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First Year Online Program

The Program

With Moody's First-Year Online Program (FYOP)*, you can begin your college career wherever you are. In this program you will also be required to participate in Moody’s first year online mentoring program. This mentoring program will help you grow spiritually while developing community with other 1+3 FYOP students. Your coursework will be similar to the first year coursework on the Chicago campus.

You will have the flexibility to study abroad, do missions work, continue in your home church ministries or simply work and save money for the rest of college. FYOP prepares students to move ahead in their studies, confident that God has called them to serve Him for a lifetime.


In FYOP, personal mentors build a relationship with you and help you define your future ministry goals. Through regular one-on-one meetings, your mentor helps you transition to the Chicago campus, and thrive there, for your second year.

Each mentor helps you decide on a guided ministry internship in your area. Ministry leaders share their experience and help you expand your biblical and practical knowledge.

Your spiritual growth through their guidance will help you immediately impact others for Christ.

An Online Community

FYOP is more than a place where students do coursework online. It’s an active community of learners who share the same goal: to grow in their spirituality and impact the world for Christ.

FYOP students have a unique platform for growing relationships—a more intimate setting than an residential college experience often allows.

They take the same online classes, connect on social media and with other FYOP students in their area, and reflect on ministry experiences in small groups. 

Students also have the option to attend on-campus sessions where they study, participate in ministry and experience the city together as a group. When FYOP students move on to the Chicago campus for their second year, they come with an established group of close friends.

An Internship in Ministry

Part of FYOP is a focused ministry internship where you can enhance your skills and impact others for Christ right away. Because of the accessibility and convenience of the program, you’re able to do that in one of two ways:

  • Spread Christ’s message locally: Start your ministry work in your current context to improve your community.
  • Share God’s Word on a global scale: Begin your ministry abroad through a missions trip.

No matter which option you choose, your mentors will help you develop spiritually, biblically and academically.

Chicago Campus Experience

FYOP students may choose to attend an optional summer orientation week at Moody's Chicago campus before the program begins.

During this visit, you can:

  • Attend classes with your professors
  • Meet your fellow FYOP students
  • Explore the campus and city of Chicago

Automatic Registration

Since all FYOP students follow the same course schedule, Moody staff will automatically register you for each of your eight-week online courses.

We’ve carefully compiled your schedule to balance the workload through the year and only offer classes that transfer seamlessly into any Moody campus degree program.

Taught by experienced Moody faculty, your courses include topics like: Bible survey, theology and philosophy, writing and Bible study.

For more information about our First Year Online Program, visit our FAQ page.