Siena Heights University will initiate a new online program, offering a certificate in Theological Studies in the fall 2008 term.
While the program has had success in the traditional classroom setting, the online format will allow for flexible scheduling to meet the needs of adult students. The online classes will offer students an in-depth pursuit of theology and better prepare them for ministry in a variety of church settings. According to Program Coordinator Sister Chris Matthews, OP, the program is grounded in the rich Catholic tradition.
With most courses conducted in an eight-week format, the Siena Heights program is accredited by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Certification and Accreditation. Upon successful completion of the program, a certificate in Theological Studies is granted, which proves to be valuable in applying for ministerial positions, Matthews said. Students also benefit from personal spiritual growth from taking courses such as Theological Ethics, Introduction to the Christian Scriptures, Church History and Ministry, Management and Leadership.
“The program in Theological Studies fulfills the Siena Heights mission to assist people to become more competent, purposeful and ethical,” Matthews said. “Siena Heights University employs qualified faculty who teach in the name of the Catholic Church to meet the needs of nontraditional students while maintaining the excellence of a university education. Many of the faculty have been teaching in similar SHU programs since 1996.”
Deadline for registering for fall classes is Aug. 11. For more information on the Theological Studies program at Siena Heights, please contact Sister Chris Matthews, OP, at 517-264-7632 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Program in Theological Studies
Frequently Asked Questions
What courses are included in the Program in Theological Studies?
Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures
Introduction to the Christian Scriptures
Theology of Ministry
Theology of Church
Ministry, Management and Leadership Catechetical Methodology
Who will be teaching the course?
Siena Heights University employs qualified faculty who teach in the name of the Catholic Church to meet the needs of nontraditional students while maintaining the excellence of a university education. Many of the faculty have been teaching in similar SHU programs since 1996.
May I substitute theology courses I have taken in the past?
Classes taken in the past will be evaluated with regard to the content of the class and when/where the class was taken. This is done on a case by case, class by class basis.
What is the time frame for each class?
Ordinarily classes are conducted in an eight week time frame.
How will the program benefit me?
The program is accredited by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Certification and Accreditation. Upon successful completion of the program a Certificate in Theological Studies is granted. The Certificate proves to be valuable in applying for ministerial positions. Students also benefi t from personal spiritual growth. They become more competent in discussing theological issues and theological dimensions of current events.
How do I register?
Request the registration material by email. Complete the registration form. Fax the completed registration form and a copy of passport or driver’s license to the fax number on the registration form. Mail an official high school transcript or transcript from most recent degree to the address on the registration form.
What is the deadline for registration?
Deadline for fall 2008 is Aug. 11, 2008. Upon completion of registration a Siena Heights University ID will be issued and the student will be registered in eCollege.
How will I know if I am competent enough in online technology to take the course?
Upon completion of registration and prior to the fi rst class, students will receive and go through an online orientation to familiarize them with eCollege.
What is the cost of the course?
Tuition is $360/semester hour ($1,080 for a 3 semester hour course). Online courses have an additional $90 non-refundable eCollege fee ($1,170 per course). Courses are 3 semester hours unless otherwise noted.
When is payment due?
Payment is due prior to the first class.
How do I pay for classes?
Online payment is available through the Siena web site.