Many will either have heard of or participated in a non-accredited existing MTC distance award like the PTC or ITS. The DBT is delivered in a similar manner to those awards, but it is administered in the same way as our face-face awards (Diplomas or Degrees).
The DBT is delivered entirely online in terms of the course content (lecture materials, assessments etc.). Each unit has (at least) one tutor designated to help the students with their assessment tasks. You only need a computer or an Internet-ready device in order to be able to access the material wherever you are. Each of the units involves Bible/theology/ministry study.
The DBT is accredited by MTC such that the content is at the level offered by a University and therefore follows more closely the timetable on which the college runs in an academic year. This has a number of consequences:
1) There are only two semesters each year and you may choose to do as many units as you can manage in a given semester. There are eight units in the DBT and you could (technically) complete the entire diploma in a single academic year (Feb-Jun/Jul-Nov).
2) The lecture material will be accessible at the beginning of each week as the semester progresses in order to match the assessment tasks. Content can be viewed at anytime once it has become accessible.
3) The assessment tasks for each unit are due at set times throughout a semester with a major writing task due at the end of each semester.
4) The tutor’s role is to work with the unit’s group of students through the various kinds of assessment tasks (forums, quizzes or workshops) throughout the semester.
5) MTC expects Biblical Theology to be included in the first units in which a student might enrol.
6) Students seeking admission to the DBT are required to fill out an enrolment form and provide a reference from their senior minister/pastor plus academic transcripts of their secondary studies.
7) Applicants whose first language is not English are required to sit an examination administered by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Successful applicants must achieve a level of 6.5 or better in each category of the IELTS academic test, or equivalent English language assessment.
8) Units undertaken in a non-accredited course cannot be given credit towards the DBT.