Hybrid Master of Divinity


Program Overview

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 earn a fully accredited M.Div. degree.

Through the Hybrid M.Div. track, you can complete up to 70 credits through flexible distance education or through any of our other campuses, while finishing the remaining 36 credits in intensive courses, including hybrid courses, on the Orlando campus. Since hybrid coursework incorporates online learning, some intensives allow students to complete 2-3 courses in each residential week on campus.

Program Design

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.

SummerHybrid courses. Online portion begins June 1 with on-campus meeting in mid-July.
FallDistance education courses.
WinterHybrid courses. Online portion begins November 15, with on-campus meeting in mid-Jan.
SpringDistance education courses.

Hybrid Course Offerings

In order to successfully complete the Hybrid M.Div. program, students should complete the following courses in intensive residential format, even if they are offered fully online.

Orlando Campus - The following courses should be taken through the Orlando campus (41 hours):

Course Credits CourseCredits

Isaiah - Malachi

 3Communication I2
ST: Christology, Soteriology, Eschatology  3Communication II2
ST: Ecclesiology and Sacraments 2Preaching Lab A1
History of Christianity I 3Preaching Lab B2
History of Christianity II 3Theology of Ministry I 2
Genesis - Joshua 3Missions 3
 Poets 2Pastoral Counseling 3
 Acts - Romans 2 Mentoring 1
 Pauline Epistles 2Classics of Personal Devotion  1
 Church Polity 1  
Orlando Course Schedule

Please visit the upcoming classes page to view all upcoming courses at the Orlando campus.

Any RTS Campus or RTS Distance Education – The following courses may be taken at any residential RTS campus or through RTS Distance Education (67 hours):

Course Credits CourseCredits

Intro to Pastoral & Theological Studies

3Hebrew I3
Covenant Theology2Hebrew II3
History of Philosophy & Christian Thought3Hebrew Exegesis2
Pastoral and Social Ethics 3Evangelism 2
Judges - Esther2Christian Encounter with Isalm 2
 ST: Scripture, Theology, Anthropology*3Educational Ministry of the Church2
 Gospels3Theology of Ministry II2
 Hebrews - Revelation3Advanced Biblical Exegesis3
 Greek I3Electives3
 Greek II 3
Greek Exegesis 2  

A representative hybrid week schedule is as such:

Representative Hybrid Week Schedule
MorningPastoral Counseling
9:00 am - 12:00 pm T - F, 9:00am - 3:00pm Saturday
AfternoonCommunication I
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm M - F
 Preaching Lab B (sections 1 & 2)
1:00pm - 5:00pm M - F 
EveningPauline Epistles
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm M - F
 Preaching Lab B (sections 3 & 4)
6:00pm - 10:00pm M - F 

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