External Studies Delivered through Pre-recorded Streaming Video
In an effort to further assist our students in reaching their academic goal, VES is now offering pre-recorded courses through an online video streaming format. This delivery option will benefit external studies students who would like to access their course lectures from any location, as long as a computer and internet connection are available. This delivery option also benefits our residential students who may have missed a course and do not want to wait until it is taught live again. These pre-recorded courses include the exact same lectures given in the residential course, as well as any audio/visual aides used by the professor, in an easy to watch streaming video that is controlled by the click of your mouse. Your course syllabus, resources, and lectures are all available in one easy to access location online known as Veritas Seminary Online (VESO). All coursework may be submitted online, eliminating the cost of shipping. Pre-recorded streaming courses are available immediately upon payment, there is no down time waiting to receive DVD’s!
The external studies program does 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 VES degree program course requirements. The external studies program is open to foreign and U.S. citizens without a residency requirement in order to graduate. After you are admitted to the seminary, online students may complete their chosen major without a residency requirement. Each course will be offered via streaming video (or in some rare cases audio) lectures which may be completed at your own pace over a period of 15-weeks. For instance, a course begun on June 1 must be completed within 15-weeks.
Each pre-recorded streaming video course will contain the following elements on the course homepage:
- Course syllabus which contains course assignments
- Course instructions that offer special guidance
- Streaming video (or audio on occasion) lectures taught by VES professors
- Exam/quiz Proctor Form: (the students recruits a proctor for the administration of exams)
- Any pdfs, handouts, powerpoints, etc that are provided by professors
External Studies Students are responsible for obtaining any textbooks required for their courses.
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 graduate tuition is among the most affordable in the country, and is identical to
live on-campus credit courses. The tuition and fees for streaming courses are as follows:
- Graduate credit Tuition is $215.00 per unit
- Certificate tuition is $175.00 per unit
- Audit courses are $200 per course.
- There are no refunds for Online courses.
- Registration fee is $15.00 per course.
- Technology fee is $30.00 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 Streaming Courses
A new student desiring to begin taking classes online 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 online program does not constitute admission to the residence program. Once you receive your acceptance letter, you may register for courses by registering online on our streaming course registration page. When completing the registration form, it is the student’s responsibility to purchase the textbook(s) required for each course.
Tuition and fee payments must be paid in full at the time of registering. If payments are made by check mail to:
Veritas Evangelical Seminary
ATTN: External Studies
3000 W. MacArthur Blvd
Santa Ana, California 92704
After the payment of all tuition and fees, your course will be available to you when you log in to VES Populi.
Time to Complete External Programs
The Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.) must be completed in six (6) years from the date of first enrollment. The Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics (M.A.C.A.) must be completed within eight (8) years from the date of first enrollment. The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (M.A.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 aditional requirements in order to conform to the updated catalog.
Individual external courses must be completed (as evidenced by all coursework being submitted electronically on or prior to the course due date) by the end of the 120 day period. If you need a 30 day extension, you may request one in writing prior to the expiration date. A second 30 day extension may be granted for $50, with no further extensions possible. There are no extensions to this timeframe. The start date of all courses will be the day that payment is submitted via the online payment system on VESO.
COURSES ARE AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY UPON PAYMENT
Resident Students Taking External Courses
Resident students may complete a portion of their program requirements through external delivery options up to a maximum of four (4) courses, M.Div. students may take a maximum of five (5) courses.
External Studies Contact Information
Students fulfilling their courses through pre-recorded streaming video must have access to a working computer with the following minimum requirements:
- Broadband internet connection of at least 1mbps or more recommended.
- Speakers or operable headphone jack in order to listen to audio.
- Monitor with minimum of 800×600 resolution (1028×780 or higher recommended.)
- Word processing program (i.e. Word, Notepad, Wordpad, Pages, etc.)
- Available battery life of three or more hours, or connection to power in order to view each lecture.
Students fulfilling their courses through pre-recorded streaming video 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 VESO 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 Courses Without Enrolling
All VES students may purchase courses without enrollment for $150 per course.