Certificate of Anglican Studies Low Residency


The Certificate in Anglican Studies (C.A.S.) low-residency option is designed for students wishing to pursue the C.A.S. primarily through distance learning, but with intensive periods of study and formation over two summers. Courses are taken online, and in two consecutive on-campus summer residential programs of two weeks each, during which students form community and participate in worship and personal formation for ministry. Small groups for advising, spiritual reflection, and worship planning are central to students’ personal formation throughout the program.

Summary of Requirements

In addition to the standard requirements for the C.A.S., applicants for the low-residency option must show capacity to participate in online learning, and have access to appropriate computer technology.

For low-residency students, the equivalent of four 3-unit courses will be taken during the two on-campus summer residential programs. Four 3-unit courses will be taken as online courses during the school year. At the discretion of the advisor, online courses may be taken at other GTU schools.

Students will work with a faculty advisor to design an online course of study involving the following four Anglican areas of study: History, Theology and Ethics, Liturgics, and Pastoral Care (including Homiletics). A total of 24 course units (the equivalent of eight 3-unit courses) is required. The certificate program will normally include at least one course in each of the core areas listed above. Transfer credit for up to four semester courses (or the quarter system equivalent) completed while enrolled as a student at another accredited Episcopal theological institution may be approved. Participation in two consecutive on-campus summer intensives is required.

Application Process

  • Application FormPriority application deadline: March 1
  • CAS Low Residency begins with a two week summer residential program.  Orientation for this year will be held on  Sunday, June 15th, 2014.  Classes begin on Monday, June 16th and end on Friday, June 27th, 2014. 
  • Apply online
  • The application requires
  •         official transcripts from all colleges attended
  •         two letters of reference as specified on the admissions application
  •         letter from the diocesan bishop if the applicant is in the ordination process   
  •         two essays        
  •         an interview 
  •         completion of the computer requirements document
  •         a non-refundable application fee of $50.

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