Programs of Study

RBS offers students fully online theological education at three different levels: diploma, undergraduate, and graduate. In the more robust and generalized Divinity program, a student may earn either a Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div.) or a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree, both of which require a minimum of 97 credits. For a more focused and specialized option, the 34-credit Marrow of Theology program is available as a Diploma of Theological Studies (D.T.S) for students without a bachelor's degree, or as a Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S) for those already possessing a bachelor's degree. Our Biblical Counseling program is a 63-credit (or 65 with optional thesis) degree for training counselors in the local church, available as either an Associate of Arts (A.A.B.C.) or Master of Arts (M.A.B.C.) degree. Finally, our PRTS Transfer Program is designed for students who desire to take up to 20 credits with us, and then transfer to complete an accredited M.A. or M.Div. at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary.

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)

PRTS Transfer Program

The PRTS Transfer Program is a special program that RBS students apply to at the beginning of their studies. Students must apply to and be accepted at both RBS and Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in order to enter this program. This program allows RBS students to earn an accredited M.A. or M.Div. through PRTS. RBS students accepted into the program complete up to 20 credits at RBS, which they transfer to PRTS. The student may, but does not have to complete a degree at RBS before transferring to PRTS. The student in this program will go on to complete either a MA or MDiv at PRTS. PRTS is an excellent school, accredited by both ARTS and ATS, and thus students who desire to continue their education after RBS are especially encouraged to consider this unique partnership. All questions related to PRTS programs should be directed to PRTS.

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 a fully 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 in the Populi online campus. The student may work these courses into his own schedule under the oversight of the seminary dean and his own pastor(s).

Some courses are also offered in a concentrated live modular format at different times during the year and at various locations in the United States. These live modules usually last five to seven days and provide the student with opportunities to interact with the course instructor and fellow students. Lectures from live modules are recorded, edited, and uploaded to RBS's online campus for the benefit of all students.

Click a button below to watch sample lectures or to freely audit many of our courses.

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 students more time to complete their coursework.

2018 – 2019

2019 Spring Semester Begins
Spring Add/Drop Deadline
Returning Student Self-Registration Period for Fall 2019
Spring Semester Ends

2019 Summer Break

January 14
February 15
April 22 – May 20
May 31

June 1 – August 4

2019 – 2020

Fall Semester Begins
Add/Drop Deadline
New Student Enrollment Deadline
2nd Half of Semester Enrollment Fee Due
Mid-Semester Add/Withdrawal Deadline
Returning Student Self-Registration Period for Spring 2020
Fall Semester Ends

Christmas Break

Spring Semester Begins
Add/Drop Deadline
New Student Enrollment Deadline
2nd Half of Semester Enrollment Fee Due
Mid-Semester Add/Withdrawal Deadline
Returning Student Self-Registration Period for Fall 2020
Spring Semester Ends

August 5
September 6
September 6
October 4
October 11
November 11 – December 9
December 20

December 21 – January 12

January 13
February 14
February 14
March 13
March 20
April 20 – May 18
May 29

Academic Standards

Grading Scale

Letter Grade Numeric Grade Quality Points
A 95-100 4.00
A- 91-94 3.70
B+ 88-90 3.30
B 84-87 3.00
B- 81-83 2.70
C+ 78-80 2.30
C 74-77 2.00
C- 71-73 1.70
D+ 68-70 1.30
D 64-67 1.00
D- 61-63 0.70
F 0-60 0.00

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)

Staff, Faculty & Lecturers


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. 


assistant to the dean

Kyle Davis

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

Kyle serves as Assistant to the Dean at RBS and a Pastoral Assistant at Immanuel Baptist Church in Sacramento, CA. He holds degrees in Philosophy, Organizational Leadership, Biblical Counseling, Bible Translation, Christian Ministry and is currently working on a ThM in New Testament at 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., Westminster Seminary 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; Th.M. (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

Jeffery Smith

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

Sam Waldron

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

 Mark Ward Jr.

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

James White

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


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