Advanced Master of Divinity

The Advanced Master of Divinity allows students to build upon undergraduate theological training by taking elective 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
New Testament I, and II
Greek or Hebrew
9 hours in one language
Systematic Theology I, II, and III
Baptist Heritage

The prerequisite courses must cover the entire range of material presented 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 BIBST 3203 3
Biblical Hebrew I* HEBRW 4313 3
Biblical Hebrew II* HEBRW 4323 3
Hebrew Exegetical Method* HEBRW 5003 3
Hebrew or Greek Exegesis Elective HEBRW or GREEK Elective 3
*This 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 Elective SYSTH 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 Christian Apologetics PHILO 4313, 4323, or 4373 3

Preaching or Teaching

Introduction to Expository Preaching1 PRCHG 3313 3
Advanced Expository Preaching2 PRCHG 3323 3
Contemporary Evangelism EVANG 3303 3
Introduction to Missiology MISSN 3363 3

Ministry Studies

Foundations for Christian Ministry3 PASMN 3313 3
Church and Family Ministries Elective Any course from the Church of Family Ministries School 3
Applied Ministry - Disciple-making in the Local Church APLMN 4011 1
Applied Ministry - Mentoring APLMN 4021 1

Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation I SPFTH 3101 1
Spiritual Formation II SPFTH 3111 1

Free Electives/Concentration

Free Electives4, 5   12
  Total 73

1Female students take WOMST 4043 Expository Communication of Biblical Truth.

2Female students take a free elective in lieu of Advanced Expository Preaching.

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

4Students seeking a concentration take specific courses in lieu of elective hours. Some concentrations require more than 12 hours. See concentrations for details.

5Students may take up to 6 hours of MODLG courses for elective credit.


Masters courses from an eligible institution may transfer into the Advanced MDIV. 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

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