Welcome from the Graduate Dean

Welcome to graduate studies at New Orleans Seminary! Here you will find information on graduate degrees with over 20 specializations designed to prepare you for service in the specific area of your ministerial call. Our Seminary-wide focus on the church is why we're called "The Church Place."


Graduate degrees at New Orleans are founded upon a competency-based curriculum which is designed to provide you with the tools needed to serve effectively in the 21st Century. Our goal is to build the kingdom of God through mature, capable, and compassionate ministers. By the way, if you are a Religion major or minor from a Christian college or university, you should check out our Baptist College Partnership Program.


Browse through the various degree options. If you need additional information regarding a specific program, contact the Academic Counselor in the Registrar’s Office. May God continue to bless and lead as you remain faithful to prepare and serve.


Jerry Barlow

Dean of Graduate Studies
Professor of Preaching and Pastoral Work  
Dean of Grauate Studies - Dr. Jerry N. Barlow

Revised MDiv and MA Degrees for August 1, 2011

The following newly revised Standard Master of Divinity, Master of Divinity Specializations, Master of Arts degrees, and Graduate Certificates were approved by Trustee action in April 2011 and are effective August 1, 2011. Students currently enrolled in a master's program should consult the guide for information regarding transitioning into the revised degree programs.


The Seven Basic Competencies Guiding the NOBTS Curriculum

  • Biblical Exposition -- To interpret and communicate the Bible accurately.
  • Christian Theological Heritage -- To understand and interpret Christian theological heritage and Baptist polity for the church.
  • Disciple Making -- To stimulate church health through mobilizing the church for missions, evangelism, discipleship, and church growth.
  • Interpersonal Skills -- To perform pastoral care effectively, with skills in communication and conflict management.
  • Servant Leadership -- To serve churches effectively through team ministry.
  • Spiritual and Character Formation -- To provide moral leadership by modeling and mentoring Christian character and devotion.
  • Worship Leadership -- To facilitate worship effectively.

Matching Your Calling to a Degree


NOBTS is committed to providing specialized training for the specific area of ministry into which God has called you. The degrees and certificates listed under each ministry heading are designed to prepare you for this specific ministry.


Pastor/Associate Pastor


• MDiv Standard
• MDiv Distance Learning Track
• MDiv with Specialization in Biblical Languages
• MDiv with Specialization in Biblical Studies
• MDiv with Specialization in Christian Apologetics
• MDiv with Specialization in Christian Education
• MDiv with Specialization in Christian Thought
• MDiv with Specialization in Evangelistic Church Growth
• MDiv with Specialization in Expository Preaching
• MDiv with Specialization in Leadership (Concentration in Pastoral Leadership)
• MDiv with Specialization in Pastoral Ministry
• MDiv with Specialization in Philosophy
• MDiv with Specialization in Worship Ministries (Preaching Concentration)
• MDiv--Church Ministry Track (Concentration in Pastoral Ministry)
• MDiv--Mentoring Track
• MDiv--Problem-Based Learning Track (Concentration in Pastoral Ministry)
• Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics
• Graduate Certificate in Biblical Languages
• Graduate Certificate in Biblical Preaching
• Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies
• Graduate Certificate in Bi-Vocational Ministry
• Graduate Certificate in Christian Apologetics
• Graduate Certificate in Church Administration
• Graduate Certificate in Church Leadership
• Graduate Certificate in Greek Studies
• Graduate Certificate in Hebrew Studies
• Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Ministry
• Graduate Certificate in Theological and Historical Studies



Chaplain

• MDiv with Specialization in Counseling (Non-Licensure Track)
• MDiv with Specialization in Pastoral Care
• Graduate Certificate in Church Leadership
• Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Ministry



Evangelist/Minister of Evangelism


• MDiv with Specialization in Church Planting: North American Track or International Track
• MDiv with Specialization in Evangelistic Church Growth
• MDiv with Specialization in Islamic Studies
• Graduate Certificate in Church Planting
• Graduate Certificate in Evangelistic Church Growth


Minister of Education

• MDiv with Specialization in Christian Education
• MDiv with Specialization in Leadership (Concentration in Ministry Leadership and Administration)
• MDiv--Church Ministry Track (Concentration in Church Staff and Ministry Leadership)
• MDiv--Mentoring Track
• MDiv--Problem-Based Learning Track (Concentration in Church Staff and Ministry Leadership)
• Master of Arts in Christian Education (Concentration in Leadership and Administration, Discipleship, Educational Foundations)
• Graduate Certificate in Teaching
• Graduate Certificate in Church Administration


Minister of Music/Worship Leader

• MDiv with Specialization in Church Music
• MDiv with Specialization in Worship Ministries (Music Track)
• Master of Music in Church Music
• Master of Arts in Christian Education (Concentration in Church Music)
• Master of Arts in Worship Ministries (Music Track)
• Graduate Certificate in Worship Ministries


Christian Counselor

• MDiv with Specialization in Counseling (Licensure Track)
• MDiv with Specialization in Counseling (Non-Licensure Track)
• MDiv with Specialization in Pastoral Care
• Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling


Teacher/Writer

• MDiv with Specialization in Biblical Languages
• MDiv with Specialization in Christian Apologetics
• MDiv with Specialization in Christian Education
• MDiv with Specialization in Christian Thought
• MDiv with Specialization in Islamic Studies
• MDiv with Specialization in Philosophy
• Master of Arts (Biblical Studies)
• Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics
• Master of Arts in Christian Education
• Master of Arts (Theology)
• Master of Theological Studies
• Master of Theology (Prerequisite: MDiv or equivalency)
• Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies
• Graduate Certificate in Children's Ministry
• Graduate Certificate in Christian Apologetics
• Graduate Certificate in History of Christianity
• Graduate Certificate in History of Christianity (Advanced)
• Graduate Certificate in Teaching
• Graduate Certificate in Youth Ministry


Minister to Children

• MDiv with Specialization in Christian Education (Concentration in Children's Ministry)
• Master of Arts in Christian Education (Concentration in Children's Ministry)
• Graduate Certificate in Children's Ministry


Minister to Youth/Recreation-Students

• MDiv with Specialization in Christian Education (Concentration in Church Recreation and Wellness)
• Master of Arts in Christian Education (Concentration in Church Recreation and Wellness)
• Graduate Certificate in Recreation and Sports Ministry


Collegiate Minister

• MDiv (Collegiate Ministry Track--One year internship)
• MDiv with Specialization in Christian Education (Concentration in Collegiate Ministry)
• MDiv with Specialization in Christian Apologetics
• Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics
• Master of Arts in Christian Education (Concentration in Collegiate Ministry)
• Graduate Certificate in Christian Apologetics
• Graduate Certificate in Collegiate Ministry


Minister to Adults

• MDiv with Specialization in Christian Education (Concentration in Discipleship)
• Master of Arts in Christian Education (Concentration in Discipleship)
• Graduate Certificate in Adult Discipleship
• Graduate Certificate in Senior Adult Ministry


Minister to Women

• MDiv in Christian Education (Concentration in Women’s Ministry)
• MDiv with Specialization in Women’s Studies
• Master of Arts in Christian Education (Concentration in Women’s Ministry)
• Graduate Certificate in Women's Ministry


Social Work Ministry

• MDiv with Specialization in Christian Education (Concentration in Social Work)
• Master of Arts in Christian Education (Concentration in Social Work)
• Graduate Certificate in Church and Community Ministry


International Missionary

• MDiv with Specialization in Christian Apologetics
• MDiv with Specialization in Christian Education
• MDiv with Specialization in Church Planting (International Track)
• MDiv with Specialization in Islamic Studies
• MDiv with Specialization in Missions
• MDiv with Specialization in Missions Strategies
• Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics
• Master of Arts in Missiology
• Graduate Certificate in Christian Apologetics 
• Graduate Certificate in Church Planting
• Graduate Certificate in Foundations for Mission Service: Career Service Basic (Apprentice)
• Graduate Certificate in Foundations for Mission Service: Career Service Advanced
• Graduate Certificate in Foundations for Mission Service: Team Strategy Leader
• Graduate Certificate in Greek Studies 
• Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies 
• Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies (Advanced)
• Graduate Certificate in Missions
• Graduate Certificate in Missions (Advanced)


North American Missionary/Church Planter/Minister of Missions

• MDiv with Specialization in Christian Apologetics
• MDiv with Specialization in Christian Education
• MDiv with Specialization in Church Planting (North American Track)
• MDiv with Specialization in Islamic Studies
• MDiv with Specialization in Leadership (Concentration in Pastoral Leadership)
• MDiv with Specialization in Missions
• MDiv with Specialization in Pastoral Ministry
• MDiv with Specialization in Urban Missions
• Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics
• Master of Arts in Missiology
• Graduate Certificate in Bi-Vocational Ministry
• Graduate Certificate in Christian Apologetics 
• Graduate Certificate in Church Planting
• Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies 
• Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies (Advanced)
• Graduate Certificate in Missions
• Graduate Certificate in Missions (Advanced)

OUR MISSION

The mission of New Orleans Baptist Theological
Seminary is to equip leaders to fulfill the Great
Commission and the Great Commandments through
the local church and its ministries.


DIVISIONS

Biblical Studies
Christian Education
Church and Community Ministries
Church Music Ministries
Pastoral Ministries
Theological and Historical Studies
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