Overview

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program is designed to prepare competent Bible expositors who are qualified to serve effectively as pastors or leaders in other Christian ministries, including the chaplaincy. The curriculum gives both a basic foundation for the work of the ministry and a balanced, well-rounded biblical and theological perspective. Students may choose from one of seven tracks.

Tracks
  • Hospital Chaplaincy
  • Language Tools
  • Law Enforcement Chaplaincy
  • Local Church Ministry
  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Military Chaplaincy
  • Pastoral Studies

Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited or recognized college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.50. The student must also demonstrate an aptitude for graduate studies evidenced by one of the following: transcript record, the GRE, or current ministry involvement.

 

Objectives

Upon completion of the requirements, the graduate will be able to:

  • 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

Summary of Required Hours

Biblical Studies 21
Theology 18
Church History 6
Ministry Studies 6
Electives 6
Research 3
Track of Choice 12
Total 72

Degree Completion Plan

M.Div. Core: 54 hours

Theology: 15 hours
THE500 Theology I 3
THE501 Theology II 3
THE505 Dispensationalism 3
THE517 Apologetics 3
THE___ Theology Elective 3
 
Church History: 6 hours
HIS500 Church History I or 3
HIS501 Church History II 3
HIS511 Baptist History and Distinctives 3

 

Communication: 6 hours
MIN520 Homiletics or  
MIN524 Teaching the Bible 3
RES511 Research: Writing and Communication 3

 

Biblical Studies: 21 hours
BIN500 Introduction to Hermeneutics 3
BLG500 Greek I or  
BSN601 New Testament Word Studies 3
BLG501 Greek II or  
BSN___ One NT Book (500-699 level Bible book study) 3
BLH600 Hebrew I or  
BSO601 Old Testament Word Studies 3
BLH601 Hebrew II or  
BSO___ One OT Book (500-699 level Bible book study) 3
BSN500 Introduction to New Testament 3
BSO500 Introduction to Old Testament 3

 

Ministry Studies: 9 hours
MIN500 Leadership and Vision Casting 3
MIN522 Biblical Preaching 3
MIN525 Discipleship and Christian Education 3
MIN620 Issues in Counseling 3

 

General Elective: 3 hours
Elective course from 500-699 level courses 3

M.Div. Track: 12 hours (choose one of seven tracks)

 

Pastoral Studies

Ministry Studies: 12 hours
MIN500 Leadership and Vision Casting 3
MIN522 Biblical Preaching 3
MIN525 Discipleship and Christian Education 3
MIN620 Issues in Counseling 3

 

Local Church Ministry

Ministry Studies: 12 hours
MIN525 Discipleship and Christian Education 3
MIN540 Spiritual Discipline and Development 3
MIN550 Critical Issues of the Ministry 3
MIN562 Contemporary Strategies in Family Ministry 3

 

Language Tools

Ministry Studies: 12 hours
BSN601 New Testament Word Studies 3
BSN___ One NT Book (500-699 level Bible book study) 3
BSO601 Old Testament Word Studies 3
BSO___ One OT Book (500-699 level Bible book study) 3

 

Military Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy and Ministry Studies: 12 hours
CHA578 Introduction to Chaplaincy Ministry 3
CHA620 Constitutional Foundation for Military Chaplaincy 3
CHA624 Personal Ethics for Military Chaplains or  
MIN620 Issues in Counseling 3
CHA630 Theo. Found. for Chap. Min. in a Pluralistic Setting 3 

 

Hospital Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy and Ministry Studies: 12 hours
CHA578 Introduction to Chaplaincy Ministry 3
CHA672 Clinical Pastoral Education 6
MIN552 Problems in Ethics 3

 

Law Enforcement Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy and Ministry Studies: 12 hours
CHA578 Introduction to Chaplaincy Ministry 3
MIN503 Bridging Cultural Gaps 3
MIN552 Problems in Ethics 3
MIN621 Marriage and Family Counseling 3

 

Marriage and Family Counseling

Counseling Studies: 12 hours
MFC620 Human Dev. & Family Dynamics Across the Lifespan 3
MFC622 Marriage Counseling 3
MFC624 Family Counseling 3
MFC626 Professional Ethics in Counseling & Psych. Casework 3