Degree Overview

Master of Divinity

The School of Theology Master of Divinity prepares students for the broadest range of Christian ministries. Students receive training in the classical theological disciplines of 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. In addition, students may use elective hours to pursue concentrations in any school at Southwestern in accordance with their ministry goals and academic interests. The School of Theology M.Div is the master's degree best suited for the student preparing for a pastoral or preaching ministry, as well as those seeking to flourish as servant leaders of other ministries focused on precise teaching of the Bible. This degree is also offered fully online.

Advanced Master of Divinity

The Advanced Master of Divinity allows students to build upon undergraduate theological training by taking advanced courses in place of the introductory courses in the regular Master of Divinity curriculum.

Master of Arts (Theology)

The Master of Arts (Theology) offers advanced work in the classical theological disciplines: Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, and Ethics and Philosophical Studies.

Master of Theological Studies

The Master of Theological Studies provides basic theological education in Bible, History, Theology, Ethics, and Apologetics. This 36-hour degree can be completed entirely online.

Master of Theology

The Master of Theology allows students to gain a high level of competency in one major area of study after completion of the Master of Divinity. The Th.M enhances ministerial practice, preparation for doctoral studies, and further mastery of a specialized discipline.

Doctor of Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry develops reflective and expert practitioners in ministry who will grow not only in ministry comprehension and competence, but also in character and virtue. Because it is a doctoral degree program, the student is expected to pursue a high standard of expertise in ministry reflection and practice. Students will be challenged to think biblically and critically about the work of ministry and to articulate and demonstrate a thorough biblical and theological vision for ministry practice. Concentration areas of study include Biblical Counseling, Christian Formation and Discipleship, Christian Leadership, Christian Worship, Church Revitalization, Evangelism and Missions, Executive Leadership, Family Ministry, Great Commission Apologetics, Pastoral Theology, and Text-driven Preaching.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy prepares persons of exceptional ability and promise to serve as teachers in specialized areas of theology, pastors, chaplains, or denominational leaders in positions such as administrators, editors, and authors, in the United States or abroad.