What is the goal of the RCM program?
The goal of the program is prepare leaders called to serve the church and other ministries in NYC or other major cities of the world. These leaders include aspiring church planters, pastors, ministry leaders and marketplace leaders. We believe if someone is preparing to minister in an urban environment, it is best that they get their foundational theological education within that environment, so they can process what they are learning in the midst of life and ministry in the city.
How will the Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) degree be delivered in NYC?
Courses will be delivered using various methods with the goal of a cohort classroom experience with every course. Course delivery for the MABS will include (1) courses with all lectures live in NYC, (2) courses with all lectures streamed live into the NYC classroom, (3) online courses using the Canvas LMS, and (4) courses which combine online and live delivery methods. At this time, up to 49% of the courses can be delivered in NYC.
Will I need to live in NYC?
Yes, students will need to live in NYC or the region to participate in the learning community of the program and have the benefit of learning from the city.
Will the RCM program provide acceptable preparation for ordination?
The RCM program is designed so that graduates could pursue ordination. Candidates for the ministry are encouraged to talk to their denominational representatives about how this program meets the academic and training requirements for ordination.
The RTS MABS offers all the Biblical, theological, and historical studies of the MDiv. All the practical theology that is ordinarily delivered within the MDiv for academic credit will instead be taught in the CMY by practitioners who are ministering in the city. Therefore, all the subjects, bases and topics of the MDiv are covered. Some presbyteries and denominations have standards for training that ordain candidates with a MA, as long as all the topics and subjects have been taught and the practical areas of ministry are learned and experienced. The RCM program in NYC seeks to meet those standards.
What is Tim Keller’s involvement in the RCM program?
Tim Keller will teach sessions in the City Ministry Year (CMY), especially in the preaching courses and may also team-teach one or two of the courses in the MABS program.
Who will be the professors of the MABS courses?
For the MABS degree, professors will come from the RTS system of full-time faculty, adjunct professors, and guest lecturers. Some of the professors will come from the NYC region and may include staff of Redeemer City to City.
IS FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE FOR THE MABS PROGRAM?
Need-based scholarships will be available for the MABS program beginning the fall 2016 semester for (1) the present (first year) cohort of students, and (2) those students accepted and enrolled into the new (second year) cohort of students for fall 2016. The 2016-17 Scholarship Application is now live. The deadline for submitting a 2016-17 Scholarship Application is May 7, 2016.
Other things to keep in mind regarding financial aid:
- RTS does not participate in the Federal student loan program.
- We desire that students avoid building school loan debt.
- At the present tuition rate of $475 per credit hour (2015-16 AY), the cost of tuition for the MABS at 33 credit hours per year is approximately $15,675 plus fees when applicable. NOTE: Tuition for the 2016-17 academic year (beginning June 1, 2016) will be $495 per credit hour.
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CAN I TAKE THE MABS PROGRAM PART-TIME?
We prefer students participate as a full-time learning cohort that continue together throughout the program. Yet, we recognize that may not be feasible for all students. So, we may accept some students that can only be in the program on a part-time basis.
Is the MABS degree accredited? What institution grants the degree?
The MABS in the RCM program will be granted by RTS, delivered by RTS Global Education. The RTS MABS is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools- the Commission on Accrediting (ATS) and by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools- Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC). RTS also has permission from ATS, SACS-COC, and the New York State Board of Regents to operate at two approved sites (see FAQ 17) in NYC and to deliver up to 49% of the MABS residentially in NYC.