New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

3939 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70126

School Details

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is a private, not-for-profit, four-year school in Louisiana that is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. The seminary was founded in 1917 by an act of the Southern Baptist Convention. Upon founding, the school was named the New Orleans Seminary and it was the first theological institution to be created by direct action of the Southern Baptist Convention. After enrollment growth and academic expansion into the area of graduate studies, the school was renamed to the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1946. 

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is currently accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The mission of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is to equip leaders to fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Commandments through the local church and its ministries. This mission is met through the active focus of the core values of doctrinal integrity, spiritual vitality, mission focus, characteristic excellence and servant leadership.

The main campus of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is located on a beautiful 70 acre tree-covered site in suburban New Orleans, Louisiana. Since New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is committed to making quality theological education as accessible to as many ministers as possible, there are extension center campuses located across the Southeast. There are extension centers for both undergraduate and graduate education. Undergraduate extension centers are located in:

  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Jackson, Mississippi
  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Albany, Georgia
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Miami, Florida
  • Tampa, Florida

Graduate extension centers are located in:

  • Pineville, Louisiana
  • Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Blue Mountain, Mississippi
  • Clinton, Mississippi
  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Atlanta (Marietta), Georgia
  • Albany, Georgia
  • Graceville, Florida
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Pensacola, Florida
  • Miami, Florida

Students who are interested in applying to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary need to submit a $25 nonrefundable application fee. In addition to the application fee, students need to submit a completed application, a personal statement, official transcripts and a letter of reference. 

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary has an acceptance rate of 65%.  Students who are granted acceptance ultimately decide to attend New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary at a rate of about 91%. The students who decided to attend New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary come back for a following year of classes at a rate 69*% for full time students and 68% for part time students. Students at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary graduate within the four years it is expected to earn a bachelor’s degree at a rate of 18%.

There are 2,930 students currently enrolled at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, of these students, 1,191 are undergraduate students and 1,739 are graduate level students. Undergraduate students at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary are mostly part-time enrollments, with 69% of students taking fewer than 12 credits per semester. Unlike undergraduate students, graduate students are mostly full-time enrollments making up 63% of the total graduate enrollment. 

The gender ratio of the student body is 20% female students and 80% male students. There is some racial diversity with the largest represented race being white students making up 64% of the student population. The other racial groups, African American, Hispanic and Asian, make up 23%, 9% and 2% of the student body respectively. In the student population there are 2,251 adult learners who are over the age of 24.

Students at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary can take classes toward program completion for the following degrees:

  • Associate in Christian Ministry
  • Associate in Church Music
  • Associate in Preschool and Children's Ministry
  • Associate in Women's Ministry
  • The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Master of pinity
  • Master of Arts in Christian Education
  • Master of Arts in Family Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Missiology
  • Master of Arts in Worship Ministries
  • Master of Arts in Church Music
  • Master of Arts in Biblical Studies
  • Master of Arts in Theology
  • Doctor of Ministry
  • Doctor of Educational Ministry
  • Doctor of Musical Arts
  • Doctor of Philosophy

In addition to degree programs, students also have a wide range of certificate programs to choose from. Certificate programs include:

  • Biblical Languages
  • Biblical Preaching
  • Biblical Studies
  • Christian Apologetics
  • Bi-Vocational Ministry 
  • Church Community Ministries 
  • Church Planting
  • Church Leadership
  • Evangelical Church Growth
  • Greek Studies
  • Historical Studies
  • Advanced Historical Studies
  • Hebrew Studies
  • Islamic Studies
  • Missions
  • Advanced Islamic Studies
  • Advanced Missions
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Theological and Historical Studies
  • Worship Ministries

There are 48 faculty members at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, all of which are part of the instructional faculty. Students can expect slightly larger than average class sizes with a 25:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary also offers a growing roster of online courses. Courses offered online allow students who have a busy schedule or who may have difficulty commuting to campus to work toward a degree at their own pace and on their own time.

Students can find many ways to stay busy outside of class. One way for a student to spend free time while gaining valuable leadership and personal growth skills is through participating in extracurricular activities. The available student organizations include:

  • NOBTS Student Counselor Association
  • Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM)
  • Bivocational Pastors Fellowship
  • Campus Youth Challenge
  • Christian Association of Student Social Workers
  • Christian Home Educators Support System
  • Dead Preachers Society
  • Fellowship of Black Seminarians
  • Korean Student Fellowship
  • Quest Student Women's Ministry
  • Shepherds Fellowship Forum
  • Student Missions Fellowship
  • Student Theological Fellowship
  • Student Wives Fellowship
  • Chaplains Ministry Fellowship

The tuition at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary comes to $6,270 per year for both in- and out-of-state students. New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary offers a tuition payment plan and the assistance and guidance of its financial aid office to help students with the cost of higher education. The financial aid office can help students find and apply for grants, scholarships and loans. Currently, 17% of the student population accepts some form of grant or scholarship aid. The average grant or scholarship package is $837 per student per year.

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School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:
    Southern Baptist Convention
  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
  • Total Enrollments:
    2,930
  • Adult Age Enrollments:
    2,251
  • Percent Admitted:
    65%
  • Calendar System:
    Semester

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