Master of Divinity 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.

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Program Requirements

Note: Continuing students should consult the Academic Catalog for the year in which they started for course requirements as the current requirements may have changed.

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Concentration in Pastoral Studies

Restricted Electives 12
Scripture and Interpretation Elective 3
Theology and Tradition Elective or 6
Apologetics, Ethics, & Philosophy Elective
BGS Elective 3
Unrestricted Electives (can be taken in SOT or BGS) 6
Total Pastoral Studies Studies Concentration Requirements 18

Master of Divinity Core

This core curriculum is required for the Master of Divinity degree in the School of Theology. It applies to all concentrations.

Remedial/Pre-requisite Courses
20400 Elementary Hebrew (3)
22400 Elementary Greek (3)
Biblical and Theological Studies 45
20200 Introduction to the Old Testament I 3
20220 Introduction to the Old Testament II 3
20440 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis 3
22100 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
22200 Introduction to the New Testament I 3
22220 Introduction to the New Testament II 3
22440 Greek Syntax and Exegesis 3
25100 Introduction to Church History I 3
25120 Introduction to Church History II 3
26200 Southern Baptist Heritage and Mission 3
27060 Systematic Theology I 3
27070 Systematic Theology II 3
27080 Systematic Theology III 3
29250 Survey of Christian Ethics 3
40150 Personal Spiritual Disciplines 3
Missions, Evangelism and Ministry 24
28700 Christian Apologetics 3
30000 Christian Preaching1 or 3
45400 Christian Teaching
30020 Preaching Practicum1 or 3
40200 The Worshiping Church
32100 Personal Evangelism 3
32960 Introduction to Missiology 3
34300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling 3
40080 Christian Leadership 3
40301 Pastoral Ministry or1  3
45260 Discipleship and Family Ministry
Applied Ministry 1
44910 Applied Ministry: Theology 1
Total Master of Divinity, Pastoral Studies Requirements 88
20400 Elementary Hebrew (if required) +3
22400 Elementary Greek (if required) +3

1Courses 30000, 30020, and 40301 are reserved and required for men.

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