Master of Divinity Degree (MDiv)
The Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree is our flagship program. This 90-hour degree is designed to prepare you for the broadest possible range of Christian leadership and ministry opportunities.
Students may earn the MDiv (MDiv is the proper abbreviation for a Master of Divinity degree) via:
- Video conferencing
- Motion (our in-person week long intensives)
- On campus in East Texas
- Or a combination of any of the above
Who Should Get An MDiv Degree?
The MDiv program provides the strongest foundation for the broadest range of ministry opportunities. As such, the Master of Divinity Degree is perfect for anyone aspiring to the following vocations:
- Pastor or Associate Pastor
- Minister of Christian Education
- Minister of Outreach/Discipling
- Minister of Evangelism
- And more
Get An Online Master of Divinity Degree
At BMATS (Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary), we strive to provide a highly flexible educational program. We believe we’ve developed one of the best online Master of Divinity programs available in Texas and want to make it accessible to as many prospective students as possible.
The master of Divinity degree at BMATS can be earned entirely through distance education or on campus. That’s why we offer our Master of Divinity degree online as well as on campus.
For those interested in taking some courses on campus, BMATS offers intensive week long classes that allow students to study on campus without requiring them to make a long-term move to Jacksonville, TX. We offer in-depth weeklong intensives called “Motion Classes” for the small handful of classes currently unavailable online. These weekend intensives cover the core of the curriculum in a matter of days, so you do not have to move to Texas for a whole semester for just one or two classes.
BMATS is a ministry member of the Baptist Missionary Association of America and a highly respected theological seminary in East Texas. Chartered in 1955, BMATS has a rich history of providing quality education to ministers and academics from throughout Texas, the United States, and around the world.
Whether you plan to do schooling on campus or acquire your Master of Divinity online, our accredited seminary will provide you with all the tools you need to minister with knowledge and confidence.
Please reach out for more information about the MDiv or any other theological studies you are interested in.
Master of Ministry vs. Master of Divinity
A Master of Divinity degree is much more in-depth than a Master of Arts in Church ministries. The basic difference is the MDiv’s language requirement (Greek and Hebrew), an excellent choice for students who already serve in full-time ministry and want to supplement their career or those seeking a position that does not require a Master of Divinity degree.
Can I Take The MDiv online?
Yes, You can earn the Master of Divinity online. This does require at least three courses to be completed either on campus or via video conferencing, while most distance education students take their courses via video conference during regular semester (typically one night per week), others choose to visit the campus for intensive week long studies usually held during summer sessions.
Can I Transfer Credit Towards An MDiv Degree?
Up to 42 semester hours of previous work (63 quarter hours) may be transferred into the BMA Master of Divinity program from another accredited institution.
What Can You Do With a Master of Divinity Degree?
A graduate of the BMA Master of Divinity program will demonstrate deep understanding and competencies in the following areas:
- Lead and minister on a professional level as a pastor, chaplain, or church leader in a church or ministry-related organization.
- Effectively listen, disciple, and guide spiritual formation with empathy, wisdom, and cross-cultural competency as a pastoral counselor.
- Lead, ideate, and disciple for both the academic and practical facets of ministry in a world of increasingly diverse religious heritages and cultural contexts.
- Be deeply aware of and committed to ongoing personal development, spiritual formation, boundaries/self-care, and rest/Sabbath in an “always-on” world.
- Show deep understanding and ability to effectively communicate biblical truths and theological ideas.
- Demonstrate research and academic skills to perform at high levels of ongoing professional ministries or postgraduate/doctoral studies.
Is a Master of Divinity a master’s degree?
Yes. The Master of Divinity program is one of the highest, most respected achievements most ministers ever attain.
Master of Divinity Degree Course Requirements (90 Semester Credit Hours)
Courses fall into the following fields of study:
- Biblical and Language Studies
- Theological-Historical Studies
- Church Ministries
- Christian Leadership
In addition to the well-rounded foundational core curriculum, 21 hours of biblical language study (7 classes) are required to provide the strongest possible foundation for Christian leadership and discipleship. You can take up to 12 hours of electives to allow for emphasis in a particular area of interest. No more than four courses at the 300-400 level may be taken in your degree plan. The rest must be courses numbered 500-600.
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 631 Supervised Ministerial Leadership Experience**
- PM 521 Theology of Worship
- PR 511 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)
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At BMATS, we want to provide our students with the most robust theological education. We aim to see you grow in your knowledge of Scripture and theology. That’s why we strive to offer one of the best Master of Divinity programs in Texas at an affordable cost.
Contact us today to request more information and find out if BMATS is the right school for you.