School of Theology
Advanced Master of Divinity Program
The training you need to live your calling, wherever God calls you.
- Available fully online
- Includes biblical languages
- Preparation for church and parachurch ministries
The Advanced Master of Divinity allows students to build upon undergraduate theological training by taking elective courses in place of the introductory courses in the regular Master of Divinity curriculum.
"Southwestern provides an excellent opportunity to meet people from all over the world who have come from all types of different cultures. Through knowing them and hearing their stories, I have discovered the absolute need for ministry to flow out of a great love for your neighbor and deep desire for them to know God."
- Graham Griffin, Master of Divinity (2022)
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.
|Old Testament I, and II||6|
|New Testament I, and II||6|
|Greek or Hebrew||9 hours in one language|
|Systematic Theology I, II, and III||9|
The prerequisite courses must cover the entire range of material presented 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. Free elective hours may not be used for basic survey courses.
|COURSE TITLE||COURSE NUMBER||HOURS|
|Old Testament Elective||OLDTS Elective||3|
|New Testament Elective||NEWTS Elective||3|
|Biblical Hermeneutics||BIBST 3203||3|
|Biblical Hebrew I||HEBRW 4313||3|
|Biblical Hebrew II||HEBRW 4323||3|
|Hebrew Exegetical Method||HEBRW 5003||3|
|Hebrew or Greek Exegesis Elective||HEBRW or GREEK Elective||3|
*Female students complete WOMST courses as listed in lieu of the required PRCHG/PASMN courses.
**Students seeking a concentration take specific courses in lieu of elective hours. Some concentrations require more than 12 hours. See concentrations for details. Students may take up to 6 hours of MODLG courses for elective credit.
Masters courses from an eligible institution may transfer into the Advanced MDIV. The courses must be comparable to the Southwestern courses for which transfer credit is requested and be completed with a “B” or better.
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