Metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) was used to deposit epitaxial BaTiO3 thin films on (100) MgO substrates at 600°C. The metalorganic precursors employed in the deposition experiments were hydrated Ba(thd)2 (thd = C11H19O2) and titanium isopropoxide. The films were analyzed by means of transmittance spectroscopy, wavelength dispersive x-ray spectrometry, secondary ion mass spectrometry depth profiling, x-ray diffraction, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, selected area electron diffraction, nanoscale energy dispersive x-ray spectrometry and second harmonic generation measurements. There was no evidence for interdiffusion between the film and substrate. The x-ray and electron diffraction studies showed that the films were oriented with the a-axis normal to the substrate surface, whereas second harmonic generation measurements showed that the films had some c-axis character.