About RTS New York
RTS New York City offers a Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) with 49% of the courses offered residentially and 51% through distance learning. 14 hours of the distance learning courses are taught fully online. The majority are taught using an innovative and highly effective blend of real-time video live stream instruction using Zoom and on-site weekend instruction.
Our program design and content delivery allow us to bring our best faculty to RTS in New York. They also allow busy New Yorkers additional flexibility while maintaining high academic standards. New Yorkers who graduate from our program have the theological and biblical foundation for church planting, pastoral ministry, Christian non-profit leadership, or further academic work.
Frequently Asked Questions
Each year Dr. Keller co-teaches Introduction to Pastoral and Theological Studies (IPTS) with Dr. Ligon Duncan, our chancellor. Drs. Keller and Duncan are two of the most insightful and impactful global Christian leaders of our time. This course is a hallmark of our program and a keystone of student formation on our campus.
Dr. Keller also teaches Christian Life and Secular Culture each year. He usually invites other leading cultural analysts such as Dr. James Hunter from the University of Virginia and Dr. Jamie Smith from Calvin College to guest lecture in the course.
Students may opt for two, three, or four year tracks to complete the program.
To accommodate working adults, classes are offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and some weekends. The onsite teaching takes place at the Redeemer City to City offices at 1166 6thAvenue on the 16th floor and the Redeemer Westside Campus on 150 W. 83rd Street.
You can apply directly online at any time. However, we encourage you to contact admissions and walk through your ministry and educational goals to determine whether the program is right for you.
RTS New York City students may apply for funding to the Redeemer City Ministry Scholarship Program. The program gives priority to students who evidence a clear call to New York City and a clear call to ministry. You can apply for this funding when you apply to the RTS MABS program and you will receive notification of your scholarship award with your offer of admission.
We have limited capacity and accept approximately 25 students per year.
The City Ministry Program offers courses in preaching, missions, evangelism, and pastoral ministry as well as a course based on the book Center Church by Tim Keller. Dr. Keller teaches in every module and is supported by skilled urban ministry practitioners at City to City. Graduates of the program receive a certificate of completion. If you are pursuing ordination and your ordaining body requires an M.Div. you can request that they receive the RTS MABS and the certificate from the City Ministry Program as the equivalent of an M.Div.
Our accreditors only allow us to accept students who have a four-year undergraduate bachelor’s degree from a fully accredited institution. Additionally, priority is given to students who live in New York City or the immediate surrounding metro area.
Tuition is $550 per credit hour. Our tuition only covers 60% of the actual cost of the degree. RTS is committed to raising funds for our seminary to enable students to enter ministry with as little financial burden as possible. Applicants may apply for funding from the Redeemer City Ministry Scholarship Program.
Each onsite course forms a learning community of its own. We have chapel with a meal once a month, usually with guest speakers from City to City or NYC pastors. As a campus, we schedule seasonal gatherings in the Fall and Spring for fellowship. Through our student Slack channel and informal student study groups and parties our students stay connected and supported.
Neither RTS or City to City has a formal placement office for our graduates in New York City. Through our NYC Dean of Students Office, we offer an assessment for gifts, interpersonal style, learning style and vocational discernment. We encourage students to work closely with their church or ministry organization as they begin the program to learn what pathways for ministry are available to them.