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Distance Learning at UTS

Gillian Corcoran
July 14, 1999

Distance learning at the Unification Theological Seminary is designed for busy adults who want to gain the knowledge of a seminary education without relocating to Barrytown. The courses are designed for working adults who are established in their missions, careers and families. Your home becomes your classroom, and you study according to your own schedule. Studies have shown that self-motivated adult learners can achieve as good or better outcomes at learning than students who attend lectures.

At the present time, UTS does not offer a complete Masters’ Degree through distance learning. However, students enrolled in a Masters’ Degree program may take up to six courses (18 credits) via distance learning. Anyone who wishes ultimately to obtain a Master’s Degree can begin by accumulating credits through these distance learning courses.

UTS graduates who enrolled prior to 1986 can use distance learning courses to convert their diplomas into recognized degrees. For more information, contact the Registrar.

How to Enroll and What to Expect

Distance learning courses are open to everyone. If you do not have a college degree but are interested in Seminary education, please check out our Certificate Programs. Distance learners who want to apply their credits towards earning a Masters’ Degree should discuss the matter of admissions requirements with the Admissions Office. The cost for a 3-credit course is $450 plus registration and materials fee, approximately $55 and $10 - $40 respectively.( 25% tuition plus registration and materials fees due upon enrollment. Visa and Master Card are accepted)

You do not have to be adept at using the computer in order to take most distance learning courses. Although communication through the Internet is preferred, many of these courses can be taken low-tech, via fax or mail.

When you enroll in a distance learning course, you will receive a Study Guide which includes discussion points and regular assignments. For some courses you will be asked to purchase audio tapes or video cassettes, and most courses require a textbook.

As a distance learner, you will be mentored by a UTS professor. Besides grading your assignments, he/she will be available by phone or e-mail to answer questions and guide you through the course. When you send in your assignments you can also ask questions. By using e-mail, you can receive answers to your questions within a few days; by regular mail, within a week.

Where courses require a proctored final examination or a local field supervisor, you are expected to make the arrangements in conjunction with your faculty mentor.

Some courses are on a fixed schedule in parallel with instruction at Barrytown, but most courses can be taken at your own pace. Adult learners set their own goals and have the diligence to complete the assignments.

July 14, 1999

Courses Offered Fall ‘99:

Divine Principle (Wilson)
Unification Philosophy (Noda)
Paths of Faith (Carlson)
Philosophical Foundations (Noda)
Old Testament Foundations (Wilson)
More Courses Available in AY 1999/2000:
History of Christianity (Mickler)
Homiletics (Winings)
New Testament Foundations (Arthur)
Life and Letters of Paul (Arthur)
Life and Thought of Sun Myung Moon (Oh)
Marriage & Family Counseling (McMahon)
Practicum in Counseling (McMahon)
Psychology of Religious Development (McMahon)
Spirituality for World Citizenship (Carlson)
Theories and Techniques of Counseling (McMahon)
Theories of Personality (McMahon)
Unification Worldview (Ward)

To enroll in any of these courses, or if you have further questions, please contact:

UTS Registrar
Mrs. Ute Delaney

UTS Director of Admissions
Mrs. Gillian Corcoran

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