the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

The Master’s Program (MA, M.Div.)

Admission Prerequisites:

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A minimum college cumulative grade point average of 2.4 (on a 4.0 scale). Applicants with a college cumulative grade point average below 2.4 (on a 4.0 scale) may be accepted on academic probation on an individual basis.
  • A minimum of one year of church membership.

Application Requirements:

International Applicants:

  • International students must submit an official score report of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) if English is not their native language. Scores must meet or exceed a minimum of 83 (internet-based) or 220 (computer based) at be no more than 3 years old.

Advanced Master of Divinity requirement:

  • Applicants must submit an academic paper of 12-15 pages in length written during undergraduate study as a research and writing sample.

Additional Information:

  • MATS students must indicate in their spiritual autobiography that they understand this degree is for laypersons only and they do not plan on serving in a pastoral or staff position. The only exception is the MATS in Intercultural Leadership. Students applying for MATSIL are expected to be full time missionaries or candidates for appointment.
  • Advanced M.Div. applicants must have a minimum of a 3.3 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale. Additionally, students must have completed at least 6 hours in: Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, Church History, and Systematic Theology. Only courses in which a grade of “B” or higher was achieved will be recognized. Other classes students should have completed on the undergraduate level include 3 hours in each of the following: Ethics, Philosophy, Hermeneutics, Preaching, Hebrew, and Greek. Under certain exceptions, students may be admitted into the Advanced M.Div. if they can complete these prerequisites within their first semester of enrollment.
  • Worship Leadership and Church Music students will take placement exams during orientation week prior to their first semester of classes. These exams help the Music and Worship department determine the areas of musical strengths and weaknesses of each student. Some students will be required to take one or more pregraduate level music courses as they work on their graduate degrees. Study guides for these placement exams are available in the School of Church Ministries office (502-897-4115).
  • The Master of Church Music degree usually requires an undergraduate degree in music.
  • Additional items may be requested by the Admissions Office as needed.
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.