Degree Overview

Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity is predicated on a Bachelor of Arts degree or its equivalent. The Southwestern M.Div. prepares students for the broadest range of Christian ministries. 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, the degree includes 12 hours of free electives which may be used to pursue a Fish School concentration or to complete a variety of Fish School electives not required elsewhere in the degree.Those completing a concentration receive both a diploma and a concentration certificate upon graduation.

Master of Divinity with a concentration in International Church Planting

The Master of Divinity with a concentration in International Church Planting provides a solid foundation of classical studies and a missions focus on church planting. This concentration equips students to start and develop churches abroad. This unique degree allows students to complete their course of study while serving off-campus. The church planting experience primarily occurs under the auspices of the International Mission Board through a 2 to 3 year appointment. The first-hand ministry experience acquired off-campus aids in fulfilling requirements for IMB missionary candidates.

Master of Arts (Islamic Studies)

The Master of Arts (Islamic Studies) seeks to prepare cross-cultural ministers who desire specialized preparation in the area of Islamic Studies. Degree candidates will obtain more effective skills for reaching and making Christian disciples of people with an Islamic background.

Master of Arts in Missiology

The Master of Arts in Missiology is a specialized degree plan which allows students to integrate their theological preparation with direct missionary service. Students are required to have completed two years of missions service prior to graduation. This experience can also be completed through three semesters of supervised field ministry and the completion of Great Commission Mentorship.

Master of Theology

The Master of Theology allows students to gain a high level of competency in one major area of study after completion of the Master of Divinity. The majors offered in the Roy Fish School of Evangelism and Missions are Evangelism, Missions, and Islamic Studies. The degree includes both a thesis or non-thesis track, and must be completed within three years.

Doctor of Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry is designed to enhance the understanding and practice of ministry in the areas of evangelism, missions, church planting leadership, and church revitalization for those currently engaged in positions of ministerial leadership in North American and International contexts.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy is a rigorous, focused course of study that prepares individuals of exceptional academic ability for careers in teaching, research, and writing and for various roles of leadership such as pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, or denominational leadership. Major areas of study within the Fish School include Evangelism, Missions, World Religions, and World Christian Studies.