Curriculum and Course Availability

The MATSIL program consists of 48 credit hours. At least half of these hours (24 hours) must be taken at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s main campus in Louisville, Kentucky. Up to 24 hours can be taken off campus through the internet, extension centers, or as intensives.

See the MATSIL degree program in the Billy Graham School or consult the SBTS catalog for the official requirements.

All students must take Cooperative Program and if necessary, Written Communication (see the Written Communication Requirements in the Academic section of the catalog).

You can also read the Course Descriptions.


Remedial/Pre-requisite Courses

31980 Written Communication (if required) (2) *

42490 Cooperative Program (0) *
This course can be completed in 6-8 hours of work

Scripture and Interpretation (9 hours)

20190 Survey of the Old Testament (3) * 1

22100 Biblical Hermeneutics (3) *

22190 Survey of the New Testament (3) * 2

Theology and Tradition (6 hours)

26200 Southern Baptist Heritage (3) *

27000 Survey of Systematic Theology (3) *, ** 3

Great Commission Ministries (9 hours)

30960 Intercultural Communication (3) * 4
OR
33000 Cultural Anthropology (3) 4

32100 Personal Evangelism (3) *

32960 Introduction to Missiology (3) *

Directed Electives (24 hours)

(Choose 24 hours from the following): 5

IMB/International Missions students must choose 24 hours from the following:

30960 Intercultural Communication (3) *

32750 History of Christian Missions (3)

32860 Biblical Basis of Christian Missions (3)

32980 World Religions and the Christian Faith (3) *

33000 Cultural Anthropology (3)

33010 Communication in Oral Cultures (3)

33020 Leadership in Intercultural Contexts (3)

33060 Field Seminar in Church Planting (3) * 6, 10

33100 Principles and Practice of Missions (3) ** 7

33150 Regional/Area Study in Missions (3)

33410 Language Learning for Missionaries (3) * 8, 10

33420 Cultural Acquisition for Missionaries (3) * 8, 10

33477 Studies/Topics in Missions (3) **

33600 Major Living World Religions (3) *

33820 Introduction to Church Planting (3) *

33830 Contextualized Church Planting (3) *

33840 Models of Church Planting (3)

33860 Strategic Planning for Church Starts (3) 9

35040 Leadership and Family Ministry (3) *

Students affiliated with the North American Mission Board must take the following 12 hours as part of their directed electives:

33060 Field Seminar in Church Planting (3) 6

33820 Introduction to Church Planting (3) *

33840 Church Planting Methodologies (3)

33860 Strategic Planning for Church Starts (3) 9

Total Requirements (48 hours)

(48 hours + 2 if Written Communication is required)

Special Note for students enrolled prior to Fall 2007: If you have matriculated into the MATSIL program as a 36-hour student, you do not need to worry about the 48-hour requirements. They do not apply to you. New catalog requirements are not imposed on students unless the student allows four years to elapse without taking any classes. Of course, if you desire to move to the new catalog’s 48-hour requirements, you will be allowed to do so. The 36-hour program requirements are available.


* Course can be taken online.

** Course can be taken as an intensive.

1 Students who wish to gain a more comprehensive knowledge of Old Testament may choose instead to complete 20200 Introduction to Old Testament I AND 20220 Introduction to Old Testament II (6 hours total).

2 Students who wish to gain a more comprehensive knowledge of New Testament may choose instead to complete 22200 Introduction to New Testament I AND 22220 Introduction to New Testament II (6 hours total).

3 Students who wish to gain a more comprehensive knowledge of Systematic Theology may choose instead to complete 27060 Survey of Systematic Theology I, 27070 Survey of Systematic Theology II, and 27080 Survey of Systematic Theology III (9 hours total).

4 Of these two courses, the one not applied to Great Commission Ministries may be taken as a Directed Elective.

5 Other courses allowed for meeting the Directed Electives requirements must be approved in advance by the Associate Dean of Christian Missions in the Billy Graham School.

6 As a component of this course, IMB students will complete Strategy Coordinator training. NAMB students must be involved in church planting work in North America.

7 This course is typically offered concurrently with FPO for IMB students.

8 These courses are exclusively for students starting the study of a new language or the acquisition of a new culture.

9 Students taking this course must be involved in or beginning their church planting work.

10 These courses will not qualify for the on-campus component of the degree because they are field based.