Considering Seminary?

Join the Academic Track of the Newbigin Fellowship, a nine-month theological and contemplative journey. It’s a part-time, cohort-based, distance learning pre-seminary program you can do from anywhere in the world.  

A Year of Discernment

The fellows program equips you to embody the way of Jesus, the call to peace, and the work of justice. The academic track enables you to engage in seminary course work and get advanced standing if you decide to continue on to a master’s degree program.

Participants desiring seminary credit go through the Academic Track of the Newbigin Fellows program. They will share the core curriculum of the fellowship but have additional study components enabling them to receive twelve credits of graduate level study. Students will have the benefit of participating in the larger fellows community while also enjoying a smaller cohort experience. 

To learn more about the Newbigin Fellows program, please click here. Or if you have other questions, please contact us via email at

Thanks to our innovative use of online educational technology, you can do the fellowship from anywhere in the world. There are optional face-to-face intensives over the course of the year. 

Learning activities involve varying lengths of time for different individuals, depending on their learning styles. On average, participants should plan to spend 3-5 hours reading + 1-3 hours in reflection/discussion each week. For seminary credit, students should plan on an additional 12-14 hours per week of formal assignments. 

Students who complete the Newbigin Fellowship – Academic Track may apply for advanced standing at the following partner seminaries:

Upon satisfactory review of student portfolios by the partner seminaries, students will receive advanced standing with credit toward an M.Div. or M.A. program.

Students who wish to take the courses as a standalone program will receive a Certificate in Public Theology upon completion of the Newbigin Fellowship – Academic Track. The certificate program is especially well-suited for non-ordained church leadership positions.

Our students have continued to masters and PhD programs at seminaries like Fuller, Luther, Pittsburgh, Princeton, Wesley, and Western (Michigan). 

The Academic Track of the Newbigin Fellowship is comprised of three courses (3 units each). Total tuition for the year is $2700 ($300/credit). 

Financial aid is available and there is a place on the application form for indicating need. 

To apply, complete the application for The Newbigin Fellowship and select the “Academic Track.” 

Important Dates
– Early Deadline: June 30
– Regular Deadline: July 31