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The Advising Center wants to help you make informed decisions as you progress toward graduation. MBTS students often ask these questions:

1. Is the MBTS right for me?
The 36-hour Master of Biblical and Theological Studies (MBTS) is an overview program designed primarily to equip business professionals or laypersons for ministry in the workforce, home, local church, or abroad. This program is not designed to prepare students for professional vocational ministry in a church or parachurch setting. Those interested in a deeper understanding of the Bible and Theology should complete the MACS degree.

Only those who do not intend to work in paid ministry in a church or parachurch organization should pursue this program If; however, you are in the marketplace, and desire a broad overview of the Bible and theology in order to bring faith and work together, this program is for you!

2. Can I complete the MBTS in less than two years?
The MBTS program is designed for two years of study, but some exceptions may allow students to finish the program in as little as one year.

Residency RequirementResidential LocationsTime LimitSatisfactory Progress
0Fully Online6 years from start of first course at DTS6 hours per calendar year


3. We have crafted MBTS completion plans for you!

4. How do I select electives?

Take RS101 your first semester. In this course, decide on a topic you wish to address during the program. Take electives that will help you address that topic. Write the RS103 paper on that topic your final semester.

The key question: What knowledge and skills do you wish to acquire through your DTS training? The DTS course schedule will provide you with a list of courses available online.

This page provides basic information. Academic Advisors are happy to come alongside you as you journey with the Lord.