The Advanced Master of Divinity in the Billy Graham School is an accelerated professional degree program for students who have a baccalaureate or a Master of Arts degree in religion or biblical studies, who have at least a 3.3 college grade point average, who have completed at least 6 hours at the introductory level in Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, Church History, and Systematic Theology (or 5 hours at the introductory level plus 3 hours at an advanced level in each of these subjects), and who have submitted an acceptable 12-20 page research paper. Students are also encouraged to have completed 3 hours each in ethics, philosophy, hermeneutics, preaching, elementary Hebrew, and elementary Greek.

This program has the flexibility to allow the Adv. M.Div. student to complete the final 18 hours of studies while under appointment either by the North American Mission Board or the International Mission Board. Students who are interested in this program must consult the Billy Graham School Director of Student Advising.

Vocational Objectives

  • Church planting
  • Pastorate
  • Biblical and theological studies
  • International missions
  • North American missions
  • Ethnic ministry
Advanced Master of Divinity Church Planting Consentration
Remedial/Pre-requisite Courses
20400 Elementary Hebrew (3)
22400 Elementary Greek (3)
31980 Written Communication (if required)u (2)
42490 Cooperative Program (0)
Scripture and Interpretation (12 hours)
20440 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis 3
22440 Greek Syntax and Exegesis 3
27800 Theology of the Old Testament 3
27820 Theology of the New Testament 3
Theology and Tradition (12 hours)
25140 Advanced Church History 3
26100 History of the Baptists 3
27050 Advanced Introduction to Christian Theology 3
Theology and Tradition elective 3
Worldview and Culture (6 hours)
28500 Introduction to Christian Philosophy1 3
29250 Survey of Christian Ethics1 3
Ministry and Proclamation (8 hours)
30000 Christian Preaching2 3
30020 Preaching Practicum or Preaching elective (30060-30620)3 3
40150 Personal Spiritual Disciplines 2
BGS Core Studies (21 hours)
30960 Intercultural Communication or
33000 Cultural Anthropology 3
32060 Building an Evangelistic Church 3
32100 Personal Evangelism 3
32960 Introduction to Missiology 3
33820 Introduction to Church Planting 3
World Religions elective (32900, 32977, 32980, or 33600) 3
Church and Society elective (36020-37700) 3
Research and Elective Studies (18 hours)5
33060 Field Seminar in Church Planting 3
33080 Field Seminar in Church Planting 3
33410 Language Learning for Missionaries or
a BGS elective 3
33420 Cultural Acquisition for Missionaries or
BGS elective 3
33830 Contextualized Church Planting or
33860 Church Multiplication Strategies 3
BGS elective 3
Total Advanced Master of Divinity with a
concentration in Church Planting Requirements
• Elementary Hebrew (if required) +3
• Elementary Greek (if required) +3
• Written Communication (if required) +2

uSee Written Communication Requirement in Academic Section.
1Students who completed introductory level courses in undergraduate work must take electives in these disciplines.
2Students who did not take a minimum of three hours of preaching in undergraduate work must take Christian Preaching (30000) and Preaching Practicum (30020). Students who did complete an introductory level preaching course in undergraduate work must take Preaching Practicum (30020) and a preaching elective (30060-30620). Christian Preaching (30000) is reserved for men. Women will substitute Christian Teaching (45400).
3Preaching Practicum (30020) and Preaching elective (30060-30620) are reserved for men. Women will substitute courses 45450, 46515, or 48100.
4Students who completed an introductory level evangelism and church growth course during undergraduate work must take either Advanced Studies in Evangelism and Church Growth (32040) or a BGS elective approved by the Dean.
5Students who did not complete a course in biblical hermeneutics during undergraduate work must take Biblical Hermeneutics (22100) as one of these electives.