Advanced Master of Divinity

The Advanced Master of Divinity allows students to build upon undergraduate theological training by taking advanced courses in place of the introductory courses in the regular Master of Divinity curriculum.

Entrance Requirements

The student must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The student's undergraduate major should be in a discipline directly related to the courses in the Advanced MDiv curriculum.

The Advanced MDiv is built upon 33 hours of prerequisites. The prerequisite courses must cover the entire range of material covered in the SWBTS courses and and must be completed with a grade of "B-" or higher. Students who have not fulfilled all prerequisites may complete the remaining prerequisites at the beginning of work toward the degree.

Course Title Course Number Hours


Old Testament I and II   6
New Testament I and II   6
Systematic Theology I, II, and III   9
Baptist Heritage   3
Greek I, II, and III or
Hebrew I, II, and III
  Total 33

Biblical and Theological Studies

Biblical Hermeneutics BIBST 3203 3
Old Testament Elective OLDTS 3
New Testament Elective NEWTS 3
Biblical Greek I or
Biblical Hebrew I
GREEK 3313 or
HEBRW 4313
Biblical Greek II or
Biblical Hebrew II
GREEK 3323 or
HEBRW 4323
Systematic Theology Elective SYSTH 3
Church History I CHAHT 3103 3
Church History II CHAHT 3113 3
The Christian Home or
Christian Ethics or
The Bible and Moral Issues or
Philosophy of Religion or
History of Philosophy for Theology or
Christian Apologetics
ETHIC 4303 or
ETHIC 4313 or
ETHIC 4323 or
PHILO 4313 or
PHILO 4323 or
GCAPL 4373
Christian Formation EDMIN 3022 2
  Total 29

Great Commission Studies

Christian Leadership EDMIN 3043 3
Strategies for Disciple Making EDMIN 3053 3
Contemporary Evangelism EVANG 3303 3
Introduction to Missiology MISSN 3363 3
Introduction to Expository Preaching1 PRCHG 3313 3
The Church Gathered: Theology of Worship WORSP 4323 3
  Total 18

Educational Ministry Studies

Principles of Biblical Counseling CNSLN 3203 3
Foundations for Bible Teaching EDMIN 3033 3
Family Ministry and the Church EDMIN 3063 3
Biblical Anthropology and Discipleship EDMIN 3103 3
  Total 12

Concentration Studies

Educational Ministries Concentration Course I   3
Educational Ministries Concentration Course II   3
Educational Ministries Concentration Course III   3
Field Experience2   2
  Total 11
  Degree Total 70

1Female students take WOMST 4043 Introduction to Expository Teaching.

2Student seeking a concentration may be required to take a concentration-specific Field Experience course in that division. See Concentrations.


Master's level courses from an eligible institution may transfer into the Advanced MDiv program. The courses must be comparable to the Southwestern courses for which transfer credit is requested, and be completed with a grade of "B" or better. No more than half of the degree may be earned by transfer of credits.

Additional Information

For additional information about the Advanced MDiv, contact the Office of the Registrar.