As I look at various educational programs (just for the fun of it...there goes the theory that I have a life ) I am amazed at how behind the curve theological education is. While most universities and colleges are working to make their programs more accessible to students, theological schools seem to be trying to make it harder. Most schools/programs are now offering degrees at night and on week end classes, on line, or at extension sites. However it seems that seminaries are not doing this. I have noticed several major seminaries that directly state that a person cannot earn a degree at night and on weekends, or that only certain portions of a degree maybe earned online. However this is not the case with other programs. I see major universities putting most of their graduate programs online (fully online), and offering these programs at night and on weekends. I see technical colleges doing the same thing. Yet I don't see this with theological schools. What I see in the theology schools is, sadly, tricks. Thats right, tricks. What do I mean? You will read the advertisement that you can earn your degree at night, or online. So you write for information. It looks great....UNTIL you read the small print. Only a portion maybe done online, or only certain classes can be taken at night, or only a portion of classes can be taken at extension centers. That is crazy! If a person is unable to attend class during the day (due to job, etc), what makes these schools think that same person can attend class during the day? It just makes no sense. If a person can't relocate to the campus for two years, what make these schools believe they can for six months? Again it makes no sense. Theological schools should be offering quality education to students in ways that are accessible to the students. The modern graduate student is older (30 +) and has professional and family responsibilities. Many cannot attend school during the day or relocate to a far off campus. Theological schools should, like these other schools, offer degrees online, at night, or at extension centers with NO STRINGS attached. The accrediting agencies will approve of this (they do with the other schools). There is no reason to require on campus time for online students! Quality education does not require it, nor do the accreditation standards (SACS, etc). When I can get a MBA, MAED, etc, from East Carolina University with NO on campus requirements, but I can't get a MA from Southeastern Seminary online, and both are SACS accredited...something is seriously wrong (those are just random examples). Some will argue that seminary requires some on campus time for spiritual enrichment. Ok, that is a valid argument. The problem is, however, that no one can argue one must be on campus, or attending day classes, to have such spiritual enrichment. I would hope that all seminary students have a home church in which they are active and they can get spiritual enrichment from their home church (if they can't relocate to campus or attend day classes). So this is no excuse for not offering programs in more accessible formats. It is time for seminaries to catch up with the other programs. I am happy to see that some are. However there needs to be more. In fact I would love to see a major, accredited seminary established that would offer quality day, evening, and online degrees. Yes there are two or three already out there, but another one could not hurt. I have a real passion for this and I pray that (maybe someday) the Lord will enable me to at least have a small part in such a large enterprise. In Christ, Martin.