Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Flexible Study Plans

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Study On and Off Campus

Many of our students pursue degrees on a part-time basis and live several hours away from campus. Realizing that you have other responsibilities - family, full-time work, parish and community involvement, etc. - we provide a variety of course formats that fit into your busy life.

We do not offer a complete distance-learning degree; you must earn at least 25 percent of your degree credits through courses that meet on campus.

Click here to view upcoming weekend, online, and other alternative-format courses [pdf]

Weekday Courses (on-campus)

This traditional course format requires you to live within regular commuting distance from our campus. You study side-by-side with seminarians for the duration of the fall or spring terms. Core classes generally meet on Tuesdays and Fridays or Mondays and Thursdays; electives are generally Monday, Tuesday or Thursday afternoons.

Weekend Courses (on-campus)

This is the primary course format if you live some distance from Saint Meinrad. Weekend courses consist of three all-day Saturday-Sunday weekends (with a break on Sunday for Mass), roughly one per month for three months. On-campus weekend housing is available.

This compressed format gives you the same amount of classroom time as a conventional weekly course, but it requires being on campus only one weekend per month. We offer weekend courses year-round, during each of our four terms. In many courses, you will use our online learning platform to post readings and interact with others in your class between weekends.

Intensive Residency Courses (on-campus)

We designed Intensive Residency Courses to economize travel and provide opportunities for an extended stay. Intensive courses often are scheduled during January or the summer, and usually meet for a total of seven days of instruction.

Online Courses (distance)

These courses, taught entirely online using our online learning platform, are offered in the spring, summer and fall terms. Online courses have weekly scheduled assignments and promote peer interaction. Course designs may vary; some courses run parallel to on-campus courses and include video lectures. Most courses are asynchronous, meaning you do not need to be online at a certain time each week.

Web-Hybrid Courses (on-campus)

Web-hybrid courses are a combination of an online and a weekend-format class. Like the online courses, they use our online learning platform. Additionally, you travel to our campus for some time of instruction. Up to two Web-hybrid courses count as on-campus coursework; additional Web-hybrid courses are considered distance-based.

Independent Studies (distance)

If you have academic or pastoral interests not specifically addressed by available courses, or you have extraordinary circumstances that prevent you from enrolling in another course format, you may make arrangements with a professor to set up a directed independent study, either in an area of interest or to complete a regularly offered course.

Transfer Credit (distance)

You are welcome to transfer credits you have earned at other accredited schools, assuming the course is applicable to your degree curriculum. We generally accept up to 15 credits toward your Saint Meinrad degree.