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  Nov 22, 2017
 
 
    
Academic Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Advanced Master of Divinity, M.Div.


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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. The 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 (Th.M.) , Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) , Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) , or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)  degrees.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Advanced Master of Divinity will be determined after a thorough evaluation of the applicant’s transcript in light of the prerequisite undergraduate preparation necessary for the program. Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the baccalaureate classes required for their major to be accepted into the Advanced Master of Divinity. To demonstrate writing ability applicants must submit a graded research paper from their baccalaureate studies. If no such paper is available, applicants will be asked to write an essay demonstrating their writing/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 make application to the traditional Master of Divinity program.

Undergraduate Background Necessary for Admission - 27 Hours


Substantial undergraduate* preparation shall consist of the following classes and number of semester hours:

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

*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 Master of Divinity biblical language requirements with upper level language courses. Contact the Registrar’s Office for more information.

Advanced M.Div. Core Courses - 46 Hours


Electives - 15 Hours (courses must be 6000 level or above and non-MDiv core)


  • NTS**** - New Testament Elective (6000 level or above) 3 semester hr(s).
  • OTS**** - Old Testament Elective (6000 level or above) 3 semester hr(s).
  • THE**** - Theology Elective (6000* level or above) 3 semester hr(s).
  • Free Electives (6000* level or above) 6 semester hr(s).

   *6000 level MDiv Core  classes such as THE6110 and THE6120 can NOT count as electives.

Total Hours - 61 (plus 27 prerequisite undergraduate hours)


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