Where Do I Start? Here are some quality schools that allow for study through distance learning, although some of them may require brief campus visits at the discretion of your supervisor. In the UK, many of the schools are constituent colleges of a larger institution (like Heythrop/London,) or the degrees are issued by a validating university (like St. John’s/ Nottingham.) Unlike mills, these schools employ real scholars who conduct real research, some in the school’s own academic journal, etc. The United Kingdom Heythrop College (B.D. issued by University of London) International Christian College (M.Th. issued by Aberdeen University) London School of Theology (B.A. Hons., M.Th., Ph.D. degrees issued by Middlesex University) Nazarene Theological College (M.A., Ph.D. issued by University of Manchester) Spurgeon’s College (M.Th., Ph.D. issued by University of Wales) Stellenbosch University (M.Th., D.Phil., D.Th.) St. John’s College (Ph.D. issued by University of Nottingham) Trinity College Bristol (M.A., Ph.D. issued by University of Bristol) South Africa South African Theological Seminary (B.Th., M.Th., D.Th.) University of Cape Town University of Pretoria (M.A., D.Th.) University of South Africa (B.Th., M.Th., D.Th.) University of Zululand (M.Th., D.Th.) How Do I Pay For It? South African degrees are very affordable due to the exchange rate. Beyond that, check the list of school codes to verify the foreign institutions that can work with Federal Financial Aid. Will This Get Me Where I Want To Go? I’ll start off by stating that I think the education available at all the listed schools is excellent. Unfortunately, prejudice is a sad fact of life, and these degrees, particularly from South Africa, may not have the full range of utility for American students. Many established denominations in the United States demand that ministerial candidates hold a M.Div. accredited by A.T.S., and some schools require that candidates for teaching positions hold a Ph.D. accredited by A.T.S. Not an insurmountable problem, just do your homework first. Here’s a sampling of people who have succeeded with degrees from these schools… Leon Morris (B.D., M.Th., University of London), New Testament Scholar and Principal of Ridley College, earned his degrees from London while pastoring a rural church in Australia. Went on to get a Cambridge Ph.D. Vern Poythress (Th.D., Stellenbosch University), Professor at Westminster Theological Seminary Bill Grover (Th.D., University of Zululand), Faculty at S.A.T.S. Alistair Begg (B.A., L.S.T. – residential student,) Pastor of Cleveland’s Parkside Church. Went on to seminary at W.T.S. Cory Seibel (M.Th., Spurgeon’s College/University of Wales; Ph.D. cand., University of Pretoria), Assistant Professor at Mennonite Biblical Seminary Speaking of where you want to go, people wind up looking for foreign degrees in this area for a number of reasons. Some are good, like wanting to study under a particular scholar who teaches there. Some are facts of life, like being unable to afford typical graduate education even with scholarships and church support. Some are bad. If you’re only wanting a cheap way to call yourself “doctor,” consider another field in which your ego can do less damage.