Advanced Master of Divinity in the School of Theology

The Advanced Master of Divinity in the School of Theology is an accelerated professional degree program for students who have a baccalaureate or Master of Arts degree in religion or biblical studies.

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Admissions Requirements

The Advanced Master of Divinity in the School of Theology is an accelerated professional degree program for students who meet the following criteria:

  • Earned a baccalaureate or Master of Arts degree in religion or biblical studies.
  • Applicants must submit an academic paper of 12-15 pages in length written during undergraduate study as a research and writing sample.
  • Students applying to the Advanced Master of Divinity are required to pass Greek and Hebrew placement exams. These exams cover Southern’s Elementary Greek & Hebrew language courses & can be completed at a distance with a proctor. To make arrangements for these placement tests, contact the Office of Student Success, academicadvising@sbts.edu or call 502-897-4680 and let them know you are interested in completing language placement tests. The tests must be completed before applicants will be granted an admissions decision.
  • 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 12 hours in biblical studies, 12 hours in history & theology, and 12 hours in biblical, ministerial, theological, or related electives at the undergraduate level. Only courses in which a grade of “B” or higher was achieved will be recognized.
  • Students are also encouraged to have completed 3 hours each in ethics, philosophy, hermeneutics, preaching, elementary Hebrew, and elementary Greek.
    • If students do not have these credits, they may complete them as prerequisites while enrolled in the Adv. M.Div. program.
    • Only courses with a “B” or higher will be accepted for these requirements.

Program Requirements

Remedial/Pre-requisite Courses
31980 Written Communication (if required)1 (2)
Biblical and Theological Studies 36
20440 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis 3
22440 Greek Syntax and Exegesis 3
26100 History of the Baptists 3
26200 Southern Baptist Heritage and Mission 3
27800 Theology of the Old Testament 3
27820 Theology of the New Testament 3
Hebrew Exegesis Elective 3
Greek Exegesis Elective 3
Church History Elective 3
Systematic Theology Elective 3
Theology and Tradition Electives 6
Worldview and Culture 9
Philosophy Elective 3
Ethics Elective 3
Worldview and Culture Elective 3
Mission, Evangelism, and Ministry 22
32100 Personal Evangelism 3
32960 Introduction to Missiology 3
34300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling 3
40150 Personal Spiritual Disciplines 3
40301 Pastoral Ministry2 or 3
40800 Christian Leadership
44910 Applied Ministry: Theology 1
45260 Discipleship and Family Ministry 3
Preaching Elective3 3
Research and Elective Studies 6-7
40375 Advanced M.Div. Thesis Writing4 or 2
Free Elective 3
44560 Supervised Research Experience 3
81020 Graduate Research Seminar 2
Total Advanced M.Div. Requirements (Thesis Concentration) 73
Total Advanced M.Div. Requirements (Non-thesis Concentration) 74
Written Communication (if required) +2

1See Written Communication Requirement here.

2Pastoral Ministry (40301) is reserved for men. Women will substitute Christian Leadership (40080).

3If a student takes Christian Preaching (30000) because of an entrance deficiency, then that student must take Preaching Practicum (30020) to fulfill the preaching elective requirement. Christian Preaching (30000) is reserved for men. Women will substitute Christian Teaching (45400). Preaching Practicum (30020) is reserved for men. Women will substitute The Worshiping Church (40200).

4A two-track Adv. M.Div. option is offered: 1) Track One is a thesis track. The student will take Graduate Research Seminar (81020) in the term prior to Supervised Research Experience (44560) which must be taken prior to Thesis Writing (40375) which will be taken in the last semester of study. The student will write a 12,000 to 15,000 word thesis. 2) Track Two is a non-thesis track. The student will take a three-hour elective in place of the two-hour Thesis Writing Course.

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