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At BTS, we believe quality reformed seminary education should be accessible and affordable to everyone who needs it. We understand that you have a number of other legitimate responsibilities with your resources. That is why BTS is committed to being the number one seminary in America for affordable, flexible quality reformed seminary education. Step inside today to start your journey to tomorrow.

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AFFORDABLE, REFORMED, AND FLEXIBLE
BIRMINGHAM THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
BTS will forever remain a catalyst along my journey, not only in
Christian ministry but all of life. I had the privilege to be instructed
by pastors who knew their content but more importantly shared
their experiences, trials, and triumphs. It has been said that seminary
trains the mind, but suffering trains the soul. I'm thankful to the many
godly instructors at BTS who addressed the hearts and minds of their
students with practical examples and a realistic view of the full picture
of ministry, joys, and sorrows. I am far more prepared for the task
God has called me to accomplish thanks to the affordable and exible
education BTS provides.”
— Jason Williams, M.Div. 20124, D.Min. Pastoral Leadership Cand. 2024
Executive Director of the Aspire Movement
Birmingham, AL
At BTS, we know you are the kind of person who wants the best training
to be engaged in ministry. That means seminary. The problem is that
seminary is expensive and requires major life changes, which can make
you feel like you will never be able to achieve your dream. At BTS, we
believe quality reformed seminary education should be accessible and
affordable to everyone who needs it. We understand that you have a
number of other legitimate responsibilities with your resources. That
is why BTS is committed to being the number one seminary in America
for affordable, flexible quality reformed seminary education. Step inside
today to start your journey to tomorrow.
We have been offering exible reformed education for almost 50 years,
so you can lead in ministry today. Start your journey so you can stop
wondering and start learning.
HERE IS HOW IT WORKS
BTS & YOU
1. Check Out Our Degrees
2. Register for Class
3. Apply to a Degree Program Today
Historic
BTS was founded in 1972, with classes held in downtown Birmingham and at
Edgewood Presbyterian Church. Classes were extended to all learners.
Reformed
BTS is a multi-denominational seminary that holds to the gospel of Jesus Christ,
revealed to us through scripture alone.
Quality
BTS meets all learners at the junction of where they are and the task of graduate
education. We have programs for everyone, but all programs are challenging!
Affordable
BTS maintains its commitment to be the most affordable seminary in America. At
$100 per credit hour (graduate), we make seminary possible.
BTS strives to be the number one seminary for quality, sound, affordable
theological education that extends to learners in diverse environments
for kingdom impact on their communities.
WHO IS BTS?
THE BTS VISION
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For me, working on my Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Counseling through
Birmingham Theological Seminary ts my ministry education needs
perfectly… They promote excellence. The program is convenient...[and]
I’ve met great classmates! I look forward to how the Lord will further
equip me to minister to the hurting!”
— Lucy Ann Moll, D.Min. Biblical Counseling, 2020
Sycamore, Illinois
The Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Counseling at BTS is exactly what I was
looking for in an advanced degree program. I was looking for a respected
academically rigorous, cost-effective, theologically sound, and gospel-
oriented degree program that would further develop my skills in biblical
counseling. The D.Min. program has proven to be a blessing, both to me
and to my church family!”
— Carl DeyArmin, D.Min. Biblical Counseling Cand. 2021
Missionary Pastor, Village Missions at Machias Community Church
Snohomish, WA
5-TIERED DEGREE CLASSIFICATION
Certicates & Alternative Diplomas
LEARNING CERTIFICATES ALTERNATIVE DIPLOMAS
(4 classes/8 hours) (15 Classes/30 hours)
Leadership • Apologetics
Teaching Biblical Counseling
Worship Ministry Biblical Studies
Missions/Evangelism
Masters (40 Hours)
ENRICHMENT MASTERS DEGREES (CORE) – Designed for volunteer based
professionals.
Masters of Biblical Studies
Masters of Worship
Masters (60+ Hours)
PROFESSIONAL MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE PROGRAMS – Master of Arts in:
Biblical Counseling Public Theology
Christian Education Worship Ministry
Pastoral Leadership
M. Divinity (100+ Hours)
ORDINATION BASED DEGREE PROGRAM
Ordainable Version
Specialized: Apologetics, Biblical Counseling, Church Planting, and Church
Revitalization
D. Min (Doctoral)
4 YEAR, COHORT BASED PROGRAM
FORTHCOMING
Biblical Counseling Public Theology
Pastoral Leadership Worship Ministry
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BTS DEPARTMENTS AND PROGRAMS
Core (40 hours)
BTS’s Core degree program (Masters of Biblical Studies) is designed to serve as
a foundational study program that brings together a biblically based intersection
of Biblical Theology, Systematic Theology, Historical Theology, and Applied
Theology. It can be pursued individually, or as a springboard to larger degree
programs. It is perfect for the lay church leader.
Ministry (62 hours)
The Ministry program at BTS is an academic study program designed to give
students an opportunity to explore, learn, and to grow as a ministry professional.
The Ministry program is a full professional level graduate degree with
concentrations in Pastoral Leadership and Christian Education.
Worship
The mission of the Worship program is to equip worship leaders theologically
and technically to lead the church in robust reformed and trinitarian worship
that draws on the work of the Spirit, points to Jesus Christ, and glorifies God the
Father, while learning from and impacting historically diverse cultures.
Public Theology
The BTS Public Theology program is developed to provide an opportunity for
students to explore the interconnected branches of theological engagement in
the marketplace through the study of Apologetics, Missions, and Evangelism,
while striving to bring the mission of the church to bear on a lost and dying world.
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Biblical Counseling
The Biblical Counseling program is designed to produce graduates that are
faithful to a Biblical view of personhood and equipped to provide insight,
guidance, direction, and counsel to individuals struggling with significant issues
in their personal and relational lives.
Divinity
BTS Master of Divinity degree is designed to meet the requirements of the
Uniform Curriculum of the PCA with a full suite of classes in Biblical Theology,
Systematic Theology, Applied Theology, & Historical Theology. It prepares
individuals for service in full-time pastoral ministry.
Distance
BTS offers a variety of programs and distance delivery methods. We believe that
technology can enhance, carry, and empower learning when used correctly. We
offer programs that can be pursued individually or in the community.
While the heart of BTS is our Alabama residential programs, all of our degrees
are available via distance through correspondence, live video conference, and
directed study options. Our degree programs do not require residential visitation.
We also work closely with one of our principal ministry partners, Thirdmill
Ministries, to provide quality pre-recorded content for distance students in our
Core program.
BTS DEPARTMENTS AND PROGRAMS
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I am thankful for BTS because it allowed me to study for the ministry
without moving my family or going into debt. My service in the church
began on a solid theological foundation built up by professors that
cared for me personally. This is BTS.”
— Rick Hutchinson, M.Div. 2015
Pastor, Christ Community Church
Springville, AL
BTS AND YOU
WHAT'S NEXT – REGISTER TODAY!
How can we help you fulfill your calling?
Counselors
You’ll get the best training available for church-based or independent biblical
counseling to help hurting people.
Leaders
We work with you to achieve your goals and help you to become an impact
leader in your church and community.
Pastors
Training leaders for the church—today and tomorrow—by remaining faithful to
God’s word.
There are several ways to get started at BTS!
Visit Us Online
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Email Us
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Contact Our Campus Coordinator
(205) 776-5650
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YOUR JOURNEY TO FULFILLING YOUR CALL
If you desire to fulfill God’s calling in your life with accessible and affordable
seminary options through a quality reformed theological education, you are
going to love BTS!
Your place to become
who God calls you to be.