the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

M.Div. – Concentration in Pastoral Studies

The Pastoral Studies concentration is primarily designed to prepare men who are called to serve in the office of pastor in local congregations. A balance of biblical, theological, and ministry courses makes this a broad program of pastoral training, allowing for exposure to a range of knowledge and skills needed for effective ministry in the local church.

Vocational Objectives

  • Pastorate
  • Preaching
  • North American missions
  • International missions
  • Biblical and theological studies
  • Campus/college ministry
  • Evangelism
Master of Divinity with a Concentration in Pastoral Studies
26100 History of the Baptists 3
36450 Ministry/Evangelism or  
36500 Church Action in the Community or  
36550 A Church for the 21st Century 3
40301 Pastoral Ministry1 3
Restricted Electives (6 hours)
Scripture and Interpretation Elective 3
Theology and Tradition elective or  
Worldview and Culture elective 3
Free Electives 9
Pastoral Studies 24
Theology M.Div. Core 64
Total Master of Divinity with a Concentration in
Pastoral Studies Requirements
•Elementary Hebrew (if required) +3
•Elementary Greek (if required) +3
•Written Communication (if required) +2

1 Pastoral Ministry (40301) is reserved for men. Women will substitute The Practice of Ministry for Women (40302).

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