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.
  • Maintained a 3.3 college grade point average.
  • Completed at least 6 hours at the introductory level in Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, Church History, and Systematic Theology (or 3 hours at the introductory level plus 3 hours at an advanced level in each of these subjects).
    • In each of the above subjects, students must not only have the minimum of 6 hours, but their course work must have covered the full scope of the discipline (i.e., course work that covers the whole Old Testament, the whole New Testament, Church History from the 1st to the 21st century and Introduction to Theology that covers Bibliology through Eschatology).
    • Only courses credited with a “B” or higher will be accepted for these requirements.
  • Submitted an acceptable 12-20 page research paper evidencing their research and writing ability in some area of biblical or theological studies.
  • Students should 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 27
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 73
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 words. 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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