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The Master of Divinity

Our Confession
We affirm the Bible as the authoritative Word of God. We covenant to teach in accordance with and not contrary to the Abstract of Principles and the Baptist Faith & Message.
Our Core Competencies

With our confession in mind, Southeastern’s faculty attempts to develop five Core Competencies in students through a Southeastern education.  Every student should seek to develop in…

  • Spiritual Formation Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue an authentically Christian way of life, manifested by trust in God, obedience to Christ’s commands, and love of God and neighbor.

  • Biblical Exposition Demonstrate the ability to properly and effectively interpret, apply, and communicate the Scriptures.

  • Theological Integration Demonstrate the ability to understand and apply the doctrines of Christianity to life and ministry.

  • Ministry Preparation Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and Christian disposition necessary for ministry and leadership in the church and the world.

  • Critical Thinking and Communication Demonstrate the ability to think critically, argue persuasively, and communicate clearly.

We strive to do all of this while cultivating in students a delight in God, His Word, and His Church.

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M.Div. Core Curriculum  |  Pastoral Ministry  |  Christian Ministry  |  Student Ministry  |  Collegiate Ministry  |  Christian Ethics  |  Biblical Counseling  |  Ministry Leadership  | Women's Studies  |  Expository Preaching  |  Evangelism  |  Christian Apologetics  |  Advanced Biblical Studies  |  Worship Leadership  |  Missiology   | North American Church Planting  |  International Church Planting

The core curriculum for our flagship degree program, the Master of Divinity, includes classes in theology, hermeneutics and biblical exposition, among several other disciplines. Why? Because the right understanding and application of the unwavering truth found in Scripture is the bedrock of Christian faith and practice. This curriculum will train you to “rightly divide the word of truth,” to think and live biblically and theologically and to proclaim His truth boldly to people everywhere in fulfillment of the Great Commission.

The Master of Divinity is the best degree for ministry preparation, readying men and women for leadership in a variety of settings. We also feature more concentrations in the M.Div. than any other program. As a 90 to 96 hour degree program, depending on concentration, the M.Div. will take most students 3-4 years to complete.

Students who have an undergraduate degree in Christian Studies or similar discipline may be interested in the Advanced Master of Divinity. Admission to the Advanced Master of Divinity is based upon the assumption that a person has had significant undergraduate preparation in biblical or religious studies culminating in the attainment of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of similar theological persuasion.

Advanced M. Div
The program allows your Christian Studies work at the College at Southeastern, or similar school, to place you into advanced discipline-specific electives, thus removing unnecessary curricular repetition. The Advanced Master of Divinity is designed to prepare pastors, missionaries and other Christian workers for a life of effective kingdom service and requires a minimum of 75 hours of course work. View catalog description. If you qualify for the Advanced M. Div, you may also qualify for the Southeastern Collegiate Partnership.

M. Div. Core Curriculum
View catalog description.

Pastoral Ministry
At the heart of Southeastern’s mission is to provide trained, passionate and humble men of God to serve as pastors in Southern Baptist and other evangelical churches.  The impact of godly pastoral leadership in building Christ’s church cannot be overstated, and that is why the M.Div. with Pastoral Ministry is still one of the most popular concentrations at Southeastern. View catalog description.

Christian Ministry
Probably the most flexible degree program at Southeastern, the Christian Ministry concentration allows students to receive a strong core education while giving them the freedom to pursue elective courses in several specialized areas like biblical languages, theology, missions, or any other field. View catalog description.

Student Ministry
We believe that student and youth ministers bear a great responsibility in our churches, in that they are called to come alongside parents to equip the next  generation to become mature disciples of Christ. Our Student Ministry concentration includes a field experience component that lets students serve and  learn alongside ministers in the field. View catalog description.

Collegiate Ministry
College campuses in America are a mission field. This concentration equips campus ministers and church college ministry leaders to take the message of Christ to these campuses. The program also includes a field experience component that lets students spend time on campuses as they study and provides a mentorship with campus ministry experts. View catalog description.

Christian Ethics
Southeastern has one of the strongest programs in Christian Ethics in North America, thanks in large part to three full-time ethics professors, each of whom hold doctorates in the field. This allows Southeastern to offer a higher level of ethical training, more diverse classes and a better student-mentor relationship. View catalog description.

Biblical Counseling
The guiding foundation for Southeastern’s counseling program is that the Scriptures are sufficient for understanding people as spiritual, moral, relational and psychological beings. This program equips men and women who wish to minister the truth and grace of God in the context of the local church. View catalog description.

Ministry Leadership
Teaching men and women to obey Christ is an important part of the Great Commission, and Southeastern’s Christian Education program revolves around that purpose. This concentration equips students to be godly leaders in a variety of ministry positions in a local church. View catalog description.

Women’s Studies
Ministering to women in the local church is a high calling and one worthy of the highest level of training and preparation. This program equips women to lead and teach in a wide variety of ministry settings. View catalog description.

Expository Preaching
Southeastern’s president, Daniel Akin, often speaks about the importance of strong expository preaching to the health of local churches. Southeastern’s concentration in expository preaching, often with Dr. Akin himself teaching, seeks to train pastors with a special emphasis on the preaching ministry. View catalog description.

Passionate evangelists who are able to teach and train others to share the faith with humility and confidence are vital to the health of local churches. Southeastern’s concentration in evangelism trains vocational or church staff evangelists who may encourage church members to share the gospel in every generation. View catalog description.

Christian Apologetics
Students with a keen interest in engaging the culture with the claims of Christ will be interested in the concentration in Christian Apologetics. This degree program is effective in training men and women to present cogent and winsome arguments for the truth of the Christian faith. View catalog description.

Advanced Biblical Studies
This degree program is designed for those who want a higher level of training in biblical languages and exegesis. It’s a great program for aspiring pastors, missionaries, or those who wish to pursue an advanced degree and teach in a college or seminary setting. View catalog description.

Worship Leadership
Our triune God created this world for His own glory and pleasure, and it is His intention that people across the world will worship Him for eternity. This concentration is designed to equip leaders with essential skills to provide effective worship leadership so that God’s people can worship authentically. View catalog description.

This degree is designed to equip students with the competencies necessary to serve as effective missions leaders in churches, denominational agencies, and other missions agencies in both North American and international settings. View catalog description.

North American Church Planting
Southeastern has a desire to train up leaders with vision and drive who will go to difficult places, particularly urban areas in the United States, and plant churches that will plant churches that will plant churches, and so on. This program, under our Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies and in partnership with the North American Mission Board, equips leaders to plant effective churches. View catalog description.

International Church Planting
Those called to serve Christ on the international mission field deserve the best training for this ultimate task, and they can receive it through this program. In partnership with the International Mission Board and under the direction of the Drummond Center, this program includes time on the mission field as part of program completion. View catalog description.

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  • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the Church and fulfill the Great Commission.
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