As a Starr King divinity degree student, you may study from home as a low-residency student. Low-residency study allows you to complete most of your coursework through online courses, hybrid residential courses, domestic and global immersion study, and intensive classes which are offered in the January and August intensive periods on campus. During the intensive periods, you can attend new student orientation, participate in the annual Symposia, take required and elective intensive courses, meet on-line instructors (August only), enjoy opportunities for in-person community building, spiritual practice, and shared worship experiences with students and faculty, and schedule face to face meetings with your advisor.
A total of 67.5 credits of your M.Div. degree program may be completed in low-residence (New in 2015). Each M.Div. candidate’s educational plan must also include a minimum of 22.5 credits of high-residency coursework as well as participation in-person in orientation at the beginning of your course of study, and in-person advising (along with virtual advising) at points all along the way. High-residency coursework now includes residential hybrid courses which you may attend at a distance and immersion courses, in addition to our intensive classes. It is easier than ever to study at Starr King from home!
Students may change their status as low or high-residency students during the course of their degree programs. We are the only Graduate Theological Union member school offering a distance learning M.Div. degree in addition to our high-residency degree programs in Berkeley.