Graduate Degrees

Master of Divinity

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.

The Master of Divinity degree can be earned at the Jacksonville, Texas campus. In addition, many courses for this degree can be taken online,
through intensive Motion courses, or in other distance education formats.

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)

  • Elective
  • Elective

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, Missionary, Chaplain, Educator

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 Arts in Church Ministries

The Master of Arts in Church Ministries is a two year (60 semester hours) program of studies that prepares you for a variety of ministries in a church or church related institution, including pastoral ministry or a particular area of church ministry (for example: Christian education, missions, pastoral counseling, youth, evangelism and discipleship).

The Master of Arts in Church Ministries degree can be earned at the Jacksonville, Texas campus. In addition, many courses for this degree can be taken online, through intensive Motion courses, or in other distance education formats.

Master of Arts in Church Ministries Requirements (60 Hours)

No more than three courses numbered 300-400 may be taken. The remainder must be courses numbered 500-600.
The candidate for the Master of Arts in Church Ministries degree must complete a minimum of twenty-four semester hours of classroom work in residence at BMA Seminary.
Up to twenty-seven (27) semester hours of work may be transferred from an accredited institution toward the Master of Arts in Church Ministries degree.

 

Biblical Studies (12 Hours)

  • OT 511 Old Testament Introduction and Survey I
  • OT 512 Old Testament Introduction and Survey II
  • NT 511 New Testament Introduction and Survey I
  • NT 512 New Testament Introduction and Survey II

 

Theological-Historical Studies (12 Hours)

  • TH 511 Systematic Theology I
  • TH 512 Systematic Theology II
  • CH 511 General Church History I
  • CH 621 Survey of Baptist Heritage

 

Church Ministries (18 Hours)

  • PM 511 Pastoral Ministry
  • PM 514 Principles of Disciple-Making
  • EV 512 Biblical Evangelism and Disciple-Making
  • PM 532 Supervised Ministerial Leadership Experience
  • PR 511 Special Studies in Expository Preaching
  • PR 611 Homiletics

Non-ministerial students may substitute electives for PM 511, PR 511, and PR 611.
Students my substitute an approved Clinical Pastoral Education, Pastoral Ministry, Religious Education, or Missions internship for PM 532.

 

 

Christian Education (12 hours)

  • RE 511 Principles of Church Administration OR
    RE 512 Administrative Christian Leadership
  • Elective in Christian Education
  • RE 536 Principles of Christian Counseling
  • Elective in Christian Education

Ministerial students lacking prior studies in church administration must take RE 511.

 

 

Electives (6 Hours)

  • Elective
  • Elective

Who is it for?

The Master of Arts in Church Ministries program allows the student to prepare for a number of ministerial opportunities. The program is recommended for those who are studying for any of the following ministries: Minister of Christian Education, Minister of Youth, Minister of Outreach/Discipling, Minister of Evangelism, Campus Minister, Pastor or Associate Pastor, Missionary, Pastoral Counselor

    Goals for This Degree

    Upon satisfactory completion of the Master of Arts in Church Ministries program the graduate should be able to accomplish the following objectives:

    • Minister competently as a pastor, associate pastor, or as a pastoral counselor to a local church congregation.
    • Minister on a professional level as a minister of education or minister of youth in a church or church related institution.
    • Demonstrate leadership skills in the field of Christian ministry and education in various contexts of and support roles required in Christian ministry.
    • Understand and be able to communicate biblical and theological truths in the context of Christian ministry.
    • Demonstrate personal growth and spiritual maturity as needed for leading various Church ministries.
    • Function at an acceptable level in further professional studies in Christian ministry.

      Master of Arts (Pastoral Theology)

      The Master of Arts (Pastoral Theology) is a two year (36 semester hours) program of studies that focuses on the core fields of Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, and Pastoral Studies.

      The Master of Arts degree can be earned at the Jacksonville, Texas campus. In addition, many courses for this degree can be taken online,

      through intensive Motion courses, or in other distance education formats.

      Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology Requirements (36 Hours)

      Fields of emphasis provide opportunity for students to complete studies in the areas of Old Testament, New Testament, Systematic Theology, Church History, and Applied Theology (Pastoral Studies). The curriculum requires 12 hours of Theological-Historical Studies, 12 hours of Biblical Studies, and 12 hours of Church Ministries.

      The candidate for the Master of Arts (Pastoral Theology) must earn a minimum of twenty-one (21) semester hours through BMA Seminary. Up to fifteen (15) semester hours of work may be transferred from an accredited institution toward the Master of Arts (Pastoral Theology) degree.

      All courses taken must be 500-600 level.

      Biblical Studies (12 Hours)

      • OT 511 Old Testament Introduction and Survey I
      • OT 512 Old Testament Introduction and Survey II
      • NT 511 New Testament Introduction and Survey I
      • NT 512 New Testament Introduction and Survey II

       

      Theological-Historical Studies (12 Hours)

      • TH 511 Systematic Theology I
      • TH 512 Systematic Theology II
      • CH 511 General Church History I
      • CH 621 Survey of Baptist Heritage

       

      Church Ministries (12 Hours)

      Required Course (3 hours)

      • PM 517 Theology of Disciple-Making

      Students may substitute PM 514 & EV 512 for PM 517 and one elective.

      Electives (9 hours)

      • RE 511 Church Administration
      • RE 513 History & Philosophy of Christian Education
      • RE 535 Advanced Christian Psychology
      • PM 521 Theology of Worship
      • PR 517 Hermeneutics in Preaching
      • Miss 511 Advanced History & Philosophy of Missions
      • Miss 514 Biographical History of Missions
      • Miss 521 Selected Topics in Missions

      Students must choose three of the above courses or courses determined by the Dean to be consistent with the purpose and outcomes of the degree.

       

      Who is it for?

      The Master of Arts (Pastoral Theology) program allows the student to prepare for several supportive roles to those serving in positions of ministerial leadership, as opposed to the MDiv and MACM that focus on the development of particular ministerial skills. The program is available for those who are planning to function in the following vocational opportunities: Associate Pastor, Church Administrator, Lay Leader, Bible Teacher

      Goals for This Degree

      Upon satisfactory completion of the Master of Arts (Pastoral Theology) program the graduate should be able to accomplish the following objectives:

      • Demonstrate interdisciplinary knowledge as it relates to biblical studies, theological/historical studies, and pastoral theology.
      • Evaluate and communicate biblical theological truths in the context of Christian ministries.

        Master of Arts (Religion)

        The Master of Arts (Religion) is a two year (36 semester hours) program of studies that focuses on the core fields of study of Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, and Historical Studies.

        The Master of Arts in Church Ministries degree can be earned at the Jacksonville, Texas campus. In addition, many courses for this degree can be taken online, through intensive Motion courses, or in other distance education formats.

        Master of Arts in Religion Course Requirements (36 Hours)

        Fields of emphasis provide opportunity for students to complete studies in the fields of Biblical Studies and Theological-Historical Studies. The curriculum requires 15 hours of Theological-Historical Studies, 12 hours of Biblical Studies, 3 hours of applied theology, and 6 hours of electives.

        The candidate for the Master of Arts (Religion) must earn a minimum of twenty-one (21) semester hours through BMA Seminary. Up to fifteen (15) semester hours of work may be transferred from an accredited institution toward the Master of Arts (Religion) degree.

        All courses taken must be 500-600 level.

         

        Biblical Studies (12 Hours)

        • OT 511 Old Testament Introduction and Survey I
        • OT 512 Old Testament Introduction and Survey II
        • NT 512 New Testament Introduction and Survey II
        • NT 511 New Testament Introduction and Survey I

         

        Theological-Historical Studies (15 Hours)

        • TH 511 Systematic Theology I
        • TH 512 Systematic Theology II
        • CH 511 General Church History I
        • CH 621 Survey of Baptist Heritage
        • PhR 512 Survey of World Religions or
          PhR 513 Interacting With Abrahamic Faith Traditions

         

        Church Ministries (3 Hours)

        • PM 517 Theology of Disciple-Making
        Students may substitute PM 514 & EV 512 for PM 517 and one elective.

         

        Electives (6 hours)

        • Elective in Biblical or Theological-Historical Studies
        • Elective in Biblical or Theological-Historical Studies

         

        Comprehensive Program Exam

        Who is it for?

        The Master of Arts (Religion) program allows the student to prepare for several ministerial opportunities. The program is available for those who are planning to function in the following non-ministerial vocations: Bible Expositor, Educator, Theologian, Church Historian

        Goals for This Degree

        Upon satisfactory completion of the Master of Arts (Religion) program the graduate should be able to accomplish the following objectives:

        • Demonstrate a basic understanding of theological disciplines for further graduate study or for general educational purposes.
        • Understand and communicate biblical and theological truths in the context of Christian ministry.