Tuition & Fees
|Semester Enrollment Fee*||$500/semester|
|Other Fees||See Below|
Audio lectures and lecture notes are available for many of the courses on the online campus for download. All fees including tuition are subject to change without notice.
*Semester Enrollment Fee
The semester enrollment fee and tuition is due before the first day of the semester. Students may request the two-payment plan for the semester enrollment fee only. Students who pay the entire semester enrollment fee before the first day of the semester will save $10, while students who request the two-payment plan when they register will be charged a total of $510. For the two-payment plan, $250 is due before day one of the semester and $260 is due before 60 days into the semester. Students will be dropped from their courses if semester enrollment fees are not received on or before their due dates.
Students who pay their semester enrollment fees and tuition on time have the option to drop a course by the 5-week add/drop deadline (but see refund policy below) without it affecting their transcript. Students can also add more courses up until the add/drop deadline (see academic calendar). After the add/drop deadline, students will receive a "W" on their transcript if they drop a course. To avoid this, students may also apply for an extension at the end of the semester (see below). Students who wait to register for a course after the semester starts (but before the add/drop deadline) will incur a late fee if their semester enrollment fee was not paid on or before the semester start date. There is no late fee for adding a course before the add/drop deadline if the semester enrollment fee was paid on time.
Late Payment Fees
Students have a 15-day grace period to pay their semester enrollment fee and tuition and must request the two-payment plan (if needed) when they register for classes. Between 16-30 days after the semester begins, a $50 late payment fee will be added if the enrollment fee and/or tuition are still unpaid. Students will be dropped from all enrolled courses if they have not paid their semester enrollment fee and tuition by 30 days (or the 1st half of their enrollment fee if they requested the two-payment plan at registration).
Students who are unable to complete a course before the semester ends may apply to the Dean for an extension. If an extension is granted, the student will receive an "Incomplete" for that course and be given an additional 1-3 months to submit all assignments and complete the course. The "incomplete" will be replaced with the grade earned. If an extension is granted, the student will be charged a $50 extension fee per course.
Live Module Fees
Students who elect to attend a live module are charged $50. This fee helps the host church cover its costs. Depending on the host church, this fee may help provide refreshments, printing of lecture notes for auditors, and other incidentals. This fee does not go towards providing meals or housing arrangements. Auditors who want access to the full course in Populi will still need to pay the auditor fee. Likewise, enrolled students who want to apply their attendance at a live module to one of their for-credit courses in a degree program still need to register and pay tuition to access the full course materials and assignments in Populi. This fee simply covers the costs of hosting a live module and the fee only goes towards helping the host church.
The auditor fee is charged each semester and applies to all auditors taking between 1-3 credits in a single semester. Auditors may take more than 3 credits in the same semester at the additional cost of $5/credit (plus the auditor fee). E.g. Auditing 6 credits in one semester would cost $55 ($40 auditor fee + $15 for 3 additional credits). Auditors have the same access to course materials as do enrolled students, but receive no grading or interaction with professors. Auditor access to courses is limited to the start- and end-dates of each semester, following our normal academic calendar.
Application fees are non-refundable. 80% of the semester enrollment fee may be refunded if the student withdraws within the first 30 days of the semester. After 30 days, the semester enrollment fee is non-refundable. Tuition is 100% refundable within the first 30 days, provided that no coursework has been graded. After 30 days, no more than 80% of tuition will be refundable. The exact amount of the refund may be predicated on the amount of the course the student completed and is at the discretion of the Dean.
RBS receives financial support from individuals and churches that view the preparation of gospel laborers as a facet of the Great Commission. Consequently, the seminary can provide theological training at a reduced rate. Currently, RBS charges the student a nominal tuition of $60 per credit hour, along with a semester enrollment fee of $500 per semester. The more quickly the student is able to complete his degree the lower his overall expenses will be. Every student whose church supports RBS for at least $2,000 per year will be exempt from tuition expenses (see Church Partnership Program for more information).
Here are the expense scenarios for the Marrow and Divinity programs.The timeframe for completing a program and the average credit-per-year correlation is based on an estimation of students devoting at least 40 hours of study per credit to complete a course within a 44-week academic calendar. The following estimation is course- and person-variable and is, therefore, only an approximation.
34-credit Marrow of theology program (M.T.S./D.T.S.)
|Time to Finish||Average Credits||Enrollment Costs||Tuition Costs||Total Cost|
|2 years||17/year||$2,000||$2,040||$4,040 ($116/credit-hour)|
|3 years||11.5/year||$3,000||$2,040||$5,040 ($143/credit-hour)|
|4 years||8.5/year||$4,000||$2,040||$6,040 ($171/credit-hour)|
|5 years||6.8/year||$5,000||$2,040||$7,040 ($199/credit-hour)|
|6 years||5.6/year||$6,000||$2,040||$8,040 ($226/credit-hour)|
97+ credit Divinity program (M.Div./B.Div.)*
|Time to Finish||Average Credits||Enrollment Costs||Tuition Costs||Total Cost|
|4 years||24.5/year||$4,000||$5,820||$9,820 ($99/credit-hour)|
|6 years||14/year||$6,000||$5,820||$11,820 ($119/credit-hour)|
|8 years||12/year||$8,000||$5,820||$13,820 ($138/credit-hour)|
Students (with the help of their home church) are responsible to purchase required textbooks, course media and materials for their online learning, including the purchase of a Logos digital library (50% discount provided). In addition, students who attend live modular courses are responsible to cover their travel expenses. In some cases, a nominal module fee may be charged to help with food and lodging. The total amount for the student’s education should remain within the range of $4,000 to $14,000 (depending on the program in which he is enrolled, the amount of time he takes to complete the coursework, the number of live modules he attends, and the type of media he purchases). We believe this is a reasonable level of expense for a seminary student to manage.
* The amounts are based on the 97-credit minimum required for the Divinity degree. Students may take more than 97 credits if they choose, which may be beneficial if they plan to pursue an advanced degree in the future.
All students of Reformed Baptist Seminary are expected to conduct themselves at all times as mature Christians. RBS reserves the right to turn down or to dismiss students whose conduct fails to conform to the ethical norms and principles set forth in Holy Scripture.
Minimum Semester Enrollment
Students are encouraged to complete two or more courses per twenty-week semester. A student must complete a minimum of one course per semester in order to remain enrolled in the seminary. However, students may request an extension when circumstances warrant.
Guidelines & Expectations
For further information on how to get started and successfully complete the program, please see the "Guidelines & Expectations" booklets provided below. If you still have questions after reading these booklets, you may contact the seminary dean.
RBS has a non-discriminatory admissions policy as to race, sex or handicap for all degree programs not related to the ordained offices of the church. The seminary is convinced that the Bible prohibits women from teaching or exercising authority over men in the church. Therefore, only men will be admitted to the seminary as candidates in programs such as the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) or Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div.) degrees that prepare the student for the office of teaching elder or church planter (whether domestic or foreign, i.e., missionary).
Nevertheless, the Scriptures do encourage women to grow in their knowledge of biblical truth (Acts 2:41-42; 1 Tim. 2:11), and the New Testament provides examples of women receiving instruction from the Lord Jesus and from his apostles (Luke 10:38-42; John 4; Acts 2:41-42). Moreover, while the Bible prohibits women from teaching or exercising authority over men in the church, it does not prohibit them from sharing the faith (Luke 2:36-38; John 4:28-29, 39; Matt. 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-11; Luke 24:1-11; John 20:1-2; Heb. 5:12), instructing children or fellow women (Acts 16:1; 2 Tim. 1:5; 3:15; Titus 2:3-4), or even sharing biblical truth with men in a non-formal, auxiliary, and subordinate fashion (Acts 18:26). Accordingly, women (and men) are encouraged to apply to RBS for non-divinity programs.
Requirements for Marrow and Counseling Programs
Normally, only men or women who are eighteen years of age, who are members in good standing of an evangelical church, and who have the commendation of their pastor(s) shall be eligible to enroll in the Marrow of Theology or the Master (or Associate) of Arts in Biblical Counseling.
Requirements for Divinity Program
RBS usually advises the student to complete the Marrow program first. Once that program is completed, the credits can be transferred into the Divinity program. Only men who are at least twenty-one years of age, hold a Bachelor’s Degree, are members in good standing in an evangelical church, and are recognized ministerial aspirants or already engaged in Christian ministry shall be eligible to enroll in the Divinity program. RBS reserves the right to waive any or all of these requirements if doing so is deemed appropriate. Each applicant will be considered and assessed on an individual basis. Possible reasons for waiving these entrance requirements include the following:
- The applicant is in the process of obtaining a Bachelor’s degree.
- The applicant has completed at least five years of full-time Christian ministry experience or has educational experience equivalent to 128 credit hours of undergraduate training.
- The applicant’s current age, family needs, and/or vocational responsibilities make it difficult or impossible to obtain a Bachelor’s degree. In such cases, the student may be allowed to enroll in the seminary and will be awarded the Diploma of Theological Studies (D.T.S.) and/or Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div.) degree upon completion of the program(s). Students graduating with the B.Div. degree may later request to exchange that degree for a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree after completing at least five years of full-time Christian ministry.
- The applicant is enrolling into the Marrow of Theology program for the Diploma of Theological Studies.
Those accepted into the seminary without a Bachelor’s degree or with a previous GPA below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation. Those on academic probation must maintain a cumulative grade average of at least 3.00 for the first ten credit hours of coursework in order to demonstrate that they have the necessary discipline and academic ability to handle the work. The seminary may drop the student from the program if he fails to maintain a 3.00 GPA after the first 10 credit-hours of coursework.
Applicants whose first language is not English may be required to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). The required scores for the iBT (Internet Based Test) version of TOEFL is 94 or higher. The exam can be taken online through Educational Testing Services.
After receiving your application, the seminary dean will contact you and set up a time for a phone or video interview. After your interview, the dean will contact your pastor to confirm his approval of your enrollment and his willingness to serve as your mentor-proctor. The dean will notify you if your application for enrollment is approved. Your enrollment in the seminary will begin after you pay your semester enrollment fee.