Description of Graduate Course Formats

CCU seeks to make education available to as many students as possible. To accommodate the diverse needs of our students, CCU offers courses in a variety of formats.

MDiv On-Campus Course Requirement

Current accreditation standards require that MDiv students take 30 of the MDiv’s 90 hours as on-campus courses. MAR students do not have this restriction.

Traditional Semester Courses

These courses meet once a week for 15 weeks. One-credit-hour courses meet for 50 minutes, two-credit-hour courses for 1 hour and 40 minutes, and three-credit-hour courses for 2 hours and 40 minutes. Classes are usually scheduled on Mondays and Tuesdays, both during the day and in the evening. The Seminary offers traditional semester-long courses each Fall and Spring.

One-Week Intensive Courses

These courses are offered on the Cincinnati campus during Early Fall in August, Early Spring in January, Spring Break in March, and Early Summer in May and June. In addition, week-long intensive courses are offered at distance education sites. One-week intensive classes begin at 10 a.m. on the first day and conclude mid-afternoon on the final day. These intensive courses require certain assignments to be completed both before the week-long class begins and after the week of instruction is completed.

2-2-2 Courses

These courses meet two full consecutive days, three times during the semester. Classes begin at 10 a.m. on the first day and conclude mid-afternoon on the second day.

3-3 Courses

These courses meet three full days, two times during the semester. Classes begin at 10 a.m. on the first day and conclude mid-afternoon on the third day.

Concentrated MAR

This program provides a one-day-a-week format that allows students with advanced standing to complete the MAR degree with a concentration in Pastoral Leadership in two years. These classes typically meet on Thursday evenings.

Indianapolis Extension Site

The Master of Arts (Religion) with a concentration in Pastoral Leadership is offered at the Indianapolis Campus. Most classes are offered in a Concentrated Program – a one-night-a-week 9-week-session or 2-2-2 format – as well as utilizing online, hybrid, ECLE, SLE/SME, and directed study courses.

Classes offered in Indianapolis may also be used to fulfill requirements in other degree programs. For more information please visit our CCU Indianapolis site page.

OnLine & Distance-Learning Courses

Cincinnati Christian University offers a selection of distance learning courses. Such courses use audio, video, and text materials developed by CCU professors, delivering the materials by such means as CD-ROM, DVD, and the internet, so that students can receive a learning experience similar to the classroom without classroom attendance. All CCU online courses use Moodle, an online learning management system. This system is used extensively at CCU, so it should be familiar to students prior to taking online courses. Courses usually begin and end on the same calendar as traditional on-campus courses.

Distance learning courses are especially suited to the needs of part-time students who live at a distance from the CCU campus. CBS also offers hybrid courses and programs. Hybrid courses start with an online component, meet for two days of face-to-face at some point in the semester, then conclude with additional online work.

Current lists of distance learning courses will appear in the course schedule for a given semester. Summer classes are listed on the Spring schedule and in separate communications. For more information visit our CCU eLearn site.

Hybrid Courses

These courses are a combination of traditional classroom and online courses. Students will meet in the classroom for two days of lecture, and then complete the course through online interaction in Moodle.