Master of Divinity

Through a thorough integration of biblical and theological knowledge with experience-based learning, our Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree will develop you as a well-rounded, Spirit-formed, servant leader. Through elective courses, you will customize your degree plan with classes that fuel your passion and equip you for your specific calling. As the recognized degree for ministry, the MDiv will prepare you for full-time vocational ministry as a pastor, chaplain, missionary, or parachurch organization leader. This degree will also prepare you for further studies in Divinity. You can earn your Master of Divinity online or on-ground (Southlake).

Program Objectives

The Master of Divinity degree program seeks to:

  • Prepare men and women for ministry within their own particular communities of faith and cultures;
  • Provide students with knowledge of Scripture and the tools and methods to interpret Scripture;
  • Equip candidates with practical ministry skills in leadership, preaching, worship, teaching, care-giving, and administration.
  • Assist students in developing a theology of ministry that is relevant to the context of their calling;
  • Develop practical ministry skills through supervised ministry experiences;
  • Encourage students to develop their unique spiritual gifts and to integrate these gifts into their theological studies and ministries.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret and properly apply biblical texts using sound hermeneutical principles and exegetical methods;
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the heritage, traditions, and practices of the Church;
  • Articulate a biblically-based theology of ministry based on knowledge of the nature and mission of the Church;
  • Integrate biblical and theological knowledge with the practices of ministry;
  • Communicate God’s truth clearly, accurately, and convincingly to a single individual or a community;
  • Articulate knowledge of and show ability to do the basic tasks of ministry.


*In addition to the MDiv Degree requirements, the following courses must be completed, unless previously satisfied at the undergraduate level, therefore increasing the degree requirement to 87 semester hours.

  • BIBL 1301 Old Testament Studies – 3 hours
  • BIBL 1302 New Testament Studies – 3 hours
  • BIBL 2301 Biblical Background and Interpretation – 3 hours

Master of Divinity (MDiv)

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Total Hours 78
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  • 21
  • Biblical Studies 9 Hours
    • BIBL 5301 Old Testament Theology 3
    • BIBL 5302 New Testament Theology 3
    • BIBL 5304 Current Issues in Biblical Interpretation 3
  • Theological/Historical Studies 15 Hours
    • BIBD 6301 Christian Theology I 3
    • BIBD 6302 Christian Theology II 3
    • BIBL 5305 Life of Jesus in Historical Context 3
    • BIBH 5302 Church History and Renewal I 3
    • BIBH 5303 Church History and Renewal II 3
  • Practical Ministry Studies 27 Hours
    • BIBM 5305 The Spirit Formed Leader 3
    • BIBM 5306 Strategic Leadership 3
    • BIBM 5307 Preaching That Connects 3
    • BIBM 5308 Equipping People for Life 3
    • BIBM 6301 Ministry Practicum 3
    • BIBM 6305 Ministry Management 3
    • BIBC 7301 Pastoral Counseling 3
    • BMIS 7301 Missional Strategies in Cultural Context 3
    • BIBM 7315 Master's Capstone Project: Divinity 3
  • Biblical Language 6 Hours
    • BHEB 6301 Hebrew I and BHEB 6302 Hebrew II
    • - OR - 6
    • BGRK 6301 Greek I and BGRK 6302 Greek II
  • Electives 21 Hours
    • Biblical Studies Electives (from any BIBL course) 6
    • Theological/Historical Electives (from any BIBD/BIBH course) 3
    • Practical Ministry Electives (from any BIBM/BIBC/APOL/PHIL course) 12