Advanced Master of Divinity (School of Educational Ministries)

Jack D. Terry School of Educational Ministries

Advanced Master of Divinity Program

Preparing students for the broadest range of Christian ministry

The MDiv in the Jack D. Terry School of Educational Ministries provides comprehensive preparation for students to lead, teach, disciple, and counsel in a broad range of Christian ministry opportunities, especially in local churches.

Degree Highlights

  • Available online
  • Builds on 33 hours of prerequisites

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.

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Entrance Requirements

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.

Course Hours
Old Testament I, and II6
New Testament I, and II6
Greek I, II, and III or Hebrew I, II, or III9 hours in one language
Systematic Theology I, II, and III9
Baptist Heritage3

Degree Requirements

Old Testament ElectiveOLDTS Elective3
New Testament ElectiveNEWTS Elective3
Biblical HermeneuticsBIBST 32033
Biblical Hebrew I or Biblical Greek IHEBRW 4323 or GREEK 33133
Biblical Hebrew II or Biblical Greek IIHEBRW 4323 or GREEK 33233
Systematic Theology ElectiveSYSTH3
Church History ICHAHT 31033
Church History IICHAHT 31133
The Christian Home or Christian Ethics or The Bible and Moral Issues or Philosophy of Religion or History of Philosophy for Theology or Christian ApologeticsETHIC 4303 or ETHIC 4313 or ETHIC 4323 or PHILO 4313 or PHILO 4323 or PHILO 43733
Spiritual FormationSPFRM 30222
Total 29

Total Hours


Master’s level courses from an eligible institution may transfer into the Advanced MDiv program. The courses must be comparable to the Southwestern courses for which transfer credit is requested, and be completed with a grade of “B” or better. No more than half of the degree may be earned by transfer of credits.

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