Advanced M.Div.

Advanced Master of Divinity—Billy Graham School

The Advanced Master of Divinity in the Billy Graham School 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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Program Requirements
Remedial/Pre-requisite Courses
31980 Written Communication (if required)1 (2)
Biblical and Theological Studies 33
20440 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis 3
22100 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
22440 Greek Syntax and Exegesis 3
26200 Southern Baptist Heritage and Mission 3
27800 Theology of the Old Testament 3
27820 Theology of the New Testament 3
29250 Survey of Christian Ethics 3
40150 Personal Spiritual Disciplines 3
   — Advanced Elective in Church History 3
   — Advanced Electives in Christian Theology 6
Mission, Evangelism and Ministry 30
28700 Christian Apologetics 3
30000 Christian Preaching or 3
45400 Christian Teaching2
32100 Personal Evangelism 3
32960 Introduction to Missiology 3
32980 World Religions and Christian Mission 3
33820 Introduction to Church Planting or 3
36550 Introduction to Church Revitalization
34300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling 3
40200 The Worshiping Church 3
40080 Christian Leadership 3
45260 Discipleship and Family Ministry 3
Applied Ministry 1
44920 Applied Ministry: BGS or 1
44930 Applied Ministry: Mission Trips/Partnership
Free Electives3 9
Total Advanced Master of Divinity—BGS Requirements 73
Written Communication (if required) +2

1See Written Communication Requirement here.

2Christian Preaching (30000) is reserved for, but not required of, men.

3Free Electives can be taken in either the Billy Graham School or the School of Theology.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the online application, transcripts, and pastor/church recommendation, the Advanced M.Div. application requires the following:

  • A baccalaureate degree in religion or biblical studies
  • 3.3 (School of Theology) or 3.0 (Billy Graham School) cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Academic Paper – A writing sample of 12-15 pages from your undergraduate academic work.
  • Applicants must have completed the following in their undergraduate work:
    • 12 hours in biblical studies,
    • 12 hours in history and theology,
    • 12 hours in ministerial, theological, or related electives,
    • 3 hours each in ethics, philosophy, hermeneutics, preaching, elementary Hebrew and elementary Greek

    (51 hours total)

  • Passing grade on Greek and Hebrew placement tests (see below)
Placement Tests

Once applicants have submitted all requirements through the online application, they will be reviewed for provisional admission into the Advanced M.Div..

If admitted into this status, students will then be contacted by the Center for Student Success about taking Language Placement Tests for both Greek and Hebrew.

Applicants must pass both of these placement tests to qualify for full admission into the Advanced Master of Divinity Degree.

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