Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How are Courses Delivered?

The Professional Doctoral Program is conducted in three trimesters per year. The Winter Trimester runs from December-March, with most seminars and workshops meeting the second and third week of January. The Spring Trimester runs from April-July, with most seminars and workshops meeting the two weeks after the Spring graduation in May. The Fall Trimester runs from August-November, with most seminars and workshops meeting the two weeks in September immediately after the week of Labor Day.

Seminars meet in a variety of formats: at the New Orleans campus, extension centers, or SYNC. Seminars held on the New Orleans campus are broadcast via Compressed Interactive Video (CIV) to specific extension center sites. SYNC allows students to be video conferenced into the classroom from home. Periodically Special Event Seminars are offered in conjunction with selected campus and off-campus events like convention meetings, local church conferences, mission projects, etc. These seminars normally involve interaction with an elected faculty member at the event location. Seminars last 3 days in duration in a compressed format.  

Workshops (i.e. Program Overview and Research Writing, Mid-Career Assessment, and Project in Ministry Design) are only available at the New Orleans campus and are between 2 to 4 days in duration.

A current list of workshop/seminar offerings can be obtained HERE.  

Where are Courses Offered?

Seminars meet on the main campus, selected extension centers, and via individual participation through SYNC (live interactive video). Location exceptions will be noted on the schedule for on-site and special event seminars.  

  • Alabama - Birmingham
  • Alabama - Montgomery
  • Arkansas - Little Rock
  • Florida - Orlando
  • Georgia - Atlanta (Marietta)
  • Oklahoma - Oklahoma City
  • Tennessee - Nashville

What are the Program's Requirements?

What Kind of On-Campus Work is Involved?


Students must come to the New Orleans campus for the Program Overview and Research Writing Workshop, the Mid-Career Workshop, and the Project in Ministry Design Workshop. Program Overview is taken in your first trimester. Mid-Career Workshop is taken after half of your seminars are complete. Project in Ministry Design is taken after all seminars are complete. 


Seminars are offered at the New Orleans campus, but can be taken at available extension centers or through SYNC. 


Three of the student's six seminars (including Special Events) may be taken independent of on-campus meetings under the direction of an elected faculty member.

  • Directed Studies Paralleling On-Campus Seminars: Students may choose to take an on-campus seminar as a directed study.
  • Specialized Directed Studies: Students may petition a professor to design a directed study which addresses some specific area related to his/her specialization, project, or other area of interest.

How Long Does the Program take to Complete?

DURATION: D.Min.: 3-4 years    D.Ed.Min.: 4-5 years

COURSE LOAD: 8 hour maximum per trimester

How Much does the Program Cost?



  • The Providence Guest House, NOBTS private guest house, provides housing for seminary students and families at a low cost. Please visit for more information.
  • Cafe New Orleans is located in the Hardin Student Center. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are provided throughout the day. The Cafe opens every morning at 7am. They are closed for Chapel on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am-12pm. The Cafe normally closes at 5pm on Wednesday and Friday and 10pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Closed on Saturday & Sunday.  Evening & Summer hours of operation vary.
  • River City Cafe offers Breakfast and Lunch.  Hours of operation vary.
  • There are many inexpensive restaurants and housing accommodations near the campus and city. 

Dependent on respective courses

What Prior Education do I Need?

The Doctor of Ministry degree requires an MDiv degree (72 hrs) or its equivalency of an accredited college,  university, or seminary.  


A masters degree in a ministry-related area of an accredited college, university or seminary and demonstration proficiency by meeting the established criteria outlined in the admission policies. 

The Doctor of Educational Ministry degree requires a MACE degree or its equivalent.

Those with other degrees should first contact the Office of Professional Doctoral Programs via the contact information to inquire about meeting the degree prerequisite or attaining equivalency. Equivalency must be satisfied completely before application can be made. The successful completion of equivalency in no way guarantees admission into a Professional Doctoral degree.

 To find out if your degree meets the requirements, please fill out the application request.

How do I get started?

First go through the steps for the Admissions Process. Then consult and be aware of the following important dates for the trimester which you intend to begin in:


  • Admissions Application is due by August 1st.
  • Registration deadline October 22nd.


  • Admissions Application is due by December 1st.
  • Registration deadline February 22nd.


  • Admissions Application is due by April 1st.
  • Registration deadline: June 22nd.
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