Master of Divinity with No Concentration or 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 their 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.

Degree Program Goals

Students who complete the Master of Divinity degree will:

  1. Have a solid foundation of knowledge in the classical biblical/theological disciplines for the effective practice of ministry, especially in local churches.
  2. Value and acquire ministry skills in the areas of evangelism, discipleship, missions, and pastoral ministry.
  3. Interpret accurately and communicate effectively the Word of God through preaching, teaching, and writing.
  4. Think and behave Christianly and practice both personal and corporate spiritual disciplines.


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.

Students may select a concentration or fulfill this section with any combination of courses from the School of Evangelism and Missions

Course Title
Course Number Hours

Biblical Studies

Biblical Hermeneutics BIBST 3203
Old Testament I OLDTS 3313
Old Testament II OLDTS 3323
Biblical Hebrew I HEBRW 4313 3
Biblical Hebrew II HEBRW 4323 3
New Testament I NEWTS 3313
New Testament II NEWTS 3323
Biblical Greek I GREEK 3313
Biblical Greek II GREEK 3323
Syntax Elective HEBRW 5003 or GREEK 4313 3

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

Christian Ethics (three options): The Christian Home or Basic Christian 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 Christain Apologetics  PHILO 4313, 4323, or 4373 3

Evangelism and Missions Studies

Contemporary Evangelism EVANG 3303 3
Introduction to Missiology MISSN 3363 3

Preaching and Pastoral Studies

Foundations for Christian Ministry or Ministry to Women1 PASMN 3313 or WOMST 40031 3
Introduction to Expository Preaching or Introduction to Expository Teaching1  PRCHG 3313 or WOMST 40431 3
Advanced Expository Preaching or Free Elective1 PRCHG 3323 or Free Elective1 3

Additional Requirements

Educational Ministries Elective  Any Educational Ministries Course 3
Spiritual Formation I SPFEV 3101 1
Spiritual Formation II SPFEV 3111 1
Applied Ministry - Disciple Making APLEV 4011 1
Applied Ministry - Mentoring APLEV 4021 1

School of Evangelism and Missions Electives or Concentrations2

Concentration/Electives3   12

Total Hours

Total Degree Hours   82
***   6
Total Degree Hours with Prerequisites  Total 88

1Female Students enrolled in the MDiv complete these courses instead of the courses required for male students. 

2Students may select a concentration or fulfill this section with any combination of courses from the School of Evangelism and Missions. 

3Students 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 the Free Elective section of the M.Div. Upon completion of a concentration, students will receive a certificate for their work.


Course Title Course Number Hours
Free Evangelism Electives   12


Course Title Course Number Hours
World Religions MISSN 4333 3
Applied Anthropology for Biblical Church Planting MISSN 4653 3
Missions Electives MISSN Elective 6
  Total 12

Islamic Studies

Course Title Course Number Hours
Islamic Studies Electives ISLST 12

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 Fleming104.