Portland Seminary offers many of our programs in both Local and Online Learning Communities.
Programs in the Local Seminary Programs (SemL) delivery format take place on the Portland Center campus with classes offered on Mondays and Thursdays in a fourteen week block rotation, providing students the opportunity to take up to 10 credit hours in one day. In the Local Seminary Programs, students complete the majority of their courses in a classroom format with face-to-face time once a week. Local Seminary Programs students are also given the opportunity to take online courses or hybrid courses. Our online courses require participation within a web learning environment, while hybrid courses require participation in a web learning environment with an additional face-to-face component over a two or three day period during the semester.
Programs in the Distance Seminary Programs (SemD) delivery format combine a hybrid of online distance education with classroom face-to-face gatherings on the Portland Center campus twice a year (Masters programs) or elsewhere (Doctor of Ministry programs). These programs are designed for students living in any geographic location seeking a distance learning online experience. In the Distance Seminary Programs, students complete the majority of their coursework in an online web learning environment engaging with readings, asynchronous discussions, chats, and/or video presentations each week. Distance Seminary Programs students gather in person for face-to-face classroom instruction at dates specified by each program.