Master of Divinity


The Master of Divinity degree in the School of Theologyaffords students the best foundation for the broadest range of Christian ministries. Students receive training in Old Testament, New Testament, church history and historical theology, systematic theology, ethics, and philosophy, as well as in practical areas such as spiritual formation, pastoral ministry, preaching, evangelism, and missions. Students may use elective hours to pursue concentrations in any school at Southwestern in accordance with their ministry goals and academic interests. The School of Theology M.Div best equips students preparing for pastoral or preaching ministry and provides the deepest foundation for those seeking to serve the church in its various ministries. Those who, in God's providence, are unable to move to the campus, have opportunity to take their degree fully online.


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 II 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 or Greek 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) ETHIC 4303, 4313, or 4323 3
Philosophy (three options) 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

Church Ministry: Theology and Practice PASMN 3313 or WOMST 40031 3
Introduction to Expository Preaching PRCHG 3313 or WOMST 40431 3
Advanced Expository Preaching PRCHG 3323 or WOMST 40731 3

Additional Requirements

Christian Leadership EDMIN 3043 3
Spiritual Formation SPFRM 3022 2
Applied Ministry - Disciple Making APLMN 4011 1
Applied Ministry - Mentoring APLMN 4021 1

Free Electives/Concentration

Free Electives2   12
Prerequisites   6

Total Degree Hours


1 Female students complete WOMST courses as listed in lieu of the required PRCHG/PASMN courses.

2 Students seeking a concentration take specific courses in lieu of elective hours. See Master of Divinity Concentrations for details.

Additional Information

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