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 to find out if your state is a participant. 


Business (B.S.)

If you are looking for a business degree, but have other interests such as theology, communication or pre-med, this degree offers you the flexibility you may be looking for. You can focus your electives in areas such as finance, accounting, marketing, human resources or a second major that will meet your professional goals and needs.

For more information, visit the catalog. 

Elementary Education (B.S.)

Southwestern Adventist University’s Education and Psychology department houses two programs: education and psychology. Both offer courses leading to undergraduate and graduate degrees in education and psychology. A person interested in Secondary Education must complete a major and/or a minor in another discipline in addition to the course work required for teaching certification.

We offer unique opportunities for students planning to become teachers to do microteaching episodes by observing the teaching and learning process in an actual classroom (field experience), culminating in a 14-week internship in one of our local school districts. Students also give back to the community by providing reading re-mediation to students at risk, participating in a number of activities such as reading nights in schools in Johnson County, and helping with special Olympics for Johnson County schools.

See curriculum guide.

Fire Science (A.A.S.)

Administered by the Department of Kinesiology, the Fire Science program is designed to provide students with the necessary skills and education to become a state-certified firefighter. As part of the program, students will also receive Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification. The firefighting curriculum (FIRS and FIRT courses) is delivered via a mixture of supervised distance education, hands-on practical experience and classroom and lab settings for the on-campus cohort, while the general education portion of the degree will be delivered through traditional courses. Training Division will also provide a two-week on-site boot camp required of all students. Students who complete the program will receive a degree from Southwestern, while certification is offered by the State of Texas upon completion of the state exam.

See curriculum guide

General Studies (A.S.)

This associate of science degree includes the general education courses required for a bachelor of science degree. (Exceptions: 6 semester hours of religion rather than 12, no upper-division credits required.)  After earning this degree, a student may elect to complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree or enter the workforce directly.

General Studies (B.S.)

For this degree program, you’ll need to meet Southwestern’s general education and baccalaureate degree requirements, plus one area of emphasis (42 semester hours; 18 upper division) or two (24 semester hours each; 9 upper division each).

History (B.A.)

A history degree from Southwestern prepares students for careers in education, public service, politics, public policy and myriad others that require sharp analytical skills. For those wishing to push the boundaries of their knowledge, the program also sets the stage for truly enriching graduate studies in the fields of history, museum studies, law, library science, cultural studies and more.

Psychology (B.S.)

This degree is the first step for those who want to obtain entry-level positions in the field of psychology or who are planning on pursuing advanced degrees as part of their career path. To be a licensed counselor you must have a master’s degree or higher and successfully complete the required licensure examinations.

Religion (B.A.)

The Department of Religion 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. Classes emphasize areas such 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.

Theology (B.A.)

Student intent on being pastors enter a program that integrates theological knowledge with pastoral training for excellence in ministry. Professors focus on biblical understanding and personal application, church leadership and administration, evangelism, and pastoral service to the Church. The program offers unique opportunities for practical ministry and evangelism through required church assignments and its Field School of Evangelism.

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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.


  • 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 or 817-202-6270 to get started!



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