Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond

3400 Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23227-4536

School Details

Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (BTSR) originated in 1991, educating the first students in a rented church basement. Today, the private, not-for-profit faith-based seminary resides on a campus in Richmond, Virginia and coordinates programs with Union Presbyterian Seminary, the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union Commonwealth University, and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Furthermore, through distance learning education, BTSR maintains an international campus and currently enrolls more than one hundred students pursuing degrees. Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools.

Students at BTSR can advance their education through the pursuit of the following degrees:

  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Divinity from BTSR and a Master of Social Work from VCU, dual degree program
  • Master of Divinity from BTSR and a Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling from VCU, dual degree program
  • Master of Theological Studies
  • Doctor of Ministry
BTSR supports online learning, and at least one-third of the Master of Divinity program can now be completed online. Currently, all programs integrate blended learning and require a residential requirement. Some students learning from a distance complete online coursework throughout the year, and then attend BTSR annually to participate in 3-week long sessions. Other students either first complete on-campus requirements followed by online coursework or vice versa. Regardless, online learning gives students greater flexibility and the Association of Theological Schools allows students attending BTSR to complete up to two-thirds of classes online. In addition to online programs for degree-seeking students, BTSR also offers online continuing education classes for professionals desiring to enhance their skill sets.

Prerequisites vary by degree program, but typically require a Bachelor’s degree or greater with a minimum GPA.  In addition, most degree programs require prospective students to submit the application, official transcripts, references / recommendation letters, writing sample / personal statement, an interview with staff from the Admissions office, and the application fee if applicable. Prior work in ministry is also necessary for enrollment in the Doctor of Ministry program. International students will need to submit additional documentation, including proof of English language proficiency and proof of financial support.

Tuition is degree specific. The following rates reflect the cost for a 3 semester hour course, and do not include added fees.
  • Master of Divinity, $1,155
  • Doctor of Ministry, $1,320
  • Master of Theological Studies, $1,155
The average student completes anywhere from 22.5 to 30 semester hours annually depending on the length of the degree program. For example, the four-year Master of Divinity student completes an average of 22.5 semester hours annually, while students participate in an average of 30 semester hours annually for the three-year Master of Divinity and the two-year Master of Theological Studies.

BTSR works with students to make their education affordable. Generous church members and donors sponsor need-based BTSR Financial Aid awarded to eligible Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies students. Additionally, the BTSR website links to a wide array of outside scholarships and the Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan is another possibility.  BTSR also has been approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to support educational benefits for veterans.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:
    Christian / Baptist
  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
  • Total Enrollments:
  • Adult Age Enrollments:
  • Percent Admitted:
  • Calendar System:
    Four-one-four plan



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