Programs of Study

RBS offers the Marrow of Theology program and the Divinity program. The Marrow program features the 34-credit Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) degree or 34-credit Diploma of Theological Studies (D.T.S.). In the Divinity program, the student may earn the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) or the Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div.) degree. A minimum of 94 credits is required for a divinity degree. 

Divinity Program

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div.)

Marrow of Theology

Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)

Diploma of Theological Studies (D.T.S.)


Learning Format

Pursuing a theological education while holding a job and caring for a family can be challenging. In order to accommodate students who are managing various responsibilities, RBS courses are offered in an online format. Most courses include audio (or video) lectures that may be accessed and downloaded from RBS's online campus. The student will also find the course syllabus, required textbooks, assignments, grading scales, and other course information on the online campus. The student may work these courses into his own schedule under the oversight of the seminary dean and his own pastor(s).

Courses are also offered in a concentrated live modular format at different times during the year and at various locations in the United States. The modules usually last five to seven days and provide the student with opportunities to interact with the course instructor and fellow students. The lectures are recorded, edited, and uploaded to RBS's online campus.


Academic Calendar

Like most seminaries, RBS operates on an academic calendar consisting of a fall semester and a spring semester, which are separated by a Christmas break and a summer break. RBS's 20-week semesters, however, are longer than those of most seminaries. This gives the students more time to complete their coursework. Moreover, RBS offers courses in a self-pace format. So a student can start a course at the beginning of a semester or in the middle of a semester. And he can complete a course long before the semester concludes. As a result, admissions in RBS is continuous. A person can enroll at the beginning of a semester or while a semester is already underway. If a person enrolls at some point during the semester, the seminary will prorate his enrollment fee and only charge him for the weeks remaining in the semester. 

2016-2017

 

2016 Fall Semester
Christmas Break
2017 Spring Semester
Summer Break
2017 Fall Semester

July 18 – December 16
December 17 – January 8
January 2 – June 2
June 4 – August 6
August 7 -- December 22

 

Academic Standards

RBS is committed to maintaining high academic standards. Therefore, no student will be considered to have completed a program successfully who does not achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher. No individual quiz, book review, project, or paper will be accepted that does not achieve a letter grade of C or higher. The grading scale shall be as follows:

Letter Grade Numeric Grade Quality Points
A 96-100 4.00
A- 91-95 4.00
B+ 88-90 3.00
B 85-87 3.00
B- 81-84 3.00
C+ 78-80 2.00
C 75-77 2.00

Students graduating with a high grade point average (GPA) will qualify for the graduate standing of “honors.” Reformed Baptist Seminary assigns the following honors to students who earn the corresponding GPA:

  • Summa Cum Laude (GPA 3.90 and above) 
  • Magna Cum Laude (GPA between 3.75 and 3.89) 
  • Cum Laude (GPA between 3.50 and 3.74)

Credit Transfer

RBS may accept credits earned at other institutions. For the 34-credit Marrow Program, all but the last 14 credits may transfer. For the 90+ credit Divinity Program, all but the last 24 credits may transfer. RBS reserves the right to waive these requirements in special situations. 

To ascertain what credits earned at other institutions might transfer into an RBS  programs offered, the applicant should have an official copy of his academic transcript mailed to Reformed Baptist Seminary. 


Dean, Faculty & Lecturers

the Dean and the assistant to the dean

Robert R. Gonzales Jr.

B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Bob Jones University

Bob has served as a pastor of four Reformed Baptist congregations and has been the Academic Dean and a professor of RBS since 2005. He is the author of Where Sin Abounds: the Spread of Sin and the Curse in Genesis with Special Focus on the Patriarchal Narratives (Wipf & Stock, 2010) and has contributed to the Reformed Baptist Theological ReviewThe Founders Journal, and Westminster Theological Journal. Dr Gonzales is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society. He and his wife, Becky, reside in Sacramento, California. 

Kyle has had the joy of serving the Lord’s church on various short-term mission trips to more than 30 countries. Over the last 25 years, he has been privileged to equip God’s people through teaching and discipleship roles in the church, including an interim pastorate, as well as para-church ministries. He currently serves as the Pastoral Assistant of Immanuel Baptist Church in Sacramento, CA and Assistant to the Dean of Reformed Baptist Seminary. Kyle enjoys research related to linguistics and pedagogy in teaching the biblical languages, hermeneutics, NT use of the OT, ecclesiology and Bible translation principles and practices. Kyle and his wonderful wife Hannah enjoy getting away to the mountains to hike and play in God’s beautiful world.

Kyle Davis

B.A., Chapman University; M.A., The Master's College; M.A., M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D. (candidate), Westminster Theological Seminary

 

Faculty and Lecturers

James E. Adams

B.A., Biola University; M.Div., Theological Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church; D.Min., Westminster Seminary California

Nicolas L. Alford

D.T.S., Reformed Baptist Seminary

Tom Ascol

B.S., Texas A&M University; M.Div., Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Brian Borgman

B.A., Biola University; M.Div., Western Conservative Baptist Seminary; D.Min., Wesminster Seminary of California 

Robert Briggs

B.D., Queens University of Belfast

Mark Chanski

B.A., Cornerstone University; M.Div., Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary

Chad Clint

B.A., Northern Arizona University; M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Kyle Davis

B.A., Chapman University; M.A., The Master's College; M.A., M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D. (candidate), Westminster Theological Seminary

Pascal Denault

ThB, ThM, Faculté de théologie évangélique of Montréal (Acadia University)

Robert Elliott

Free Presbyterian Theological Hall and Whitefield College; M.Div., Reformed Baptist Seminary

Michael Emadi

M.A.B.L., Houston Baptist University; M.Div., Reformed Baptist Seminary

Matt Foreman

B.A., Furman University; M.A.R., Westminster Theological Seminary

Mark Hatfield

B.S., Clemson University; M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Michael A. G. Haykin

B.A., University of Toronto; M.R.S, Th.D., Wycliffe College-University of Toronto

Gary Hendrix

Th.B., Piedmont Bible College

Steven Hofmaier

B.S., University of Delaware; Trinity Ministerial Academy

Jeffrey Brian Johnson

D.T.S.; M.Div., Reformed Baptist Seminary

Jeffrey D. Johnson

B.S., Central Baptist College; M.Rel., Th.D.,Veritas Theological Seminary

Trevor Johnson

M.A.R., Reformed Theological Seminary; D.Miss. (cand.), Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary

Donny Martin

B.A., Middle Tennessee State University; M.A., The Master's College

Robert P. Martin

Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Conrad Mbewe

M.A., Ph.D., Cape Town Baptist Seminary

Thomas J. Nettles

B.A., Mississippi College; M.Div., Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Greg Nichols

Trinity Ministerial Academy; M.Div., Reformed Baptist Seminary

John Reuther

B.A., Northeastern Bible College; M.Div., Biblical Theological Seminary

Mark Sarver

B.A. Pillsbury Baptist Bible College; Baptist Bible School of Theology; Trinity Ministerial Academy

Bob Selph

B.A. Fort Lewis College

Jeffery Smith

B.A., Gardner Webb College; M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Tedd Tripp

B.A., Geneva College; M.Div., Philadelphia Theological Seminary; D.Min., Westminster Theological Seminary

Sam Waldron

Th.M., Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary; Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

James White

B.A. Bible, Grand Canyon College; M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary; Th.M., Faraston Seminary; Th.D., D.Min., Colombia Evangelical Seminary.

 Mark Ward Jr.

B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Bob Jones University

 

RBS International Instructors

Luis Arocha

B.S., University of North Carolina; M.T.S., Reformed Baptist Seminary

Oscar Arocha

B.S., La Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra; D.T.S., Reformed Baptist Seminary

Juan José Pérez

DD., La Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra; M.T.S., Reformed Baptist Seminary

Oskar Arocha Jr.

B.S., Clemson University; M.T.S., Reformed Baptist Seminary