Advanced Master of Divinity (School of Theology)

School of Theology

Advanced Master of Divinity Program

The training you need to live your calling, wherever God calls you.

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) in Southwestern Seminary’s School of Theology is designed to prepare students for the broadest range of Christian ministries, especially in the local church.

Degree Highlights

  • 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.


Student Testimony

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.

Course Name Hours
Old Testament I, and II6
New Testament I, and II6
Greek or Hebrew9 hours in one language
Systematic Theology I, II, and III9
Baptist Heritage3

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.

Degree Requirements

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.

Old Testament ElectiveOLDTS Elective3
New Testament ElectiveNEWTS Elective3
Biblical HermeneuticsBIBST 32033
Biblical Hebrew IHEBRW 43133
Biblical Hebrew IIHEBRW 43233
Hebrew Exegetical MethodHEBRW 50033
Hebrew or Greek Exegesis ElectiveHEBRW or GREEK Elective3

Total Hours

*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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