Philosophy M.Div. Specialization

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To serve as academicians, pastor-teachers, and apologists, with a focused preparation in the pursuit of classical wisdom in the Christian tradition.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Lloyd A. Harsch (Curriculum Coordinator)

  • Dr. Robert Stewart (Specialization Advisor)

Program Requirements

Basic Ministerial Competency Component (62-63 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 (13 hours)

course

hours

Systematic Theology 1

3

Systematic Theology 2

3

History of Christianity: Early-Medieval

3

History of Christianity: Reformation-Modern

2

Baptist Heritage

2

NOBTS, SBC, and Cooperative Program

*

Disciple Making Competency (6-7 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 1: Personal Evangelism Practicum (M)

2

Church Evangelism (M)
OR
Church Revitalization (M)

2

Christian Missions (M)
OR
Discipleship Strategies (M)

3
OR
2

Interpersonal Skills Competency (2 hours)

course

hours

Interpersonal Relationship Skills
OR
Counseling in Ministry

2

Servant Leadership Competency (8 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 2: Ministry Practicum

2

Church Leadership and Administration (M

3

Pastoral Ministry
OR
Christian Ministry**

3

Spiritual and Character Formation Competency (4 hours)

course

hours

Introduction to Spiritual Formation (M)

1

Christian Ethics
OR
Biblical Ethics 

3

Worship Leadership Competency (8 hours)

course

hours

Worship Leadership

3

Proclaiming the Bible
OR
Teaching the Bible***

3

Preaching Practicum (M)
OR
Teaching Practicum*** (M)

2

Elective Component (3 hours)

Free Elective (3 hours)

Philosophy Concentration (21 hours)

Christian Philosophy Core (15 hours)

course

hours

Philosophy of Religion 

3

The Problem of Evil 

3

Logic 

3

Epistemology OR Metaphysics 

3

Philosophical Theology 

3

Christian Philosophy Electives**** (6 hours)
Take 6 hours from the following courses:

course

hours

Development of Christian Ethical Thought 

3

Encountering World Religions 

3

Christian Apologetics 

3

Apologetic Method 

3

Contemporary Hermeneutical Theory 

3

Current Ethical Issues 

3

Ministerial Ethics 

3

Marriage and Family: A Christian Perspective 

3

World Religions: Eastern Religions 

3

World Religions: Islam 

3

World Religions: Judaism 

3

Christianity and the Sciences 

3

British Apologists 

3

Theology of C. S. Lewis 

3

Postmodernity & Contemporary Theological Issues 

3

Total Required: 86-87 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.

****This list is representative and may expand as new courses are developed.