cohorts will provide further opportunities for study and growth in each student’s corresponding discipline.

Additionally, each cohort will include a faculty mentor to lead discussions and mentor cohort participants.

Faculty mentors will oversee five virtual cohort meetings for online students each year: two each fall, two each spring, and one each summer. Cohort meetings are designed to cultivate community and empower lifelong learning. These meetings may include prayer and fellowship, discipline-related discussion, Q&A with students, interviews with outside experts/practitioners, student presentations on coursework, assignment workshops, and more.

Faculty mentors also make themselves available to cohort participants outside of formal cohort meetings, furthering mentorship opportunities in discipline-related discussions.

Midwestern Seminary Provost Jason Duesing commented on the recent updates for online students, “The online cohorts and curricular changes allow students to get the most out of the learning experience while building relationships with faculty members beyond even the online classroom. I am thankful for the hard work done here by our faculty and our Global Campus team to serve students for semesters of study and beyond.”

Assistant Dean of the Global Campus Travis Montgomery also expressed how these changes will benefit students. He said, “I’m excited about the opportunity for more students around the world to study what will most serve the ministries to which God has called them.”

Each master’s degree offering at the seminary is fully available online or residential. Listed below is the complete list of offerings (in bold) with their corresponding emphases (in italics):

Master of Biblical Studies
Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Greek
Biblical Theology
Biblical Languages

Master of Theological Studies
Standard
Christian Theology
Historical Theology
Apologetics and Evangelism

Master of Applied Theology
Standard
Preaching (male students only)
Missions
Discipleship
Christian Education
Pastoral Ministry (male students only)
Ministry Leadership
Student Ministry
Worship Ministries
Biblical Counseling
Ministry to Women (female students only)
Church Planting
Church Revitalization

Midwestern Seminary’s Global Campus is designed for God-called men and women serving in a unique kingdom assignment that currently precludes them from pursuing residential studies.

With ten new start dates every year, contextualized assignments in each class, and a variety of flexible class formats, the Global Campus offers dozens of degrees available fully online at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral levels.

Wherever students are called, they can now complete any of Midwestern Seminary’s degree programs however they can: completely online, live over video, attending an event, or in their church. Online courses include access to high-impact video lessons and a full suite of digital resources from Midwestern Seminary’s faculty.

To learn more about the Global Campus and the new offerings, visit https://www.mbts.edu/degrees/global-campus/


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