Distance Learning

Heritage Seminary offers a wide variety of courses which students can take by distance learning. Many of these courses were produced by the Institute of Theological Studies (ITS) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Well-known evangelical teachers from around the world have developed these high-quality course packs.
The Courses:

Each course pack contains a syllabus, several audio CD lectures, and a student study guide. Textbooks are not included in the course materials; however, many are available in the Heritage Library and extended loan periods are available upon request for distance learning students.

Students who register for an ITS distance learning course through Heritage are provided with the contact information for the professor who has agreed to oversee the student for the duration of the course. The professor is available to answer questions, mark assignments, and administer the exam(s) for the course.

Payment in full is due at the time of registration. The tuition fee per credit hour for an ITS distance learning course is the same as the comprehensive fee per credit hour for on-site courses at Heritage Seminary. These amounts are published in the Heritage Seminary fee schedule every year.

Duration of Course:

Courses are offered on a term basis and students must register for courses before the beginning of each term. Course materials will be available within two weeks of the term’s start. Students must complete the course by the end of the term in which they begin. The course completion dates are as follows:

Winter - January 15; Deadline for application is December 31st
Spring/Summer - May 15; Deadline for application is April 30th
Fall - September 15; Deadline for application is August 31st

In the event of a student graduating in the Winter term, all requirements must be completed and submitted no later than two weeks before graduation.


The following distance learning course limitations are presently in effect for students attempting to complete a Certificate or a Masters degree at Heritage Seminary.

  1. Certificate of Theological Studies students and Master of Theological Studies students may complete up to three courses by distance learning.
  2. Master of Divinity students may complete up to five distance learning courses toward their degree. Generally, this will apply to students taking all or the majority of their courses at Heritage.
  3. All students must complete Biblical Introduction before enrolling in a Bible distance learning course for credit.

Applying for Distance Learning Courses:

Please note that you must apply and be accepted to the school prior to registering your Distance Learning course(s).

Please apply to the school by reading the Application Guide and filling out the Application Form.