the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Master of Divinity

The Billy Graham School offers the Master of Divinity in Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth in several distinct concentrations.

This core curriculum serves as the foundation for each of the concentrations: Great Commission Ministries , Applied Apologetics, Urban Missions, International Missions, Islamic StudiesItinerant Evangelism, North American Missions, Church PlantingInternational Church Planting (“2+ Program”), and Missions and Bible Translation.

The BGS also offers advanced programs: Advanced M.Div. and Advanced M.Div. Church Planting.

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.
Master of Divinity Core
Remedial/Pre-requisite Courses
20400 Elementary Hebrew (3)
22400 Elementary Greek (3)
31980 Written Communication (if required)* (2)
42490 Cooperative Program (2)
Scripture and Interpretation (21 hours)
20200 Introduction to the Old Testament I 3
20220 Introduction to the Old Testament II 3
20440 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis 3
22440 Greek Syntax and Exegesis 3
22100 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
22200 Introduction to the New Testament I 3
22220 Introduction to the New Testament II 3
Theology and Tradition (15 hours)
25100 Introduction to Church History I 3
25120 Introduction to Church History II 3
27060 Systematic Theology I 3
27070 Systematic Theology II 3
27080 Systematic Theology III 3
Worldview and Culture (6 hours)
28500 Introduction to Christian Philosophy 3
29250 Survey of Christian Ethics 3
Ministry and Proclamation (8 hours)
30000 Christian Preaching1 3
34300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling 3
40150 Personal Spiritual Disciplines 2
Missions, Evangelism and Ministry (36 hours)
30960 Intercultural Communication 3
33820 Introduction to Church Planting or 3
36550 Introduction to Church Revitalization2
32100 Personal Evangelism 3
32900 Cults and Minority Religions in America or 3
32980 World Religions and Christian Mission3
32960 Introduction to Missiology 3
35040 Leadership and Family Ministry 3
BGS M.Div. Concentration Courses/Free Electives 18
BGS Applied Ministry: 44930-44945 2
Total Hours: Master of Divinity (88)

*See Written Communication Requirement in Academic Section.
1Christian Preaching (30000) is reserved for men. Women will substitute Christian Teaching (45400).
2 Both 33820 and 36550 are required for the Concentrations in Church Planting, City-Reaching, and North American Missions.
3 Both 32900 and 32980 are required for the Concentration in Applied Apologetics. Students in the North American Missions Concentration must take 32900, while students in the International Missions and Islamic Studies Concentrations must take 32980.

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.