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Master of Biblical & Theological Studies (MBTS) Advising

The Advising Center wants to help you make informed decisions as you progress toward graduation. MBTS students often ask five questions:

1. Is the MBTS right for me?

The 36-hour Master of Biblical and Theological Studies (MBTS) is a degree designed primarily to equip business professionals or laypersons for effective ministry in the workforce, home, local church, or abroad. This degree is not designed to prepare students for professional vocational ministry in a church or parachurch setting.

Only those who do not intend to work in paid ministry in a church or parachurch organization should pursue this degree. If you are in the marketplace, and desire additional training to bring faith and work together, this degree is for you!

2. Can I complete the MBTS in less than two years?

The MBTS program is designed for two years of study, but some exceptions may allow students to finish the program in as little as one year.

3. I want to create my own MBTS completion plan. How do I do this?

Planning to complete the MBTS is simple because all required courses are available online.

First look at the MBTS plan in your catalog and the worksheet to the right.

Second, decide how many hours you will take each session. We recommend at least 9 credit hours each academic year. You must take at least 6.

Third, start with the first semester courses in the catalog plan. Keep taking first semester courses until they are completed. Then, take second semester courses until they are completed, etc.

Finally, take RS101 your very first session. Save RS103 for your very last session.

4. What is the summative research project (RS103)?

This 1-hour course will guide the student in the selection and writing of a research project on an approved topic under the supervision of a faculty advisor and an approved second reader.

5. How do I select electives?

What brought you to seminary?

Some wish to study the Bible so they use their electives to complete the introductory BE courses.

Some wish to receive theological training so they use their electives to complete the introductory ST courses.

Others wish to develop skills used in ministry (teaching, leadership, etc…) so they use their electives to take courses in these areas.

The key question: What knowledge and skills do you wish to acquire through your DTS training?

This page provides basic information. Academic Advisors are happy to come alongside you as you journey with the Lord. Schedule an advising appointment today!

MBTS Timeline

The following timeline is designed to serve as a guide as you progress through seminary. For particular questions please contact the Advising Center.

0 – 18 hours into the program
19 – 36 hours
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