Program Overview

The Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond offers students the opportunity to earn a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration on Biblical Interpretation. The program is designed for practicing graduate students seeking to expand their knowledge and understanding of the biblical languages, literature, theology and contemporary scholarship. Earning a Master of Divinity will give adult students the strategic combination of Biblical Studies, Historical Theological Studies and Ministry Studies to apply in influential positions after graduation.

The Biblical Interpretation concentration will build on already learned foundations of practicing ministers, while also expanding on biblical preaching and teaching through an advanced understanding of the scripture. The 21 credit hour curriculum is comprised of core courses covering concepts such as Biblical Hebrew, New Testament Greek, Models of Biblical Interpretation and Topics in Biblical Interpretation. Students must complete the remaining 45 credit hours in elective courses, an internship, or a thesis project. Students may submit a thesis for up to 9 credit hours towards the required coursework.

In addition to the core curriculum, graduate students must also complete a second language requirement and three additional upper-level biblical courses. Graduates will be able to apply the Biblical Interpretation specialization to many areas of ministry, community service, educational institutions, and a dynamic set of other possibilities. Graduates will use the congregational focus, to become well prepared for positions of ministry, excelling in the communication of biblical preaching and teaching.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

    School Overview

    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.

    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. In addition to online programs for degree-seeking students, BTSR also offers online continuing education classes for professionals desiring to enhance their skill sets.


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