External Studies Delivered through DVDs by Mail (Correspondence Courses)
The correspondence delivery option consists of courses offered by DVD and/or audio lectures taught by VES faculty which correspond to the courses offered in the resident program. External courses do not follow an academic calendar, and therefore, courses may be taken at any time and in any sequence unless there are stated prerequisites. All admission requirements are the same as other Seminary resident programs as well as degree program course requirements. Correspondence courses are open to foreign and U.S. citizens without a residency requirement in order to graduate.
After you are admitted to the seminary, correspondence students may complete their chosen major without a residency requirement. Each course will be offered via DVD (or in rare cases audio) lectures which may be completed at your own pace over a period of 15-weeks. For instance, a course begun on January 1st will be due (i.e. assignments postmarked no later than) 15-weeks later.
Each course packet will be sent to you in the mail and contain the following materials:
- Course syllabus which contains course assignments with start and due date
- Course instructions that offer special guidance
- DVD video (or audio on occasion) lectures taught by VES professors
- Course textbook(s) (if ordered)
- Exam/quiz Proctor Form: (the students recruits a proctor for the administration of exams)
On occasion, your professor will require you to take a quiz or an exam. In order to fulfill exam assignments you will first need to submit to VES your enclosed Proctor Form which identifies a qualified individual (e.g. professor, pastor, counselor, librarian, teacher, educational administrator, or an individual employed by a professional learning center) who is a non-family member that will ensure accountability and administer and return your exam/quiz to VES for grading.
Tuition and Fees
External studies tuition is among the most affordable in the country, and is identical to
live on-campus credit courses. The tuition and fees for external courses are as follows:
- Graduate credit Tuition is $215.00 per unit ($645.00 per course)
- Certificate tuition is $175.00 per unit ($525.00 per course)
- Audit courses are $200 per course.
- There are no refunds for correspondence courses.
- Registration fee is $10.00 per course.
- Technology fee is $25.00 per course.
- Annual Administrative fee is a one-time $50.00 assessed to your first course of the year.
- Textbook prices usually fluctuate between $13.00 and $40.00 each (c. $75 per course total).
- Flat fee of $6.00 for postage/shipping/handling per course if shipped to a destination within the continental United States.
- A $50.00 shipping charge will be assessed for courses shipped outside the United States.
Beginning Your Correspondence Courses
A new student desiring to enroll in DVD (correspondence) courses must complete the following:
- Complete and submit the Application for Admission to Veritas Evangelical Seminary. The application may be downloaded from the Seminary website. Admission to the correspondence delivery option does not constitute admission to the residence program.
- Once you receive your acceptance letter, you may register for courses by either calling in your course selections to the Seminary toll free at 888.JOHN.17.17 or locally at 951.698.6389, or faxing your completed registration form to 951.677.7017, or by emailing your form to VES as an attachment.
- When completing the registration form, it is the student’s responsibility to complete the textbook and shipping cost listed on the registration form. The costs of textbooks are listed with the course offerings on the Seminary website and the shipping is always $6.00 if the destination is within the continental United States.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR COURSES ONLINE
Tuition and fee payments must be paid in full at the time of registration. If payments are made by check mail to:
Veritas Evangelical Seminary
ATTN: External Studies
30407 Murrieta Hot Springs Road
Murrieta, California 92563
After the payment of all tuition and fees, your course will be shipped to you.
Time to Complete Correspondence Courses
The Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) must be completed in six (6) years from the date of first enrollment. The Master of Christian Apologetics (M.C.A.) must be completed within eight (8) years from the date of first enrollment. The Master of Biblical Studies (M.B.S.) must be completed eight (8) years from the date of first enrollment. The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) must be completed within twelve (12) years from the date of first enrollment. If more time is needed, you may be asked to complete additional requirements in order to conform to the updated catalog.
Individual correspondence courses must be completed (as evidenced by a postmark on or prior to the course due date) by the end of the four calendar month period (16 weeks). If you need a 30 day extension, you may request one in writing prior to the expiration date for a $50 fee. A second 30 day extension may be granted for an additional $50 fee, with no further extensions possible. There are no extensions to this timeframe except for extraordinary circumstances. The start date of all courses will be the 1st and the 15th of every month. For example, if you register for your course on or after the 1st of the month and before the 15th of the month your start date will automatically be January 15th. If you register on or after January 15th and before the 1st of the next month your start date will be calculated from February 1st. All start dates that land on the first of the month will be due no later than the final day of the fourth month. All start dates that are calculated from the 15th day of the month will be due no later than the 15th day of the fourth month. For instance, if you register on January 10, your start date would be January 15, and your due date would be May 15.
The student’s course syllabus will contain your start and due date which must be strictly adhered too. The student should allow seven (7) business days for shipping.
Resident Students Taking Correspondence Courses
Resident students may complete a portion of their program requirements through the correspondence delivery option up to a maximum of four (4) courses, M.Div. students may take a maximum of five (5) courses.
External Studies Contact Information
Toll Free: 888.JOHN.1717
Correspondence students must have an operational DVD player, MP3 player, email access, and word processing capabilities.
Correspondence students are responsible for obtaining their textbooks for each course either through VES External Studies department or your local Christian or online bookstore. Textbooks titles and prices are listed on the correspondence page of the Seminary website. In some cases used or out of print books are assigned. These may be purchased through VES, or other online used/new book search engines such as:
VES Students May Purchase Pre-Recorded Courses Without Enrolling
All VES students may purchase courses without enrollment for $150 per course.