Degree Options

The School of Theology has master’s and doctoral degrees that will build your foundations for ministry.

Southwestern’s Master of Divinity degree offers the essentials for pastoral ministry. Within this 91-hour degree program, you will build a foundation of biblical knowledge, as well as preaching, evangelism and ministry skills. Additionally, you can customize your program through focused study in fields like Old and New Testament exposition, church history, apologetics, theology, pastoral leadership, women’s studies and much more. Through the school’s other degree programs, you can gain specialized study in areas like theology and biblical archaeology. Whatever God calls you to do, Southwestern has a degree program that will help you apply His word to your ministry.

  • Master of Divinity

    This degree offers the essentials for ministry, training you in biblical languages, theology, preaching and more. In the M.Div., you’ll also put your knowledge into practice as you share your faith, make disciples and evangelize the nations.


  • Advanced Master of Divinity

    Through this degree, you can build on your undergraduate theological training by replacing introductory courses with advanced electives. The student must have a theological undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0.


  • Master of Arts in Lay Ministry

    If you are not called to full-time ministry but want to serve Christ in your church and community, you can build your theological and ministry skills through this degree.


  • Master of Arts in Theology

    Tailored for students who want to dig deeply into theology, biblical studies, philosophy and ethics, this degree can prepare you for Southwestern’s doctoral program. The M.A.Th. builds upon a minimum of 30 undergraduate hours of Bible and theology prerequisites.


  • Master of Arts in Archaeology & Biblical Studies

    This program will train you through advanced classes in archaeological methods, the history of the Bible lands and ancient languages. You’ll have on-the-job training through Southwestern’s digs and surveys at Tel Gezer, Israel, and Kourion, Cyprus.


  • Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics

    The Master of Arts (Christian Apologetics) is a graduate level degree offering advanced work in the discipline of Christian Apologetics. Christian Apologetics is, by its very nature, interdisciplinary. It involves any discipline that provides a defense for the Christian Faith, especially Biblical/Theological studies, Philosophy, Science, History and Cultural Studies.


  • Master of Theology

    One of Southwestern’s most advanced theological degrees at the master’s level, the Th.M. program will train you in a specific area of theology. It can also prepare you for the Ph.D. program. (M.Div. required)


  • Doctor of Philosophy

    Southwestern Seminary offers Ph.D. degrees within each of its schools, providing you the opportunity to gain advanced training in specified areas of theology, archaeology, evangelism and missions, church and family ministries, or church music.


  • Doctor of Ministry

    This degree will further equip you for ministry without requiring you to relocate to Fort Worth. Two seminars, each a year in length, will include two-week classroom sessions in the summer and conferences each fall and spring that complement your ministry schedule. Throughout the year, you will maintain your academic studies through online resources. During your final year of study, you will complete your dissertation.


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However God calls you to train His people, the School of Theology will equip you to handle the Word of God and apply it to ministry.

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