Master of Divinity


The Southwestern M.Div. prepares students for the broadest range of Christian ministries, especially in local churches. 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 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 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.


The student must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. One year of elementary Greek is pre-requisite for the degree, but can be completed concurrently with other degree requirements.

Degree Requirements

Course Title Course Number Hours

Biblical Studies

Biblical Hermeneutics BIBST 3203 3
Old Testament I OLDTS 3053 3
Old Testament II OLDTS 3063 3
Old Testament III OLDTS 3073 3
New Testament I NEWTS 3053 3
New Testament II NEWTS 3063 3
New Testament III NEWTS 3073 3
Biblical Greek I (pre-requisite) GREEK 3313 (3)
Biblical Greek II (pre-requisite) GREEK 3323 (3)
Translation and Interpretation GREEK 4313 3
Biblical Hebrew I HEBRW 4313 3
Biblical Hebrew II HEBRW 4323 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

The Christian Home ETHIC 4303 3
Basic Christian Ethics  or ETHIC 4313 or 3
The Bible & Moral Issues ETHIC 4323  
Philosophy of Religion  or PHILO 4313 or 3
Christian Apologetics  or PHILO 4373 or  
History of Philosophy for Theology PHILO 4323  

Evangelism and Missions Studies

Contemporary Evangelism or

Contemporary Evangelism for Women1

EVANG 3303

WOMST 4053

Personal Evangelism Practicum2 EVANG 3000 0
Introduction to Missiology MISSN 3363 3
Missions Practicum2 MISSN 3100 0

Preaching and Pastoral Studies

Foundations for Christian Ministry I or PASMN 3313 or 3
Ministry to Women3 WOMST 4003  

Christian Ministry Practicum2

Introduction to Expository Preaching or

Text Driven Communication for Women

Advanced Expository Preaching or

Advanced Text Driven Communication for Women

Preaching Practicum2

PASMN 3000

PRCHG 3313 or

WOMST 4043

PRCHG 3323 or

WOMST 4073

PRCHG 3000







Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation I SPFTH 3101 1
Spiritual Formation II SPFTH 3111 1

Local Church Ministries

Track 1: Ministry Practice    
The Ministries of the Local Church CFMIN 3001 1
Applied Ministry - Disciple-making in the Local Church APLMN 4011 1
Applied Ministry - Mentoring in Ministry APLMN 4021 1
Track 2: Biblical Counseling    
Introduction to Biblical Counseling CNSLN 3203  3

Concentration and Free Electives6, 7

Concentration and Free Electives   15

1Female students may take WOMST 4053 Contemporary Evangelism for Women.

2Students will be enrolled in these practicums automatically when registering for the parent course above them in the degree plan.

3Female students take WOMST 4003 Women's Ministries in the Local Church.

4Students seeking a concentration take specific courses in lieu of elective hours. Some concentrations require more than 15 hours. See concentrations for details.

5Students may take up to 6 hours of MODLG courses for elective credit.

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