Master's Degrees

Master's Degrees at NOBTS have been designed with the individual in mind. In all, the more than 40 plans and concentrations allow students to tailor their study to fit a specific call from God.

Master of Divinity Christian Ministry: 84 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 24 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 24 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 24 hours
  • Free Electives: 12 hours

Master of Divinity Biblical Languages: 87 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 24 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 21 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 24 hours
  • Specialization Courses: 12 hours
  • Free Electives: 6 hours

Master of Divinity Biblical Studies: 87 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 24 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 21 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 24 hours
  • Specialization Courses: 12 hours
  • Free Electives: 6 hours

Master of Divinity Expository Preaching: 87 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 24 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 21 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 24 hours
  • Specialization Courses: 12 hours
  • Free Electives: 6 hours

Master of Divinity Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care: 87 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 24 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 21 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 24 hours
  • Specialization Courses: 12 hours
  • Free Electives: 6 hours

Master of Divinity Worship Ministries: 87 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 24 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 21 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 24 hours
  • Specialization Courses: 12 hours
  • Free Electives: 6 hours

Master of Divinity Church Music: 85 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 18 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 15 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 12 hours
  • Specialization Courses: 18 hours
  • Musicianship Competency: 16 hours
  • Free Electives: 6 hours

Master of Divinity Evangelism and Church Health: 87 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 24 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 21 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 24 hours
  • Specialization Courses: 12 hours
  • Free Electives: 6 hours

Master of Divinity Christian Education: 87 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 24 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 21 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 24 hours
  • Specialization Courses: 12 hours
  • Free Electives: 6 hours

Master of Divinity Ministry to Women: 87 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 24 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 21 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 24 hours
  • Specialization Courses: 12 hours
  • Free Electives: 6 hours

Master of Divinity Pastoral Ministry: 87 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 24 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 21 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 24 hours
  • Specialization Courses: 12 hours
  • Free Electives: 6 hours

Master of Divinity Christian Leadership: 87 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 24 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 21 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 24 hours
  • Specialization Courses: 12 hours
  • Free Electives: 6 hours

Master of Divinity Church Planting: 87 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 24 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 21 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 24 hours
  • Specialization Courses: 12 hours
  • Free Electives: 6 hours

Master of Divinity International Church Planting: 87 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 24 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 21 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 24 hours
  • Specialization Courses: 12 hours
  • Free Electives: 6 hours

Master of Divinity Missions: 87 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 24 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 21 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 24 hours
  • Specialization Courses: 12 hours
  • Free Electives: 6 hours

Master of Divinity Collegiate Ministry: 87 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 24 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 21 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 24 hours
  • Specialization Courses: 12 hours
  • Free Electives: 6 hours

Master of Divinity Marriage and Family Counseling: 93 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 12 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 12 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 3 hours
  • Core Counseling Courses: 18 hours
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling: 21 hours
  • Contextual Dimensions: 15 hours
  • Clinical Practice: 9 hours
  • Counseling Electives: 3 hours

Master of Divinity Counseling/Non-Licensure Track: 87 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 24 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 21 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 24 hours
  • Specialization Courses: 12 hours
  • Free Electives: 6 hours

Master of Divinity Islamic Studies: 87 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 24 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 21 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 24 hours
  • Specialization Courses: 12 hours
  • Free Electives: 6 hours

Master of Divinity Christian Thought: 87 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 24 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 21 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 24 hours
  • Specialization Courses: 12 hours
  • Free Electives: 6 hours

Master of Divinity Philosophy: 87 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 24 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 21 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 24 hours
  • Specialization Courses: 12 hours
  • Free Electives: 6 hours

Master of Divinity Christian Apologetics: 87 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 24 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 21 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 24 hours
  • Specialization Courses: 12 hours
  • Free Electives: 6 hours

Master of Arts (Biblical Studies): 54-55 hours

  • Theological and Historical Studies: 12 hours
  • Biblical Studies: 15 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Concentration: 12 hours
  • Free Electives: 6 hours
  • Summative Evaluation: 3-4 hours

Master of Arts (Biblical Archaeology): 45-46 hours

  • Theological and Historical Studies: 6 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Biblical Languages: 6 hours
  • Geographical, Anthropological, and Cultural Studies: 9 hours
  • Archeology: 15 hours
  • Summative Evaluation: 3-4 hours

Master of Arts in Church and Community Ministries: 45 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 12 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 9 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Church and Community Ministries: 18 hours

Master of Arts in Worship Ministry: 45 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 12 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 9 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Worship Ministry Core: 12 hours
  • Church Music/Worship Component: 6 hours

Master of Arts in Christian Education: 63 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 12 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 9 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Christian Education Core: 21 hours
  • Christian Education Electives: 9 hours
  • Free Electives: 6 hours

Master of Arts in Discipleship: 45 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 12 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 9 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Discipleship Core: 12 hours
  • Christian Education Electives: 6 hours

Master of Arts in Ministry to Women: 45 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 12 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 9 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Ministry to Women Competency Component: 12 hours

Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry: 45 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 12 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 9 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Pastoral Ministry Core: 18 hours

Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership: 45 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 12 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 9 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Ministry Leadership Core: 18 hours

Master of Arts in Missiology: 45 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 12 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 9 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Missiology Core: 15 hours
  • Free Electives: 3 hours

Master of Arts in Church Planting: 45 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 12 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 9 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Church Planting Core: 6 hours
  • Church Planting Electives: 6 hours
  • Free Electives: 6 hours

Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural Studies: 39 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 12 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 9 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Cross-Cultural Core: 12 hours

Master of Arts in Counseling (Specialization in Clinical Mental Health): 84 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 9 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 6 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 3 hours
  • Core Counseling Courses: 18 hours
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling: 21 hours
  • Contextual Dimensions: 15 hours
  • Clinical Practice: 9 hours
  • Counseling Electives: 3 hours

Master of Arts in Counseling (Specialization in Marriage and Family): 84 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 9 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 6 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 3 hours
  • Core Counseling Courses: 18 hours
  • Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling: 21 hours
  • Contextual Dimensions: 15 hours
  • Clinical Practice: 9 hours
  • Counseling Electives: 3 hours

Master of Arts (Theology): 54-55 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 18 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 12 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Theology Concentration: 9 hours
  • Electives: 6 hours
  • Summative Component: 3-4 hours

Master of Arts (Philosophy): 51-52 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 15 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 12 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Philosophy Core: 12 hours
  • Philosophy Electives: 3 hours
  • Summative Component: 3-4 hours

Master of Arts (Apologetics): 51-52 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 15 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 12 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Apologetics Core: 9 hours
  • Apologetics Electives: 6 hours
  • Summative Component: 3-4 hours

Master of Arts Christian Apologetics: 45 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 12 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 9 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 6 hours
  • Christian Apologetics Core: 9 hours
  • Christian Apologetics Electives: 9 hours

Master of Theological Studies 49 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 12 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 18 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 9 hours
  • Controlled Electives: 6 hours
  • Free Electives: 3 hours
  • Summative Assessment: 1 hour

Master of Music in Church Music: 49 hours

  • Biblical Studies: 6 hours
  • Theological and Historical Studies: 6 hours
  • Applied Ministry Studies: 3 hours
  • Worship Ministry Competency: 18 hours
  • Musicianship Competency: 16 hours

Graduate Certificates

  • in Age Group Ministry: 18 hours
  • in Biblical Languages: 18 hours
  • in Biblical Preaching: 16-20 hours
  • in Biblical Studies: 17 hours
  • in Bi-Vocational Ministry: 14 hours
  • in Christian Apologetics: 18 hours
  • in Christian Education: 18 hours
  • in Christian School Education: 16 hours
  • in Church and Community Ministry: 15 hours
  • in Church Leadership: 13-14 hours
  • in Church Planting: 15-19 hours
  • in Collegiate Ministry: 18 hours
  • in Counseling Ministry: 17 hours
  • in Evangelistic Church Growth: 15 hours
  • in Foundations for Mission Service: Career Service Basic (Apprentice): 15 hours
  • in Foundations for Mission Service: Career Service Advanced: 20 hours
  • in Greek Studies: 18 hours
  • in Hebrew Studies: 18 hours
  • in Islamic Studies: 15 hours
  • in Advanced Islamic Studies: 12 hours
  • in Lifespan Discipleship: 18 hours
  • in Missions: 12-18 hours
  • in Pastoral Ministry: 18-19 hours
  • in Theological and Historical Studies: 19 hours
  • in Women's Ministry: 15 hours
  • in Worship Ministries: 15 hours

Six Divisions of Study

A Word from our Dean

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. 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.
Dr. Bo Rice

Dr. Bo Rice

Dean of Graduate Studies

Assistant Professor of Evangelism and Preaching

Director of Mentoring Programs