Master of Divinity with Concentrations in Evangelism, Missions, or Islamic Studies


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. Fish School students may use elective hours to pursue a concentration listed below or they may simply use 12 of the 18 hours of free electives to complete Fish School electives in keeping 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 student must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. One year of elementary Greek is pre-requisite for the degree, but can be completed concurrently with other degree requirements.

Course Title
Course Number Hours

Biblical Studies

Biblical Hermeneutics BIBST 3203
Old Testament I OLDTS 3053
Old Testament II OLDTS 3063
Old Testament III OLDTS 3073 3
New Testament I NEWTS 3053
New Testament II NEWTS 3063
New Testament III NEWTS 3073 3
Biblical Greek I GREEK 3313
Biblical Greek II GREEK 3323
Translation and Interpretation GREEK 4313 3
Biblical Hebrew I HEBRW 4313
Biblical Hebrew II HEBRW 4323

Theological Studies

Church History I CHAHT 3103 3
Church History II CHAHT 3113 3
Baptist Heritage BPTST 3203 3
Systematic Theology I SYSTH 3053 3
Systematic Theology II SYSTH 3063 3
Systematic Theology III SYSTH 3073 3

Ethics and Philosophical Studies

Basic Christian Ethics or ETHIC 4313 or 3
The Bible & Moral Issues ETHIC 4323  
The Christian Home ETHIC 4303 3
Philosophy of Religion or PHILO 4313 or 3
Christian Apologetics or PHILO 4373 or  
History of Philosophy PHILO 4323  

Evangelism and Missions Studies

Contemporary Evangelism1 EVANG 3303 3
Personal Evangelism Practicum2 EVANG 3000 0
Introduction to Missiology MISSN 3363 3
Missions Practicum2 MISSN 3100 0

Preaching and Pastoral Studies

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

Additional Requirements

Spiritual Formation I SPFEV 3101 1
Spiritual Formation II SPFEV 3111 1
Applied Ministry I - Mentoring APLEV 4031 1
Applied Ministry II - Disciple-making in the Local Church APLEV 4041 1

School of Evangelism and Mission Concentrations

Concentration/Electives6   15
  Total 92

1Female Students may take WOMST 4053 Contemporary Evangelism for Women.

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.

6Students seeking a concentration take specific courses in lieu of elective hours.

Concentrations in Evangelism, Missions, and Islamic Studies

Students obtain concentrations by completing the following requirements to fulfill a portion of the "Concentration/Electives" section of the M.Div. Upon completion of a concentration, students will receive a certificate for their work.


Course Title Course Number Hours
Choose 5 Evangelism Electives EVANG Elective 3
  EVANG Elective 3
  EVANG Elective 3
  EVANG Elective 3
  EVANG Elective 3
  Total 15


Course Title Course Number Hours
Missionary Anthropology MISSN 4373 3
Introduction to Church Planting
(International or North American)
MISSN 4493
    or 4503
Globalization and Missions Strategies or MISSN 3373 3
     Church Planting in the Urban Context   or MISSN 5453  
Missions Elective MISSN Elective 3
Praxis or Practicum in Missions MISSN 5523
 or 5533
  Total 15

Islamic Studies

Course Title Course Number Hours
Any three Islamic Studies Electives ISLST 9
Islamic History, Culture, and Philosophy ISLST 4243 3
Praxis or Practicum in Islamic Studies ISLST 5483,
or equivalent
  Total 15

Additional Information

Students interested in more information regarding this program should contact the Office of the Registrar at 817-923-1921 extension 2000 or in Scarborough 104.

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