Frequently Asked Questions

What Courses Currently Are Offered?

Online course listings can be found on the following pages:

See the Leavell College Class Schedules page for complete undergraduate course listings. For complete graduate course listings, see the Graduate Schedules page. Syllabi may be obtained by clicking on course titles.

How Much Do Online Courses Cost?

Tuition Cost for Current Academic Year: The tuition for Undergraduate Internet courses is $230 per credit hour and Graduate Internet courses is $225 per credit hour plus an Internet course fee of $85 per credit hour and a registration fee of $30 per course (For example, a Graduate three-credit-hour course would cost $960. An Undergraduate three-credit-hour course would cost $975). Internet course fees are the same for SBC and non-SBC students alike.

Course Credit Hour Designation: The second number in the course designation represents the number of credit hours. Example: DISC5301 is a course offered for 3 hours of academic credit.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: For policies on refunds, see the Graduate and Undergraduate catalog information under the following headings:

  • Withdrawal from a course (after drop/add period) 
  • Complete withdrawal from school 
  • Emergency withdrawal
  • Withdrawal from an internet course

When/How Do I Register for Online Courses?

  • On the main NOBTS web page, click "SelfServe" on the left-hand menu
  • Then click "Apply" on the horizontal toolbar
  • Click on the appropriate Graduate or Undergraduate application link and follow the instructions
  • For more information, please contact the Office of Student Enlistment at 1-800-NOBTS-01, ext. 3303. 

Are the Online Courses Accredited?

Yes, all courses at NOBTS are accredited. For more information, see accreditation.

Do I Have to Be Enrolled at NOBTS?

No, you may take the courses on a non-credit basis for your own personal development, or for academic credit as a non-degree student. Students enrolling in Internet courses are not guaranteed admission to the Seminary as degree seeking students. In order to enroll as a degree seeking student at NOBTS, the student must complete all requirements for regular admission into the Seminary, including an approved full application. See Registrar's Office for details.

Who Can Enroll for Online Courses?

The courses are designed for anyone who is interested in increasing their knowledge of Christian theology, the Bible, and Christian ministry. The classes are tailored to prepare people for Christian leadership, either in full time vocational ministry or in lay ministry.

Students may enroll in these courses in one of the following three ways:
  • For academic credit toward a baccalaureate or graduate degree in which you are enrolled at NOBTS.
  • For academic credit as a non-degree student at NOBTS.
  • For non-academic credit, such as for continuing education.

Courses not taken for academic credit can never be applied for credit at the Seminary. Students desiring to enter an NOBTS degree program will need to meet all the normal requirements for admission to the Seminary.

Why Offer Seminary Courses Online?

Our hope is to make quality Seminary training accessible to ministers and lay Christian leaders all over the world, regardless of their location. Our commitment is to provide theological education via the Internet that is comparable in quality to our on-campus classes.

Are the Courses Transferable to Other Institutions?

Yes (as long as it fits into their degree program and other requirements). To be sure, please check (before you enroll for the Internet class) with the institution to which you want to transfer the credit.

Do I Have to Take Courses for Academic Credit?

No, you may choose to take them for your own continuing education.

Must I Enroll in a Degree Program at NOBTS?

No, you may choose to take the course on a non-credit basis for continuing education, or you may choose to take the course for academic credit without enrolling in a degree program.

I registered for an online course but cannot access the course on Blackboard. What is the problem?

You must bring your account balance to zero before the Information Technology Center will grant you access to your Blackboard course. If you discover you cannot access your class in Blackboard, contact the Business Office immediately at (504) 282-4455, ext 3210.

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