Degree Programs

MDiv/BDiv

MATS/DTS

MAPS/DPS

MARBS

MDiv
BDiv

Master of Divinity
Bachelor of Divinity

Comprehensive Theological Education for Pastors and Aspiring Pastors

The special mission of the Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary is to minister to men who aspire to the vocational Christian ministry.

The MDiv and BDiv programs are designed to prepare men for full-time Christian ministry. These programs have been developed for pastors, church-planters, and missionaries. Students will be given the tools necessary to interpret and apply the Word of God to the people of God and to lost souls in need of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

The paragraphs below address the special procedures for the acceptance and care of such students.

The Bible makes clear that some men are so gifted by God that they should labor vocationally as a pastor or minister of the Word of God (1 Cor. 9:14; Gal. 6:6; 1 Tim. 5:17). The primary purpose of the CBTS is to provide a thorough theological education for men who are presently in the pastorate and those who aspire to the vocational Christian ministry (2 Tim. 2:2).

Admission as a Master of Divinity or Bachelor of Divinity student to CBTS requires first that the pastor or elders of the prospective student’s church recommend him as a legitimate aspirant to the vocational ministry. They may do so through a written letter detailing their assessment of his aspirations. A member of the Admissions Team must then approve the prospective student by means of an interview examining his fitness for enrollment at CBTS. For practical purposes this interview may be conducted over the phone.

Admission entitles the student not only to take classes for credit at the CBTS, but also includes the special pastoral help and oversight which such an aspirant to the Christian ministry requires. Of course, this status and the oversight it entails only continue as both the elders of the student and the faculty of CBTS view the man’s aspirations as appropriate and legitimate. In other words, this status continues only as long as they view him as a potential, vocational pastor.

Ordinarily, only men who are at least 21 years of age, hold a Bachelor’s Degree and are members in good standing of an evangelical church shall be eligible for acceptance to the Master of Divinity program. Those meeting these qualifications without a Bachelor’s Degree shall be eligible for acceptance to the Bachelor of Divinity program. The administration of the CBTS reserves the right to waive any or all of these entrance requirements or to decline the application of any man to CBTS at its own discretion.

The requirement that a man’s aspirations to the vocational ministry be deemed legitimate and appropriate is not to be construed to mean that his pastor or elders are certain that he will definitely labor full time in the gospel ministry. The intent of this language is simply that the pastor or elders not view such aspirations as misguided because of some observable and significant deficiency in his Christian life or abilities. No man should be engaged in studies for the gospel ministry when an area of glaring weakness in gift or grace makes it unlikely that he will ever be qualified for the Christian ministry.

Accordingly, acceptance as a Master of Divinity or Bachelor of Divinity student does not require that a man’s gifts or graces be so mature or evident that his church is ready to free him from a secular vocation in order to study on a full time basis. It is our expectation that many men in their first years of study at CBTS will take classes on a part-time basis. One of the seminary’s purposes is to assist men who cannot study full time. For such persons modular and distance learning may be helpful options.

A total of 98 credit hours is necessary to complete this curriculum, which students are expected to complete within 8 years.

Bachelor of Divinity

The Bachelor of Divinity B.Div. is a degree program for the student who, for whatever reason, does not hold a B.A. or its equivalent.  The applicant should typically be at least 30 years old to apply for this program of study.  The Bachelor of Divinity degree should not be seen as a substitute for a B.A. Instead, it is a professional graduate degree designed solely to prepare qualified men for the ordained ministry.  The courses and degree requirements of the B.Div. program are identical to the MDiv.

BDiv to MDiv Opportunity

A limited number of qualified BDiv students are provided the opportunity to enter the MDiv program without completing a bachelor degree.

Students who meet the following criteria may apply to enter the MDiv program:
1. Student must be at least 30 years old.
2. Student must have completed at least 50% of the BDiv program.
3. Student must have a minimum GPA of 3.3.
4. Student must agree to complete at least 12 credit-hours/year in the MDiv program.

The application fee for this program will be $100.

Students in this program who fail to complete the 12 credit-hour/year requirement without reasons deemed legitimate by the Academic Committee will be moved back into the BDiv program.

View the most recent edition of our MDiv/BDiv program Here.

MATS
DTS

Master of Arts in Theological Studies
Diploma of Theological Studies

Theological Education for General Service in the Church

The MATS and DTS programs are designed to prepare students to be better equipped for serving the Lord in various capacities in the church.

Individuals who do not aspire to the vocational ministry are welcome to enroll in CBTS and take courses for credit as Master of Arts in Theological Studies or Diploma of Theological Studies students. All of these students must complete an application form and be accepted after interviewing with a member of the Admissions Team. Upon acceptance and receipt of the registration fee, information for distance learners (text books, access code for streaming or downloading lectures, etc.) will be sent to the applicant. Continuation as a student is subject to the discretion of the faculty and administration of CBTS.

Similar to the Master of Divinity program, usually only individuals who are at least 21 years of age, hold a Bachelor’s Degree and are members in good standing of an evangelical church shall be eligible for acceptance to the Master of Arts in Theological Studies program. Those meeting these qualifications without a Bachelor’s Degree shall be eligible for acceptance to the Diploma of Theological Studies program. The administration of CBTS reserves the right to waive any or all of these entrance requirements or to decline the application of any man to CBTS at its own discretion.

A total of 43 or 46 credit hours is necessary to complete this curriculum (depending on emphasis chosen), which students are expected to complete within 6 years.

Those enrolling in this program will choose between a Systematic/Historical emphasis and a Biblical Studies emphasis.  Download the most recent edition of each of our MATS programs below.

MATS with Systematic/Historical Emphasis

MATS with Biblical Studies Emphasis

MAPS
DPS

Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies
Diploma of Pastoral Studies

An Introduction to the Basic Essentials of Pastoral Preparation

The MAPS and DPS programs are designed to give students the essentials for planting and pastoring churches. While more training is normally preferable, it is not always suitable to each man’s gifts, calling, and circumstances. Additionally, pastors may desire to assess and mentor men aspiring to the ministry without committing them to a fuller degree program.

Individuals who are in the process of having their ministry calling assessed or would like to prepare for pastoral ministry by being introduced to the basic essentials of pastoral preparation are welcome to enroll in CBTS and take courses for credit as Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies or Diploma of Pastoral Studies students.

Admission as a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies or Diploma of Pastoral Studies student to CBTS requires first that the pastor or elders of the prospective student’s church recommend him as one being assessed for pastoral ministry or as a legitimate aspirant to the vocational ministry. They may do so through a written letter detailing their assessment of his aspirations. A member of the Admissions Team must then approve the prospective student by means of an interview examining his fitness for enrollment at CBTS. For practical purposes this interview may be conducted over the phone.

All of these students must also complete an application form and be accepted by the administration of CBTS. Upon acceptance and receipt of the registration fee, information for distance learners (text books, access code for streaming or downloading lectures, etc.) will be sent to the applicant. Continuation as a student is subject to the discretion of the faculty and administration of CBTS.

Similar to the Master of Divinity program, usually only individuals who are at least 21 years of age, hold a Bachelor’s Degree and are members in good standing of an evangelical church shall be eligible for acceptance to the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies program. Those meeting these qualifications without a Bachelor’s Degree shall be eligible for acceptance to the Diploma of Pastoral Studies program. The administration of CBTS reserves the right to waive any or all of these entrance requirements or to decline the application of any man to CBTS at its own discretion.

A total of 35 credit hours is necessary to complete this curriculum, which students are expected to complete within 4 years.

View the most recent edition of our MAPS/DPS Program Here.

MARBS

Master of Arts in Reformed Baptist Studies

The Essentials of Reformed Baptist Theology

The Master of Arts in Reformed Baptist Studies is a program designed to equip students with the essentials of Reformed Baptist theology.  The course of study is designed specifically for, but not limited to students who have already completed an MDiv degree at another institution but desire to gain a deeper understanding of distinctively Reformed Baptist doctrine and practice.

A total of 30 credit hours is necessary to complete this curriculum, which students are expected to complete within 3 years. This curriculum includes courses from the four branches of the Encyclopedia of Theology.

View the most recent edition of our MARBS program Here.

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