Program Overview

The Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond offers students the opportunity to earn a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in youth and student ministries. The program is designed for graduate students who wish to expand on already learned foundations, as well as learn about the impact of the scripture on youths interested in faith.

An advanced degree in youth and students ministries will aim to equip graduate students with the advanced academic skills and knowledge needed to serve a local congregation as a youth and family pastoral advocate. The curriculum is comprised of core courses that will delve into concepts of pastoral ministry to youth and their families, methods of teaching youth, and the role of a pastoral associate. The curriculum goals are completed through courses in topics of: Christian Faith Formation, Program Design for Youths and Student Ministry, Teaching Youths, Succeeding as a Congregational Ministry Associate, Pastoral Care of Children, and Models of Youth Ministry.

Graduates can use the knowledge they have learned through this master’s degree when seeking positions of leadership in congregations striving to reach youths through the Word of God and community ministries.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools


    Students must already hold a valid Bachelor degree from another college or university.

    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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