the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

M.Div. – Concentration in Biblical and Theological Studies

The Biblical and Theological Studies concentration is designed to focus on the study of scripture and theology. Through this concentration, students engage in intensive biblical language study and explore theology, philosophy, and history in depth.

Students with this concentration will likely take Hebrew and Greek simultaneously in varying degrees of intensity. Since students in this concentration do not have room for the Old and New Testament Introduction classes within the required program of studies, they are strongly advised to attend the introductory lectures (i.e. of 20200, 20220, 22200, and 22220) to increase their general knowledge of the Scriptures. Permission of the instructor is required.

Exception to the M.Div. Core: 20200 Introduction to the Old Testament I, 20220 Introduction to the Old Testament II, 22200 Introduction to the New Testament I, and 22220 Introduction to the New Testament II are not required.

Vocational Objectives

  • Pastorate
  • Preaching
  • North American Missions
  • International Missions
  • Biblical and theological studies
  • Campus/college ministry
  • Evangelism
  • Doctoral studies
  • Teaching in University or Seminary
Master of Divinity with a Concentration in Biblical and Theological Studies
27800 Theology of the Old Testament 3
27820 Theology of the New Testament 3
Hebrew Exegesis elective 3
Hebrew Exegesis elective 3
Greek Exegesis elective 3
Greek Exegesis elective 3
OT Elective in Language Exegesis, Backgrounds, Textual Criticism 3
NT Elective in Language Exegesis, Backgrounds, Textual Criticism 3
26100 History of the Baptists 3
Restricted Electives (9 hours)
Restricted electives from Theology and Tradition, and Worldview and Culture Divisions, with 3 hours minimum required from each division 9
Biblical and Theological Studies 36
Theology M.Div. Core Hours1 52
Total Master of Divinity with a Concentration in Biblical and Theological Studies Requirements 88
• Elementary Hebrew (if required) +3
• Elementary Greek (if required) +3
• Written Communication (if required) +2

1M.Div. Core courses 20200, 20220, 22200, and 22220 are not required.

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