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Distance Learning

For over a quarter of a century, NOBTS and Leavell College have been providing theological education through extension centers. In order to provide quality theological training for persons in the Southeast already engaged in ministry, NOBTS has made a commitment to be as accessible as possible to as many people as possible. We therefore strive to have an extension center within driving distance of every area in the Southeast.

Under the direction of the Provost and the Dean of Doctoral Studies and Distance Learning, NOBTS and Leavell College work with appropriate academic administrators and program directors, especially the Graduate Dean and the Dean of Leavell College. This team works to equip servants to walk with Christ, proclaim His truth, and fulfill His mission in a variety of distance learning formats.

Contact Us

For more information contact:

Dr. Cory Barnes
Dean of Doctoral Studies and Distance Learning
504.282.8252
distanceadmin@nobts.edu

Campuses and Extension Centers

NOBTS Main Campus (New Orleans, LA) - Undergraduate & Master's Degrees
Phone: 504.282.4455
3939 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70126

Clinton (MS) Extension Center - Master's Degrees
Contact: Dr. Evan Lenow
E-mail: elenow@mc.edu
Classes meet at Mississippi College
200 South Capitol Street, Clinton, MS 39058
Degrees: MDiv and MACE
Library: Students are permitted to use the library collections at Mississippi College and Reformed Theological Seminary, located down Clinton Boulevard toward Jackson. Access to the John T. Christian Library in New Orleans, including access to the NOBTS and Leavell College ebook collection and EBSCOHost database, is also available.

North Mississippi Extension Center (Blue Mountain, MS) - Master's Degree
Director: Dr. Thomas Magers II
E-mail: tmagers@bmc.edu
Classes meet at Blue Mountain College
201 W. Main Street, Blue Mountain, MS 38610 Degree: MDiv
Library: Students may utilize Blue Mountain College’s library. Access to the John T. Christian Library in New Orleans, including access to the NOBTS and Leavell College ebook collection and EBSCOHost database, is also available.

North Georgia (Dacula, GA) - Undergraduate & Master's Degrees
Director: Dr. Chet Harvey
E-mail: charvey@hebronchurch.org
Classes meet at Hebron Church
202 Hebron Church Rd. Dacula, GA 30019
Master's Degrees: MDiv, MACE
Undergraduate Degree: Associate of Arts in Church Ministry degree
Library: Access to the John T. Christian Library in New Orleans, including access to the NOBTS and Leavell College ebook collection and EBSCOHost database, is available.

Korean Theological Institute and Korean DMIN (Duluth, GA)
Classes meet at CrossPointe Church
1800 Satellite Blvd
Duluth, GA 30097
Contact: Dr. Bong Soo Choi
E-mail: bchoi@nobts.edu
Degrees: Doctor of Ministry, MDiv, Bachelor of Arts in Church Ministry (Korean Track)
Library: Students attending classes in the Korean Theological Institute and the Korean DMIN program at the Duluth campus have access to an on site collection of Korean resources as well as English reference resources. Access to the John T. Christian Library in New Orleans, including access to the NOBTS and Leavell College ebook collection and EBSCOHost database, is available.

Birmingham (AL) Extension Center - Undergraduate & Master's Degrees
Director: Dr. Stephen Hall
E-mail: BHMdirector@nobts.edu
Classes meet at Valleydale Church, 2324 Valleydale Road,
Birmingham, AL 35244
Master's Degrees: MDiv and MACE
Undergraduate Degree: Associate of Arts in Church Ministry degree
Library: NOBTS maintains a library collection of more than 2,600 volumes at the Birmingham center. Access to the John T. Christian Library in New Orleans, including access to the NOBTS and Leavell College ebook collection and EBSCOHost database, is also available.

New Orleans Campus Academic Opportunities

The Seminary offers special intensives and summer terms each year on the campus in New Orleans. These courses offer distance learners the opportunity to experience campus life and to get to know the on-campus faculty, staff, and administration.

Teaching Faculty

Extension center classes are taught primarily by adjunct faculty members who live in the vicinity of the center in question and teach in person classes. Trustee elected faculty of NOBTS and Leavell College teach classes at extension centers through the weekend hybrid classes offered each semester at each extension campus.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for the extension centers are the same as the requirements for all the graduate programs of the Seminary. Please see the section on admission requirements in this catalog for details.

Application Process

Applications for new students must be submitted to the Admissions Office according the policies and guidelines maintained by the Admissions Office.

Course Format Options

  • Courses in the Standard MDiv Degree may be earned through several format options:
    Hybrid, Weekly, or Bi-Weekly Courses; Mentoring Courses;
    Academic intensives; and Internet Courses
    NOLA2U FLEX Courses (See Online Learning page)
    Approved Independent Studies
    Tuesday-Thursday night cycles (extension centers or at NOBTS)
    Summer Institutes

  • Tuition for each class format will be at the appropriate rate published on the NOBTS and Leavell College fee sheet for the academic year in which the course occurs.

  • No absences are allowed in academic intensives or one-week summer courses. For the four-time per semester hybrid courses, students can miss only one of the four monthly class sessions. For the eight-time per semester hybrid courses, students can miss only two of the eight class sessions. Questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.

    Students will take the cycle as offered and the other intensive courses during the semester breaks or summers. If you need more information, please contact Dr. Cory Barnes.

Library Services for Extension Center Students

Access to library materials is an important part of the Seminary experience. Most centers have a library at the site where classes are held. At the Clinton and North Mississippi extension centers students have access to the college libraries on those campuses where classes are held.

All extension center students have access to the digital platform of the John T. Christian Library. Through this system students are able to search for materials by author, title, and subject. Books may be requested over the system and sent to the student by mail from the main library in New Orleans. Students who have access to the Internet also can access the on-campus library system from their homes. The John T. Christian Library has an extensive collection of e-books available for all students as well.

The library has also subscribed to several powerful bibliographic search engines so that many scholarly journals are available online to extension center students. The John T. Christian Library has secured library agreements with several institutions near our extension centers so that students may access those libraries as well. Information on these agreements may be secured at the library on campus or at the extension center office.

The library provides access to 80+ electronic databases and over 160,000 e-books.