New Revised Master of Divinity

What is God doing in the world? How can we best prepare ministry leaders for the global Christian Church? BTSR’s newly revised Master of Divinity degree reduces the number of hours to 81(down from 90 hours) and breathes new life into preparation for ministry. The revised degree program takes effect in the fall semester 2014.

BTSR’s 81-hour Master of Divinity means students experience greater efficiency and effectiveness and reflects BTSR’s commitment to assist students in obtaining their degree in a timely manner.

This ‘savings’ for students is accomplished with greater curricular integration and is fully approved by the Association of Theological Schools (accrediting agency). The BTSR model retains the school’s key focus on biblical languages and weaves Baptist studies more fully into the larger Christian story.

For example, Theology and Ethics are combined into a two-course sequence because theology informs and defines the way we live and make critical decisions. Baptist history and polity are combined into History of Global Christianity to study Baptist history within the context of the global Christian church. These combinations will enliven significant BTSR experiences such as mission immersion and hands-on ministry practice.

As Baptists we can understand more fully our gifts and traditions by studying who we are in light of the church universal,” said Dr. Beth Newman, Eula Mae and John Baugh Professor of Theology and Ethics. President Ron Crawford adds, “As we increase our global emphasis and intentionally explore what God is doing across continents, BTSR will better prepare students for the ever-renewing, ever-changing church.

Come join us! For more information contact Tiffany Pittman, Director of Admissions. ( or 804-204-1208)