Advanced M.Div.

Advanced Master of Divinity—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.

Apply Now      Request Info

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.

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
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 9
Apologetics, Ethics, & Philosophy 9
Apologetics, Ethics, & Philosophy Electives 9
Mission, Evangelism, and Ministry 22
32100 Personal Evangelism 3
32960 Introduction to Missiology 3
34300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling 3
40150 Personal Spiritual Disciplines 3
40301 Pastoral Ministry2or 3
45260 Discipleship and Family Ministry
40800 Christian Leadership 3
44910 Applied Ministry: Theology 1
Preaching Elective3 3
Research and Elective Studies 6-7
40375 Advanced M.Div. Thesis Writing4 or 2
Free Elective 3
44560 Supervised Research Experience 2
81020 Graduate Research Seminar 2
Total Advanced M.Div. Requirements (Thesis Concentration) 73
Total Advanced M.Div. Requirements (Non-thesis Concentration) 74
Written Communication (if required) +2

1See Written Communication Requirement here.

240301 is reserved and required for men.

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 and required for men. Women will substitute Christian Teaching (45400). Preaching Practicum (30020) is reserved and required 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 word thesis. 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.

Next Steps

Continue your theological education.

Visit Campus

Visiting Southern will give you an opportunity to explore our beautiful campus and to get all of your important questions answered.

Learn More

Attend Preview Day

Southern Seminary hosts a Preview Day each Spring and Fall – attendees are automatically entered to win a $1000 scholarship.

Learn More

Request Information

Learn more about Southern. Discover how you can learn in Louisville or where you are through distance learning options.

Learn More