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Our degree programs are designed to be academically challenging while at the same time promoting spiritual growth. Our programs will not cost you money, but they will require dedication and hard work. The seminary maintains high academic standards and expects students to strive for academic excellence - not for the sake of achievement but rather for the sake of worship. We can worship God and bring glory to Him by the things we learn, especially when we seek to use that knowledge for the advancement of His Kingdom!
In general, the seminary has adopted the following academic standards for its courses:
Associate of Theological Studies (ATS) - this program is designed to help students develop and expand their knowledge in basic Biblical and theological disciplines. The ATS program consists of 60 academic credit hours and requires a high school diploma or GED for admission.
Bachelor of Theological Studies (BTS) - this program provides students with a strong Biblical and theological foundation for ministry as well as preparation for graduate level seminary programs. The BTS program consists of 60 academic credit hours and requires an associate degree or equivalent for admission.
Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div.) - this program is available to men over 30 years of age who have not yet earned an undergraduate degree but sense a call to pastoral ministry. The program is identical to the Master of Divinity program. The B.Div. is not to be equated with a baccalaureate degree and does not grant academic standing in terms of future graduate study. The B.Div. program requires a high school diploma or GED for admission.
Master of Theological Studies (MTS) - this program provides students with advanced theological study and will equip the student to critically engage in a wide range of theological fields. The MTS program consists of 61 academic credit hours and is comprised of select courses taken from the Master of Divinity program. Upon completion of the MTS, students may apply for the Master of Divinity program and receive credit for the courses taken in the MTS program. The program requires a baccalaureate degree for admission.
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) - this program is designed to equip students for pastoral ministry. A rigorous but extremely rewarding program, the Master of Divinity program will prepare the student to faithfully serve as a shepherd to God's people. It has traditionally been the preferred degree for those seeking to enter a pastoral role. Our program is one of the more demanding of the M.Div. programs made available by Reformed seminaries consisting of 116 academic credit hours. The program requires a baccalaureate degree for admission.
Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) - this program provides pastors with advanced theological study and enables them to further develop their ministry philosophy and ministry skills. The program offers three areas of concentration: Reformed theological thought, Nouthetic Counseling, and Apologetics. The program consists of 15 core credit hours, 15 credit hours in the chosen concentration, and a dissertation (6 credit hours) for a total of 36 academic credit hours. The program requires an M.Div. degree and 3 years of subsequent ministry experience for admission.
Doctor of Theology in Puritan Studies - (Th.D. PS) - this is a unique doctoral program designed to provide students with a distinguished level of scholarship in Puritan theology, history, and ministry as well as benefit the student's own spiritual development as he interacts with the rich content of Puritan thought. The program consists of 48 academic credit hours. The program requires a master's degree (60 hours +) in a theological discipline for admission.
For information regarding our academic policies, please download a copy of our Academic Guide provided above.