Master of Divinity Standard

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To serve in a wide variety of ministerial callings, including pastoral ministry, youth ministry, campus ministry, chaplaincy, and missions.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate an ability to interpret and communicate the Bible and theological truths accurately.

  2. Students will gain an understanding of cultural context of the Bible and skills in interacting with it.

  3. Students will demonstrate spiritual and moral strength through their study and relational experience in the program.

  4. Students will demonstrate skills in ministry and public leadership.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Bo Rice (Curriculum Coordinator and Advisor)

Program Requirements

Basic Ministerial Competency Component (68 hours)

Biblical Exposition Competency (21 hours)

Course

Hours

Exploring the Old Testament

3

Exploring the New Testament

3

Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics

3

Introductory Hebrew Grammar

3

Intermediate Hebrew Grammar for OT Exegesis

3

Introductory Greek Grammar

3

Intermediate Greek Grammar for NT Exegesis

3

Christian Theological Heritage Competency (14 hours)

course

hours

Systematic Theology 1

3

Systematic Theology 2

3

History of Christianity: Early-Medieval

3

Baptist Heritage

2

Philosophy of Religion OR Christian Apologetics

3

NOBTS, SBC, and Cooperative Program

*

Disciple Making Competency (9 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 1: Personal Evangelism Practicum (M)

2

Church Evangelism (M)

2

Christian Missions (M)

3

Discipleship Strategies (M

2

Interpersonal Skills Competency (4 hours)

course

hours

Interpersonal Relationship Skills 

2

Counseling in Ministry 

2

Servant Leadership Competency (8 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 2: Ministry Practicum (M)

2

Church Leadership and Administration (M)

3

Pastoral Ministry
OR
Christian Ministry** 

3

Spiritual and Character Formation Competency (4 hours)

course

hours

Christian Ethics
OR
Biblical Ethics 

3

Introduction to Spiritual Formation (M)

1

Worship Leadership Competency (8 hours)

course

hours

Worship Leadership

3

Proclaiming the Bible
OR
Teaching the Bible***

3

Preaching Practicum
OR
Teaching Practicum*** (M)

2

Electives Component (16 hours)

Guided Elective Course Options (4 hours)

course

hours

Choose two courses from the following options:

Encountering the Biblical World 

2

History of Christianity: Reformation-Modern 

2

Church Revitalization 

2

Free Electives (12 hours)

Total Required: 84 hours

(M) Indicates course is also available in a mentoring format.

*All graduate students must take this course during orientation in their first semester; however, students will not receive a credit hour or be charged for the course.

**Students who do not have a pastoral ministry calling (e.g., pastor, ministry staff, chaplain, or church planter) may choose to take Christian Ministry instead of Pastoral Ministry.

***Students not called into a preaching ministry may choose to take Teaching the Bible instead of Proclaiming the Bible, and Teaching Practicum instead of Preaching Practicum. Students who take Teaching the Bible must take the Teaching Practicum course.