MTSO offers courses both in person and online. While some courses are available exclusively online or exclusively in person, the vast majority of courses are available in both modes.
We employ HyFlex (short for “hybrid-flexible”) education, through which classes are taught in person and remotely via Zoom – both at the same time. A typical class includes an instructor and some students together in a classroom, joined by other students who participate remotely. MTSO’s state-of-the-art classroom technology brings everyone together for meaningful interaction in real time.
Why does MTSO offer HyFlex education?
Students have varying needs and preferences regarding the way they attend classes. Personal schedules, geographical distance and individual learning styles all can affect whether it’s best to take a course in person on the MTSO campus or remotely from home. HyFlex classes give individual students options while also providing the opportunity to connect with faculty and classmates.
Can I complete my full degree online?
Possibly. The vast majority of our classes are available online. Classes that are not HyFlex include:
- Cross-cultural immersion, required for the Master of Divinity and MA in Social Justice degrees.
- Field education or internship, required for the Master of Divinity, MA in Practical Theology, and MA in Social Justice degrees.
Your first academic advising appointment will be with the registrar, who will work with you to explore your options and build a schedule.
What if I am a United Methodist candidate for ordination?
Learn about options for fulfilling UM requirements here.
What if I am an international student?
International students on an F1 visa are permitted to count only one online class each semester toward their full course of study, per U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulations. Other courses will need to be taken residentially on the MTSO campus. The MA in Social Justice degree is primarily online, so international students who are interested in the MASJ will need to pair the degree with one of our other master’s degrees.
Because of online residency requirements, the Doctor of Ministry degree is not available to international students at this time.