Are You Unable to Relocate to Prepare for the Pastorate?

RTS firmly believes that residential learning is the best way to prepare for gospel ministry. However, not everyone is able to relocate for a seminary degree. For those unable to leave a particular ministry or job in order to move to campus, RTS Orlando’s Hybrid Master of Divinity program offers a flexible way to gain a quality theological education.

Through the Hybrid MDiv Track, You Can:

  • Earn up to 70 credits through distance education or through any of our other campuses
  • Finish the remaining 36 credits in intensive courses, including hybrid courses, on the Orlando campus
  • Complete multiple courses in each residential week on campus

What Makes the RTS Hybrid MDiv Different?

RTS Orlando’s Hybrid M.Div. program enables students to earn quality ministry preparation without relocating. Candidates will finish at least 36 credits in residence and up to 70 credits online. In-person classes are offered in a hybrid (part online, part on-campus) or intensive format, enabling students to complete residential requirements with seven one-week trips to the Orlando campus.

The Hybrid M.Div. program offers flexibility without compromising quality: RTS has been a leader in distance theological education for over 20 years. Students in the program enjoy many of the same benefits as the residential M.Div. program – the same rigorous curriculum, the same exceptional faculty, and the same practical field educational requirements. They also form a relational network for ministry as friendships formed during the on-campus weeks carry into online classes.

Complete the Hybrid MDiv in
Three to Five Years

Students in the Hybrid M.Div. enjoy a cohort-like experience as they take online courses in the fall and spring semesters and meet on campus each January and July. For most working students, the program can be completed comfortably in five years, though students have the flexibility to complete the program in as few as three years or as many as seven.

Summer

Hybrid courses. Online portion begins around June 1 with on-campus meeting in mid-July.

Fall

Distance education courses.

Winter

Hybrid courses. Online portion begins around December 1, with on-campus meeting in mid-January

Spring

Distance education courses.

What Are Students Saying About the
RTS Hybrid MDiv

Patrick Fischl
Student Ministries Director
Houston, TX

RTS has allowed us to receive an incredibly valuable seminary education, while remaining plugged in at our home church.

Jim Davis
Executive Pastor
Oxford, MS

[The Hybrid MDiv] has allowed me both the opportunity to pursue theological education through real contact with professors and continue to gain on the ground experience.

Daniel Trepod
Metro Director
Detroit, MI

My staff and students have noticed a marked difference in my preaching and discipleship and my appreciation for God's word and the church has grown considerably.

Barrett Hendrickson
Director of Worship & Electronic Media
Pittsburgh, PA

The hybrid weeks are fantastic times to sit under solid teaching, and fellowship with other students who are in similar seasons of life.

Study in Your
Local Context

Complete up to two-thirds of coursework from home and apply what you've learned to your local context.

Learn Under
Residential Faculty

Finish remaining coursework through on-campus intensives and hybrid courses under our world-class faculty.

Build a Strong
Relational Network

Build lasting friendships with professors and classmates while at home or in the classroom.

Sample Five Year Track

Summer 2020

PT5100
Communication I
2 hours
HT5100
History of Christianity I
3 hours
OT5300
Poets
2 hours

Fall 2020

ST5100
Introduction to Pastoral & Theological Studies
3 hours
ST5550
Christian Encounter with Islam
2 hours

Winter 2021

PT5125
Preaching Lab I
2 hours
PT5250
Pastoral Ministry
2 hours
OT5350
Isaiah – Malachi
3 hours

Spring 2021

ON5100
Hermeneutics
3 hours
Electives
2 hours

Summer 2021

HT5200
History of Christianity II
3 hours
OT5200
Genesis – Deuteronomy
3 hours
PT5175
Preaching Lab II
2 hours

Fall 2021

ST5400
Christian Thought & Philosophy
3 hours
Electives
2 hours

Winter 2022

ST5200
Systematic Theology: Christology, Soteriology, Eschatology
3 hours
NT5250
Acts & Romans
2 hours
PT5150
Communication II
2 hours

Spring 2022

NT5200
Gospels
3 hours
ST5300
Covenant Theology
2 hours

Summer 2022

NT5300
Pauline Epistles
3 hours
PT5350
Pastoral Counseling
3 hours
PT5275
Leadership & Discipleship
2 hours

Fall 2022

ST5150
Systematic Theology: Scripture, Theology Proper, Anthropology
3 hours
Electives
2 hours

Winter 2023

ST5250
Systematic Theology: Ecclesiology and Sacraments
2 hours
PT5400
Classics of Personal Devotion
1 hours
PT5325
Church Polity
1 hours
PT5200
Evangelism
2 hours

Spring 2023

NT5100
Greek I
3 hours
PT5225
Missions
2 hours

Summer 2023

NT5125
Greek II
3 hours
ST5600
Christ, Culture and Contextualization
2 hours

Fall 2023

NT5150
Greek Exegesis
2 hours
NT5350
Hebrews – Revelation
3 hours

Winter 2024

OT5100
Hebrew I
3 hours
ST5450
Apologetics
2 hours

Spring 2024

OT5125
Hebrew II
3 hours
OT5250
Joshua – Esther
3 hours

Summer 2024

OT5150
Hebrew Exegesis
2 hours
PT5300
Worship
2 hours

Fall 2024

PT5375
Personal Sanctification
1 hours
ST5500
Pastoral and Social Ethics
3 hours
PT5905
Field Education Seminar
0 hours

Winter 2025

Electives
4 hours