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 hours of prerequisites.

Course Title
Biblical Hermeneutics
Basic Old Testament I and II
Basic New Testament I and II
Greek or Hebrew (two years of one language)
Church History I and II
Systematic Theology I and II
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 79-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 and 6 hours of courses related to the 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 3
Biblical Theology Elective BIBTH Elective 3
Elementary Hebrew I HEBRW 4313 3
Elementary 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 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 Preaching PRCHG 3313 3
Advanced Expository Preaching PRCHG 3323 3
Preaching Practicum PRCHG 3000 0
Foundations of Christian Ministry I PASMN 3313 3
Christian Ministry Practicum PASMN 3000 0

Evangelism and Missions Studies

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

Free Electives   12


Graduate Research Seminar RSTCH 5552 2
Thesis Research   1
Advanced MDIV Thesis   3
  Total 79

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


Students may complete a thesis as part of the requirements for the degree. Students take the Graduate Research Seminar (2 hours), Thesis Research (1 hour), and Thesis Writing (3 hours).

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.

Non-Thesis Track

In the non-thesis track, the student will take 6 additional elective hours in the place of writing the thesis.


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. No more than half of the degree may be earned by transfer of credits and no more than half of a completed degree may be used towards a new degree.

Additional Information

For additional information about the Advanced Master of Divinity, contact Dr. Mark Taylor, Associate Dean for Masters Programs:

by mail at: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
P.O. Box 22696, Fort Worth, Texas 76122
by email at,
or by phone at (817) 923-1921 ext. 6960.

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