8 Week Courses

Study Online, from Anywhere


In addition to our traditional 14-week online courses, we also offer accelerated incline courses that allow students to complete a full semester of class credit in just 8-weeks, completely online.

Program Highlights

  • Fully online classes, fully online degrees
  • Asynchronous – study on your schedule!
  • 8 weeks of study, 1 semester of credit
  • Taught by full-time faculty

“8-Week classes allow me to complete my studies in a more balanced way so that I can spend time working and serving in my church. I was grateful that I could maintain my job and continue my degree work at the same time.”

Caleb Norman, Master of Divinity in Worship Leadership

Degrees Available through the 8-Week Program

Master of Divinity (MDiv), School of Theology – 3 years

  • This degree is designed to prepare students for the broadest range of Christian ministries, especially in the local church. This is the master’s degree best suited for the student preparing for a pastoral or preaching ministry, as well as those seeking to flourish as servant leaders of other ministries focused on precise and practical teaching of the Bible.

Master of Divinity (MDiv), School of Educational Ministries – 3 years

  • The MDiv in the Jack D. Terry School of Educational Ministries provides comprehensive preparation for students to lead, teach, disciple, and counsel in a broad range of Christian ministry opportunities, especially in local churches. Students receive training in classical theological disciplines such as Old Testament, New Testament, church history, systematic theology, and biblical languages, as well as applied disciplines such as Christian leadership, preaching, evangelism, discipleship, worship, missions, Bible teaching, and counseling.

Master of Arts in Worship Leadership (MAWL) – 1.5 years

  • This program is designed for worship leaders who seek to deepen their understanding of authentic expressions of faith and develop their leadership and creative abilities. Through graduate study in worship, theology, culture, leadership, and music, students will be prepared to serve the local church in the area of music and worship ministry.

Master of Theological Studies (MTS) – 1 year

  • This degree provides basic theological education in Bible, church history, and theology, helping ministry and lay leaders lay a strong foundation for a wide variety of ministries. This 36-hour degree includes a summative evaluation at the end of the program.


Any Master’s student at Southwestern Seminary. Several degrees are available 100% through the 8-week Program, but these courses can be applied to any relevant degree program. Want to squeeze in an extra class? Add an 8-week course to your semester.

It means you can study on your schedule. Lectures are recorded for you to watch when and wherever works for you.

Yes. 8-week courses at Southwestern Seminary include live Zoom sessions with your instructors, where you can discuss ideas, ask questions about assignments, and hear directly from your faculty members.

Six. Here is a sample calendar of our 8-week terms, to give you an idea of what to expect:

  • Spring A – January-March
  • Spring B – March-April
  • Summer A – May-June
  • Summer B – June-August
  • Fall A – August-October
  • Fall B – October-December

We suggest no more than two per term. These classes are intensives, and require focused study at a quick pace. Students should be prepared to commit to at least two hours of work a day, six days per week in order to keep pace.


All our 8 week courses are taught by full-time faculty members at Southwestern Seminary. Here are just a few of the professors you’ll be able to study within the 8-week Program:

W. Madison Grace II

Director of Research Doctoral Studies; Director of the Oxford Studies Program; Associate Professor of Theology

Joseph R. Crider

Dean of the School of Church Music and Worship; Professor of Church Music and Worship

Shane W. Parker

Director of the Doctor of Educational Ministry Program; Associate Professor of Leadership and Educational Ministries

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