The Master of Divinity is the foundational graduate degree program for ministry preparation offered by the Billy Graham School. The program of study is designed to give the student comprehensive knowledge in biblical and theological studies for the purpose of applying that knowledge in the practice of missions, evangelism and ministry. The following core curriculum applies to all Billy Graham School Master of Divinity concentrations (except Worship Leadership).

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate a growing, Christlike character and a sense of God’s calling to ministry.
  • Students will be able to understand the Christian worldview and have a global vision for fulfilling the Great Commission.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate significant knowledge of the Bible, interpret Scripture’s original meaning, and apply Scripture to contemporary situations.
  • Students will be able to integrate systematic and historical theology into a larger biblical framework.
  • Students will be able to display a biblical vision for ministry and lead with humble authority.
  • Students will be able to preach/teach Scripture clearly and passionately so as to engage the mind and move the heart.
  • Students will be able to describe the role of the local church in fulfilling the Great Commission.
BGS Master of Divinity Core
Remedial/Pre-requisite Courses
20400 Elementary Hebrew1 (3)
22400 Elementary Greek1 (3)
31980 Written Communication (if required)* (2)
Biblical and Theological Studies (45 hours)
20200 Introduction to the Old Testament I 3
20220 Introduction to the Old Testament II 3
20440 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis or 3
22440 Greek Syntax and Exegesis
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
28500 Worldview and Apologetics 3
29250 Survey of Christian Ethics 3
40150 Personal Spiritual Disciplines 3
Missions, Evangelism and Ministry (24 hours)
30000 Christian Preaching or 3
45400 Christian Teaching2
30020 Preaching Practicum or 3
40200 The Worshiping Church2
32100 Personal Evangelism 3
32960 Introduction to Missiology 3
32980 World Religions and Christian Mission 3
34300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling 3
40800 Christian Leadership or 3
40301 Pastoral Ministry2
45260 Discipleship and Family Ministry 3
BGS Applied Ministry: 44920 or 44930 (1 hour)
Free Electives [can be taken in either BGS/SOT] (18 hours)
Total Master of Divinity (88 hours)

*See Written Communication Requirement in Academic Section.
1Elementary Language courses may be counted as free elective courses for Billy Graham School students.
2Courses 30000, 30020, and 40301 are reserved for, but not required of, men.