Match Your Calling to a Degree

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.


Mike Edens

Dean of Graduate Studies
Professor of Theology and Islamic Studies
Associate Director of the Institute for Christian Apologetics     
 
Dean of Grauate Studies - Dr. Jerry N. Barlow

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 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 Theology
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--Mentoring Track
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 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 Chaplaincy/Pastoral Care
Graduate Certificate in Church Leadership
Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Ministry

Evangelist/Minister of Evangelism
MDiv with Specialization in Church Planting: North American Concentration or International Concentration
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--Mentoring Track
Master of Arts in Christian Education (Concentration in Leadership and Administration or Educational Foundations)
Graduate Certificate in Age Group Ministry
Graduate Certificate in Church Leadership
 
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 Worship Ministries (Music Track)
Graduate Certificate in Worship Ministries
 
Christian Counselor
MDiv with Specialization in Chaplaincy/Pastoral Care
MDiv with Specialization in Counseling (Non-Licensure Track)
MDiv with Specialization in Marriage and Family Counseling
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
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 Theology
MDiv with Specialization in Christian Thought
MDiv with Specialization in Islamic Studies
MDiv with Specialization in Philosophy
Master of Arts (Apologetics)
Master of Arts (Biblical Archaeology)
Master of Arts (Biblical Studies)
Master of Arts (Cross-Cultural Studies)
Master of Arts (Theology)
Master of Arts in Christian Education
Master of Theological Studies
Master of Theology (Prerequisite: MDiv or equivalency)
Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies
Graduate Certificate in Age Group Ministry
Graduate Certificate in Christian Apologetics
Graduate Certificate in Theological and Historical Studies
 
Minister to Children
MDiv with Specialization in Christian Education (Concentration in Children's Ministry Leadership)
Master of Arts in Christian Education (Concentration in Children's Ministry Leadership)
Graduate Certificate in Age Group Ministry
 
Minister to Youth/Students
MDiv with Specialization in Christian Education (Concentration in Youth Ministry Leadership)
Master of Arts in Christian Education (Concentration in Youth Ministry Leadership)
Graduate Certificate in Age Group Ministry

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

Minister to Adults
MDiv with Specialization in Christian Education (Concentration in Adult Ministry Leadership)
Master of Arts in Christian Education (Concentration in Adult Ministry Leadership)
Master of Arts in Discipleship
Graduate Certificate in Age Group Ministry
 
Minister to Women
MDiv in Christian Education (Concentration in Women’s Ministry Leadership)
Master of Arts in Christian Education (Concentration in Women’s Ministry Leadership)
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 Concentration)
MDiv with Specialization in Islamic Studies
MDiv with Specialization in Missions
Master of Arts (Cross-Cultural Studies)
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 Greek Studies
Graduate Certificate in Hebrew Studies
Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies 
Graduate Certificate in Advanced Islamic Studies
Graduate Certificate in Missions
 
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 Concentration)
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 Advanced Islamic Studies
Graduate Certificate in Missions