The Master of Divinity is the foundational graduate degree program for ministry preparation. The program of study is designed to give the student comprehensive knowledge in biblical and theological studies and to help the student develop the specific skills needed for effective ministry.

The need for specialized preparation in specific forms of ministry is met through the curricular options delineated below. The School of Theology offers the following concentrations: Christian Ministry, Pastoral Studies, Biblical and Theological Studies, Biblical Spirituality, and Worldview and Apologetics. Students with questions about which concentration to choose should seek advisement from the Academic Advising office of the Center for Student Success.

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 and/or teach Scripture clearly and passionately so as to engage the mind and move the heart.
Master of Divinity Core
Remedial/Pre-requisite Courses
20400 Elementary Hebrew (3)
22400 Elementary Greek (3)
31980 Written Communication (if required) (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
22100 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
22200 Introduction to the New Testament I 3
22220 Introduction to the New Testament II 3
22440 Greek Syntax and Exegesis 3
Theology and Tradition (15 hours)
25100 Introduction to Church History I 3
25120 Introduction to Church History II 3
26200 Southern Baptist Heritage and Mission 3
27060 Systematic Theology I 3
27070 Systematic Theology II 3
27080 Systematic Theology III 3
Worldview and Culture (6 hours)
28500 Worldview and Apologetics 3
29250 Survey of Christian Ethics 3
Ministry and Proclamation (22 hours)
30000 Christian Preaching1 3
30020 Preaching Practicum2 3
32100 Personal Evangelism 3
32960 Introduction to Missiology 3
34300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling 3
45260 Discipleship and Family Ministry 3
40150 Personal Spiritual Disciplines 3
40301 Pastoral Ministry3 3
44910 Applied Ministry: Theology or
44955 Applied Ministry: Women 1
Total Theology M.Div. Core Hours 64
• Elementary Hebrew (if required) +3
• Elementary Greek (if required) +3
• Written Communication (if required) +2

1Christian Preaching (30000) is reserved for men. Women will substitute Christian Teaching (45400).
2Preaching Practicum (30020) is reserved for men. Women will substitute The Worshiping Church (40200).
3Pastoral Ministry (40301) is reserved for men. Women will substitute Christian Leadership (40080).