Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate through messages, lectures, or journal articles a general knowledge of the Bible (original languages or English translation) and an in-depth understanding of selected books using a literal hermeneutic leading to a dispensational, premillennial interpretation of the Scriptures
  • Exhibit competence in providing appropriate spiritual counsel or guidance in a church, hospital, military, or cross-cultural setting
  • Conduct graduate-level research on a ministry related subject, as demonstrated in a paper using clear English and standard procedures
  • Explain and contrast the basic tenets of Christian theology and principles of ministry from a perspective of Christian maturity and Baptist distinctives
  • Develop, implement, and assess strategies for effective ministry

Academic Requirements: A bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.75, or equivalent and a satisfactory grade on the GRE exam. The Graduate Record Examination is a computerized test that is used to measure a student’s excellence in verbal skills. Scores must be submitted by the end of the first semester of study. While it is very helpful if an applicant takes all three sections of the test, we only require the Analytical Writing portion of the test. A satisfactory score would be to be placed in the 50th percentile or higher. Click link for test registration information…GRE: Graduate Record Examinations

Course Requirements:

Theology (18 hours)
THE500 - Theology I
THE501 - Theology II
THE502 - Theology III
THE503 - Theology IV
THE505 - Dispensationalism
THE517 - Apologetics

Church History (6 hours)
HIS500 - Church History I or HIS501 Church History II
HIS511 - Baptist History and Distinctives

Research (3 hours)
RES511 - Research: Writing and Communication

Biblical Studies (21 hours)
BSO500 - Introduction to the Old Testament
BSN500 - Introduction to the New Testament
BIN500 - Introduction to Hermeneutics
BLH600 - Hebrew I or BSO601 - Old Testament Word Studies
BLH601 - Hebrew II or OT Elective (BSO prefix)
BLG500 - Greek I or BSN601 - New Testament Word Studies
BLG501 - Greek II or NT Elective (BSN prefix)

Ministry Core (6 hours)
MIN507 - Evangelism
MIN520 - Homiletics or MIN524 - Teaching the Bible

M. Div. Track (12 hours) - choose one of the available tracks
Pastoral Studies
MIN500 - Leadership and Vision Casting
MIN522 - Biblical Preaching
MIN525 - Discipleship and Christian Education
MIN620 - Issues in Counseling
Local Church Ministry
MIN525 - Discipleship and Christian Education
MIN540 - Spiritual Discipline and Development
MIN550 - Critical Issues of the Ministry
MIN562 - Contemporary Strategies in Family Ministry
Language Tools*
BSO601 - Old Testament Word Studies*
BSO___ - Old Testament Elective
BSN601 - New Testament Word Studies*
BSN___ - New Testament Elective
Military Chaplaincy
CHA578 - Introduction to Chaplaincy
CHA620 - Constitutional Foundation for Military Chaplaincy
CHA624 - Personal Ethics for Military Chaplains or MIN620 Issues in Counseling
CHA630 - Theological Foundation for Chaplain Ministry in a Pluralistic Setting
Hospital Chaplaincy
CHA578 - Introduction to Chaplaincy
CHA672 - Clinical Pastoral Education (6 hours)
MIN552 - Problems in Ethics
Law Enforcement Chaplaincy
CHA578 - Introduction to Chaplaincy
MIN503 - Bridging Cultural Gaps
MIN552 - Problems in Ethics
MIN621 - Marriage and Family Counseling

General Electives (6 hours)
Elective One
Elective Two

Total = 72 hours

*Student's taking BSO600 or BSN600 for the core Biblical Studies requirements choose replacement BSO or BSN electives respectively.