Prepare Here.
Serve Anywhere.

Since 1917, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary has prepared students to answer God’s call. NOBTS offers an academic environment that utilizes innovative delivery systems, preparing our students for ministry. Whether God is calling you as a pastor, missionary, counselor, youth minister, educator, worship leader, apologist, or something else entirely, NOBTS has a ministry training option for you. Most of all, this community will equip you to follow God wherever He leads.

  • Mission

    New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Leavell College prepare servants to walk with Christ, proclaim His truth, and fulfill His mission.


    Believing that the Bible is the Word of God, we believe it, teach it, proclaim it, and submit our lives to it. Our confessional commitments are outlined in the Articles of Religious Belief and the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.


    We are a worshiping community emphasizing both personal spirituality and gathering together as a Seminary family for the praise and adoration of God and instruction in His Word.


    Our Seminary does not exist merely to get an education or to give an education. We are here to change the world by fulfilling the Great Commission and the Great Commandments through the local church and its ministries.


    We want everything we do to be characterized by offering the utmost of our abilities and resources as a testimony to the glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


    We follow the model of Jesus to exert leadership through nurturing and encouraging those around us.

  • NOBTS blends scholarship, practicality, accessibility, and a sense of urgency-all of which make ministry training at New Orleans unmatched. As a major port city, New Orleans is home to people from across the globe, but only a small minority identify as evangelical Christians. As you train for a lifetime of ministry at NOBTS, we encourage you to get your hands dirty in a city that is in desperate need of the gospel.


    Our students are challenged to reach their full potential, becoming distinguished contributors to their fields.


    More than just scholars, our faculty have diverse ministry experience that adds a practical edge in the classroom.


    NOBTS is wherever you are-whether in New Orleans, at our extension centers across the Southeast, or completely online.


    In their classrooms, cities, and churches, our students and faculty are fueled by the urgency of the Great Commission.

  • NOBTS is wherever you are-whether you are in New Orleans, at an extension center, or completely online. We understand that our students are at different places in life and may need to study in different ways. No matter your circumstances, you can still get the theological training you need to follow God's calling in your life.


    The main campus in New Orleans is on a beautiful 70 acre tree-covered site in suburban New Orleans. Main campus classes are offered in a wide variety of scheduling options throughout the week, as night class and weekend options. Short-term one week courses (academic workshops) are offered throughout the year.


    We make the in-class experience as accessible as possible. With over twenty extension centers in the southeastern United States, NOBTS has got you covered! Students from diverse callings can earn a variety of degrees without relocating their families or leaving their ministries. Courses are offered primarily through traditional classroom settings. Go to our extension centers page to find the closest one to you at our extensions home page.


    Online courses offer you the convenience of preparing for ministry from anywhere in the world. Online students have a variety of opportunities to interact with our professors and fellow students. Learn more at our online seminary home page.


    Hybrid classes meet once a month, combining the convenience of online classes with the personal interaction of the in-class experience. Seminars, workshops, and conferences also allow you to earn credit while experiencing life at NOBTS.

  • Where value meets affordability. We offer generous financial aid through discounts, scholarships, employment opportunities, flexible payment schedules, and various programs. We'll do our best to help you answer God's call.


    Undergraduate and Graduate tuition at NOBTS is significantly lower than the national average. Students from SBC churches pay around $275 per credit hour for on-campus courses. Students from non-SBC churches pay around $410 per credit hour for on-campus courses. Online students pay around $355 per credit hour.


    The Financial Aid Office offers a number of scholarships for full-time and part-time students. We offer scholarships for bivocational ministers, missionaries, minorities, and many others. We accept the GI Bill as well as TOPS for undergraduate studies.


    The Caskey Center provides full tuition scholarships for Baptist bivocational/ small church ministers from selected states. These scholarships apply to certificate, undergraduate, or master's students in any NOBTS delivery system.


    Did you know that the spouses of our full-time, main campus students receive a tuition discount of one-half off?


    The Church Minister Relations Office is the place to start to find a ministry in the city or surrounding area. Fill out the form HERE to get your resume to local churches.