Master of Divinity - Concentrations

Students may obtain a concentration by using free elective hours to complete the requirements described below. Upon completion of a concentration, students will receive a certificate of their work.

Administration

Prepares the minister to carry out the leadership and administrative responsibilities of the local church or denominational organization.

Course Title Course Number Hours
Administration and Church Law ADMIN 3313 3
Church Business and Staff Administration ADMIN 4653 3
Christian Education and Church Missions ADMIN 3503 3
Family and Church Financial Management STWLD 3603 3
Administration Field Experience ADMIN 5902 2
  Total 14

Biblical Archaeology

Prepares the minister to augment his ministry with a solid foundation in biblical background study and application of the many discoveries being made in the field of archaeology. In addition, it also provides a foundation for further studies in ancient history, archaeology, and biblical backgrounds. Please contact the director of the Archaeology Program for further information.

Course Title Course Number Hours
Archaeology of Ancient Israel ARCHE 3103 3
Archaeology of the New Testament World ARCHE 3203 3
Archaeological Field Excavation Methods ARCHE 4203 3
Archaeological Method and Theory ARCHE 5103 3
Archaeology and Archaeological Method Elective or ARCHE Elective or 3
     Biblical Backgrounds and History Elective or BBHST Elective or  
     Ancient Near East Languages Elective ANELG Elective  
  Total 15

Biblical Counseling

Course Title
Course Number
Hours
Principles of Biblical Counseling CNSLN 3203 3
Pre-Marital and Marital Counseling CNSLN 4003 3
Parenting and Family Counseling CNSLN 4103 3
Any Other Counseling Course CNSLN XXXX 3
  Total 12

Biblical Languages

Please note that GREEK 3313-3323 Biblical Greek and HEBRW 4313-4323 Biblical Hebrew are prerequisites for the courses required in this concentration.

Course Title Course Number Hours
Hebrew Exegetical Method HEBRW 5003 3
Translation and Interpretation GREEK 4313 3
Exegetical Method GREEK 4323 3
  Total 9

Biblical Theology

Course Title Course Number Hours
Old Testament Theology or OLDTS 4803 or 3
     New Testament Theology NEWTS 5543  
Biblical Theology Electives BIBTH Electives 6
Hebrew Elective or HEBRW Elective or 3
     Greek Elective or GREEK Elective or  
     Old Testament Elective or OLDTS Elective or  
     New Testament Elective NEWTS Elective  
  Total 12

Chaplaincy

Course Title Course Number Hours
The Chaplain Ministry PASMN 4453 3
Biblical Counseling PASMN 4323 3
Choose one of the following PASMN electives:   3
Conflict Ministry in the Church or PASMN 4343 or  
     Corporate Chaplaincy or PASMN 4463 or  
     Premarital and Marriage Counseling PASMN 4533  
Choose one of the following PASMN electives:   6
Practicum in Ministry or PASMN 4406 or  
     Clinical Pastoral Care PASMN 5486  
  Total 15

Children's Ministry

Course Title Course Number Hours
Administration of Early Childhood Programs CHDED 4213 3
Parenting and Faith Development CHDED 4243 3
Teaching Ministry in Early Childhood CHDED 4313 3
Teaching Ministry in Middle/Later Childhood CHDED 4323 3
Children's Ministry Field Experience CHDED 5902 2
  Total 14

Christian Apologetics

Course Title Course Number Hours
Critical Thinking PHILO 5373 3
Choose one of the following PHILO electives:   3
God and Evil or PHILO 4383 or  
     Christian Faith and Science or PHILO 4483 or  
     Apologetics in the Early Church PHILO 5333  
Philosophy of Religion Elective PHILO Elective 3
Christian Ethics Elective or Philosophy of Religion Elective ETHIC or PHILO Elective 3
  Total 12

The student must complete PHILO 4373 Christian Apologetics as part of the regular M.Div. requirements.
ETHIC 4303 The Christian Home does not fulfill requirements for the concentration.

Christian Ethics

Course Title Course Number Hours
Choose one of the following:   3
Ethical Theory or ETHIC 4383 or  
The Bible and Moral Issues or ETHIC 4323 or  
Development of Christian Character and Decision Making ETHIC 4333  
Choose one of the following:   3
Christian Marriage and Family Ministries or ETHIC 4343 or  
     Christianity and Human Sexuality or ETHIC 4353 or  
     Ethics and Public Policy or ETHIC 4373 or  
     Selected Issues of Life and Death or ETHIC 5323 or  
     Ministerial Ethics ETHIC 5333  
Christian Ethics Electives or Philosophy of Religion Electives ETHIC or PHILO Electives 6
  Total 12

ETHIC 4303 The Christian Home does not fulfill requirements for the concentration. ETHIC 4313 Basic Christian Ethics must be completed as the MDIV ethics requirement.

Church History and Historical Theology

Course Title Course Number Hours
The Development of Doctrine CHAHT 4703 3
Church History and Baptist Studies Electives CHAHT or BPTST Electives 9
  Total 12

Church Music

Prerequisite

A bachelor's degree with a major in music from an accredited college or university and completion of all entrance requirements for the Master of Music in Church Music degree. Students must take all auditions and placement examinations given in the School of Church Music and all leveling courses that may be required on the basis of test/audition results. Students without a bachelor's degree in music may qualify themselves for this program by pursuing a course of study in the School of Church Music which will provide them with a background in music equivalent to bachelor's-level study.

Course Title Course Number Hours
Music School Orientation ORIEN 4000 0
Worship MUMIN 3362 2
Congregational Song MUMIN 4222 2
Philosophy in Music Ministry MUMIN 4312 2
Church Music Education I MUMIN 4342 2
Children's Choir Lab (co-requisite for Church Music Education I) MUMIN 4340 0
Worship Elective MUMIN 4xx2 2
Philosophy Elective MUMIN 4xx2 2
Congregational Song Elective MUMIN 4xx2 2
Choose one of the following MUMIN electives:   2
Music in Missions or MUMIN 3372 or  
     Church Music Education II or MUMIN 4352 or  
     Global and Multicultural Influences on Worship MUMIN 4562  
 
Applied Music
Piano Proficiency PIACL 4870 0
Voice Proficiency VOICL 4970 0
Applied Study (Two Semesters) VOIPR 4951/4961
JAZPR 4951/4961
ORGPR 4951/4961
ORINS 4951/4961 or
PIAPR 4951/4961
2
 
Conducting
Advanced Conducting and Choral Procedures CONDG 4602 2
 
Performance Activities
Southwestern Master Chorale (two semesters) ENSEM 3018 1
Performance Lab (two semesters) PFMLB 3010 0
 
Supervised Music Ministry and Practica    
Supervised Music Ministry MUMIN 3351 1
Practica Electives (two courses) MUMIN 3xx1 or 4xx1 2
Comprehensive Examinations    
Written Examinations Only MUMST 4960 0
  Total 24

Students who have not completed an undergraduate course in voice pedagogy must take VOICL 4902 Voice Pedagogy as a leveling course.

Church Planting

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Church Recreation

Course Title Course Number Hours
Philosophical Foundations of Church Recreation CHREC 4243 3
Church Recreation Administration CHREC 4253 3
Church Recreation Facilities CHREC 4263 3
Choose one of the following CHREC electives:   3
     Social Recreation or CHREC 4223 or  
     Camp Administration or CHREC 4233 or  
     Sports and Games or CHREC 4273 or  
     Health/Fitness or CHREC 4283 or  
     Church Recreation Ministry or CHREC 4303 or  
     Ministry through the Outdoors or CHREC 4323 or  
     Supervised Internship or CHREC 5326 or  
     Directed Study CHREC 5353 or 5363  
Church Recreation Field Experience CHREC 5902 2
  Total 14

Collegiate Apologetics

Course Title Course Number Hours
Understanding and Reaching Collegians COLMN 4503 3
Financing and Launching Collegiate Ministry COLMN 4513 3
The Collegiate Minister COLMN 4523 3
Developing Collegian Disciple-Makers COLMN 4533 3
Collegiate Ministry Field Experience COLMN 5902 2
God and Evil PHILO 4383 3
Postmodernism PHILO 5353 3
Choose one of the following PHILO electives:   3
Christian Faith and Science or PHILO 4483 or  
     Intelligent Design PHILO 5483  
Choose one of the following MISSN or EVANG electives:   3
World Religions: A Missionary Approach or MISSN 4333 or  
     Evangelizing Adherents of Cults and the Occult EVANG 5313  
The courses in the concentration replace the following M.Div. requirements:
Foundations for Christian Ministry PASMN 3313 -3
The Ministry of Education EDMIN 3003 -3
Applied Ministry: Disciple-Making APLMN 4011 -1
Applied Ministry: Mentoring APLMN 4021 -1
  Total 18

The student must complete PHILO 4373 Christian Apologetics as part of the regular M.Div. requirements.

Collegiate Ministry

Prepares individuals who will serve in collegiate ministries in the local church or on the university campus.

Course Title Course Number Hours
Understanding and Reaching Collegians COLMN 4503 3
Financing and Launching Collegiate Ministry COLMN 4513 3
The Collegiate Minister COLMN 4523 3
Developing Collegian Disciple-Makers COLMN 4533 3
Campus Ministry Internship COLMN 4393 3
Collegiate Ministry Field Experience COLMN 5902 2
  Total 17

Evangelism

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Family Ministry

Course Title Course Number Hours
Parenting & Faith Development CHDED 4243 3
Pre-Marital and Marriage Counseling CNSLN 4003 3
Ministry with Families of Teenagers STMIN 4333 3
Choose ONE of the following:   3
          Parenting and Family Counseling CNSLN 4103  
          Equipping Men for Leadership ADUED 4253  
          Adult Discipleship Strategies ADUED 4383  
          The Christian Woman's Home HMKNG 3203  
          Women’s Issues WOMIN 4373  
  Total 12

Hispanic Studies

Prepares students who are interested in ministry among Hispanics. Courses are taught bilingually (English-Spanish) and written assignments may be completed in either language.

Course Title Course Number Hours
Introduction to Hispanic Studies HSPST 3103 3
Choose three of the following HSPST electives:   9
Introduction to Latin American Theology or HSPST 3203 or  
     Evangelism and Church Planting in the Hispanic Culture or HSPST 3403 or  
     Pastoral and Moral Leadership in the Hispanic Culture or HSPST 3503 or  
     Family Ministry and Counseling in the Hispanic Culture or HSPST 3603 or  
     Educational Ministries in the Hispanic Culture or HSPST 3703 or  
     The Ministry of Worship in the Hispanic Culture or HSPST 3803 or  
     Church Administration and Service in the Hispanic Context HSPST 3903  
  Total 12

Islamic Studies

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Missions

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New Testament Exegesis and Exposition

Course Title Course Number Hours
Biblical Backgrounds and History Elective appropriate to New Testament BBHST Elective 3
Greek Electives GREEK Electives 6
Greek Elective or GREEK Elective or 3
     New Testament Elective or NEWTS Elective or  
     Preaching Elective appropriate to New Testament or PRCHG Elective or  
     Biblical Theology Elective appropriate to New Testament BIBTH Elective  
  Total 12

Old Testament Exegesis and Exposition

Course Title Course Number Hours
Biblical Backgrounds and History Elective appropriate to Old Testament BBHST Elective 3
Hebrew Electives HEBRW Electives 6
Hebrew Elective or HEBRW Elective 3
     Old Testament Elective or OLDTS Elective or  
     Preaching Elective appropriate to Old Testament or PRCHG Elective or  
     Biblical Theology Elective appropriate to Old Testament BIBTH Elective  
  Total 12

Pastoral Counseling

This concentration is offered by the division of Preaching and Pastoral Studies in the School of Theology. The program of studies will not lead to licensure.

Course Title Course Number Hours
Biblical Counseling PASMN 4323 3
Counseling Unbelievers PASMN 4523 3
Premarital and Marriage Counseling PASMN 4533 3
Family Counseling PASMN 4543 3
Pastoral Counseling Elective PASMN Elective 3
  Total 15

Pastoral Leadership

Course Title Course Number Hours
Foundations for Christian Ministry PASMN 3313 3
Leadership for Christian Ministry PASMN 3503 3
Pastoral Ministry Electives PASMN Electives 9
  Total 15

 Up to 6 hours towards the Pastoral Ministry Electives may be taken from the following:

Professional Ethics for Ministers (PASMN 5423), Raising Ministry Funds and Resources (STWLD 3403).

Up to 3 hours Applied Ministry elective courses.

Up to 3 hours of the following Biblical Counseling courses:  Principles of Biblical Counseling (CNSLN 3203), Pre-Marital and Marital Counseling (CNSLN 4003), or Parenting and Family Counseling (CNSLN 4103).

Up to 3 hours of the following Administration courses:  Administrative Leadership for Ministry (ADMIN 3313), The Healthy Church (ADMIN 3353), Equipping Believers to Serve (ADMIN 3403), or Church Staff Leadership (ADMIN 4303). 

Philosophy of Religion

Course Title Course Number Hours
Critical Thinking PHILO 5373 3
Makers of the American Mind or PHILO 4453 or 3
     Apologetics in the Early Church or PHILO 5333 or  
     Makers of the Western Mind or PHILO 5343 or  
     Postmodernism PHILO 5353  
Philosophy of Religion Elective PHILO Elective 3
Philosophy of Religion or Christian Ethics Elective PHILO or ETHIC Elective 3
  Total 12

The student must complete PHILO 4313 Philosophy of Religion as part of the regular M.Div. requirements.
ETHIC 4303 The Christian Home does not fulfill requirements for the concentration.

Preaching

Course Title Course Number Hours
Advanced Expository Preaching PRCHG 3323 3
Preaching Electives PRCHG Electives 9
  Total 12

Steward Leadership

Course Title Course Number Hours
Choose four of the following STWLD electives:   12
Steward Leadership Across the Old Testament or STWLD 3103 or  
     Steward Leadership Across the New Testament or STWLD 3203 or  
     History and Traditions of Biblical Steward Leadership or STWLD 3303 or  
     Raising Ministry Funds and Resources or STWLD 3403 or  
     Family and Church Financial Management or STWLD 3603 or  
     Financial Issues for Ministers and Churches STWLD 3613  
Stewardship Field Experience STWLD 5902 2
  Total 14

Student Ministry

Prepares individuals for a ministry to youth and adolescents in the local church or in a setting in which Biblical principles will be used to develop these individuals into mature Christian adults.

Course Title Course Number Hours
Understanding Teenagers and Their Life Issues STMIN 4313 3
Student Ministry Essentials STMIN 4323 3
Student Ministry Strategies STMIN 4343 3
Choose one of the following STMIN electives:   3
Ministry with Families of Teenagers or STMIN 4333 or  
     The Role of Students in Revivals and Awakenings or STMIN 4363  
Student Ministry Field Experience STMIN 5902 2
  Total 14

Teaching

Provides a systematic study of fundamental principles of teaching and learning, anchored in Scripture, centered in Christ, and illustrated by appropriate foundations in psychology and philosophy.

Course Title Course Number Hours
Principles of Teaching FOUND 4303 3
Bible Book Study Elective NEWTS 4013-4273 3
History of Biblical Education FOUND 4313 3
Curriculum Design for Christian Ministry FOUND 4353 3
  Total 12

Theology

Course Title Course Number Hours
Choose one Theological Prolegomena course from the following:   3
Theological Method or SYSTH 3103 or  
     The Development of Doctrine or SYSTH 3113 or  
     Theological Interpretation SYSTH 3203  
Systematic Theology Electives SYSTH Electives 9
  Total 12

Women's Ministry

Course Title Course Number Hours
Required Concentration Courses
Biblical Theology of Womanhood I WOMST 3113 3
Biblical Theology of Womanhood II WOMST 3213 3
  Total 6
 
Choose at least nine hours from the following:
Engaging Women in Ministry WOMIN 3413 3
Leadership in Women's Ministry WOMIN 3513 3
Girls' Ministry WOMIN 3613 3
Women and Discipleship WOMIN 3713 3
Women's Issues WOMIN 4373 3
Women's Evangelism & Discipleship Practicum WOMIN 5303 3
Directed Study WOMIN 5353 3
  Total 9
 

Electives

Additional Women's Studies Electives or Free Electives   6
  Total Elective Hours 6
  Total Degree Hours 91

The student must complete WOMST 4003 in place of PASMN 3313. WOMIN 3313 (WOMST 4053) Women and Evangelism can be substituted for EVANG 3303 Contemporary Evangelism.  Students will take EVANG 3000 Personal Evangelism Practicum in conjunction with the Women and Evangelism course.

Women's Studies

Course Title Course Number Hours
Introduction to Women's Studies WOMST 3003 3
Biblical Theology of Womanhood I WOMST 3113 3
Biblical Theology of Womanhood II WOMST 3213 3
Women's Studies Electives WOMST Electives 6
  Total 15

Students taking WOMST 4003 in place of PASMN 3313 and/or WOMST 4043 in place of PRCHG 3313 may not consider WOMST 4003 and/or WOMST 4043 as part of the requirements for the concentration.

Worship

Course Title Course Number Hours
Worship MUMIN 3362 2
Congregational Song MUMIN 4222 2
Philosophy in Music Ministry MUMIN 4312 2
Choose THREE of the following courses:   6
Comparative Liturgies MUMIN 4262  
Hebrew and Early Christian Worship MUMIN 4442  
Reformation and Postmodernism in Worship MUMIN 4452  
Dynamics of Corporate Worship in the 21st Century MUMIN 4572  
Choose ONE of the following courses:   2
Global and Multicultural Influences on Worship MUMIN 4562  
Influence of Popular Styles on Music for Worship MUMIN 4622  
Contemporary Christian Song MUMIN 4632  
Choose ONE of the following courses:   1
Practicum: Worship Design and Leadership MUMIN 4511  
Practicum: Media and Staging (Lights, Video, Sound) MUMIN 4581  
Practicum: Worship Arts MUMIN 4591  
  Total 15

 

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