Master of Divinity


The Southwestern M.Div. prepares students for the broadest range of Christian ministries, especially in local churches. The degree includes training in biblical languages and competency areas of preaching, pastoral ministry, missions, evangelism, church planting, Christian education and academic ministries. In addition, the degree includes 12 hours of free electives so that students can pursue a variety of concentrations, and further elective options in the areas of ethics and philosophy. The degree is available in on-campus, online, and hybrid formats.


The student must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Biblical Greek I and II are required prerequisites from a Bible college or taken concurrently with other degree requirements.

Degree Requirements

Course Title Course Number Hours

Biblical Studies

Biblical Hermeneutics BIBST 3203 3
Old Testament I OLDTS 3313 3
Old Testament II OLDTS 3323 3
Biblical Hebrew I HEBRW 4313 3
Biblical Hebrew II HEBRW 4323 3
New Testament I NEWTS 3313 3
New Testament II NEWTS 3323 3
Biblical Greek I GREEK 3313 ***
Biblical Greek II GREEK 3323 ***
Syntax Elective HEBRW 5003 or GREEK 4313 3

Theological Studies

Church History I CHAHT 3103 3
Church History II CHAHT 3113 3
Baptist Heritage BPTST 3203 3
Systematic Theology I SYSTH 3053 3
Systematic Theology II SYSTH 3063 3
Systematic Theology III SYSTH 3073 3

Ethics and Philosophical Studies

Christian Ethics (three options): The Christian Home or Basic Christian Ethics or The Bible and Moral Issues ETHIC 4303, 4313 or 4323 3
Philosophy of Religion (three options): Philosophy of Religion or History of Philosophy for Theology or Christian Apologetics PHILO 4313, 4323, or 4373 3

Evangelism and Missions Studies

Contemporary Evangelism EVANG 3303 3
Introduction to Missiology MISSN 3363 3

Preaching and Pastoral Studies

Foundations for Christian Ministry or Ministry to Women1 PASMN 3313 or WOMST 40031 3
Introduction to Expository Preaching or Introduction to Expository Teaching1 PRCHG 3313 or WOMST 40431 3
Advanced Expository Preaching or Free Elective1 PRCHG 3323 or Free Elective1


Additional Requirements

Church and Family Ministries Elective Any Church and Family Ministries Course 3
Spiritual Formation I SPFTH 3101 1
Spiritual Formation II SPFTH 3111 1
Applied Ministry - Disciple Making APLMN 4011 1
Applied Ministry - Mentoring APLMN 4021 1

Free Electives/Concentration

Free Electives   12

Total Hours

Total Degree Hours   82
***   6
Total Degree Hours with Prerequisites   88

1Female students enrolled in the MDiv complete these courses instead of the courses required for male students.

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