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.

Administration1

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

Course Title Course Number Hours
Mission and Service Ministries by the Church ADMIN 3353 3
The Church Administrator or Leadership in Recreation and Leisure Ministries ADMIN 4653 or RECMN 4273 3
Family and Church Financial Management or Financial Issues for Pastors and Churches ADMIN 3603 or ADMIN 3613 3
Overseeing Major Church Projects or Facilities for Recreation and Leisure Ministries ADMIN 3513 or RECMN 4263 3
  Total 12
1Requires concentration-specific field experience    

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
Exposition of Scripture and Counseling or Grief and Crisis Counseling CNSLN 3403 or CNSLN 4303 3
Marriage and Family Counseling CNSLN 4003 3
Biblical Analysis of Psychology and Psychoterapy or Biblical Understanding of Emotions and Addictions CNSLN 3103 or CNSLN 3503 3
Counseling Practicum I or Counseling Practicum II CNSLN 5003 or CNSLN 5103 3
  Total 12

Biblical Theology

Course Title Course Number Hours
Students select 12 elective hours from the subjects listed to the right. Six to nine hours should be Biblical theology classes (BIBTH), that is, Old Testament theology or New Testament theology classes. Three to six of those hours should be Hebrew or Greek classes or a mixture of the two. Hebrew Exegetical Method is strongly encouraged for students who want to take classes in OT theology. Greek Exegetical Method is strongly encouraged for students who want to take classes in NT theology. The Greek and Hebrew courses already required for the MDiv do not count toward this concentration. BIBTH, HEBRW, and GREEK  
  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 Ministry1

Course Title Course Number Hours
Ministry to Preschool Children and Their Families CHDED 4313 3
Parenting and Faith Formation of Children CHDED 4243 3
Ministry to Elementary Children and Their Families CHDED 4323 3
Principles of Administration for Weekday Early Childhood Ministries CHDED 4213 3
  Total 12
1Requires concentration-specific field experience    

Christian School Education1

Course Title Course Number Hours
Christian School Administration CSEDU 4753 3
Philosophy of Christian School Education CSEDU 4953 3
Christian School Curriculum CSEDU 4963 3
Methods and Instructional Strategies CSEDU 4973 3
  Total 12
1Requires concentration-specific field experience    

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 additional MUMIN Elective MUMIN 4xx2 2
 
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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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 Ministry1

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
Financial and Launching Collegiate Ministry COLMN 4513 3
The Collegiate Minister COLMN 4523 3
Developing Collegian Disciple-Makers COLMN 4533 3
  Total 12
1Requires concentration-specific field experience    
     

Ethics, Philosophy, and Apologetics

Course Title Course Number Hours
Students select 12 elective hours from any of the subjects listed to the right. Please note that the basic courses in these subjects already required for the MDiv may not be used to fulfill the concentration. ETHIC and PHILO  
  Total 12

Evangelism

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Family Ministry1

Course Title Course Number Hours
Parenting and Faith Formation of Children CHDED 4243 3
The Role of the Minister with Families FMMIN 4313 3
Marriage and Family COunseling CNSLN 4003 3
Family Focus in Student Ministry STMIN 4333 3
  Total 12
1Requires concentration-specific field experience    

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:   9
Introduction to Latin American Theology HSPST 3203  
Evangelism and Church Planting in the Hispanic Culture HSPST 3403  
Pastoral and Moral Leadership in the Hispanic Culture HSPST 3503  
Family Ministry and Counseling in the Hispanic Culture HSPST 3603  
Educational Ministries in the Hispanic Culture HSPST 3703  
The Ministry of Worship in the Hispanic Culture HSPST 3803  
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

Course Title Course Number Hours
Students select elective hours from the subjects listed to the right. Six hours must be Greek exegetical classes. Three hours must be a Hebrew exegetical class. BBHST and BIBTH courses should be relevant to New Testament study. The Hebrew and Greek courses already required for the MDiv do not count toward this concentration. BBHST, BIBTH, GREEK, HEBRW, and NEWTS.  
  Total 12

Old Testament

Course Title Course Number Hours
Students select elective hours from the subjects listed to the right. Six hours must be Hebrew exegetical classes. Three hours must be a Greek exegetical class. BBHST and BIBTH courses should be relevant to Old Testament study. The Hebrew and Greek courses already required for the MDiv do not count toward this concentration. BBHST, BIBTH, GREEK, and HEBRW.  
  Total 12

Pastoral Ministry

Course Title Course Number Hours
Students select 12 elective hours from any of the subjects listed to the right. Please note that the basic courses in these subjects already required for the MDiv may not be used to fulfill the concentration. PASMN and STWLD  
  Total 12

Preaching

Course Title Course Number Hours
Students select 12 elective hours from any of the subjects listed to the right. Please note that the basic courses in these subjects already required for the MDiv may not be used to fulfill the concentration. PRCHG  
  Total 12

 Recreation Ministries1

Course Title Course Number Hours
Facilities for Recreation ministries or Overseeing Major Church Projects RECMN 4263 or ADMIN 3513 3
Leadership in Recreation Ministires or the Church Administrator RECMN 4273 or ADMIN 4653 3
Ministry Through the Outdoors RECMN 4323 3
Recreation Ministry Formats or Missions and Service Ministries by the Church RECMN 4253 or ADMIN 3353 3
  Total 12
1Requires concentration-specific field experience    

Student Ministry1

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
Leading Student Ministry STMIN 4423 3
Great Commission Student Ministry STMIN 4463 3
Disciple Making in Student Ministry STMIN 4433 3
Family Focus in Student Ministry STMIN 4413 3
  Total 12
1Requires concentration-specific field experience    

Teaching1

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
History of Education FOUND 3323 3
Biblical Principles of Instruction FOUND 4303 3
Core Concepts of Biblical Education FOUND 4313 3
Curriculum Design for Christian Education FOUND 4353 3
  Total 12
1Requires concentration-specific field experience    

Theological Studies

Course Title Course Number Hours
Students select 9 elective hours from any of the subjects listed to the right. Please note that the basic courses in these subjects already required for the MDiv may not be used to fulfill the concentration. BIBTH, BPTST, CHAHT, SYSTH, WOMST, OLDTS 4803, and NEWTS 5543 9
Students complete one Hebrew or Greek exegetical class. Please note that the basic courses in these subjects already required for the MDiv may not be used to fulfill the concentration. GREEK or HEBRW 3
  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
Choose at least nine hours from the following:   9

Biblical Counseling for Women                         

Engaging Women in Ministry

WOMIN 4123

WOMIN 3413

 

 

Leadership in Women's Ministry WOMIN 3513  
Girls' Ministry WOMIN 3613  
Women and Discipleship WOMIN 3713  
Women's Issues WOMIN 4373  
Women's Evangelism & Discipleship Practicum WOMIN 5303  
Directed Study WOMIN 5353  
  Total 15
 

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

Biblical Counseling for Women

WOMST Electives

WOMIN 4123

6

3

  Total 18

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
Worship Elective MUMIN 4xx2 2
Philosophy Elective MUMIN 4xx2 2
Congregational Song Elective MUMIN 4xx2 2
Choose one additional MUMIN Elective MUMIN 4xx2 2
Choose ONE of the following practicum courses:   1
Contemporary Worship Leadership and Resources MUMIN 4511  
Financial Management and Administration in Ministry MUMIN 4601  
  Total 15

 

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