Degrees

MDiv

Master of Divinity

The flagship degree for the aspiring pastor

The MDiv curriculum prepares the student for pastoral ministry through robust training in Systematic Theology, Biblical Theology, Bible Interpretation, Greek, Hebrew, Church History, Counseling, Preaching, and Missions.

4

years to complete 

96

credit hours

2

biblical languages 

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MTS

Master of Theological Studies

For the aspiring teacher/counselor

The MTS curriculum incorporates the full spectrum of biblical and systematic theology, two years of training in Greek or Hebrew (student choice), and the option to pursue biblical counseling certification. 

3

years to complete 

60

credit hours

2

concentration options

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MBS

MASTER OF BIBLICAL STUDIES

For those seeking an effective support role in the church

The MBS curriculum delivers the core biblical and theological courses, which form a foundation upon which the other VBTS degrees are built. Students can pursue the Master of Biblical Studies in residency, online, or through a hybrid of the two.

2

years to complete 

39

credit hours

3

delivery options

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ThM

Master of Theology (Post-Graduate)

For the scholar who plans to teach and research professionally

The ThM combines each 4-credit course with a 1-credit mentorship that provides students personalized attention as they build advanced skills needed for postgraduate level research and instructional design; for preparing and delivering theological instruction, and for progressing through the thesis sequence.  

2

years to complete 

30

credit hours

6

mentorship courses

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DMin

Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching

For the experienced pastor whose primary calling is the ministry of preaching

The DMin in Expository Preaching is designed to provide enhanced exegetical, theological, and communication skills for the purpose of serving the church most effectively through the means of expository preaching. Seven 4 credit-hour module courses culminate in a 6 credit-hour final project.  

4

years to complete 

34

credit hours

7

one-week modules

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