From the Director of Admissions

Welcome to RTS! We are so thankful you are here. With flexible programs, world-renowned faculty, and three 100% online accredited master’s degrees, our mission is to equip you with the biblical tools needed to faithfully serve in ministry, right where you are. Wherever the Lord has planted you, we want to meet you, encourage you, and help you prepare for the mission ahead.

As you look around our website, please contact me if you have any questions about our program. The process of thinking through seminaries can be daunting. My staff and I are here to serve and encourage you as you go. May our gracious God guide you and establish your steps.

In Christ,

Jacob Harper

Application Process

Apply to RTS completely online now! Our Admissions staff is ready to help you with any questions you may have about applying to an online program at RTS. Call us at your convenience at (800) 227-2013.

What's my financial investment?

With the rise of student loan debt, we know that cost is one of your top concerns. Rather than cutting corners to lower tuition, we’ve partnered with churches and believers around the world to offer you a stellar education at an affordable rate.

Why? We believe that no one should have to go deep into debt in order to study God’s word.

Admissions FAQ

For tuition and fees associated with RTS degrees, please see the Tuition and Fees page.

The admission requirements for the MA degree programs are 1) A completed MA application (which can be found here), 2) Application fee of $75, 3) Three reference letters (pastoral, personal and academic), and 4) College transcripts from an accredited college or university. A 2.6 GPA or higher is ordinarily required.

Yes! Global Education offers seven certificate programs: Old Testament, Hebrew, New Testament, Greek, Historical Theology, Systematic Theology, and Applied Theology. The certificate program is a valuable option for students who want to take seminary classes, but do not want to complete a degree.

The admission requirement for any Certificate program is a complete application and application fee of $75, three letters of reference (pastoral, personal and academic), and college transcripts from an accredited college or university are required.

RTS does accept transfer credits from other accredited seminaries, based upon evaluation of all student transcripts. For specific information on what credits will transfer, please contact our Director of Admissions Jacob Harper at

While online courses may be transferable to other graduate institutions, the student is responsible for ensuring that specific courses are approved by the receiving institution.

You must apply for special student status. As a special student you can take up to 18 credit hours of course work. Students from other seminaries can also take online courses with RTS, as Visiting Students. Students can also unofficially audit courses as well. Unofficial auditors get no credit for their courses; nor is there any record of their having audited the course. Unofficial auditors get access to all course materials, with the exception of the actual exams and contact with professors.

The admission requirement to be a special student is a completed special student application (which can be found online here), an application fee of $40 and a pastoral reference. An undergraduate degree is ordinarily required to be a special student.

Global courses may be applied toward any degrees or programs offered at any RTS residential campus. Up to two-thirds of the residential MDiv degree and nearly one-half of the residential MA degree may be taken through global courses. The remaining courses require on-campus participation at your residential campus.

In order to receive credit for online courses at RTS, you must be admitted to the seminary. You may apply to RTS completely online. There is a $75 application fee for MA or Certificate students, and $40 for Special or Visiting Students. Select the “Apply Now” button on the right for more information and to begin your application.