Master of Divinity

Purpose

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.

Degree Program Goals

Students who complete the Master of Divinity degree will:

  1. Have a solid foundation of knowledge in the classical biblical/theological disciplines for the effective practice of ministry, especially in local churches.
  2. Value and acquire ministry skills in the areas of evangelism, discipleship, missions, and pastoral ministry.
  3. Interpret accurately and communicate effectively the Word of God through preaching, teaching, and writing.
  4. Think and behave Christianly and practice both personal and corporate spiritual disciplines.

Prerequisite

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. Students who have not completed Greek prior to enrollment may complete Greek concurrently with other degree requirements. Hebrew may be substituted as the prerequisite language. For details on using Hebrew as a prerequisite, please contact the Registrar's Office.

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 I HEBRW 4323 3
New Testament I NEWTS 3313 3
New Testament II NEWTS 3323 3
Biblical Greek I (prerequisite) GREEK 3313 (3)
Biblical Greek II (prerequisite) GREEK 3323 (3)
Hebrew 5003 or Greek 4313 Syntax Elective 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) ETHIC 4303, 4313 or 4323 3
Philosophy of Religion (three options) PHILO 4313, 4323, or 4373 3

Evangelism and Missions Studies

Contemporary Evangelism EVANG 3303 3
Introductory to Missiology MISSN 3363 3

Preaching and Pastoral Studies

Foundations for Christian Ministry PASMN 3313 3
Introduction to Expository Preaching* PRCHG 3313 3
Advanced Expository Preaching* PRCHG 3323 3
*Women may substitute PRCHG 3313 with WOMST 4043 WOMST 4043  
*Women may substitute PRCHG 3323 with WOMST 4073 WOMST 4073  

Additional Requirements

Educational Ministries Elective   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
    82
Prerequisites   6
Total Degree Hours   88