This program allows your Christian Studies work at the College at Southeastern, or similar school, to place you into advanced electives in those fields, 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 60 hours of course work. The Advanced Master of Divinity fulfills the prerequisite degree requirements for persons seeking to further their education through the Master of Theology (ThM), Doctor of Ministry (DMin), Doctor of Education (EdD), or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. Please consult with each advanced degree office to confirm prerequisite requirements.

  • Available as Distance Learning

  • On-Campus

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At a Glance

  • 43

    Hours in Master of Divinity Core

  • 18

    Hours in Elective Courses

  • 61

    Credit Hours

Program Courses

Students in this MDiv specialization may qualify for increased financial aid!

Some people describe seminary as a hoop to jump through, but I found my time at Southeastern to be a life-giving, spiritually edifying experience. Southeastern encouraged in me an undeniable love for God’s word. No amount of effort is too great to understand it or communicate it to someone else. What I saw, exemplified both in the classroom and even just in the culture of Southeastern, is the non-negotiable nature of the Great Commission. Southeastern emphasized that all of us are called to go in some capacity, and that we are most like Christ when we go to hard places.

Mark Turner MDiv and PhD

MDiv in Context


  • 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

Degree Requirements

In addition to the requirements for the traditional Master of Divinity, Advanced MDiv 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.

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    Jim Shaddix

    W.A. Criswell Chair of Expository Preaching

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