Degree Programs



Master's Degrees

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary offers six fully-accredited academic and professional master’s degree programs. The degrees combine academic studies with professional training to prepare men and women called to all kinds of ministries. Taught within small class settings, professors join students in a pilgrimage of learning that often resembles a mentoring relationship.

Baccalaureate degrees are required for admittance into a master's degree program.

The curriculum design conforms to the stated mission of the Seminary and reflects the "21 Essential Leadership Characteristics" adopted by Faculty and Trustees.

Students in all master's degree programs take courses in areas of Biblical Foundations, Theological and Historical Foundations, Leadership Skills Formation, Educational Leadership, and Intercultural Studies.

The seven master’s level programs are:
Master of Divinity (MDIV)
Master of Divinity – Advanced Track
Master of Arts in Intercultural Ministry
Master of Missiology
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (MAEL)
Master of Theology (ThM)

Global Studies Partnership

A unique, two-degree program combining theological foundations and intercultural competencies (one theological degree and the other a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies) offered jointly by Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and Union University. View more information

Doctoral Programs

Doctor of Ministry
The Doctor of Ministry degree requires completion of 29 hours of advanced seminary work (seminars, supervised ministry, and a ministry project) beyond the MDIV (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution.

Doctor of Philosophy
The Ph.D. program requires 42 hours of advanced seminary work and is the highest academic research degree available. It is normally a four-year degree (two years of seminar work and two years of dissertation.

Diploma Programs

Students aged 25 and older, without a college degree, but with a high school diploma or its equivalent, may be accepted for study in regular seminary classes to pursue either the Diploma in Theology or the Diploma in Educational Leadership.

Diploma in Theology
Diploma in Educational Leadership

Special Students

Students who wish to take seminary courses for credit without enrolling in a degree program can be admitted to the seminary under the Special Student classification. Up to 20 hours can be taken at GGBTS under this classification and then applied to any GGBTS degree, diploma, or certificate program. Students admitted under this status are strongly encouraged to enroll in a degree program before they earn 20 hours of credit. Apply Now

Non-traditional degree tracks

Non-traditional degree tracks are designed for those already in full-time work or ministry who are unable to attend classes in a traditional schedule.
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