The Master of Divinity - Completely Online

For those called to minister in today’s changing world, the online Master of Divinity degree from Southern Seminary offers trusted and comprehensive theological education completely online.

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Trust. It’s something that’s earned. It doesn’t come quickly. It’s the result of being time tested. When the trustworthiness of God’s Word was being challenged, we stood for truth. We place our trust on the truth that endures. We are The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and we are Trusted for Truth.

Our online Master of Divinity is 88 hours and has been engineered to equip you with the core knowledge you need for ministry. Every M.Div. student takes foundational courses in Bible, theology, counseling, history, ministry practice, and more. Students can also choose from many elective courses.

Online Concentrations

Master of Divinity in Christian Ministry

This program is designed for those called to ministry in the local church or Christian organizations.

Master of Divinity in Great Commission Studies

This concentration is designed for those called to serve in local church ministry as well as cross-cultural mission contexts.

Master of Divinity in Biblical Counseling

New!This degree program is designed to prepare students for a ministry of biblical counseling to individuals, couples, and families.

Master of Divinity in Apologetics and Philosophy

Apologetics programs at Southern Seminary train students to defend the Christian faith by grounding it in a biblical worldview.

Master of Divinity in Biblical and Theological Studies

The Biblical and Theological Studies concentration is designed to focus on the study of Scripture and theology.

Master of Divinity in Islamic Studies

New!This concentration is designed for students interested in reaching Muslims or serving as a missionary in a primarily Islamic context.

Master of Divinity in Worship Leadership

New!This degree is designed to prepare persons for leading worship ministry in churches as well as careers in denominational or institutional work.

Join us for a Southern Seminary campus visit

Tour campus, hear from admissions, and meet faculty or staff during our individual visit experience, offered every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday.

Earn your M.Div. for less
than $5,000 each year

2022-2023 Estimated costs for Online SBC students
Tuition $286 x 9 (hours) = $2,574
Fees $75 = $75
Books $100 x 3 (classes) = $300
Total per semester = $2,949
Total per year = $5,898


View the 2022-2023 fee chart for all Southern Seminary programs here.

All costs are reflective of the SBC rate of tuition and are to be understood as estimates only. Taking winter and summer courses will increase the overall yearly estimated from what is posted above. Tuition charges will vary based on the amount of courses taken per semester and book costs will vary by course.

Student Stories
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‘A steadfast commitment to preaching truth’

Raymond Johnson, M.Div. (’11), Th.M. (’12) Ph.D. (’17)



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‘We want to see women base their lives on the truth of God’s Word’

Courtney Moore, M.A. (’09)



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‘Truth must undergird everything I do’

Mat Alexander, M.Div. (’13)



Be equipped to serve the church.