SETECA Extension

SETECA Extension

The SETECA Denver Extension site is a partnership between the Central American Theological Seminary (SETECA) and Denver Seminary to offer an Associate’s in Biblical Studies degree on the Denver Seminary campus.

The purpose of the SETECA Denver Extension is to provide Hispanic Christian leaders biblical and theological education and to equip them with foundational tools for their development in Christian ministry.

Benefits for Graduates of the Program

  • College degree
  • Opens doors for continued study at other universities (e.g., Bachelor of Arts)
  • May fulfill requirements for ordination or to be sent as a missionary
  • Growth in biblical knowledge and your relationship with God
  • Opportunities for career and employment advancement

Low Costs

  • Admissions fee (one-time): $100
  • Monthly payment if taking all courses offered in the curriculum: $175 to $200/month
  • Cost of a three-credit course taken independently (without passing through the admissions process): $225

The Degree FlyerFor More Information

Important Dates

  • January 21, 2017: Beginning of Saturday classes of the I Trimester. Classes end March 25
  • March 7, 2017: Deadline to turn in admissions application for entrance into the II Trimester
  • April 8, 2017: Beginning of Saturday classes of the II Trimester. Classes end June 24
  • May 15-20, 2017: Date for modular course “Introduction to Theology”



  • For questions or to receive information on how to apply, please email

Diploma in Biblical Studies with GED

You don’t have a High School diploma? No problem. The new Diploma in Biblical Studies with GED allows you to study up to 8 courses in the Associate’s program while you take GED preparation courses. Once you pass the GED the credits from the courses you have successfully passed will be transferred to the Associates in Biblical Studies. For more information on GED preparation courses in Spanish, click here and in English, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who will benefit from the Associates in Biblical Studies?

The program is designed for Christian leaders and pastors who are not able to study full-time but who have a desire to deepen their knowledge of the biblical text and theology.

Is the Associates in Biblical Studies accredited?

The program counts with the international accreditation of AETAL, which is recognized by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States.

How long will it take me to finish the Associates in Biblical Studies degree?

Since most students work full-time, the program is part-time.  By taking 2-3 courses per trimester, students can graduate in a period of 4 years.

In what format are courses offered?
  • Traditional classroom (Saturdays at Denver Seminary)
  • Modular (intensive, one week classes: M-F, 6-9 pm; Sat. 8 am – 3:30 pm.)
  • Online (no classroom meetings, all readings, homework and interaction on the Internet)
A long time has passed since I took formal classes. How do I prepare to return to studying?

Given that most who enter the program have not studied formally for a while, new students take preparatory courses that consist of four two-hour sessions with a professor so that they can get up to speed in the following subjects: study habits, reading comprehension, computer skills and writing skills.

What are the prerequisites for entering to study in the Associates in Biblical Studies?

Applicants should complete all of the required documents in the application packet: admissions application, autobiography, pastor’s recommendation, 3 personal recommendations, digital photo, admissions interview and a photocopy of High School diploma, GED or equivalent from your country.

How is the school year divided up?

The school year is divided up into 4 trimesters of 10 weeks each. See the dates of the trimesters in the Information Sheet that can be downloaded from the link.

I’m not sure I am ready to study the entire Associates program. Could I begin by taking one course?

Of course. After completing the short application for independent courses, you can enroll in a course by paying $225 along with $25 for the annual library fee. Students taking independent courses should do all of the coursework. At the end of the course you will receive a final grade. In the future, if you decide to apply for the Associates in Biblical Studies program, all of the courses you passed will be transferred.

What would happen in the case of a student in the Diploma in Biblical Studies with GED who does not pass the GED test?

You can take the GED exams as many times as you want following the policies set out by the agency that administrates the test. In addition, after successfully completing 8 courses the student will receive a Diploma in Biblical Studies.

Are auditors allowed in the courses?

Yes. A person may audit a course by paying $100. Auditors are not required to do any work in the class unless they want to. For this reason, auditors do not receive academic credit for taking the course. The number of auditors in a course and the number of courses a person can audit are limited.