Are you a motivated student who needs flexibility because of family, work, or other commitments?  Do you want to pursue higher education opportunities, but you just can't attend classes on campus regularly? 

     Our Distance Education Program has been empowering non-traditional students to complete undergraduate degrees for more than 35 years.  With Southwestern, you take courses from the same professors as on-campus students.  Content, objectives, and outcomes are the same as well.  Southwestern focuses on a select number of programs and courses for delivery through distance education, with faculty and staff firmly committed to helping students complete their programs.   

Distance Education courses offered by Southwestern are also available for traditional, on-campus undergraduate students during the summer.  In addition, post-baccalaureate students interested in completing the requirements for teacher certification may do so through Distance Education.  All courses require the student to have access to the internet and e-mail. 

     Southwestern Adventist University is approved by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) to offer Distance Education to students in member states. See nc-sara.org to find out if your state is a participant. 

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Programs

Business

 

Looking to develop real-life business skills and test them out in an academic environment that fosters innovation and creativity? Then you’re the perfect fit for our Business Administration program.

With emphasis on internships, business strategy simulations, an award-winning Enactus club, and hands-on field experience, our program prepares you for a stimulating and rewarding career.

Program Emphasis
Below are emphasis which business students may choose to focus on:

B.B.A. Accounting

This School Guidance emphasis will prepare you to complete a number of classes in education that are required by the State of Texas to fulfill course requirements before taking the State Exam for Educators (TExES). The intent of this composite is to prepare you to take the State Exams (EC-6) that consists of two tests (Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility and Core Subjects EC-6), you will be certified to teach in the State of Texas, after passing these tests and successfully completing all the courses or additional requirement as required by any Alternative Certification Program.

 

B.B.A. Finance

This concentration is intended for individuals wanting to enter the field of work immediately after graduation at places such as juvenile detention centers, human resource management and social services institutions. These individuals can still pursue graduate studies in counseling or clinical psychology with this concentration.

 

B.B.A. International Business

This concentration is intended for individuals wanting to continue in graduate studies in counseling or clinical psychology immediately after graduation.

 

B.B.A. Management

This concentration is intended for individuals wanting to enter the field of work immediately after graduation at places such as social services institutions. These individuals can still pursue graduate studies in marriage and family or any counseling area.

 

B.B.A. Marketing

A calling requires preparation. Our Christian Studies program focuses on preparing pastors and Bible workers for excellence in ministry through Biblical understanding, personal application, church leadership and administration, and evangelism. Classroom work is balanced by application in mission trips and our student-conducted School of Evangelism, which results in baptisms every year.

B.B.A. Operations Management

This School Guidance emphasis will prepare you to complete a number of classes in education that are required by the State of Texas to fulfill course requirements before taking the State Exam for Educators (TExES). The intent of this composite is to prepare you to take the State Exams (EC-6) that consists of two tests (Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility and Core Subjects EC-6), you will be certified to teach in the State of Texas, after passing these tests and successfully completing all the courses or additional requirement as required by any Alternative Certification Program.

 

B.S. Business

This concentration is intended for individuals wanting to enter the field of work immediately after graduation at places such as juvenile detention centers, human resource management and social services institutions. These individuals can still pursue graduate studies in counseling or clinical psychology with this concentration.

 

Minor in Accounting

This concentration is intended for individuals wanting to continue in graduate studies in counseling or clinical psychology immediately after graduation.

 

Minor in Business

This concentration is intended for individuals wanting to enter the field of work immediately after graduation at places such as social services institutions. These individuals can still pursue graduate studies in marriage and family or any counseling area.

Minor in Finance

A calling requires preparation. Our Christian Studies program focuses on preparing pastors and Bible workers for excellence in ministry through Biblical understanding, personal application, church leadership and administration, and evangelism. Classroom work is balanced by application in mission trips and our student-conducted School of Evangelism, which results in baptisms every year.

Minor in International Business

This School Guidance emphasis will prepare you to complete a number of classes in education that are required by the State of Texas to fulfill course requirements before taking the State Exam for Educators (TExES). The intent of this composite is to prepare you to take the State Exams (EC-6) that consists of two tests (Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility and Core Subjects EC-6), you will be certified to teach in the State of Texas, after passing these tests and successfully completing all the courses or additional requirement as required by any Alternative Certification Program.

Minor in Marketing

This concentration is intended for individuals wanting to enter the field of work immediately after graduation at places such as juvenile detention centers, human resource management and social services institutions. These individuals can still pursue graduate studies in counseling or clinical psychology with this concentration.

Elementary Education (B.S.) Program

With expertise in education and psychology, our program provides a unique benefit for those who will soon be aiding and leading the students of tomorrow. Southwestern is currently the only Seventh-day Adventist school that offers a combined degree in education and psychology. You’ll not only learn in the classroom but by watching those who do it every day, and by doing it yourself, you’ll build trust in your students and confidence in your own skills.

General Studies (A.S.) Program

        Not everyone’s interests fit into the traditional major program.  A degree in General Studies gives you the flexibility to choose an emphasis or two in a degree plan more suited to you. Southwestern Adventist University’s Interdisciplinary Studies program even lets you add an area of emphasis not offered on campus.

General Studies

 

Not everyone’s interests fit into the traditional major program.  A degree in General Studies gives you the flexibility to choose an emphasis or two in a degree plan more suited to you. Southwestern’s Interdisciplinary Studies program even lets you add an area of emphasis not offered on campus.

Program Emphasis
Below are emphasis which business students may choose to focus on.

General Studies
Not everyone’s interests fit into the traditional major program.  A degree in General Studies gives you the flexibility to choose an emphasis or two in a degree plan more suited to you. Southwestern Adventist University’s Interdisciplinary Studies program even lets you add an area of emphasis not offered on campus. 

Interdisciplinary Studies
Not everyone’s interests fit into the traditional major program.  A degree in General Studies gives you the flexibility to choose an emphasis or two in a degree plan more suited to you. Southwestern Adventist University’s Interdisciplinary Studies program even lets you add an area of emphasis not offered on campus. 

For more information, visit the catalog. 

Criminal Justice

 

The Criminal Justice program seeks to prepare majors for a variety of careers by fostering the knowledge and skills needed to be successful broadly in the field as well as the flexibility and depth needed for success in individual positions. Public sector opportunities such as law enforcement – at the community, state, national or international level – encompass uniquely meaningful and engaging ways to serve the common good, strengthen society, and provide compassionate support for individuals. Employment in the public sector offers positive personal incentives as well, as law enforcement and public safety positions generally offer stability, decent pay, decent benefits, and retirement.

Job Market
While criminal justice graduates often enter the workforce as police officers, the prospects for expanded opportunities are vast. A criminal justice degree can also prepare a student for careers in, probation, asset management, crime scene investigation, corporate security, corrections administration, federal protective services, or corporate loss prevention. Additional education may be required for some career paths. A criminal justice degree can also serve as pre-law degree and the basis of a criminal law career.


Most local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies require applicants to possess a college degree. A criminal justice degree helps graduates develop skills that those agencies are looking for, including:

  • Communication skills. Police and detectives must be able to speak with people when gathering facts about a crime and to express details about a given incident in writing
  • Empathy. Police officers need to understand the perspectives of a wide variety of people in their jurisdiction and have a willingness to help the public.
  • Good judgment. Police and detectives must be able to determine the best way to solve a wide array of problems quickly.
  • Leadership skills. Police officers must be comfortable with being a highly visible member of their community, as the public looks to them for assistance in emergency situations.
  • Perceptiveness. Officers, detectives, and fish and game wardens must be able to anticipate a person’s reactions and understand why people act a certain way.

Click here for the Curriculum Guide.

For more information, visit the catalog. 

Psychology

 

With expertise in psychology, our program provides a unique benefit for those who will soon be aiding and leading the students of tomorrow. Southwestern Adventist University is currently the only Seventh-day Adventist school that offers a combined degree in education and psychology. You’ll not only learn in the classroom but by watching those who do it every day, and by doing it yourself, you’ll build trust in your students and confidence in your own skills.

Program Emphasis
Below are emphasis which SWAU Online Psychology students may choose to focus on:

School Guidance Emphasis

This School Guidance emphasis will prepare you to complete a number of classes in education that are required by the State of Texas to fulfill course requirements before taking the State Exam for Educators (TExES). The intent of this composite is to prepare you to take the State Exams (EC-6) that consists of two tests (Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility and Core Subjects EC-6), you will be certified to teach in the State of Texas, after passing these tests and successfully completing all the courses or additional requirement as required by any Alternative Certification Program.

 

Concentration in Case Management

This concentration is intended for individuals wanting to enter the field of work immediately after graduation at places such as juvenile detention centers, human resource management and social services institutions. These individuals can still pursue graduate studies in counseling or clinical psychology with this concentration.

 

Concentration in General Psychology

This concentration is intended for individuals wanting to continue in graduate studies in counseling or clinical psychology immediately after graduation.

 

Concentraton in Marriage and Family

This concentration is intended for individuals wanting to enter the field of work immediately after graduation at places such as social services institutions. These individuals can still pursue graduate studies in marriage and family or any counseling area.

 

Minor in Psychology

A calling requires preparation. Our Christian Studies program focuses on preparing pastors and Bible workers for excellence in ministry through Biblical understanding, personal application, church leadership and administration, and evangelism. Classroom work is balanced by application in mission trips and our student-conducted School of Evangelism, which results in baptisms every year.

 

Education

 

With expertise in psychology, our program provides a unique benefit for those who will soon be aiding and leading the students of tomorrow. Southwestern Adventist University is currently the only Seventh-day Adventist school that offers a combined degree in education and psychology. You’ll not only learn in the classroom but by watching those who do it every day, and by doing it yourself, you’ll build trust in your students and confidence in your own skills.

 

Program Emphasis
Below are emphasis which business students may choose to focus on:

B.S. Elementary Education

With expertise in education and psychology, our program provides a unique benefit for those who will soon be aiding and leading the students of tomorrow. Southwestern is currently the only Seventh-day Adventist school that offers a combined degree in education and psychology. You’ll not only learn in the classroom but by watching those who do it every day, and by doing it yourself, you’ll build trust in your students and confidence in your own skills.

Academic Foundations

Required for EC-GR8-12, All Level PE or Music K-12 should meet general education requirements in the Core Curriculum section of this Bulletin.

General Education Curricula Minimum Requirements (Students who qualify for honors classes may substitute where appropriate).

Masters in Education

The Master of Education program is designed to develop and deliver an education program that ensures the highest of teacher preparation and performance. Southwestern is a recognized contributor in the field of educational research and practice through effective teaching, quality research and meaningful service. The University is committed to the advancement of teaching and learning in all educational environments, at all levels, and for all students, especially graduate Christian education within the Adventist system of values.

Christian Studies

 

A calling requires preparation. Our Christian Studies program focuses on preparing pastors and Bible workers for excellence in ministry through Biblical understanding, personal application, church leadership and administration, and evangelism. Classroom work is balanced by application in mission trips and our student-conducted School of Evangelism, which results in baptisms every year.

 

Program Emphasis
Below are emphasis which business students may choose to focus on:

B.A. Religion

The Religion Department provides a Christ-centered and Bible-based religious education that is in line with the global mission and message of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Emphasis is placed in such areas as biblical understanding, personal application, and service to the church. Classes in this major are typically small, which provides ample time for interaction between professor and student. The program also offers the opportunity to add other areas (minors) that best fit the academic and professional goals of the student.

Our students often double-major in a related field and they can pursue graduate work and employment in various field of studies. Many of our graduates are accepted into the Seminary or enter other graduate programs like chaplaincy, counseling, or teaching. Some are hired as Bible teachers in various Adventist educational institutions or dorm deans in Adventist academies. They also become qualified to work as missionaries, colporteur directors, or religion editors in publishing companies.

The department welcomes persons who sense a call to full-time ministry, and who are moved to offer their lives in this avenue to God and humanity. The faculty assists applicants who wish to evaluate and deepen their experience as well as to explore the expanding opportunities for service. The department will not recommend to the ministry any student who has not completed the course of study as outlined or who has a GPA that is less than 2.5, which is the minimum requirement for entrance to the SDA Theological Seminary. It is the student's personal responsibility to plan a course of study that includes all requirements for degree sought.

Completion of the major in Theology meets the guidelines stipulated by the Adventist Church and the minimal requirements for admission to the Seminary and entrance into the ministry.

Theology Program

This program is designed to prepare pastors who are able to integrate theological knowledge with pastoral training for excellence in ministry. Emphasis is placed on such areas as biblical understanding and personal application, church leadership and administration, evangelism, and pastoral service to the church.

The program in pastoral ministry is focused on facilitating the development of the student as a:

Growing Christian
Church Leader/Administrator
Pastor-Teacher and Equipper
Pastor-Servant
Soul Winner

This program follows a special two-stage composite sequence, each stage approximately two years in length. During the first stage (freshman and sophomore years), attention is concentrated on fulfilling the requirements of the core curriculum of the University, together with introductory Religion classes. In this first stage, freshman and sophomore students will be invited to participate in a church service, starting in the spring of their freshman year. A ministry in a local church will be assigned to the student. The expected participation is of 02-03 Sabbaths per month in a respective ministry, depending on their agreement with the local pastor.

During the sophomore year, students begin the study of New Testament Greek, and apply for acceptance into the Pastoral Ministry Certification Program. Benefits of membership in the program include eligibility for higher departmental scholarships, an official departmental certificate and participation in the pastoral internship program, and increased likelihood of future employment by a conference. It also grants preferred opportunities for summer ministry opportunities.

The second stage (junior and senior years) provides for completion of requirements for the bachelor of arts degree, including specific professional studies. It is also the period when the student becomes more involved in practical aspects of ministerial training.

One goal of the Religion Department is to prepare students to commence service as pastors. Conference presidents seek graduates from Southwestern Adventist University who will be able to function as pastor-evangelists immediately upon graduation. For this reason, it is required that theology students complete Field Evangelism (RELP 425), preferably during the summer prior to taking Pastoral Ministry (RELP 423, 424). The Field Evangelism course (RELP425) includes participation in a major evangelistic crusade under the mentorship of a seasoned evangelist. This is to be followed by a personal evangelistic effort in a church within the conference where the major crusade was held. Those who have completed both of these programs before graduation are likely to be considered for conference employment ahead of others. The course Field Evangelism (RELP 425) is an integral part of the theology degree. Theology graduates will subsequently seek employment as Pastors in local conferences, pursue careers in chaplaincy, or proceed to the Seminary for in-depth training after field experience (e.g., Associate Pastor with a conference).

Theology students are encouraged to become involved in witnessing and in other spiritual activities throughout their time in college. However, the last two years are particularly focused on ministry as they are required to participate in the Pastoral Internship Program. Those who are accepted in the Pastoral Ministry Certification Program will be assigned to churches mainly within the Dallas-Fort Worth area to gain practical pastoral experience. During this time, students will need to make transportation arrangements to ensure complete participation. This program is coordinated by the Southwestern Adventist University Religion Department in conjunction with the Texas Conference and the Southwest Region Conference.

Another goal of the department is to prepare students to be efficient church administrators and strong supporters/promoters of Adventist Christian Education in their respective congregations. For this reason, they are strongly encouraged to consider taking some of the courses listed as Recommended Cognates in order to be better equipped to minister in these two areas of church life.

Ministry Profile and Progression:

A call to pastoral ministry or any related form of ministry is very personal. The faculty of the Religion Department recognizes that students who come to the department will either have a sense of divine calling or will be currently wrestling with this issue. The choice of ministry implies a high level of spiritual commitment and an exemplary life style.

Continuation in the theology program is at all times contingent on the student maintaining satisfactory academic progress, exemplary social and cultural development, and dedication to the principles of the Christian faith and practice as taught by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Graduates will demonstrate proficiency in the areas of biblical studies, theological studies, historical studies, and practical studies prior to graduation via a Senior Theology Major Exit Exam (administered by the department chair at the end of a student's final semester).

In fulfillment of the requirements for the classes RELP 423 & 424 Pastoral Ministry I, II, senior theology students prepare a paper describing their personal call and philosophy of ministry. Each paper is reviewed by the members of the Religion faculty and followed by a personal exit interview with the Religion faculty. The composite results of this paper and interview constitute the basis for departmental recommendation for both ministerial work and the Theological Seminary. Subsequently, arrangements are made for senior theology majors to be interviewed by conference presidents.

A Biblical Languages Minor is required to complete the Theology Program and for Seminary entrance.

 

Certificate in Church Ministry

Our Certificate in Church Ministry to prepare better lay leaders for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is a unique church ministry program which combines basic theological education with church history and applied ministerial methods and practices. The curriculum of the certificate consists of courses totaling 15 semester hours of college credit. These credits may be transferred to any other accredited college or university and may be applied toward a degree at Southwestern Adventist University. The curriculum is also designed to help church lay leaders increase their knowledge and skills and be better equipped to work in various positions of lay leadership.

 

The Certificate in Church Ministry does not prepare candidates for full-time employment in pastoral ministry nor does it constitute an alternative theology degree. Anyone choosing full-time ministry as a goal for life must enroll in a four-year BA Theology program. Although the program will be entirely offered on-line, a number of  courses can also be taken as traditional classes on the campus of Southwestern Adventist University in the current semester format. The courses in the certificate program are offered in either English or Spanish. The Spanish version, however, is only available on-line.

 

Admission:

The Certificate in Church Ministry is open to persons age 25 or older who have served in positions of lay leadership and are officially endorsed by their local congregations or conferences. Applicants must have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Previous college work is not required, but recommended.  Applicants must:

 

Complete an application for admission into the certificate program

Send a non-refundable $25 application fee

Submit three letters of recommendation from a local church pastor, a local church elder, and a third local church leader which officially endorse the applicant

Write a letter of intent stating why the applicant would like to take the college-level certificate in church ministry

Send a current professional resume

 

Time Limitations:

Candidates for this certificate must complete all requirements within a five-year period.

Certificate Completion

 

Certificates will be awarded to students who complete all course requirements and maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average. Candidates must submit a Certificate Completion contract to the Records Office. A $25 certificate fee is required at the time the certificate is completed.

Cost of the Certificate

 

Each course will cost $400 per course.  The Certificate in Church Ministry is an accredited program. Local churches and conferences may provide students with scholarships for this certificate. There are no scholarships available from the University. All charges must be covered at the time of registration.

Academic Support Services:

Students taking the certificate program will have access to important academic support services including library and learning resources, information on distance education technology, and the writing center.

 

Student Support Services:

The Distance Education office will provide certificate students with a full range of student services appropriate to support the program, including admissions, academic advising, registration, course materials, certificate audits, and graduation assistance.

Minor in Biblical Languages

A Biblical Languages Minor is required to complete the Theology Program and for Seminary entrance.

Minor in Religion

The department welcomes persons who sense a call to full-time ministry, and who are moved to offer their lives in this avenue to God and humanity. 

 

 

Nursing

 

Southwestern Adventist University's nursing program will prepare you to become a leader in health care. Small class sizes with dedicated professors mean personalized mentoring as you develop wholistic thinking, comprehensive patient assessment skills, and clinical judgment. Our nursing students have a NCLEX pass rate above the national average. You will enter the profession prepared to engage with co-workers and embrace change, optimizing patient outcomes by addressing not just the physical but all aspects of health.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Southwestern Adventist University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. The nursing program is fully approved by the Board of Nursing for the State of Texas, 333 Guadalupe #3 - 460, Austin, TX 87801, 512-305-7400.

Program Information
Below are emphasis which business students may choose to focus on.

For more information, visit the catalog. 

Academic Foundations

With expertise in education and psychology, our program provides a unique benefit for those who will soon be aiding and leading the students of tomorrow. Southwestern is currently the only Seventh-day Adventist school that offers a combined degree in education and psychology. You’ll not only learn in the classroom but by watching those who do it every day, and by doing it yourself, you’ll build trust in your students and confidence in your own skills.

Certification, All Level Education

With expertise in education and psychology, our program provides a unique benefit for those who will soon be aiding and leading the students of tomorrow. Southwestern is currently the only Seventh-day Adventist school that offers a combined degree in education and psychology. You’ll not only learn in the classroom but by watching those who do it every day, and by doing it yourself, you’ll build trust in your students and confidence in your own skills.

Elementary and Secondary Certifications

With expertise in education and psychology, our program provides a unique benefit for those who will soon be aiding and leading the students of tomorrow. Southwestern is currently the only Seventh-day Adventist school that offers a combined degree in education and psychology. You’ll not only learn in the classroom but by watching those who do it every day, and by doing it yourself, you’ll build trust in your students and confidence in your own skills.

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Students and Alumni

I have been so excited and so thankful that Southwestern has a Distance Education Program!  I desperately needed to take a class this summer but my schedule is so full that it seemed impossible.  From raising my 6 year old, to working full time, to preparing to move and preparing to teach at a new school, there was no way I was going to be able to attend any classes on campus. 

Because of this program, I am able to work in the evenings on my class work and I will be able to complete the class in time to help with a class I’ll be teaching this next semester and it completes a certification I have been wanting to finish.  The learning site is easy to understand and has many links to help with all the assignments and lectures.  The interaction between the Distance Education department and myself has been quick and helpful through phone calls and emails.  I know I will be using this program again next summer to further my education and even finish my masters.  -Carrie Hall Suess, high school teacher and principal

Dual Credit

The Dual Credit program at Southwestern Adventist University offers qualified junior and senior high school students an opportunity to earn college credit while completing high school requirements. Dual Credit courses are taught by university faculty on the Southwestern campus OR at the high school by qualified high school instructors who meet the same criteria as college faculty.

As a Dual Credit student, you can:

  • Save money on college tuition.
  • Finish college faster.
  • Enjoy an easier transition to college-level coursework and college life.

Requirements

  • 3.0 high school GPA, or ACT composite 23, or SAT ERW and Math of 1140 (one of these)
  • An acceptable citizenship and attendance record
  • Home School students need to provide a transcript
  • High School and Academy students need verification from their registrar

 

Courses currently available

Distance Education Dual Credit Courses:
  • RELT 101 Christian Beliefs
  • HIST 111, 112 US History
  • ENGL 121 Freshman Composition
  • BIOL 103 Human Biology
  • COMM 111 Speech
  • PLSC 211 National and Texas Constitutions
  • MATH 110 College Algebra (requires math placement evaluation)
Dual Credit Courses Available On-Campus:*
  • CHIN 111, 112 Elementary Chinese
  • CHIN 211, 212 Intermediate Chinese
  • PORT 111, 112 Elementary Portuguese
  • PORT 211, 212 Intermediate Portuguese
  • SPAN 111, 112 Elementary Spanish
  • SPAN 211, 212 Intermediate Spanish

*Other 100-level courses available by permission of the instructor. 
 

Most courses are offered for $100/credit hour. 
Must enroll by January 7 for Spring 2018.

 

Contact Jason Kowarsch at jasonk@swau.edu or 817-202-6270 to get started!

 

 

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