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Advanced MDiv

Advanced MDiv

The Advanced Master of Divinity is for students who have had significant undergraduate preparation in biblical or religious studies culminating in a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of a similar theological background as Southeastern. The program allows your work in the area of Christian Studies to place you into advanced electives in those fields, thus removing unnecessary 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 60 hours of course work. The Advanced M.Div. also prepares students who plan to pursue the Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Education or Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

This program includes 46 credit hours in the Master of Divinity core and 15 hours of elective courses.

TOTAL HOURS

61 hours

STANDARD COMPLETION TIME

3 years

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Additional Requirements

In addition to the requirements for the traditional Master of Divinity, Advanced M.Div. applicants must: 

  • have had significant undergraduate preparation in biblical or religious studies culminating in a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of a similar theological background as Southeastern.
  • have a minimum of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the undergraduate classes required for their major.
  • submit a graded research paper from their undergraduate studies. If no such paper is available, applicants will be asked to write an essay demonstrating their writing and research ability and discussing why they are qualified to participate in the Advanced Master of Divinity.

Due to the substantial academic prerequisite for admission, students who are 5 years removed from their baccalaureate graduation are not eligible for admission to the program. These students are welcome to apply to the traditional Master of Divinity program. 

Substantial undergraduate preparation must include the following classes and number of semester hours (27 hours total):

  • Old Testament Introduction - 6hrs
  • New Testament Introduction 6hrs
  • Christian Theology - 6hrs
  • Hermeneutics - 3hrs
  • Church History - 3hrs
  • Evangelism - 3hrs

*Any graduate level courses taken as prerequisites for admission into the Advanced M.Div. will not count in the degree itself (i.e., no “double-dipping” of credits).

Note: Students who took one year of Greek and/or Hebrew at the undergraduate level may be eligible to work with the Southeastern Collegiate Partnership to replace the Advanced M.Div. biblical language requirements with upper level language courses.

What courses I will Take?

Below is a sample of the required courses. To see a complete list, view the academic catalog.

  • ETH 5100 - Introduction to Christian Ethics
  • HTH 6600 - Historical Theology 
  • PRS 6100 - Bible Exposition I
  • MIS 5100 - Christian Missions
  • BCO 5500 - Biblical Counseling

See the Academic Catalog

What can I do with this degree?

  • Serve as senior/lead/executive/administrative pastor in local church
  • Write for Christian literary publications
  • Become a missionary with the IMB/NAMB or other missions organization
  • Develop practices to reach the lost in a variety of contexts