Frequently Asked Questions

What is Seminarylink.com?

Seminarylink.com is the online extension of the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary. Our goal is to provide you with a means to follow God’s call on your life without leaving your family, job, or church.

How do I apply for the online program?

Applications must be made on the official “Application for Admission” form. A non-refundable application fee must accompany all applications for admission. The deadline for applications is July 1 for the Fall semester and November 1 for the Spring semester.

New students are admitted at the beginning of each semester. Take a look at our process for admissions.

How do I register for classes?

Contact the registrar for upcoming courses, registrar@csbs.ca.

How do I get my textbooks and course materials?

Most books/materials are not included in the fee and must be purchased on your own prior to the start of the course. Many books can be purchased from online bookstores such as Amazon.

Will I need a computer, and if so, what are its minimum hardware and software requirements?

Yes, you must have access to a computer with an internet connection. The following are the minimum requirements:

  • PC: Pentium 1 GB MHz or higher
  • Mac: Anything with a G3 or higher
  • 128 MB RAM, 56.0 kbs Modem, 4mb video RAM, 1 GB hard drive, printer, *sound card for audio playback (* Required for only some courses.)
  • You must have your own internet service provider. All of your course work will be done online. You will have the option of printing out the lesson material to reduce the amount of time spent online.
  • We recommend a highspeed internet connection like DSL or cable.
  • You must have a modern Internet browser (Microsoft Internet Explorer or Firefox. Other browsers may also work). You must also have the Adobe reader (free), Adobe Flash Player (free), and a modern word processor (Microsoft Word, Wordperfect, etc.).

As an online student, will I have access to a library, and if so, how do I use it?

Yes, you have access to the Library’s online catalog. You are also encouraged to see if there are other libraries in your area (College, University, Seminary, or Church) that you may be able to use. Take a look at our Keith C. Wills Library.

How do online studies work?

Overview

  • Online studies follow the semester format. You may choose to enroll in a single course or participate in several courses at one time. Students in each course progress through a structured series of course material and learning experiences, guided by the faculty and instructors. Assignments require students to engage in activities that are both academic and practical.
  • The courses are designed to help you benefit from the learning community that surrounds you. Your commitments to family, church, ministry, and community become key components in your personal development in the courses. Substantive online interaction with faculty and students of other backgrounds further enriches the experience.
  • Course requirements that include online postings follow a schedule so that you may complete the assignments at your convenience prior to the due date/time.
  • The online connection will be made through your Internet Service Provider (ISP), but the electronic classrooms will be managed through Seminarylink’s Course Management System (CMS). Students will be issued user names and passwords in order to have access to the courses and services.

What should I know?

  • A basic level of computer proficiency is required for successful completion of an online course. Students should be comfortable working with the Internet, email, and word processing (such as Word).

The regular routine after you are enrolled:

  • Log on – to the CMS using your personal User Name and Password
  • Choose course – click on the course that you want to work on.

What are the tuition costs?

Please see the online/intensive courses web pages or email the registrar for details.

What do the terms "real-time" and "asynchronous" mean?

Real-time activities are “live” and immediate. In the context of an online course, a real-time session is one in which all participants are logged on at the same time and interacting at more or less the same pace as one would in a face-to-face setting. A familiar example of real-time communication on the Internet is live chat.

Asynchronous activities, on the other hand, are those in which participation is not concurrent or live. One member of the class, for example, might post a message in the morning, and another might not read or respond to it until later that day or even several days later. Electronic mail is the most common form of asynchronous communication, but there are many others as well.

The course instructor usually determines the proportion of real-time and asynchronous communication in an online course. Some instructors may require a certain number of pre-scheduled real-time sessions, while others may organize their classes completely around asynchronous learning to give their students more freedom.