Degree Overview

Master of Divinity

The Southwestern Master of Divinity 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 Ministy, 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 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. 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 Arts (Archaeology and Biblical Studies)

The Master of Arts (Archaeology and Biblical Studies) offers advanced work in archaeological disciplines founded on the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean era: Archaeological Methods, Fieldwork, Archaeology, History and Backgrounds of Bible Lands, and Ancient Biblical and Cognate Languages.

Master of Arts (Christian Apologetics)

The Master of Arts (Christian Apologetics) offers advanced work in the discipline of Christian Apologetics. Christian Apologetics is, by its very nature, interdisciplinary. It involves any discipline that provides a defense for the Christian Faith, especially Biblical/Theological Studies, Philosophy, Science, History and Cultural Studies.

Master of Arts (Philosophy)

The Master of Arts (Philosophy) offers advanced work in the discipline of philosophy.

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 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.