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.

Course Title
Old Testament I and II 6
New Testament I and II 6
Greek or Hebrew  9 hours in one language
Systematic Theology I, II, and III 9
Baptist Heritage  3
Total 33

The prerequisite courses must cover the entire range of material covered in the SWBTS courses 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.

Degree Requirements

The 73-hour degree includes advanced courses in Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, Ethics and Philosophical Studies, as well as courses in Preaching and Ministry Studies and Evangelism and Missions Studies. In addition, the degree includes 12 hours of free electives. Free elective hours may not be used for basic survey courses.

Course Title Course Number Hours

Biblical Studies

Old Testament Elective OLDTS Elective 3
New Testament Elective  NEWTS Elective 3
Biblical Hermeneutics BIBTH 3203 3
Biblical Hebrew I1 HEBRW 4313 3
Biblical Hebrew II1 HEBRW 4323 3
Hebrew Exegetical Method1 HEBRW 5003 3
Hebrew or Greek Exegesis Elective HEBRW or GREEK Elective 3

1This presentation assumes the student completed 9 hours of Greek as prerequisites. If Hebrew was completed in the prerequisite category, the student takes GREEK 3313, 3323, and 4313 instead.


Theological Studies

Church History I CHAHT 3103 3
Church History II CHAHT 3113 3
Church History Elective  CHAHT 3
Systematic Theology Electives SYSTH  3

Ethics and Philosophical Studies

Christian Ethics (three options): The Christian Home or Basic Christians Ethics or the Bible and Moral Issues ETHIC 4303, 4313, or 4323 3
Philosophy of Religion (three options): Philosophy of Religion or History of Philosophy for Theology or Christian Apologetics PHILO 4313, 4323, or 4373 3

Preaching or Teaching

Introduction to Expository Preaching or Introduction to Expository Teaching2 PRCHG 3313 or WOMST 40432 3
Advanced Expository Preaching or Free Elective2 PRCHG 3323 or Free Elective  3
Contemporary Evangelism EVANG 3303 3
Introduction to Missiology MISSN 3363 3

Ministry Studies 

Foundations for Christian Ministry or Ministry to Women2 PASMN 3313 WOMST 40032 3
Church and Family Ministries Elective Any course from the Church and Family Ministries School 3
Applied Ministry - Disciple-making in the local church APLEV 4011 1
Applied Ministry - Mentoring APLEV 4021 1

Spiritual Formation

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

Free Electives/Concentration

Free Electives3,4
  Total 73

Female Students enrolled in MDiv complete these courses instead of the courses required for male students

3 Students seeking a concentration take specific courses in lieu of elective hours.

4 Students may take up to 6 hours of MOLDG courses for elective credit.



Evangelism Concentration

Evangelism Electives (choose any five Evangelism electives) EVANG 12

Islamic Studies Concentration

Islamic Studies Electives    12

Missions Concentration

World Religions  MISSN 4333 3
Fish Electives    9

North American Church Planting Concentration

Introduction to North American Church Planting MISSN 4493 3
Church Planting in Urban Contexts MISSN 5453 3
Fish Electives   




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 Fleming 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.