The Advanced Master of Divinity allows students to build upon undergraduate theological training by taking advanced courses in place of the introductory courses in the regular Master of Divinity curriculum.
The student must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The student’s undergraduate major should be in a discipline directly related to the courses in the Advanced MDiv curriculum. The Advanced MDiv is built upon 33 hours of prerequisites.
The prerequisite courses must cover the entire range of material covered in the SWBTS courses and must be completed with a grade of B- or higher.
Students who have not fulfilled all prerequisites may complete the remaining prerequisites at the beginning of work toward the degree.
The 73-hour degree includes advanced courses in Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, Ethics and Philosophical Studies, as well as courses in Preaching and Ministry Studies and Evangelism and Missions Studies. In addition, the degree includes 12 hours of free electives which are used to complete any available Fish School concentration. Free elective hours may not be used for basic survey courses.
2Female Students enrolled in MDiv complete these courses instead of the courses required for male students
3Students seeking a concentration take specific courses in lieu of elective hours.
4Students may take up to 6 hours of Arabic courses for the Islamic Studies Concentration.
Students obtain concentrations by completing the following requirements to fulfill the Free Elective section of the M.Div. Upon completion of a concentration, students will receive a certificate for their work.
This degree follows the same basic format as above with variances in the courses specific to the concentration. Students interested in the Adv. M.Div. with a concentration in International Church Planting should contact the Registrar’s Office for information, application, and approval. The office is located in Fleming 104 and can be reached by phone at 817-923-1921 extension 2000.
Master’s courses from an eligible institution may transfer into the Advanced M.Div. The courses must be comparable to the Southwestern courses for which transfer credit is requested and be completed with a “B” or better.
Students interested in more information regarding the program should contact the Fish School of Evangelism and Missions Dean’s Office at 817-923-1921 extension 6405. Students may also contact the Office of the Registrar at 817-923-1921 extension 2000 or in Fleming 104.