The Online Seminary

The Online Learning Center of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Our goal and vision is to provide quality, accredited theological education to anyone in the world who has access to the Internet. We invite you to browse our undergraduate and graduate degree programs by selecting the appropriate sidebar button on this page.

May God bless you as you seek preparation and training for your ministry.

Dr. Craig Price

Robert Hamblin Chair of NT Exposition

Associate Dean of Online Learning

Professor of New Testament and Greek

For more information contact:    
(504) 282-4455 ext. 8064

Craig Price

 Undergraduate Information

Graduate Information

Important Dates and Deadlines for Online Courses Only

(for Hybrid course final exam dates, please consult the Catalog)

Semester Registration Opens Registration Closes Classes Begin Final Exam Deadline
Spring 2013 Oct 15 Jan 18
Jan 22
on or before May 16
Summer 2013 Mar 1 May 31 June 3 July 26
Fall 2013 Apr 15
Aug 16
Aug 19
on or before Dec 12

How to Apply for the NOBTS Online Learning Program

  • 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

Master of Arts Degrees Completely Online

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is currently offering two Master of Arts degrees which can be earned completely online. Those degrees are the Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) - [See pg. 83 in Graduate Catalog for degree requirements] and the Master of Arts (Theology) [See pg. 85 in Graduate Catalog for requirements]. These two degrees require a thesis and qualify the student for admission into the Ph.D. program.

The Seminary has petitioned our accreditors and is awaiting approval to offer a Master of Theological Studies degree beginning in the Fall of 2013. This degree will be offered in a completely online format and will require 49 semester hours, but will not have a thesis requirement. The degree will qualify students for further graduate study. Students wishing to move from this degree into a doctoral program will be required to do significant leveling work.

Undergraduate Certificates (Leavell College)

The undergraduate certificate programs through Leavell College are designed to enhance the knowledge base and leadership skills of pastors, staff, and other leaders in local churches. These short-term training opportunities are available to all persons regardless of educational background.

The following undergraduate certificates currently are offered online:

Leavell College also offers a degree completion program for those who have an associate's degree and desire to complete their bachelor's degree. The degree completion is a combination of online courses and periodic on-campus workshops. For more information please see the Bachelor's Degree Completion Plan page or contact Dr. Thomas Strong, Dean of Leavell College, at

Graduate Certificates (NOBTS)

Graduate certificates provide a systematic approach for students holding a baccalaureate degree to explore the possibility of pursuing a seminary degree while concentrating on a specific area of study, for missionaries to fulfill International Mission Board seminary requirements, or for students holding a master’s degree to gain additional knowledge of an area not covered extensively in their previous master’s program specialization.

The following graduate certificates currently are offered online:

*See the respective page numbers in the Graduate Course Catalog for degee requirements

  • Distance Learning Track Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Degree

    New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary now offers a Master of Divinity degree program that provides 54 of the 84 semester hours of course work in an online format. The other 30 hours can be taken through in-person classes on one of our campuses. For more information, see the Distance Learning M.Div. page.

    Korean Theological Institute

    Korean online classes and/or Korean Institute classroom courses in Atlanta can be used to complete the Korean Biblical Languages Certificate. Students needing help registering for the Korean online courses should contact the Korean program director at

    New “Hybrid” Online Courses

    One option that you might consider for your educational plan is the new “hybrid” format for online courses. It is a combination of online course work and four on-campus course meetings. The student works online for three weeks and comes to campus for a class meeting on the fourth week.  

    This format is ideal for those who live too far from campus to attend regular class meetings but who live close enough to make a trip into New Orleans for an on-campus class meeting once a month. The hybrid offers the best of both worlds, and the courses count as on-campus credit toward your degree! To see the course offerings in the hybrid format, go to the Hybrid Courses page. The dates for the on-campus class meetings are posted in the schedule. Plans are in the works to add more courses in the hybrid format.

    No Incompletes for Online Courses

    The student should be aware that an incomplete (“I”) may not be granted for any online course work. While the catalog offers this option for regular classroom courses, the incomplete is not feasible for the online delivery system. Once the semester has ended, every online Blackboard course shell is closed and cannot be re-opened for retrieving assignments and materials or for submitting assignments.

    For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions