X:PTS + ONLINE

WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER I FINISH MY COURSE?

X:PTS courses are designed to be living communities of learning. Because the information you learn in the course is only the first step in your journey, we have given you access to your X:PTS courses for the life of the course.

Every month your course professor will return to the course to continue and extend the dialogue. As new students continue to enter the course, the conversation will grow and develop over time. You will be automatically updated via email as new questions and comments are posted.

CAN I EARN CREDITS TOWARDS A DEGREE AT PRINCETON THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY?

X:PTS currently does not grant credits or degrees. Academic work on X:PTS is currently non-transferable.

CAN I VISIT CAMPUS?

Campus is open year around to all visitors. You may also schedule an official visit by clicking here. X:PTS students are invited to participate in X:PTS + ACTIVATE!—a yearly conference and reunion for Princeton Theological Seminary online students beginning in Spring 2018.

IF I HAVE A QUESTION WHO DO I CONTACT?

The fastest way to have your question answered is to use the X:PTS Chat Bot at the bottom right of your screen. Questions are usually answered within a few hours. If that does not work then please email questions to xptssupport@ptsem.edu.

WHAT IF I WANT TO CALL AND TALK WITH SOMEONE?

The most efficient and effective form of communication with X:PTS is via xptssupport@ptsem.edu. If you feel your situation is urgent please direct all phone calls to either the Director of Digital Learning at 1.609.497.7948 or the Office of Continuing Education at Princeton Theological Seminary at 1.609.688.1933.


C:TM + ONLINE CERTIFICATE

HOW MANY COHORTS DO YOU OFFER EACH YEAR?

We currently offer a Certificate of Theology and Ministry cohort every Spring, Summer and Fall.

SHOULD I TAKE C:TM IF I ALREADY HAVE AN MDIV?

We do not recommend C:TM for those who have received an M.Div. in the last 5 years.

WHAT DOES SELF-PACED LEARNING MEAN?

There are only two deadlines within the C:TM course, the first deadline is the midterm and the second is the final. Before you take the midterm or final, you have to be caught up with all of the previous course work.

HOW MANY HOURS A WEEK CAN I EXPECT TO WORK?

We recommend for students to plan for 8-10 hours a week spent within the course.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAN'T FINISH THE COURSE?

If you are unable to complete the course before the mid-term are given the limited opportunity to roll into the next cohort. This opportunity expires after it is accepted and no further rolling is allowed.

What is your refund policy?

We issue a 100% refund if you drop the course within the first week, minus a $15 processing fee. If you drop after the first week and before the New Testament course opens 3 weeks into the program, you will receive a 75% refund, minus a $15 processing fee. If you drop after the New Testament course opens and before the midterm opens 6 weeks into the program, you will receive a 25% refund, minus the processing fee.

IS THERE A DROP DATE?

If you need to drop out of the certificate for any reason, please contact ctmsupport@ptsem.edu immediately. If you drop prior to starting the second week, you will receive 75% of your money back, minus a $15 processing fee. If you drop between the second course and the midterm, you will receive 25% of your money back. After the midterm you no longer have the option to roll into another cohort and do not qualify for a refund if you drop.

WHAT COURSES WILL I TAKE?

C:TM + ONLINE is broken up into four sections; Old Testament for Faith and Life, New Testament, Theology, and World Christianity. For more details about each of these course offerings, and the professors who teach them, please visit the C:TM + ONLINE page under the CERTIFICATES tab at the top of the page.

DOES THE COST INCLUDE MATERIALS THAT ARE SENT TO THE STUDENTS, IN ADVANCE OF CLASSES, TO STUDY, OR ARE ALL THE MATERIALS DOWNLOADABLE OFF THE INTERNET?

There are currently two additional texts students are required to purchase and can be ordered via Amazon.com: About the Bible: Short Answers to Big Questions Revised and Expanded Edition, Terence Fretheim (Augsburg Books 2009); Classical Christian Doctrine: Introducing the Essentials of the Ancient Faith Ronald E. Heine (Baker Academic 2013).

CAN QUESTIONS BE ASKED AFTER THE WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASSES, VIA EMAIL, IF NECESSARY?

Currently, professors are only available for consultation during the Live Experience! C:TM + ONLINE is designed to be a peer-to-peer learning experience. Much like the Princeton Theological Seminary campus experience, 80% of theological education happens in working through theological problems with your classmates. Our Teaching-Fellow and TA’s will be available for clarification throughout the 14-week certificate.

ARE WE ISSUED CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION UPON SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING THE COHORT?

Yes, if you successfully pass the C:TM program you will be awarded the C:TM + ONLINE certificate powered by Princeton Theological Seminary. Students can either achieve a PASS or PASS w/ DISTINCTION on their certificate.

WHAT IF I’M TRAVELING DURING CLASS?

C:TM + ONLINE is designed to be done anywhere you can get connected to the internet and will be able to work on your coursework and interact with your cohort from virtually anywhere! The Live Experience! is also browser based and can be access from a laptop.

HOW DOES THIS PROGRAM DIFFER FROM THE YEAR-LONG COURSE IN MINISTRY AND THEOLOGY PREVIOUSLY OFFERED ONLINE BY PRINCETON THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY?

This is a reimagined version of a year-long certificate we previously piloted. We’ve compressed the coursework into 14-weeks; added more self-paced weekly work, case studies, peer-to-peer assignments, and we’ve included more face-to-face time with our professors.

I STILL HAVE A QUESTION; WHO DO I CONTACT?

If you are not yet a C:TM student, the fastest way to have your question answered is to use the X:PTS Chat Bot at the bottom right of the website. Questions are usually answered within a few hours. If that does not work then please email questions about the C:TM + ONLINE program to ctminfo@ptsem.edu.

WHAT IF I WANT TO CALL AND TALK WITH SOMEONE?

If you are not yet a C:TM student,the most efficient and effective form of communication regarding the C:TM + ONLINE program is via ctminfo@ptsem.edu. If you feel your situation is urgent please direct all phone calls to either the Director of Digital Learning at 1.609.497.7948 or the Office of Continuing Education at Princeton Theological Seminary at 1.609.688.1933.

C:TM + ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS

DOES PRINCETON HAVE A PAYMENT PLAN?

Yes. We allow students to pay in 1 or 2 payment installments. Once you are accepted to the program, you will be prompted to pay for the program via email. When you enter your credit card information, you have the option of paying in 1 or 2 payments.

WHAT IS THE DUE DATE FOR SUMMER APPLICATIONS?

We start accepting applications for the Summer cohort in early March.

CAN I APPLY FOR NEXT YEAR'S COHORT THIS YEAR?

Currently, we only open application for one cohort at a time. In the future, we hope to allow participants to apply to cohorts up to a year in advance.

I ALREADY SUBMITTED MY APPLICATION, DO YOU HAVE IT ON FILE?

Yes. As of 2016, we keep record of ever application ever submitted. If you have submitted a application prior to 2016, and would like to revisit that application, please send an email to ctmsupport@ptsem.edu.

C:TM + ONLINE Live Experience!

WHAT DO I NEED TO ACCESS THE LIVE EXPERIENCE?

We recommend being hardwired to the internet, the latest version of Google Chrome, and ear buds.

I DON'T HAVE A CAMERA ON MY COMPUTER, IS IT STILL POSSIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE LIVE EXPERIENCE?

Yes. You do not need a camera to participate in the Live Experience, although we highly recommend getting access to a camera for the experience. This way the professor and your peers can see you and interact with you on a more personal level.

HOW DO I ACCESS THE LIVE EXPERIENCE?

Students in C:TM + ONLINE can access the Live Experience! via the live tab on your sign in page. Once students are accepted to the course, they will receive a code that will allow them to enter the live tab.

WHAT IF I MISS AN OCCASIONAL LIVE EXPERIENCE?

The Live Experience! is required for successful completion of the certificate and missing them will lower your participation grade. Skipping the Live Experience! will result is not qualifying for Pass with Distinction honors and possibly failing to pass the certificate altogether.

C:TM + ONLINE phone APP

HOW DOES THE PHONE APP WORK?

Our platform is built for any mobile device. You just save the site to your home screen.

C:TM + ONLINE Course PLATFORM

DO I NEED TO DOWNLOAD A SPECIAL PROGRAM?

No. Our online platform is accessible from the internet. Once you are accepted to the program you will be able to access your cohort via the sign in tab.

DO I NEED TO READ ANYTHING BEFORE THE COURSE BEGINS?

No. There is currently no pre-reading required for C:TM.