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 below.
Eighteen hours must be completed on The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary main campus in Louisville, KY. As much as possible, the mix of field-based, online, and on-campus courses should be carefully planned in consultation with an advisor from the Billy Graham School.
All students must take Cooperative Program and if necessary, Written Communication (see the Written Communication Requirements in the Academic section of the SBTS catalog).
Courses marked with an asterisk (*) can be taken online. Courses marked with a double-asterisk (**) can be taken as intensives at various locations (read footnotes for details).
31980 Written Communication (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 The Southern Baptist Heritage (3) **
27000 Survey of Systematic Theology (3) ** 3
Great Commission Ministries (9 hours)
30960 Intercultural Communication (3) 4
33000 Cultural Anthropology (3) 4
32100 Personal Evangelism (3) *
32960 Introduction to Missiology (3) *
Directed Electives (12 hours)
Chosen from the following: 8
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) 5, 9
33100 Principles and Practice of Missions (3) ** 6
33150 Regional/Area Study in Missions (3)
33410 Language Learning for Missionaries (3) 7, 9
33420 Cultural Acquisition for Missionaries (3) 7, 9
33477 Studies/Topics in Missions (3)
33600 Major Living World Religions *
33830 Cross-Cultural Church Planting (3) *
Total Requirements (36 hours)
(36 hours + 2 if Written Communication is required)
* Courses that can be taken online.
** Courses that can be taken as intensives.
1 Students who wish to gain a more comprehensive knowledge of Old Testament may choose 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 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 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 (30960 Intercultural Communication and 33000 Cultural Anthropology), the one not applied to Great Commission Ministries may be taken as a Directed Elective.
5 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.
6 This course is typically offered concurrently with FPO for IMB students who will meet weekly with a professor during the orientation period.
7 These courses are available only to students who are beginning the study of a new language or beginning the acquisition of a new culture.
8 Other courses allowed for meeting the Directed Electives requirements must be approved in advance by the Associate Dean of Christian Missions in th Billy Graham School.
9 These courses will not qualify for the on-campus component of the degree because they are field based.