Can the Journey MDIV be completed fully online?

The Journey MDIV offers the flexibility of completing much of your coursework online but one-third of the degree is earned with shorts trips to Denver. To meet the residential requirements, students in the Journey MDIV attend a one-week intensive at the beginning of their program, and travel to Denver to be on campus few days during each term for hybrid classes. Relocation to Denver is not required.

How often do I need to come to Denver?

Three times a year. 7 days in the fall, and 2-4 days in the winter and 2-4 days in the spring.

When does enrollment begin?

The Journey Program begins in the fall term. Classes begin online in September, followed by a one-week on-campus component in October.

What will my schedule look like?

There are many ways you might structure your schedule, depending on your lifestyle and commitments. In the fall, you will be on-campus in Denver for one week. From there, in the winter, and spring, you may register for fully online courses or hybrid courses. A hybrid course is completed at distance with the expectation that you will attend a residential session for 1-2 days mid-term. Additional flexibility includes weekend options or summer classes.

What is a hybrid class?

A hybrid class is a combination of online and on-campus learning. On-campus classroom time, along with online assignments and interactions are standard aspects for hybrid classes. Each hybrid class requires eight hours of on-campus over a 1-2 day period.

What is an online class?

When you take an online class, discussions take place through discussion boards, postings, email, and online chats. Your assignments are submitted electronically. Although much of the coursework is completed independently, there are established deadlines, enrollment periods, and completion dates. Distance courses follow the same term as traditional face-to-face courses and require at least as much time. They provide the same quality of education as our residential courses with the added flexibility of attending class from any location with internet access.

How do I know if online learning is right for me?

While online learning may not be for everyone, you may be surprised how engaging and relational online learning is. In general, students who succeed with online learning are comfortable using the internet, engage with social networking, manage email, read blogs, have time management skills for self-study, and are comfortable using new technology. We suggest that you speak with one of our Admissions Representatives to determine if this is the right program for you.

Is the Journey MDIV degree option the same as taking the MDIV offered by Iliff through its traditional, residential program?

The Journey MDiv has the same entrance and educational requirements, as well as the same overall learning goals. Degree requirements for students taking courses through the Journey MDIV are the same for students taking courses through other residential-centric formats.

How do I know if the Journey MDIV meets my denomination’s residency requirements?

It is up to each student to ascertain their denomination’s residency requirements. You should contact your local judicatory or denominational office for this information. Iliff can help you with meeting your denomination’s requirements through a variety of course delivery options – online, hybrid, on-campus or weekend – Please speak with one of our Admissions Representatives. The Journey MDIV program is accredited and has been approved by the Association of Theological Schools as part of our comprehensive distance education offerings. For those who are United Methodist and seeking ordination as an Elder, the denomination allows two-thirds of the Master of Divinity degree online, with one-third required to be in residence (University Senate, January 27, 2011). There are a number of options available to fulfill the residency requirements set forth by the denomination. Speak with an Admissions Representative to learn more.

Who teaches in the Journey MDIV program?

Iliff’s internationally renowned faculty teach the courses in the program, just as they do in our residential programs. All of Iliff’s faculty are dedicated to teaching/scholarship, as well as to developing caring, collegial relationships that nurture and challenge every student. Learn more about our faculty.

How long does it take to complete the Journey MDIV?

The Journey MDiv can be completed in a minimum of three years and a maximum of 10 years. Most students complete the degree in 3-4 years. Each person’s circumstance varies and students may attend full-time or part-time depending on their schedules.

Is Iliff accredited?

Yes. The Iliff School of Theology and its programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada. Iliff is listed by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church as an official seminary of the denomination. Our degree programs have also been approved by the Colorado State Approving Agency for Veteran’s Education and Training.

Where do I stay when I come to Denver?

Iliff has a partnership with the Holiday Inn—Denver Cherry Creek. Students are offered a discounted rate.


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