“Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way,” 1 Tim 4:7-8
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On what days and times are your classes held?
We currently offer in-person classes in Conway, Arkansas, on Monday and Tuesday nights from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm (CST) and 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm (CST) each night.
We also offer on-campus intensives which usually consist of 3 days of on-campus seminars from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (CST) each day with a lunch break in the middle. Most often, our intensives run Thursday through Saturday on the given week that they are scheduled. We usually offer one on-campus intensive course per term (i.e., one in the Fall term, one in the Spring term, and one in the Summer term).
Do you offer a distance (or online) program?
We do have a distance education track for students who live more than 90 minutes from our physical campus in Conway, Arkansas. Our distance education model is different from many seminaries. All learning is synchronous, meaning that students are required to log in to live classes via Zoom for real-time interaction with professors and other students. Although the majority of courses can be taken from a distance, a select number of courses in our curriculum are only offered in an on-campus intensive format (i.e., in-person). Distance students must travel to Conway for an on-campus intensive course usually at least once a year.
What is the cost for the 2022-2023 academic year?
The semester fee at GBTS is $220, and the tuition for courses in our M.Div. program is $200 per credit. To provide an example, if you took three (3) classes this coming Fall 2022 with each course consisting of 3 credits apiece, that would be:
3 courses x 3 credits (per course) = 9 total credits
9 x $200 per credit = $1,800 tuition
+ $220 semester fee
= $2,020 total for the Fall 2022 semester
Do you have scholarships?
Yes, Grace Bible Theological Seminary applies the Spare No Arrows Scholarship for all admitted students. Through the giving and support of generous donors and churches, all donations for scholarships are placed into one lump sum in the seminary's budget each academic year to reduce the cost of tuition and fees for all students, making student costs as low as possible. The Spare No Arrows Scholarship is directly reflected in the affordability of a GBTS education.
Do you take transfer credits from other seminaries?
Yes, on a case-by-case basis, credits may be transferred toward the M.Div. and MAPS degrees only. We want to make sure a student's earned credits were taken at a reputable seminary that provides solid biblical and theological content and rigorous grading. We can accept credits from graduate-level courses completed at other seminaries if there is a corresponding course or elective in our GBTS curriculum to which we can apply them. Applicants may receive up to 45 credits for the M.Div. degree and up to 27 credits for the MAPS degree.
Do I have to hold a Bachelor's degree (i.e., undergraduate degree) to attend GBTS?
Yes, the M.Div. and MAPS degrees require a Bachelor's degree for admittance. We are unable to admit an applicant to a Master's program (M.Div. or MAPS) for individuals who have not completed a Bachelor's degree. Students without a Bachelor's degree, however, may enroll in our Diploma programs, which offer the same curriculum. Our Diploma of Divinity features the same courses and requirements as the M.Div. degree, and the Diploma of Pastoral Studies follows the guidelines for the MAPS degree. Diploma students take the same classes as degree-seeking students, so we can assure you there is no compromise in the quality of the education being offered.
How many credits are required for each of your degree programs, and how long will it take to complete each degree?
The amount of time it takes to complete a degree varies from student to student, but the numbers below provide general estimates:
What are On-Campus Intensives?
Our on-campus intensives are courses offered live in Conway, AR, in which students attend 3-4 days of on-campus lectures. (There is no distance livestream for on-campus intensives.) These courses typically require reading and assignments prior to and following the on-campus meeting days, as well as ongoing interaction with the course professor and classmates.
Can international students study at GBTS?
Even Distance-Eligible Students at GBTS are required to attend live Zoom classes and to participate in a select number of on-campus intensives as part of their degree program. Accordingly, we are only able to accommodate international students at the current time if the prospective student is able to: (a) commit to faithful videoconferencing attendance (amid time zone differences); and (b) travel to our physical campus in Conway, Arkansas, on a yearly basis.
Can female students attend GBTS?
Our seminary is focused on training men for pastoral ministry (2 Tim 2:2), and in keeping with the doctrinal convictions of our governing church (Grace Bible Church, Conway, AR) and the doctrinal and ethical standards of our institution, we believe the pastoral office is reserved for men (1 Tim 2:12; 3:2; Titus 1:6). Therefore, we only accept men to our programs. There are a number of other avenues for training that are not exclusively focused on pastoral ministry, and we would encourage female students to make use of them.
What is GBTS's purpose statement?
The purpose of Grace Bible Theological Seminary (GBTS) is to glorify God in the church by educating and equipping the next generation of pastors, church planters, and missionaries to see churches established and strengthened across the globe.
What are GBTS's doctrinal and ethical standards?
GBTS Faculty are required to subscribe, substantially, to the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith (2LBCF) of 1689 and to The Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (1988), The Nashville Statement on Biblical Sexuality (2017), and The Dallas Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel (2018).
Prospective students must affirm the following statements of evangelical essentials for admission to GBTS:
a.) Student Doctrinal Affirmations
Prospective students must also affirm the following ethical statements for admission to GBTS:
b.) Student Ethical Affirmations
Is GBTS an accredited seminary?
Grace Bible Theological Seminary has submitted an application for formal accreditation through the Association of Reformed Theological Seminaries (ARTS) and is currently in the process of doing a self-study as a required component of the evaluation process. GBTS is currently an Affiliate institution of ARTS. As such, our seminary participates in and contributes to collegial and professional development activities of ARTS and is committed to the quality of education the association promotes. Affiliate status does not, however, constitute, imply, or presume accredited status by the ARTS Commission on Accreditation at present or in the future.
Can I visit the GBTS campus?
Yes, prospective students are welcome to visit our campus in Conway, Arkansas. We are open to the public Monday through Wednesday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (CST). It is most prudent to schedule a visitation appointment in advance.
Do you accept the GI Bill or VA education benefits?
No, but our tuition rates are incredibly reasonable, and we welcome individuals engaged in current or former military service to look into our programs.
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