Master of Divinity

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

This program of study is designed to give students comprehensive knowledge in biblical and theological studies and to help them develop the specific skills needed for effective ministry through specialized curricular options.

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Total Credit Hours

All students take many classes from the same core curriculum.


Concentration Hours

Concentrations offer students specific preparation for ministry.



Most students can complete their Diploma or M.Div. in 3-3 ½ years.


Cost Per Credit Hour

Members of SBC churches receive this discounted tuition rate.



Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate a growing, Christ-like character and a sense of God’s calling to ministry.
  • Understand the Christian worldview and have a global vision for fulfilling the Great Commission.
  • Demonstrate significant knowledge of the Bible, interpret Scripture’s original meaning, and apply Scripture to contemporary situations.
  • Integrate systematic and historical theology into a larger biblical framework.
  • Display a biblical vision for ministry and lead with humble authority.
  • Preach/teach Scripture clearly and passionately so as to engage the mind and move the heart.

Core Curriculum

This core curriculum is required in all Master of Divinity concentrations, although some concentrations may replace core courses with advanced elective courses.

Remedial/Pre-requisite Courses (8)
20400 Elementary Hebrew1 (3)
22400 Elementary Greek1 (3)
31980 Written Communication (if required)2 (2)
Biblical and Theological Studies 42
20200 Introduction to the Old Testament I 3
20220 Introduction to the Old Testament II 3
20440 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis3 or 3
22440 Greek Syntax and Exegesis3
22100 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
22200 Introduction to the New Testament I 3
22220 Introduction to the New Testament II 3
25100 Introduction to Church History I 3
25120 Introduction to Church History II 3
26200 Southern Baptist Heritage and Mission 3
27060 Systematic Theology I 3
27070 Systematic Theology II 3
27080 Systematic Theology III 3
29250 Survey of Christian Ethics 3
40150 Personal Spiritual Disciplines 3
Missions, Evangelism and Ministry 27
28700 Christian Apologetics 3
30000 Christian Preaching or 3
45400 Christian Teaching4
30020 Preaching Practicum or 3
40200 The Worshiping Church4
32100 Personal Evangelism 3
32960 Introduction to Missiology 3
32980 World Religions and Christian Mission5 3
34300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling 3
40080 Christian Leadership or 3
40301 Pastoral Ministry4
45260 Discipleship and Family Ministry 3
Applied Ministry 1
44910 Applied Ministry: School of Theology or 1
44920 Applied Ministry: Billy Graham School or
44930 Applied Ministry: Mission Trips/Partnership
Free Electives or Concentration Courses 18
Total Master of Divinity Requirements 88

1Elementary Language courses may be counted as free electives for students in the Billy Graham School, but may not be counted toward the required 88 hours for students in the School of Theology.

2See Written Communication Requirement here.

3Students in the Billy Graham School are required to take either 20440 or 22440. Students in the School of Theology are required to take both 20440 and 22440.

4Courses 30000, 30020, and 40301 are reserved for, but not required of, men.

5Course 32980 is not required for students in the School of Theology.


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