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 61-credit (or 63 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.

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


2018 Fall Semester
Spring Registration Period
Christmas Break

2019 Spring Semester
Spring Add/Drop Deadline
Fall Registration Period

Summer Break
2019 Fall Semester

August 6 – December 21
November 19 – December 21
December 22 – January 13

January 14 – May 31
February 15
April 22 – May 31

June 1 – August 4
August 5 – December 20


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


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

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 ThM in Hermeneutics at Westminster Theological Seminary. Over the last 25 years, he has served in both church and para-church ministries.


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