So how can you get a high-quality Baptist seminary education in Western PA?
We have the answer! Through our unique partnership with the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary (RPTS), you can earn Baptist credentials right here at home. Earn a degree at RPTS and Baptist credentials at BIP. Here are some options to consider:
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Degree with Baptist Concentration
Enroll at RPTS as a full-time or part-time student in the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree program. You spend most of your time at RPTS, learning from highly-qualified men of faith who have served in pastoral ministry. You come to BIP for Ministry of Worship, Doctrine of the Church, and Baptist Church History along with any or all of our electives. Because of our partnership, your BIP credits transfer and count toward your RPTS degree. Plus you get a BIP Pastoral Studies certificate to demonstrate Baptist ministry credentials.
Master of Theological Studies Degree with Baptist Concentration
Like the first option, enroll first at RPTS but select the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) degree. Take the appropriate BIP courses, which will count toward your degree. When you complete the degree, we issue a BIP Ministry Studies certificate to demonstrate Baptist ministry credentials.
Enroll as non-degree student
Not looking for a degree, but want solid theological training? Choose from the full range of RPTS and BIP courses and select those that interest you. Both BIP and RPTS offer Servant of the Church certificates. We can help you customize a non-degree training program that meets your needs. You also earn course credit that you can apply toward a degree program later on.
Just auditing, thanks.
The least expensive option is to audit the courses you choose. You benefit from the solid theological teaching BIP has to offer. Forget the quizzes, papers, finals, and grades. Participate in class discussions and receive the same solid instruction as for-credit and degree program students. And by the way, you can apply to audit courses at RPTS too. Just keep in mind that audited courses cannot transfer or count toward a degree.
Take our credits to another seminary.
The Baptist Institute of Pittsburgh is completely separate from RPTS. This means you don't have to enroll in RPTS programs to take BIP courses. In addition to RPTS, the Baptist Institute has agreements in place with The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) in Louisville, KY and Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. We are working on agreements with other seminaries. We will do everything possible to help you transfer credits toward a degree at the seminary of your choice.
A quick word about transfer credit: RPTS or other partner seminaries may accept some courses in place of similar required courses they offer. Other courses may be accepted as electives, depending on the school, your degree program, and the courses you have already taken. You generally must earn a grade of "C" or better to transfer credits. Other seminaries have different transfer policies. See our current Program Guide and check with our Registrar for more information.