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 M.Div. curriculum. The Advanced M.Div. is built upon 45-54 hours of prerequisites.

Course Title
Biblical Hermeneutics 3
Old Testament I, II, and III 6-9
New Testament I, II, and III 6-9
Greek or Hebrew (two years of one language)1 12
Church History I and II 6
Systematic Theology (one year survey) 6-9
Christian Ethics 3
Philosophy of Religion or Christian Apologetics 3
Total 45-54

The prerequisites in Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, and Systematic Theology may each be completed with two survey courses or with one survey course and an additional elective in the same discipline. In either case, the prerequisite courses must cover the entire range of material covered in the SWBTS courses.

Prerequisite courses must be completed with a B- or better.

Students who have not fulfilled all prerequisites may complete the remaining prerequisites at the beginning of work toward the degree.

Degree Requirements

The 80-hour degree includes advanced courses in Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, Ethics and Philosophical Studies, as well as courses in Preaching and Pastoral Studies and Evangelism and Missions Studies. In addition, the degree includes 12 hours of free electives, 6 of which may be used to complete a thesis. Free elective hours may not be used for basic survey courses.

Greek electives assume two years of Greek as the prerequisite language.

Course Title Course Number Hours

Biblical Studies

Old Testament or New Testament Elective OLDTS or NEWTS Elective 6
Biblical Theology Elective BIBTH Elective 3
Biblical Hebrew I1 HEBRW 4313 3
Biblical Hebrew II HEBRW 4323 3
Hebrew Exegetical Method HEBRW 5003 3
Hebrew Exegesis Elective HEBRW Elective 3
Greek Exegesis Elective1 GREEK Elective 3

Theological Studies

Baptist Heritage BPTST 3203 3
Church History and Historical Theology Elective CHAHT Elective 3
Systematic Theology I SYSTH 3053 3
Systematic Theology Electives SYSTH Electives 6

Ethics and Philosophical Studies

The Christian Home ETHIC 4303 3
Christian Ethics Elective ETHIC Elective 3
Philosophy of Religion Elective PHILO Elective 3

Preaching and Pastoral Studies

Introduction to Expository Preaching4 PRCHG 3313 3
Advanced Expository Preaching5 PRCHG 3323 3
Preaching Practicum2 PRCHG 3000 0
Foundations of Christian Ministry I3 PASMN 3313 3
Christian Ministry Practicum2 PASMN 3000 0
Ministries of the Local Church CFMIN 3001 1

Evangelism and Missions Studies

Contemporary Evangelism EVANG 3303 3
Personal Evangelism Practicum2 EVANG 3000 0
Introduction to Missiology MISSN 3363 3
Missions Practicum2 MISSN 3100 0

Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation I SPFEV 3101 1
Spiritual Formation II SPFEV 3111 1

Applied Ministry

Applied Ministry I - Mentoring APLEV 4031 1
Applied Ministry II - Disciple-making in the local church APLEV 4041 1

Free Electives/Concentration

Students may use free electives to pursue one of the concentrations listed below. Some concentrations require more than 12 hours.
  Total 80


Evangelism Concentration

Evangelism Electives (choose any five Evangelism electives) EVANG 15

Islamic Studies Concentration

Missionary Anthropology Islamic Worldview ISLST 4373 3
Islamic Electives (choose any three Islamic Studies electives) ISLST 9
Praxis or Practicum in Islamic Studies ISLST 5483, or equivalent 3

Missions Concentration

Missionary Anthropology MISSN 4373 3
Introduction to Church Planting (North American or International) MISSN 4493 or 4503 3
MISSN (Missions elective)   3
Glob. & Missions Strategies or Church Planting in the Urban Context MISSN 3373 or 5453 3
Missions Praxis or Practicum MISSN 5523 or equivalent 3

North American Church Planting Concentration

Introduction to North American Church Planting MISSN 4493 3
Church Planting in Urban Contexts MISSN 5453 3
Missionary Anthropology MISSN 4373 3
Missions, Evangelism, Applied Ministry, or Islamic Studies Electives (choose two) Choice of electives 6
Church Planting Internship (replaces APLEV 4031 and 4041 in the Advanced MDiv) MISSN 5743 3

1The exact language hours will be determined based on the pre-requisites and language credits earned prior to entering the Advanced Master of Divinity degree.

2Students will be enrolled in these practicums automatically when registering for the parent course above them in the degree plan.

3Female students should substitute WOMST 4003 Women's Ministries in the Local Church.

4Female students take WOMST 4043 Expository Communication of Biblical Truth.

5Female students take a free elective in lieu of Advanced Expository Preaching.

Advanced M.Div. with International Church Planting Concentration

This degree follows the same basic format as above with variances in the courses specific to the concentration. Students interested in the Adv. M.Div. with a concentration in International Church Planting should contact the Registrar's Office for information, application, and approval. The office is located in Scarborough 106 and can be reached by phone at 817-923-1921 extension 2000.


Master's courses from an eligible institution may transfer into the Advanced M.Div. The courses must be comparable to the Southwestern courses for which transfer credit is requested and be completed with a “B” or better.

Additional Information

For additional information about the Advanced Master of Divinity, students should contact the Office of the Registrar at 817-923-1921 extension 2000 or in Scarborough 106.

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