Courses & Structure


Students participate in academic as well as religious education. And one of the best benefits is that courses are flexible, allowing students to complete assignments when it's convenient.

PathwayConnect courses help students learn basic skills, build confidence, develop spiritually, and gain abilities needed to succeed professionally and personally. PathwayConnect's academic courses are offered online, and religion classes are offered through local Church institutes of religion or online, depending on a student's age.

PathwayConnect offers two program versions.

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Standard Version

Proficient in English

PathwayConnect's Standard version is for students who are native English speakers or are otherwise proficient in the English language. Students should expect to spend 15–20 hours doing coursework each week. PathwayConnect takes 1 year (3 semesters) to complete. Students take one academic course and one religion course each semester.

Standard Version

PathwayConnect Courses

Academic Courses

Life Skills

Students learn study skills, self-reliance, academic planning, provident living, budgeting, goal setting, time management, and more.

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Basic Writing

Students learn to effectively demonstrate the use of formal written English and grammatical forms in personal and professional communication.

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Intro to Algebra & Personal Finance

Students learn the fundamentals of basic mathematics, personal finance, and introductory algebra.

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Religion Courses
Age 18-30 Age 31+


PathwayConnect students ages 18-30 take one institute course each of the three terms they are enrolled in PathwayConnect at no extra cost. Available courses vary at each institute location.

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Book of Mormon (Part 1)

Book of Mormon (Part 1) covers 1 Nephi-Alma 29. Doctrinal topics include faith, repentance, the Atonement, the premortal life, the purpose of life, and the doctrine of Christ.

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Book of Mormon (Part 2)

Book of Mormon (Part 2) covers Alma 30-Moroni 10. Doctrinal topics include faith, repentance, the Atonement, the premortal life, the purpose of life, and the doctrine of Christ.

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Jesus Christ and the Everlasting Gospel

This course focuses on the eternal ministry of Jesus Christ and His divine roles and teachings throughout His premortal, mortal, and postmortal life. Students will deepen their understanding of the Savior Jesus Christ and increase their personal discipleship.

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When you leave this frail existence, your material possessions will remain here, but the Lord has declared that the knowledge you acquire here will rise with you in the resurrection.

Russell M. Nelson

"Education, a Religious Responsibility"


Are there lectures I have to attend online?

No. However, courses do require interaction through discussion boards, quizzes, and projects. Instructors also have optional office hours that students can use to receive additional help.

How much time does each course require per week?

Time spent on courses each week depends on each student’s ability and productivity. At a minimum, students should expect to commit 10–20 hours each week to their courses.

When are course assignments due?

Assignment due dates vary according to the instructor, but most assignments are due on Wednesday and Saturday of each week at 11 p.m., Mountain Time (UTC - 6/7). Exact due dates are found within each course. 

Weekly Gatherings

In addition to taking courses online, PathwayConnect students also gather once a week (every Thursday evening) at a local institute or church meetinghouse where they participate in learning and leadership activities associated with their courses, build friendships, and get support.

Weekly Gatherings

Gather for 1.5-3 hours

Select Course Version

Standard Version: Proficient in English
Language Version: Intermediate English Proficiency

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Gathering Schedule
Every Thursday Night
PathwayConnect Gathering 1.5 Hours
Institute 1.5 Hour

Weekly Gatherings

Participate in discussions

PathwayConnect gatherings help students deepen their learning through teaching. Every Thursday evening, a different student takes a turn leading learning activities and discussions during the gathering.

Weekly Gatherings

Get Support from students

Only one word seems adequate when describing the feeling you get at a PathwayConnect gathering — “family.” It is because of the love the students share as they work together to reach their goals. Most students say that weekly gatherings are their favorite part of the program.

The most amazing part of the gatherings was meeting new people who were on the same path and with the same challenges I was having.

Lara Cordon

San Miguel, Guatemala

Weekly Gatherings

Meet at a local church building or institute

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Am I required to go to PathwayConnect gatherings?

Yes. Students should strive to attend all gatherings. The weekly gatherings are a vital component of the PathwayConnect program, where students build meaningful relationships, deepen learning, gain leadership skills, prepare for further education and much more.

Students who are traveling and need to attend a gathering in another city should coordinate the visit through the Church-service missionaries in the area they plan to visit. 

Can I miss a gathering?

Yes, but students lose attendance points in their course for every missed gathering. Because attendance comprises a significant part of a student’s overall course grade, students should commit to attending all gatherings. In certain situations, including medical emergencies, individual gatherings may be excused for a student. Such determinations, however, are made at the sole discretion of individual online instructors.

Students who are traveling and need to attend a gathering in another city should coordinate the visit through the Church-service missionaries in the area they plan to visit. 

Is there an instructor at the gatherings?

No. Instructors do not attend PathwayConnect gatherings, but Church-service missionaries do attend each week and help students throughout their time in the program. Students may meet virtually with their online instructors during the instructor’s designated office hours.