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Online Education

Trinity School for Ministry seeks to be a “global center for Christian formation, producing outstanding leaders who can plant, renew, and grow churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ.” (Vision, Purpose and Values)  In the service of this vision, Trinity provides more than a seminary online. We seek to make Christian academic and spiritual formation accessible to those who, for a variety of reasons, cannot relocate to our campus in Ambridge, PA. Through our online courses, we offer more than simply the ability to study at a distance—we offer the opportunity to join with a community of disciples who by God’s grace are engaging Paul’s challenge “to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,” as we speak the truth in love (Eph 4:15, ESV).


Online Courses

Trinity offers a range of online seminary courses on a rotating basis each Fall, Spring, and Summer. The courses mirror the residential courses: semester-long classes, weekly reading and assignments, regular interaction with the faculty and class members, and an average of 8–12 hours of study, per week, per course. Coursework is mixture of asynchronous and synchronous elements — time to engage with lectures and discussions at your own pace, with regular live sessions with the professor and classmates.  Participation in these discussions, combined with the other assignments, demands an extensive amount of reading and writing.

Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates

Up to 2/3rds of the Master’s of Divinity (MDiv) can be completed through online study, with a required residential year at our Ambridge campus. The Master’s of Arts in Religion (MAR), in each focus, can be completed entirely online or through a combination of online and residential study.

All of Trinity’s Diplomas and Certificates can be completed entirely online.

Residential students may supplement their plan of study with online courses.

For more information, please contact Russ Warren or Barbara Knecht at 1-800-874-8754 or


We are in compliance with the laws of all 50 States in the US and our courses are available to students in Canada and throughout the world.


  • Motivation, self discipline and the ability to engage with others in thoughtful, challenging, Christian dialogue.
  • A schedule that permits 8 to 12 hours per week of reading, studying, and writing per course.
  • Willingness to engage in an extensive amount of reading and writing.
  • Basic skills in typing, emailing, and creating/attaching electronic files.

o   Regular and reliable access to high-speed internet (DSL or cable suggested)

o   Adobe Reader (available at

o   A webcam + headset (microphone + earphones) for any course in which there is a real-time component.