Online Learning

3 Ways to Engage

1. Standard Online (asynchronous)
This format is the standard, semester-long course where students work at their convenience.

2. NOLA2U (synchronous)
This format is a weekly, live lecture broadcast from campus. Online students join the class each week and interact live. It offers the benefit of classroom learning with online convenience.

3. NOLA2U-Flex (synchronous or asynchronous)
This format allows online students the choice of NOLA2U (above), or to view the recorded lecture anytime within the week.

Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry 126 hours

The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry degree is a fully online 126 hour degree that prepares students for ministry in a variety of settings or for further study at the Master's level. Students in this degree complete a 42 hour Christian Ministry core and choose two minors from areas like Biblical Studies, Pastoral Ministry, Christian Education, Church Ministry, or Youth Ministry. Students may also choose to take some of the classes at one of the extension centers, through workshops on campus, or hybrid offerings.

  • General Education: 30 hours
  • Christian Ministry Major: 42 hours
  • Two Minors: 18 hours each
  • Free Electives: 18 hours

Associate in Christian Ministry 70 hours

The Associate in Christian Ministry degree is a fully online 70 hour degree that prepares students for ministry in a variety of settings or for further study at the Bachelors level. Students in this degree complete a 37 hour Christian Ministry core as well as some Life Skills courses and 12 hours of free electives. Students may also choose to take some of the classes at one of the extension centers, through workshops on campus, or hybrid offerings.

  • General Education: 21 hours
  • Christian Ministry: 37 hours
  • Free Electives: 12 hours

Certificate in Christian Ministry 18 hours

The Certificate in Christian Ministry is designed to give a foundation of ministry training for a wide variety of callings. All three certificates are composed of classes that are also in the Associates and Bachelors degrees, so students completing the certificate can continue their studies without losing hours.

Certificate in Biblical Studies 18 hours

The Certificate in Biblical Studies is designed to focus on Biblical Studies courses and help students be able to rightly handle the Word of God.. All three certificates are composed of classes that are also in the Associates and Bachelors degrees, so students completing the certificate can continue their studies without losing hours.

Certificate in Christian Education 18 hours

The Certificate in in Christian Education is designed to focus on Christian Education courses helping prepare those who may be called into educational ministry. All three certificates are composed of classes that are also in the Associates and Bachelors degrees, so students completing the certificate can continue their studies without losing hours.

Master of Divinity (Standard) 84 hours

This 84 hour online degree is our flagship degree that will prepare the student to serve in the widest variety of ministerial callings, including pastoral ministry, youth ministry, campus ministry, chaplaincy, and missions. This degree is available all online or may be combined with other in-person courses at extension centers or the main campus, including semester-length, hybrid, and weeklong workshop classes.

  • Biblical Exposition: 23 hours
  • Christian Theological Heritage: 16 hours
  • Disciple Making: 9 hours
  • Interpersonal Skills: 4 hours
  • Servant Leadership: 10 hours
  • Spiritual and Character Formation: 5 hours
  • Worship Leadership: 8 hours
  • Free Electives: 9 hours

Master of Theological Studies 49 hours

This 49 hour online degree does not have a thesis requirement. This degree is designed to teach students general theological knowledge.

  • Biblical Studies: 15 hours
  • Theological Studies: 14 hours
  • Worship Leadership: 5 hours

Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) 53-56 hours

This 53-56 hour online degree includes a thesis requirement. It is designed for students preparing for research degrees in biblical studies for the purpose of teaching, research, or writing in various fields of biblical studies. It is available all online or may be combined with other in-person courses at extension centers or the main campus, including semester-length, hybrid, and weeklong workshop classes.

Master of Arts (Theology) 57 hours

This 57 hour online degree is designed for students preparing for research degrees in theological studies for the purpose of teaching, research, or writing in various fields of theology. The online courses of this degree may be combined with other in-person courses at extension centers or the main campus, including semester-length, hybrid, and weeklong workshop classes.

Master of Arts (Apologetics) 57 hours

This 50-hour degree is an academic degree that may qualify its graduates to be eligible to be considered as candidates to enroll in a Ph.D. program. NOBTS has been approved by our accreditation agency ATS to offer the MA (Apologetics) as an all-online degree. However, although much of the degree may be earned online, not every course in the degree is presently available online. The degree may be earned through residential and nonresidential study, with limited trips to the main campus. The Apologetics faculty recommends strongly that Apologetics students attend the January Defend conference, which features some of the nation???s top Apologists. Students can earn up to six hours of course credit toward this degree each year through the Defend conference.

Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE) 64-65 hours

This 64-65 hour online degree is designed to prepare students to serve in educational ministries (including ministry to children, youth, and adults; church administration; social work; ministers of discipleship, assimilation, maturity; and associate pastors) primarily in local churches, as well as missions, denominational agencies, and other related ministries. It is available all online or may be combined with other in-person courses at extension centers or the main campus, including semester-length, hybrid, and weeklong workshop classes.

Master of Arts in Discipleship 36 hours

This 36 hour online degree is designed to prepare students to serve in educational ministries (particularly as minister of discipleship, small groups, spiritual formation, assimilation, spiritual maturity, and associate pastors) primarily in local churches, as well as missions, denominational agencies, and other related ministries. It is available all online or may be combined with other in-person courses at extension centers or the main campus, including semester-length, hybrid, and weeklong workshop classes..

Master of Arts in Missiology 49 hours

This 49 hour degree is designed to prepare students to serve in a variety of positions in missions agencies. The degree plan can be applicable to those presently engaged in mission work or to those who are preparing for mission service. The degree would benefit those who are now serving on the mission field with previous Seminary studies as well at those who are enrolled in Seminary to prepare for missionary service. Persons who have completed twenty to thirty hours of Seminary studies in preparation for service with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention should be able to use those hours in this degree plan with academic approval of this Seminary.

Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry 36-37 hours

This 36-37 hour online degree is designed to prepare students to serve in a full or part-time position as pastor or ministerial staff member of a local church. It is available all online or may be combined with other in-person courses at extension centers or the main campus, including semester-length, hybrid, and weeklong workshop classes.

Spanish-language Master of Theological Studies (MTS) 49 hours

Spanish online courses leading to the Master of Theological Studies degree are under development and will be offered starting later this academic year. Students should use the normal seminary registration process for enrolling in this program. Those needing assistance registering for this program may contact Dr. Bill Warren at wwarren@nobts.edu for help in Spanish or the Registrar's Office (admissions section) at admiss@nobts.edu or registrar@nobts.edu for help in English.

Graduate Certificates 12-20 hours

NOBTS offers 24 different graduate certificates on the master's academic level. These certificates are composed of a variety of master's courses in particular ministry or academic areas and are designed to provide a basic understanding of a particular theological discipline, such as the Certificate in Biblical Languages, or to equip students in the practice of ministry in an area of needed competency related to their vocation or ministry calling. Certificate students who desire additional educational preparation may pursue a Master of Divinity degree or a Master of Arts degree with the possibility of transferring earned credit from graduate certificate courses. To see all Graduate Certificates, download the Academic Catalog HERE.

Internet and Mentoring Course Projected Rotation

To see the projected Internet and Mentoring rotation, download the Projected Internet and Mentoring Rotation HERE.

Where do I apply?

What Courses Currently Are Offered?

How Much Do Online Courses Cost?

Undergraduate: $230 per credit hour, $85 Internet Program Fee per credit hour, $30 registration fee per course. Total cost for 3 credit hour course is $975.

Graduate: $225 per credit hour, $85 Internet Program Fee per credit hour, $30 registration fee per course. Total cost for 3 credit hour course $960.

How Do I Register for Online Courses?

Are the Online Courses Accredited?

Yes. All NOBTS courses are accredited.

I registered for an online course but cannot access the course on Blackboard.

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.

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.

WHAT DO I NEED TO TAKE AN ONLINE CLASS?

  • Access to a laptop or desktop web browser with broadband internet.
  • A word processor. To secure the free Microsoft Office 365 Student, submit the following registration form. A Self-serve User name and NOBTS Student ID is required.
  • Contact Us

  • Phone

    1.800.662.8701 x8064

    504.282.4455 x8064

  • Email

    internetdeanasst@nobts.edu

How to become an online student

1. Review Degree Options
From undergrad to graduate, from social work to theology, find your place here.
2. Complete an Application
Answering God's call is a lifelong commitment. Let's talk more to see how NOBTS can help you.
3. Enjoy the Journey
NOBTS will engage your mind, kindle your heart, and shape your character.

Value Meets Affordability

  • Tuition

    Tuition at NOBTS is signifantly lower than the national average. Download our tuition and fees HERE.

  • FINANCIAL AID

    The Financial Aid Office offers a number of scholarships for full-time and part-time students at all levels of education.

  • Caskey Center for Church Excellence

    The Caskey Center provides full tuition scholarships for Baptist bivocational/ small church ministers from selected states. These scholarships apply to certificate, undergraduate, or master's students in any NOBTS delivery system.

  • Baptist College Partnership Program

    Through the BCPP, those with undergraduate hours in religion may be eligible for a head start on graduate studies. Students can test out or take seminars for up to 37 hours of master's level credit, while paying a greatly reduced cost for these courses.

  • Monthly Payment Plans

    Instead of paying for seminary up front each semester, NOBTS offers a monthly payment plan that divides tuition into more manageable installments.

  • Student Housing

    NOBTS has affordable campus housing options for single students, married couples, and families with rates that are typically half the cost of living in the city.