the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Master of Divinity

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 of today’s student for specialized preparation in specific forms of ministry is met through curricular options. The School of Theology offers the following concentrations: Christian ministry, Pastoral Studies, Biblical and Theological Studies, Biblical Counseling, and Worldview and Apologetics. Students with questions about which concentration to choose should seek advisement from the Academic Advisor of the School of Theology.

This Core is required for the Christian Ministry, Pastoral Studies, Biblical and Theological Studies, Biblical Counseling, and Worldview and Apologetics concentrations.

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.
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 (0)
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
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 (22 hours)
30000 Christian Preaching1 3
30020 Preaching Practicum2 3
32100 Personal Evangelism 3
32960 Introduction to Missiology 3
34300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling3 3
35040 Leadership and Family Ministry 3
40150 Personal Spiritual Disciplines 2
44910 Applied Ministry: Theology or  
44955 Applied Ministry: Women 2
Total Theology M.Div. Core Hours 64
• Elementary Hebrew (if required) +3
• Elementary Greek (if required) +3
• Written Communication (if required) +2

©See Written Communication Requirement in Academic Section.
1Christian Preaching (30000) is reserved for men. Women will substitute The Ministry of Teaching (45400).
2Preaching Practicum (30020) is reserved for men. Women will substitute courses 45450, 46515, or 48100.
3 34300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling is not required in the M.Div. with a Concentration in Worldview and Apologetics program.

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