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Stan Rosenberg, PhD

Stan Rosenberg, PhD

Executive Director
Elizabeth Baigent

Elizabeth Baigent, DPhil

Senior Tutor and Academic Director
Paulina King

Paulina King Bravo, MBA

Director of Finance & Operations
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Jordan Smith, MA

Director of Administration
Sarah Coogan, PhD

Sarah Coogan, PhD

Student Affairs and Programmes Coordinator
Jonathan Kirkpatrick, DPhil

Jonathan Kirkpatrick, DPhil

Lecturer and Director of Studies in Classics and the History of Art
Kirsten Mackerras

Kirsten Mackerras, DPhil

Junior Dean, The Vines

Tutorial seminars are at the core of the SCIO Online from Oxford. All tutorial seminars are synchronous, so you can discuss and debate live with like-minded peers from around the globe, and experience the tutorials for which Oxford is famous — one-on-one meetings with tutors (faculty). Subjects include literature, theology, philosophy, science and religion, psychology, and more.

Each tutorial seminar consists of three discussion classes, four gobbets classes, and two tutorials (gobbet is Oxford’s word for a small mouthful of text for close reading or translation and then discussion).  Students will also have the opportunity to present their research to the group.

Below you will find detailed syllabuses and reading lists so that, once your tutorial seminar allocation has been confirmed, you will be able to start some preparatory reading.

Tutorial seminar discussion classes are meetings of one hour with the seminar leader and fewer than 12 students. For each discussion class students read all or parts of assigned texts and then discuss them.

Gobbets classes are 45 minute meetings with your tutor and a small group of up to four students where you discuss texts in more detail. No written work is required for either the discussion or the gobbets classes.

Tutorials are individual meetings of one hour between the seminar leader and each of the seminar participants. In preparation for each tutorial the student reads assigned texts and writes an essay of 2,000 words in response to a question set by the seminar leader.

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SCIO Online from Oxford is an interdisciplinary programme that gives no preference to students in any particular field of study. However, a good academic record is necessary: generally a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale is required, though in the case of non-traditional students this may be reviewed (note this GPA requirement differs from that of the Oxford Semester Programme), and we may accept any exceptional student we believes can meet the rigorous demands of the programme.

All active learners must be willing and able to participate fully in academic discussions, and complete reading, preparation, and writing assignments outside class time. Independent/non-traditional students with a college/university background and willing to write are also welcome and will receive a certificate of completion.

How Do I Apply?

Simply complete the SCIO Online from Oxford Application for the term during which you plan to participate. Each campus makes its own policies regarding online coursework, so you should consult your academic dean and/or advising faculty member at your school to ensure completion of all campus requirements.

Before your application can be reviewed for admission, you must submit all of the following materials:

  • A completed application form 
  • One faculty recommendation
  • Transcript(s) of all college course work (unofficial transcripts are sufficient)

Summer 2022 Term Dates:

Application Deadline 

Early: May 27

Regular: June 10 

SCIO Online from Oxford begins  June 20
SCIO Online from Oxford concludes July 14

December 2022 Term Dates:

Application Deadline 

Early: October 31

Regular: November 18 

SCIO Online from Oxford begins  November 28
SCIO Online from Oxford concludes December 22

Autumn 2022 Term Dates:

Application Deadline 

Early: July 31

Regular: August 26

SCIO Online from Oxford begins  September 6
SCIO Online from Oxford concludes November 18


Tutorial seminars are $1,650 per seminar ($550 per credit hour)

Available Scholarships*:

  • Select two tutorial seminars and receive a $150 multi-seminar scholarship
  • SCIO alum receive a $150 discount
  • Apply for the Summer Term by 27 May and receive a $150 scholarship
  • Apply for the Autumn Term by 31 July and receive a $150 scholarship
  • Apply for the December Term by 31 October and receive a $150 scholarship

*Applicants can receive a maximum of two discounts/scholarships for a maximum of $300

Note: Schools or individuals who pay with a credit card will also be charged a credit card service fee.


SCIO Online from Oxford is an extension campus of each member institution of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU); each school grants the academic credit for program participation.

As SCIO Online from Oxford billing often differs from semester billing, it’s possible your home campus will require that CCCU GlobalEd bill you directly. In direct-bill situations, please refer to our General Policies for payment deadlines. For students paying through your home campus, CCCU GlobalEd invoices campuses for the programme fees and in turn campuses bill their students following the campus’s established policies and procedures. 

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Stan Rosenberg

BA (Colorado State University), MA, PhD (Catholic University of America), FISSR

Stan Rosenberg is the founding director of Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO), the U.K. subsidiary of the CCCU. He is also an academic member of Wycliffe Hall, on the faculty of theology and religion at the University of Oxford, and a fellow of the International Society of Science & Religion. He has published on Augustine’s thought, early Christianity and Greco-Roman science, and ancient preaching and popular religion. Rosenberg is on the editorial board of the journal Religions, and on advisory councils for BioLogos and the Museum of the Bible. He has overseen numerous science and religion projects for faculty, funded by major granting bodies, and directs the Logos program on biblical manuscripts, texts, and reception. Recently, he co-organized a funded project that led to his edited book, Finding Ourselves after Darwin: Conversations on the Image of God, Original Sin, and the Problem of Evil

Elizabeth Baigent

MA (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon), PGDipLATHE (Oxon), FSA, FRHistS, FRGS, FHEA

Dr Baigent is the university reader in the history of geography.  She was educated at the universities of Oxford and Münster.  She has held research fellowships at the universities of Oxford and Stockholm and a visiting professorship at Johns Hopkins University, with funding from bodies such as the British Academy and the Fulbright Commission.  From 1993 to 2003 she was research director of the Oxford dictionary of national biography, and research lecturer in the history faculty.  She has 550 scholarly publications, including a (co-authored) book which won an international prize.  She is fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Geographical Society, and the Higher Education Academy. 

Paulina King

BA (Universidad San Francisco de Quito), MBA (INCAE), CGMA

Paulina studied business and administration at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador and completed her MBA in economics and sustainable development at INCAE in Costa Rica, in connection with which she was an exchange student in Leipzig, Germany. After having lived and worked in different countries in Latin America, she moved to England where she has been involved with sustainability projects, volunteering for MNDA, and teaching vocational qualifications at an independent college in Oxford. She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and honorary treasurer of her son’s primary school.

Jordan Smith

BA (Houghton College), MA (American University)

Jordan earned a BA in International Studies from Houghton College and an MA in International Training and Education at American University. His master’s research focused on intercultural competency in study abroad. Throughout his career, Jordan has worked with non-profit organizations in Thailand, Vietnam, and Washington, DC. Prior to joining SCIO, he worked for the CCCU in Washington, DC as the Director for Educational Programs.

Sarah Coogan

BA (Wheaton), MA (Wheaton, IL), PhD (Notre Dame)

Dr Coogan graduated BA in English and philosophy from Wheaton, IL and MA and PhD in English from the University of Notre Dame. Her research explores global Modernist poetry, focusing on twentieth-century responses to the cultural past. She has published in Religion and Literature (2017), New Hibernia Review (2017), and in David Jones: A Christian Modernist? ed. Erik Tonning et al. (2017). She is Advising Editor of Religion and Literature.

Jonathan Kirkpatrick

BA (Oxon), MSt (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)

Dr Kirkpatrick graduated BA in classics, MSt in oriental studies, and DPhil in classics from Oxford, and his research interests currently centre on pagan religious cults in Roman Palestine. From 2004 to 2006 he was departmental lecturer in Jewish Studies at the University. He is writing a book on C.S. Lewis’s connection with the classics, and co-ordinates SCIO’s activities with the Green Scholars’ Initiative.

Kirsten MacKerras

BTh (Brisbane School of Theology), MA (Macquarie University)

Following her undergraduate degree in biblical studies, Kirsten read for a master’s in ancient history, with a thesis on Irenaeus. Her studies have focused on the interaction between religion and politics in the ancient world, and the context and content of early Christianity. Kirsten is currently completing a DPhil in patristics in Oxford’s Faculty of Theology and Religion, where she is exploring how the church father Lactantius uses Roman ethical ideas to argue against the persecution of Christians.