Degree Overview

The J. Dalton Havard School provides students with the opportunity to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in their entirety at the Houston campus.  The Havard School also partners with the Women's Programs Office to offer the Leadership Certificate in Women's Ministry at the Houston campus.

Bachelor's Degree

The J. Dalton Havard School is pleased to offer the Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies (B.S.B.S.).  The purpose of the Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies program is to provide students with a foundational understanding of the Bible, Christian theology, the church, and worldviews so that they can effectively minister the gospel of Jesus Christ wherever God leads.  The degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies can be found in the catalog pages within the College at Southwestern section of the catalog.

The degree offers optional concentrations in Missions, Christian Education, and Biblical and Theological Studies.  For more information about the concentrations available for the Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies degree at the Houston campus, please consult the B.S.B.S. Concentrations catalog page in the College at Southwestern section.

For more information about undergraduate admission, please consult the Office of Admissions.

Master's Degrees

The Master of Divinity, the Master of Arts in Christian Education, the Master of Arts in Lay Ministry, and the Master of Arts in Theology are offered in their entirety at the Houston campus.

Master of Divinity

The Southwestern M.Div. prepares students for the broadest range of Christian ministries, especially in local churches.  Students receive training in classical theological disciplines such as Old Testament, New Testament, church history and historical theology, systematic theology, ethics, and philosophy, as well as applied disciplines such as pastoral ministry, preaching, evangelism, and missions.  In addition, students may use elective hours to pursue concentrations in any school at Southwestern in accordance with their ministry goals and academic interests.  The M.Div. is the only approved first master's degree for a student preparing for a pastoral or preaching ministry, as well as any other ministry largely comprised of biblical teaching.  The degree requirements for the M.Div. can be found in the catalog pages within the School of Theology section of the catalog.

Students may obtain a concentration by using free elective hours to complete the requirements described in the catalog.  For a list of the requirements for the concentrations, please consult the M.Div. Concentrations catalog pages in the School of Theology section.  Contact the Dean of the Havard School if you are interested in pursuing the Advanced Master of Divinity.

Master of Arts in Christian Education

The M.A.C.E. degree is a basic degree program designed primarily for the person who plans to perform various educational ministries in the church.  The degree requirements for the M.A.C.E. can be found in the catalog pages within the School of Church and Family Ministries section of the catalog.

The basic M.A.C.E. degree has several concentrations available for specialized study in a particular field of Christian education.  For a list of the requirements for the various concentrations, please consult the M.A.C.E. Concentrations catalog pages in the School of Church and Family Ministries section.

Master of Arts (Lay Ministry)

The M.A.(L.M) degree provides theological education for lay people, equipping them for competent lay ministry to the church and community.  Since the M.A. (Lay Ministry) degree does not adequately prepare students for any aspect of vocational ministry, those who sense God’s leadership into vocational ministry should normally enroll in the Master of Divinity.  The degree requirements for the M.A.(L.M.) can be found in the catalog pages within the School of Theology section of the catalog.

Master of Arts (Theology)

The M.A.(Th.) is a graduate level degree offering advanced work in the classical theological disciplines.  The degree prepares students to pursue an academic ministry in one of these disciplines.  Since the degree does not include courses outside of the classical theological disciplines, those called to local church ministry should pursue the Master of Divinity.  The degree requirements, including specific entrance requirements, for the M.A.(Th.) program can be found in the catalog pages within the School of Theology section of the catalog.

Concentrations in various disciplines are available for the M.A.(Th.)  The specific course requirements for each concentration are given in the M.Div Concentration section.

For additional information about the Master of Arts (Theology), contact Dr. Mark Taylor, Associate Dean for Master's Programs:

by mail at: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
P.O. Box 22696, Fort Worth, Texas, 76122

by email at math@swbts.edu,
or by phone at (817) 923-1921 ext. 6960.

Leadership Certificate in Women's Ministry

The purpose of the Leadership Certificate in Women's Ministry program is to equip women as lay leaders and church staff in woman-to-woman ministries in the local church by providing quality training and networking opportunities.

The Leadership Certificate in Women's Ministry can be acquired by completing 12 hours of course credit.  This is accomplished by completing four 3-hour courses taught in the seminar format.  Each course consists of classroom instruction, taught by Southwestern faculty and other experts in the field of women's ministry.  Courses are generally offered in Houston in weekend formats.  It is possible to complete the program in two years.  Courses may also be taken for credit in Southwestern's master's or baccalaureate programs.

The requirements for the Leadership Certificate in Women's Ministry can be found in the catalog pages within the Women's Programs section of the catalog.

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