ExL Frequently Asked Questions
Will I have to be online at specific times?
Occasionally professors may require students to be online at the same time. However, most course interaction takes place asynchronously.
How do ExL courses compare to on-campus courses?
Course content is comparable to on-campus courses. However, ExL courses require considerable online discussion and collaboration with your peers.
What kind of support can I expect to receive?
In addition to the support you will receive from your peers and your professor, the ExL program provides technical and administrative support. Assistance with library resources is also available.
How much of a degree can be earned online?
Currently, the accreditation board allows us to offer up to two-thirds of a Master of Divinity degree via online courses. For the Master of Divinity degree, this is 64 hours. For all 60-hour M.A. degrees offered at Asbury Seminary, up to one half (30 hours) of the degree may be earned online.
How do I earn the required on-campus hours?
ExL students may take courses in Kentucky or Florida at any time. Intensive courses are available at either of these campuses in January, June, July, and August. Check the course scheduling page for upcoming classes and their respective dates and times.
Can I alternate between ExL classes and on-campus classes?
Yes. ExL courses may be taken concurrently with on-campus classes.
Are ExL courses transferable to other institutions?
ExL courses are fully accredited. The content and required work of these courses are equivalent to courses taught on campus, making ExL courses as transferable as on-campus courses. All transfers of credit, however, depend on the requirements of the receiving institution. Be sure to check with the institution to which you plan to transfer.
What do I need to do before registering for ExL courses?
After being admitted to the seminary and paying your matriculation fee, you will then be able to register for an ExL course. However, we highly recommend you work through the tutorials for the virtual campus. These will help you be prepared for an online learning environment.
How will I make payments for my courses?
Payments are made via credit card (online or by phone) or by check.
Are intensive courses offered via ExL?
No, due to the highly interactive nature of ExL courses.
May I audit an ExL course?
No, ExL courses are not offered for auditing purposes because of the limited number of spaces available for students.
How can I transfer credits from another institution?
All transfer requests should be submitted to the Registrar, with copies of course syllabi and transcripts (unless the transcripts are already on file).
(Please note that United Methodist Course of Study classes and life experience are not accepted for academic credit.)
Do transfer credits count as on-campus hours?
No, required on-campus hours must be completed in Kentucky or Florida. Classes transferred from other schools may reduce the number of hours that may be taken online.
Must I already have a completed bachelor’s degree before being admitted?
You must either have a Bachelor’s Degree or be within 10 hours of earning your Bachelor’s Degree for admission.
Are doctoral classes offered online?
Doctoral classes are not currently offered online in the ExL program.
What happens if I don’t take classes immediately upon admission?
Admission is good for one year. If you do not take classes within that year, you will need to reapply.
How many credit hours may I take each semester?
For M.A. or M.Div. students on any of Asbury Theological Seminary’s campuses (including students on the Virtual Campus), full-load status is defined as 9 hours of coursework per semester. In scheduling coursework, however, ExL students should carefully consider the amount of time that must be devoted to coursework, balancing this against the amount of time they will be engaged in employment and other responsibilities. Many students find that the regular and sustained on-line interaction expected in an ExL course requires more of them than attending courses on a geophysical campus. For this reason, students enrolling for ExL courses for the first time are strongly encouraged to take no more than 6 hours.
The semester course load for students in the M.Div. and M.A. programs will be limited to 14 semester hours.
The course load for January, June, July and August terms will be limited to four semester hours.