Study On and Off Campus
Many of our students pursue degrees on a part-time basis and
live several hours away from campus. Realizing that you have other
responsibilities - family, full-time work, parish and community
involvement, etc. - we provide a variety of course formats that fit
into your busy life. We do not offer a complete distance-learning
degree; you must earn at least half of your degree credits through
courses that meet on campus.
Click here to view upcoming weekend, online, and
other alternative-format courses [pdf]
Weekday Courses (on-campus)
This traditional course format requires you to live within
regular commuting distance from our campus. You study side-by-side
with seminarians for the duration of the fall or spring terms. Core
classes generally meet on Tuesdays and Fridays or Mondays and
Thursdays; electives are generally Monday, Tuesday or Thursday
Weekly Podcast Courses (distance)
This format is based on a course offered in the regular weekday
format. We digitally record the twice-weekly lectures and
discussion, then post the audio files, along with any accompanying
Powerpoint presentations or handouts, for students to access.
As a distance-based student, you keep up with the course by
downloading these files every week and doing the same assignments
as in-class students. The professor facilitates online interaction
with other distance-based classmates, and you can email or phone
the professor for questions and feedback.
Weekend Courses (on-campus)
This is the primary course format if you live some distance from
Saint Meinrad. Weekend courses consist of three all-day
Saturday-Sunday weekends (with a break on Sunday for Mass), roughly
one per month for three months. On-campus weekend housing is
This compressed format gives you the same amount of classroom
time as a conventional weekly course, but it requires being on
campus only one weekend per month. We offer weekend courses
year-round, during each of our four terms. In many courses, you
will use our online learning platform to post readings and interact
with others in your class between weekends.
Intensive Residency Courses (on-campus)
We designed Intensive Residency Courses to economize travel and
provide opportunities for an extended stay. Intensive courses often
are scheduled during January or the summer, and usually meet for a
total of seven days of instruction.
Online Courses (distance)
These courses, taught entirely online using our online learning
platform, are offered in the spring, summer and fall terms. Online
courses have weekly scheduled assignments and promote a great
degree of peer interaction. Most courses are asynchronous, meaning
you do not need to be online at a certain time each week.
Web-Hybrid Courses (on-campus)
Web-hybrid courses are a combination of an online and a
weekend-format class. Like the online courses, they use our online
learning platform. Additionally, you travel to our campus for some
time of instruction. Up to two Web-hybrid courses count as
on-campus coursework; additional Web-hybrid courses are considered
Independent Studies (distance)
If you have academic or pastoral interests not specifically
addressed by available courses, or you have extraordinary
circumstances that prevent you from enrolling in another course
format, you may make arrangements with a professor to set up a
directed independent study, either in an area of interest or to
complete a regularly offered course.
Transfer Credit (distance)
You are welcome to transfer credits you have earned at other
accredited schools, assuming the course is applicable to your
degree curriculum. We generally accept up to 15 credits toward your
Saint Meinrad degree.