In keeping with its mission to prepare and empower women and men as faithful leaders in Christian ministry, Perkins School of Theology meets you where you are both spiritually and geographically through our flexible Houston-Galveston Extension Program. Hybrid courses and one-week intensives provide an opportunity for you to continue your journey in ministry on-site in Houston-Galveston: attending seminary while still employed full- or part-time reduces the cost to students—both financially and in travel time—and creates a smoother transition for you and your family. Being located in Houston, one of the most socially, culturally and economically diverse cities in the United States, this unique hybrid program allows students to take advantage of an extraordinary range of opportunities for Christian ministry, both as clergy and laity.
Through Perkins, Southern Methodist University offers students in the Houston-Galveston region—and others willing to travel to Houston—the opportunity to complete two different master's degrees in theology on-site: the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and the Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A.M.).
All courses in the Houston-Galveston Extension Program are offered in either hybrid or one-week intensive format. Each hybrid course meets for 10 hours face-to-face (student-professor) at the beginning of the semester and for an additional 10 hours at the end of the semester. The remainder of the class is taught online. One-week intensive courses will usually be offered during the January Term and during the Summer.
The hybrid Houston-Galveston Extension Program will offer three courses per semester (Fall and Spring) and three courses during the Summer. Students who successfully complete each of these courses in the regular sequence will earn the M.Div. degree in three years and the M.A.M. degree in two years.