At BTSR, our mission is to prepare ministry leaders for the twenty-first century. We pursue our goal by providing advanced theological education through the following courses of study:

Master of Divinity

Master of Divinity
An academic professional degree offering four concentrations in: Biblical Interpretation, Christian Education, Youth & Student Ministries, and Justice & Peace Building. These different concentrations are all built on the same foundation of theological education that focuses on spiritual formation, global engagement and preparation for ministry.




Dual-degree Programs
BTSR partners with Virginia Commonwealth University, and is a member of the Richmond Theological Consortium. Through these partnerships, we are able to offer dual-degree programs. By enrolling as a dual-degree student, BTSR students can work towards there MDiv. as well as pursuing either a Master of Social Work or a Master of Science in Patient Counseling. For students that are more sure of their calling, these programs offer a great opportunity to focus their course of study in a practical way.


Master of Theological Studies
A degree program intended for students preparing for teaching or theological research, preparation for non-ordained ministry, or those interested in their own general education. This degree program provides exposure to a broad range of theological disciplines, including Christian history, ethics, biblical studies, theology, along with cultural and social concerns.

Master in Christian Ministry
A professional-academic degree program designed to prepare women and men for competent leadership in specialized ministries in their faith communities. This program provides students with practical ministry training shaped by a firm grounding in rigorous theological studies. It is designed to meet the need for ministerial leadership training for the wide range of possibilities for 21st century ministry settings.

Doctor of Ministry
A program designed for busy ministers. The program utilizes Bowen Family Systems theory to provide a contextual leadership focus. Core seminars begin online and culminate with a one-week residential intensive twice a year. Elective courses can be taken on campus, online, or as independent studies.



Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies
For persons who seek basic theological training to enhance their participation in their congregation or profession.  The certificate can also serve as a gateway to formal application to a degree program for those exploring their calling or who desire to begin formal theological studies but are not ready to commit to a program of study.



What Does It Cost To Attend BTSR 2013-2014? (pdf)

For more information about degree programs, please contact:
Lacy Kendrick
Registrar and Director of Financial Aid

Tiffany Kellogg Pittman
Director of Admissions and Recruitment