Programs of Study

RBS offers the following three programs: Divinity, Marrow, and Biblical Counseling . 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 97 credits is required for a divinity degree. 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.). The MABC or AABC is a 61-credit (63 with optional thesis) degree for training counselors and counselor-trainers in and through the local church.

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.)

Biblical Counseling

Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling (M.A.B.C.)

Associate of Arts in Biblical Counseling (A.A.B.C)

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. . 



2017 Fall Semester
Christmas Break
2018 Spring Semester
Summer Break
2018 Fall Semester

August 7 – December 22
December 23 – January 14
January 15 – June 1
June 2 – August 5
August 6 -- December 21


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 and the 60-credit Counseling Program, all but the last 14 credits may transfer. For the 97+ credit Divinity Program, all but the last 24 credits may transfer. Since RBS reserves the right to waive these requirements in special situations. 

Normally, RBS only transfers credits from graduate or seminary programs. However, RBS may transfer up to 25% of coursework taken in an undergraduate program that has a concentration in biblical studies or Christian theology. 

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 serves as a Pastoral Assistant at Immanuel Baptist Church in Sacramento, CA and Assistant to the Dean at RBS. He holds degrees in Philosophy, Organizational Leadership, Biblical Counseling, Bible Translation, Christian Ministry and is currently working on a PhD in Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary. Over the last 25 years, he has served in both church and para-church ministries.

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, M.Div.., Reformed Baptist Seminary

Oskar Arocha Jr.

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