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.

Students may complete a thesis, but a thesis is not required.

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 45-54 hours of prerequisites.

Course Title
Biblical Hermeneutics
Old Testament I, II, and III
New Testament I, II, and III
Greek or Hebrew (two years of one language)
Church History I and II
Systematic Theology Survey
Christian Ethics
Philosophy of Religion or Christian Apologetics

The prerequisites in Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, and Systematic Theology may be completed with two survey courses or with one survey course and an additional elective in the same discipline. In either case, 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 80-hour degree includes advanced courses in Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, Ethics and Philosophical Studies, as well as courses in Preaching and Pastoral Studies and Evangelism and Missions Studies. In addition, the degree includes 12 hours of free electives, 6 of which may be used to complete a thesis. Free elective hours may not be used for basic survey courses.

Greek electives assume two years of Greek as the prerequisite language.

Course Title Course Number Hours

Biblical Studies

Old Testament or New Testament Elective OLDTS or NEWTS Elective 6
Biblical Theology Elective BIBTH Elective 3
Biblical Hebrew I HEBRW 4313 3
Biblical Hebrew II HEBRW 4323 3
Hebrew Exegetical Method HEBRW 5003 3
Hebrew Exegesis Elective HEBRW Elective 3
Greek Exegesis Elective GREEK Elective 3

Theological Studies

Baptist Heritage BPTST 3203 3
Church History and Historical Theology Elective CHAHT Elective 3
Systematic Theology I SYSTH 3053 3
Systematic Theology Electives SYSTH Electives 6

Ethics and Philosophical Studies

The Christian Home ETHIC 4303 3
Christian Ethics Elective ETHIC Elective 3
Philosophy of Religion Elective PHILO Elective 3

Preaching and Pastoral Studies

Introduction to Expository Preaching1 PRCHG 3313 3
Advanced Expository Preaching2 PRCHG 3323 3
Preaching Practicum3 PRCHG 3000 0
Foundations of Christian Ministry I4 PASMN 3313 3
Christian Ministry Practicum3 PASMN 3000 0
Ministries of the Local Church CFMIN 3001 1

Evangelism and Missions Studies

Contemporary Evangelism5 EVANG 3303 3
Personal Evangelism Practicum3 EVANG 3000 0
Introduction to Missiology MISSN 3363 3
Missions Practicum3 MISSN 3100 0

Spiritual Formation

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

Applied Ministry

Applied Ministry - Disciple-making in the Local Church APLMN 4011 1
Applied Ministry - Mentoring APLMN 4021 1

Free Electives/Concentration

Free Electives6, 7   12
  Total 80

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

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

3Students will be enrolled in these practicums automatically when registering for the parent course above them in the degree plan.

4Female students take WOMST 4003 Women's Ministries in the Local Church.

5Female students may take WOMST 4053 Contemporary Evangelism for Women.

6Students seeking a concentration take specific courses in lieu of elective hours. Some concentrations require more than 12 hours. See concentrations for details.

7Students may take up to 6 hours of MODLG courses for elective credit.


Students may complete a thesis as part of the elective/concentration requirement for the degree. Students take the Graduate Research Seminar (2 hours), Thesis Research (1 hour), and Thesis Writing (3 hours) within their free electives.

The thesis should demonstrate the student’s ability to design a viable research project, pursue the research in relative independence, and write with clarity and force. An acceptable thesis should go beyond the description of data and include critical evaluation and interpretative judgment. The thesis addresses a topic for which the student has devoted a significant number of elective hours.


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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