The Master of Divinity degree program is a three-year (90 semester hours) program of studies designed to prepare you for a wide range of ministry opportunities.
Who Is It For?
The Master of Divinity program allows the student to prepare for several ministerial opportunities. The program is recommended for those who are planning to function in any of the following ministries:
- Pastor or Associate Pastor
- Minister of Christian Education
- Minister of Outreach/Discipling
- Minister of Evangelism
Goals for This Degree
Upon satisfactory completion of the Master of Divinity program the graduate should be able to accomplish the following:
- Minister on a professional level as a pastor or in a ministerial leadership capacity in a church or church related institution.
- Function effectively as a pastoral counselor to a local church congregation.
- Demonstrate leadership skills in both academic and pragmatic facets of Christian ministry within a diversity of religious heritages and cultural contexts.
- Demonstrate personal and spiritual formation as needed for ministerial leadership.
- Understand and be able to communicate biblical and theological truths in the context of Christian ministry.
- Be able to perform adequately in the context of further professional ministries or doctoral studies.
Master of Divinity Course Requirements (90 hours)
Courses are distributed among the following fields: Biblical Studies, Theological-Historical Studies, Church Ministries, and Christian Education. The wide-ranging curriculum requires twenty-one hours of biblical language studies in addition to the well-rounded core curriculum. Six hours of electives allow for emphasis in a particular field of study.
No more than four courses numbered 300-400 may be taken. The remainder must be courses numbered 500-600.
The candidate for the Master of Divinity degree must complete a minimum of thirty semester hours of classroom work in residence at BMA Seminary.
Up to forty-two (42) semester hours of work may be transferred from an accredited institution toward the Master of Divinity degree.
Biblical Studies (33 Hours)
- NT 511 New Testament Introduction and Survey I
- NT 512 New Testament Introduction and Survey II
- Grk 411 Greek Grammar I
- Grk 412 Greek Grammar II
- Grk 621 Greek Exegesis I
- Grk 622 Greek Exegesis II
- OT 511 Old Testament Introduction and Survey I
- OT 512 Old Testament Introduction and Survey II
- Heb 511 Hebrew Grammar I
- Heb 512 Hebrew Grammar II
- Heb 621 Introduction to Hebrew Exegesis
Theological-Historical Studies (18 Hours)
- TH 511 Systematic Theology I
- TH 512 Systematic Theology II
- Elective in theology, philosophy, or ethics
- CH 511 General Church History I
- CH 621 Survey of Baptist Heritage
- CH 631 Special Studies in Church History
Church Ministries (24 Hours)
- PM 511 Pastoral Ministry
- PM 514 Principles of Disciple-Making
- EV 512 Biblical Evangelism and Disciple-Making
- PM 532 Supervised Ministerial Leadership Experience
- PM 521 Theology of Worship
- PR 511 Special Studies in Expository Preaching
- PR 611 Homiletics
- Missions Elective
Non-ministerial students may substitute electives for PM 511, PR 511, and PR 611. Students may substitute an approved CPE, PM, RE, or Miss. internship for PM 532.
Christian Education (9 hours)
- RE 536 Principles of Christian Counseling
- RE 511 Principles of Church Administration OR
RE 512 Administrative Christian Leadership*
- RE 514 Principles of Christian Teaching OR
RE 515 Christian Education of Various Groups OR
RE 631 Special Studies in Religious Education
Ministerial students lacking prior studies in church administration must take RE 511.
Electives (6 Hours)