FAQs

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  1. Do intensives, online classes, or classes taken at another seminary count as “on-campus” hours?
  2. How do the online classes work?
  3. Will the classes that I have taken at another seminary transfer into the MATSIL program?
  4. Do I need to do anything before taking an intensive?
  5. Must all my on-campus hours come from MATSIL courses?
  6. Can I substitute any class?
  7. How long do I have to complete the degree?
  8. How much time may pass before a missionary is no longer eligible for the tuition discount?

  1. Do intensives, online classes, or classes taken at another seminary count as “on-campus” hours?
    No. Our accrediting body will not allow us to count any hours as on-campus hours unless they were taken at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s main campus in Louisville, Kentucky. Half of your hours (24) must be taken in Louisville. Most missionaries will use some of their stateside assignment time in order to fulfill this requirement.
  2. How do the online classes work?
    Online classes operate concurrently with the semester schedule. The professor will often require that you use e-Campus to respond to questions in a forum each week, so you will need a fairly reliable (though not high-speed) internet connection. For further information, see Southern Seminary Online.
  3. Will the classes that I have taken at another seminary transfer into the MATSIL program?
    Perhaps. Academic Records will be able to evaluate your request for transfer of credit.
  4. Do I need to do anything before taking an intensive?
    Yes. You must be admitted to SBTS prior to taking your first class and you should register for the class during the registration dates. To ensure your success in the class, you should download the syllabus from e-Campus as soon as it is posted. Some syllabi may also available in Projected Intensives. Many professors will have you do reading and perhaps even an assignment before class begins, so read the syllabus carefully.
  5. Must all my on-campus hours come from MATSIL courses?
    No. If in the event a required course is not available while a student is available in Louisville, any extra class can be used to satisfy some of the 24 hours required. These on-campus hours need not be a part of the MATSIL curriculum. That being said, all the required courses must still be taken one way or another. Taking an extra course to satisfy on-campus requirements allows a student who is “stuck” to take a required course in a more convenient way off-campus. (Students can gain more education and earn more hours than what is required!)
  6. Can I substitute any class?
    Perhaps. As a part of the 24 hours of directed electives, students may request that another “missions course” be accepted. Students should contact the Academic Advisor for the Graham School in order to acquire approval from the Dean of the Billy Graham School. If you are trying to swap a core course, your options are very limited.
  7. How long do I have to complete the degree?
    The MATSIL program is unique — there is no time-limit for completing this degree. Please note that new catalog requirements are imposed on students who allow four years to elapse without taking any classes. This is especially noteworthy if you matriculated before Fall 2007 and are a part of the 36-hour program.
  8. How much time may pass before a missionary is no longer eligible for the tuition discount?
    IMB or NAMB missionaries (Career, Journeyman, ISC, US/C-2) returning from the field within three years of matriculation are eligible for a 50% discount on the Southern Baptist tuition rate, and also a 50% discount on the internet fee for online classes. Further information about missionary discounts and scholarships may be found at SBTS Scholarship Information.