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As Christian colleges and seminaries multiply your options for pursuing further education, now might be the time to start or finish that degree.

This fall more than 90,000 students across the United States and Canada are pursuing graduate theological or ministry training. Twenty years ago such students had one big decision: which school to choose. Then you typically had to relocate and enroll in a residential program for two to four years of full-time study.

Fast-forward two decades and the options have increased dramatically. Seminaries have been joined by Christian colleges and universities in offering graduate theological degrees. The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree is now one of dozens of master's-level options, including specializations in counseling, cross-cultural ministry, youth ministry, children's ministry, worship leadership, and executive leadership, to name a few.

Meanwhile, the internet has radically changed the way education can be delivered. Distance education options include online programs, satellite campuses and extension programs, and hybrid programs that combine online interaction with on-campus instruction. ...

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