The history of the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary (BMATS) reaches back to 1950, when the Baptist Missionary Association of America (BMAA) considered an offer from the organization's Texas branch to establish a college seminary. After exploring several locations, the BMAA selected Jacksonville as the future seminary's official location. In September 1957, the BMATS opened its doors for the first time with an initial class of only 57 students.
The school's academic degree program objectives are to "enable students to: receive theoretical and practical education which will afford preparation for ministry in the field of his/her calling, develop an attitude of commitment to God and professional dedication toward the service ministries of the church, acquire the skills necessary to minister effectively in the area of his/her specialization and acquire the foundational experience and education necessary for advanced ministerial or doctoral studies in his/her chosen area of service."
Those living in student housing or an off campus apartment have access to BMATS exceptional academic and religious programs and fields of study. Students may pursue degrees such as Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Church Ministries, Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Associate of Divinity.
Student living and university living revolve around a variety of traditional campus student organizations along with faith-based missionary and community activities.
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