It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ."
-Ephesians 4:11-13 (NIV)


10 Reasons to study at mbts

7. Specialisation

We offer several specialised programmes in pastoral, mission, and child studies. We are the only seminary in Malaysia offering missiology at doctoral level, and youth ministry and holistic child development at master’s level.

8. Environment

Our faculty, staff, and students come from different parts of the world and we seek to embody the unity and diversity of the body of Christ in our worship, study and service.

9. Lecturers

Our faculty consists of both locals and overseas lecturers who are both academically qualified and active in Christian ministry.

10. Location

We are located on the beautiful island of Penang and our campus is situated on a hill-slope with a sea view providing a conducive environment for study and reflection.





1.    Accreditation

Our academic programmes are accredited by Asia Theological Association (ATA).

2. Bible

We seek to faithfully and contextually interpret and apply the Bible as a witness to God who reveals himself in Jesus Christ.

3. Pastoral & Missional

We seek to form ministers of Christ who are mission-minded and are able to serve churches with pastoral sensitivity.

4. Holistic Formation

We encourage holistic growth through study, prayer, and service.

5. Community-Minded

Our residential programme encourages community-centred learning and ministry.

6. Library

Our library owns significant collections that support seminary academic programs and research. 




Foundational Christian Vocation

  • Bachelor of Theology

  • Master of Divinity

Foundational Christian Studies

  • Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies

  • Master of Christian Studies

Continuing Theological Education (CTE)

Graduate / Post-Graduate Theological Programmes

Holistic Child Development (HCD) Programs

  • Master of Arts in Holistic Child Development (Modular on-campus)
  • Master of Arts in Holistic Child Development (Online)
  • Diploma in Education of Indigenous Children
  • The Child in the One Story (Workshop)

About Us


MBTS is committed to assist students to grow in HEAD, HEART, and HANDS. The "3H" philosophy is a way of expressing MBTS' commitment to holistic education. Students are helped to develop academically, spiritually, and practically, learning to think, to pray, and to serve.


MBTS provides quality theological training to church leaders who have a strong sense of calling and commitment to serve God in the church field.


Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary was established on 11 January 1954 at 35, Anson Road, Penang with three teachers and four students.