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.
The application fee is paid online at the time of submitting your application.
Some of our courses carry a lower administrative tuition of $20/credit instead of the regular $60/credit tuition rate. This lower tuition rate is often used for practicum courses, or when a student takes a proficiency exam version of a course, in order to pass a language exam instead of taking the full course. The administrative tuition covers our administrative costs and is charged instead of the normal tuition costs. Examples include: Ministerial Practicum, Preaching Practicum, Introduction to Counseling, Counseling Practicum and language proficiency exams taken in the place of a full language course.
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, $255 is due before day one of the semester and $255 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.
Add/Drop Policy and Fees
The add/drop fee is $10 per course. This fee is imposed on new and returning students after their respective registration periods close. New students have five weeks from the start of the semester to register for classes. Returning students must register during the self-registration period in their current semester. Once the registration period closes (see academic calendar), an invoice is created for tuition and enrollment. The invoice due date for returning students is set at the first day of the semester (with exceptions for the 2nd payment for students who request the two-payment plan for the semester enrollment fee). The due date for invoices for new students is normally 15 days from the date the invoice is created (when they finish registering). Once the invoice is created, an add/drop fee of $10 per course will be added to the student’s account for every course that is added or dropped. Adds and drops must be completed through RBS staff, since self-registration will not be available to students after self-registration closes. Adds and drops are allowed until the 5th week of the semester, which allows the student to drop a class without any impact on their transcript (but note the refund policy below). After the add/drop deadline, a student may still drop a class, but will receive a “W” on their transcript (indicating “withdrawal”), as long as they withdrawal before the withdrawal deadline (see below and see academic calendar). After the withdrawal deadline, a student must either apply for an extension (see here) or will receive a grade for whatever is completed at the end of the semester.
Mid-Semester Add/Withdrawal Policy, Fees and Deadline
The add/drop fee applies if a student withdrawals before the mid-semester add/withdrawal deadline. Students who drop before the add/drop deadline pay a fee to drop (if dropping after the invoice is created), but dropping a course before the add/drop deadline does not impact their transcript. However, a student may still wish to drop a class after the add/drop deadline (which is five weeks from semester start date), in which case a “W” will be indicated on the transcript, but only if the class is dropped before the mid-semester add/withdrawal deadline (which is ten weeks from semester start date). No class may be dropped after the withdrawal deadline. After the withdrawal date, a student will be receive a grade for their course, whether finished or unfinished, unless they apply for and are granted an extension (see “Course Extensions” below). For specific dates of these deadlines in a given semester, see our academic calendar.
Students who fully complete one course in the first ten weeks of the semester may request to add an additional course before the mid-semester add/withdrawal deadline. Since self-registration will not be available, the student must email RBS staff to add them to a course. No student will be able to add a new course if they have not fully completed another course in the first ten weeks of the semester. The student should only request to add a course at the mid-semester add date if they are certain they can complete the course within same semester. Extensions may still be granted if a course is unfinished at the end of the semester, but only as a last resort (see below). We provide this mid-semester add policy as a courtesy to students who prefer to focus exclusively on one class at a time and are able to complete one course in ten weeks and wish to complete another course in the second half of the same semester.
Late Payment Fees
Students have a 15-day grace period (from the invoice due date) to pay all fees and tuition. If needed, the student must request the two-payment plan when they register for classes. Between 16-30 days (after the invoice due date) a $50 late fee will be added if any fees or tuition are still unpaid (excepting semester fee payment-plan balances). Students will be dropped from all enrolled courses if they have not paid all fees and tuition by 30 days into the semester (or the 1st half of their enrollment fee if they requested the two-payment plan at registration). This policy applies to all fees that a student does not pay on time (e.g. extension fees).
Course Extension Fees
Students may apply for one extension for each course they are unable to complete by the end of a semester. Approval of a course extension obligates the student to enroll and pay the semester enrollment fee for the next semester, even if only to complete the course for which an extension is being approved. For each approved course extension, the student will receive an “I” (incomplete) until the course is completed, at which point the transcript will be updated. Only one extension may be approved for each course, giving the student no more than one additional semester (maximum) to complete the course. Normally, a student will be given only half of the next semester to complete a course they were given an extension for. If a course extension is granted, the student will be charged a $50 extension fee per course, along with the current semester enrollment fee for the next semester, both of which must be paid within 15 days of approving the extension. To apply for a course extension, please complete the request form in the Student Area.
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.
Students must submit an intent to graduate form at the beginning of the semester in which they plan to graduate. After running a degree audit and confirming the student is on track to graduate, we will mail a diploma after grades are finalized. The $10 diploma fee covers our processing and shipping costs.
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.
As of February 1, 2019, auditing is free. Auditors have access to the syllabi and all lectures but not exams, quizzes or other assignments. To start auditing a course, see our Auditor Site.
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.