Master of Divinity (MDiv)

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree is the basic seminary degree for college graduates. It is the appropriate first professional degree for individuals who anticipate ordination. It is designed for individuals who anticipate serving as pastors, evangelists, associate pastors, missionaries, or in other ministries that emphasize expository preaching, or teaching of the Word of God. In most cases, the MDiv degree is also the appropriate degree for students who anticipate doctoral training and a ministry of college or seminary level teaching.

Students graduating from the M.Div. degree program will be able to:

  1. Develop an increased Bible and theological knowledge.
  2. Facilitate interpretation of scripture using appropriate hermeneutical principles.
  3. Encourage formulation of theological beliefs based on biblical and historical perspectives.
  4. Progress in the practice of classical spiritual disciplines.
  5. Develop a Great Commission perspective that is demonstrated by skills in evangelism, equipping disciples, preaching and teaching, corporate worship, and leadership.

Standard MDiv Course List

FOUNDATIONAL CORE (72 HOURS)

  • BS2210 Old Testament Survey I
  • BS2211 Old Testament Survey II
  • BS2310 New Testament Survey I
  • BS2311 New Testament Survey II
  • BS2200 Elementary Hebrew I
  • BS2201 Elementary Hebrew II
  • BS2300 Elementary Greek I
  • BS2301 Elementary Greek II
  • BS2400 Introduction to Hermeneutics
  • CE8301 Church Administration
  • HT3100 History of Christianity I
  • HT3101 History of Christianity II
  • HT3110 Baptist History
  • HT3200 Theology I
  • HT3201 Theology II
  • HT3300 Introduction to Apologetics
  • HT3400 Christian Ethics
  • MN5060 Evangelism & Discipleship
  • MN5115 Biblical Communications & Preaching OR MN5161 Preaching I: Sermon Prep Practicum
  • MN5160 Biblical Communications Practicum OR MN5162 Preaching II: Sermon Delivery Practicum
  • MN5312 Intro to Pastoral Care & Counseling
  • MN5468 Leadership Practicum
  • MS7001 Theology & Philosophy of Missions OR MS7011 Missiology
  • GS1801 Integrative I, Leadership (1 hr)
  • GS1802 Integrative II, Assessment (1 hr)
  • GS1803 Integrative III, Capstone (1 hr)

ELECTIVES (9 HOURS)


Concentrations

MDiv, Biblical Languages

90 Credit Hours

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree, Biblical Languages Concentration cultivates a Christian lifestyle, offers instruction in classical theological disciplines, and develops ministry skills in biblical languages.

FOUNDATIONAL CORE (72 HOURS)

BS2210 Old Testament Survey I
BS2211 Old Testament Survey II
BS2310 New Testament Survey I
BS2311 New Testament Survey II
BS2200 Elementary Hebrew I
BS2201 Elementary Hebrew II
BS2300 Elementary Greek I
BS2301 Elementary Greek II
BS2400 Introduction to Hermeneutics
CE8301 Church Administration
HT3100 History of Christianity I
HT3101 History of Christianity II
HT3110 Baptist History
HT3200 Theology I
HT3201 Theology II
HT3300 Introduction to Apologetics
HT3400 Christian Ethics
MN5060 Evangelism & Discipleship
MN5115 Biblical Communications & Preaching OR MN5161 Preaching I: Sermon Prep Practicum
MN5160 Biblical Communications Practicum OR MN5162 Preaching II: Sermon Delivery Practicum
MN5312 Intro to Pastoral Care & Counseling
MN5468 Leadership Practicum
MS7001 Theology & Philosophy of Missions
GS1801 Integrative I, Leadership (1 hr)
GS1802 Integrative II, Assessment (1 hr)
GS1803 Integrative III, Capstone (1 hr)

CONCENTRATION COURSE LIST (12 hours)

BS2203 Intermediate Hebrew I
BS2204 Intermediate Hebrew II
BS2303 Intermediate Greek I
BS2304 Intermediate Greek II

ELECTIVE HOURS (6 HOURS)

MDiv, Christian Education

90 Credit Hours

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree, Christian Education Concentration.

FOUNDATIONAL CORE (72 HOURS)

BS2210 Old Testament Survey I
BS2211 Old Testament Survey II
BS2310 New Testament Survey I
BS2311 New Testament Survey II
BS2200 Elementary Hebrew I
BS2201 Elementary Hebrew II
BS2300 Elementary Greek I
BS2301 Elementary Greek II
BS2400 Introduction to Hermeneutics
CE8301 Church Administration
HT3100 History of Christianity I
HT3101 History of Christianity II
HT3110 Baptist History
HT3200 Theology I
HT3201 Theology II
HT3300 Introduction to Apologetics
HT3400 Christian Ethics
MN5060 Evangelism & Discipleship
MN5115 Biblical Communications & Preaching OR MN5161 Preaching I: Sermon Prep Practicum
MN5160 Biblical Communications Practicum OR MN5162 Preaching II: Sermon Delivery Practicum
MN5312 Intro to Pastoral Care & Counseling
MN5468 Leadership Practicum
MS7001 Theology & Philosophy of Missions OR MS7011 Missiology
GS1801 Integrative I, Leadership (1 hr)
GS1802 Integrative II, Assessment (1 hr)
GS1803 Integrative III, Capstone (1 hr)

CONCENTRATION COURSE LIST (15 hours)

CE8482 Foundations in Equipping Practicum
CE8483 Equipping Strategies Practicum
CE8484 Preschool & Children Ministry Practicum
CE8485 Youth Ministry Practicum
CE8487 Adult Ministry Strategies Practicum

ELECTIVE HOURS (3 HOURS)

MDiv, Church Planting

90 Credit Hours

Students graduating from the M.Div. degree with Church Planting program will be able to develop a Great Commission perspective that is demonstrated by skills in evangelism, equipping disciples, preaching and teaching, corporate worship, and leadership. They will utilize church planting skills in ministry, and demonstrate the commitment necessary to start healthy, reproducing congregations in a North American context.

FOUNDATIONAL CORE (72 HOURS)

BS2210 Old Testament Survey I
BS2211 Old Testament Survey II
BS2310 New Testament Survey I
BS2311 New Testament Survey II
BS2200 Elementary Hebrew I
BS2201 Elementary Hebrew II
BS2300 Elementary Greek I
BS2301 Elementary Greek II
BS2400 Introduction to Hermeneutics
CE8301 Church Administration
HT3100 History of Christianity I
HT3101 History of Christianity II
HT3110 Baptist History
HT3200 Theology I
HT3201 Theology II
HT3300 Introduction to Apologetics
HT3400 Christian Ethics
MN5060 Evangelism & Discipleship
MN5115 Biblical Communications & Preaching OR MN5161 Preaching I: Sermon Prep Practicum
MN5160 Biblical Communications Practicum OR MN5162 Preaching II: Sermon Delivery Practicum
MN5312 Intro to Pastoral Care & Counseling
MN5468 Leadership Practicum
MS7001 Theology & Philosophy of Missions OR MS7011 Missiology
GS1801 Integrative I, Leadership (1 hr)
GS1802 Integrative II, Assessment (1 hr)
GS1803 Integrative III, Capstone (1 hr)

CONCENTRATION COURSE LIST (18 hours)

CE8487 Adult Ministry Strategies Practicum
MN5474 Leading & Managing Change Practicum
MS7660 Church Planting Leadership Practicum
MS7662 Community Research & Exegesis Practicum
MS7664 Outreach Strategy & Methods Practicum
MS7665 Church Plant. Logistics: Fin. & Legal Pract.

MDiv, Counseling

96 Credit Hours

This degree is designed to help students meet the educational requirements for licensure in Missouri. The goal is to provide the student with the skills required to deliver appropriate professional counseling services to individuals in either a ministry or private setting. Graduating does not guarantee licensure eligibility since other factors may disqualify the student from eligiblity for a license.

The seminary reserves the right to require the student to obtain professional counseling for him or herself, if necessary, or to require the student to move to another degree program if that is deemed necessary. The student would be notified of these actions privately with due time to allow for the changes.

MDIV COUNSELING FOUNDATIONAL CORE (60 Hours)

BS2210 Old Testament Survey I
BS2211 Old Testament Survey II
BS2310 New Testament Survey I
BS2311 New Testament Survey II
BS2400 Introduction to Hermeneutics
CE8301 Church Administration
HT3100 History of Christianity I
HT3101 History of Christianity II
HT3110 Baptist History
HT3200 Theology I
HT3201 Theology II
HT3300 Introduction to Apologetics
HT3400 Christian Ethics
MN5060 Evangelism & Discipleship
MN5115 Biblical Communications & Preaching OR MN5161 Preaching I: Sermon Prep Practicum
MN5160 Biblical Communications Practicum OR MN5162 Preaching II: Sermon Delivery Practicum
MN5312 Intro to Pastoral Care & Counseling
MN5468 Leadership Practicum
MS7001 Theology & Philosophy of Missions OR MS7011 Missiology
GS1801 Integrative I, Leadership (1 hr)
GS1802 Integrative II, Assessment (1 hr)
GS1803 Integrative III, Capstone (1 hr)

CONCENTRATION COURSE LIST (36 hours)

CO5501 Counseling Theories
C05502 Life Span Development
CO5505 Professional Orientation & Ethics
CO5522 Marriage & Family Counseling
CO5526 Diag. & Treat. Of Addiction Dis.
CO5530 Theory & Methods of Grp Counseling
CO5534 Abnormal Psych: Theory, Diag. & Treat.
CO5537 Career Development & Counseling
CO5539 Multicultural Counseling
CO5542 Integration Christian Theol. & Counseling
CO5554 Supervised Counseling Practicum
CO5555 Supervised Counseling Internship

MDiv, International Church Planting

90 Credit Hours
Considering placement with the IMB? Click here for more information.
The Master of Divinity degree, International Church Planting concentration is offered in cooperation with the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention. The degree program includes two years of study at Midwestern and two (or three) years of international field based service and study in cooperation with IMB (i.e., “2+2” or “2+3”). Students completing the program qualify for appointment as career missionaries with the IMB without additional stateside ministry experience. The concentration cultivates a Christian lifestyle, offers instruction in classical theological disciplines, and develops ministry skills focused on establishing healthy New Testament churches in international settings.

FOUNDATIONAL CORE (72 HOURS)

BS2210 Old Testament Survey I
BS2211 Old Testament Survey II
BS2310 New Testament Survey I
BS2311 New Testament Survey II
BS2200 Elementary Hebrew I
BS2201 Elementary Hebrew II
BS2300 Elementary Greek I
BS2301 Elementary Greek II
BS2400 Introduction to Hermeneutics
CE8301 Church Administration
HT3100 History of Christianity I
HT3101 History of Christianity II
HT3110 Baptist History
HT3200 Theology I
HT3201 Theology II
HT3300 Introduction to Apologetics
HT3400 Christian Ethics
MN5060 Evangelism & Discipleship
MN5115 Biblical Communications & Preaching OR MN5161 Preaching I: Sermon Prep Practicum
MN5160 Biblical Communications Practicum OR MN5162 Preaching II: Sermon Delivery Practicum
MN5312 Intro to Pastoral Care & Counseling
MN5468 Leadership Practicum
MS7001 Theology & Philosophy of Missions
GS1801 Integrative I, Leadership (1 hr)
GS1802 Integrative II, Assessment (1 hr)
GS1803 Integrative III, Capstone (1 hr)

CONCENTRATION COURSE LIST (18 hours)

MS7016 World Religions
MS7206 Missionary Anthropology
MS7209 Cross Cultural Comm. & Lang. Learn.
MS7216 Cross Cultural Church Planting
MS7217 International Church Planting Pract I
MS7218 International Church Planting Pract II

MDiv, Leadership

90 Credit Hours

The regular MDiv degree with a leadership emphasis.

FOUNDATIONAL CORE (72 HOURS)

BS2210 Old Testament Survey I
BS2211 Old Testament Survey II
BS2310 New Testament Survey I
BS2311 New Testament Survey II
BS2200 Elementary Hebrew I
BS2201 Elementary Hebrew II
BS2300 Elementary Greek I
BS2301 Elementary Greek II
BS2400 Introduction to Hermeneutics
CE8301 Church Administration
HT3100 History of Christianity I
HT3101 History of Christianity II
HT3110 Baptist History
HT3200 Theology I
HT3201 Theology II
HT3300 Introduction to Apologetics
HT3400 Christian Ethics
MN5060 Evangelism & Discipleship
MN5115 Biblical Communications & Preaching OR MN5161 Preaching I: Sermon Prep Practicum
MN5160 Biblical Communications Practicum OR MN5162 Preaching II: Sermon Delivery Practicum
MN5312 Intro to Pastoral Care & Counseling
MN5468 Leadership Practicum
MS7001 Theology & Philosophy of Missions OR MS7011 Missiology
GS1801 Integrative I, Leadership (1 hr)
GS1802 Integrative II, Assessment (1 hr)
GS1803 Integrative III, Capstone (1 hr)

CONCENTRATION COURSE LIST (12 hours)

MN5471 Organizational Theory & Management Practicum
MN5472 Personal Leadership Development Practicum
MN5473 Leadership Team Development Practicum
MN5474 Leading & Managing Change Practicum

ELECTIVE HOURS (6 HOURS)

MDiv, Preaching and Pastoral Ministry

90 Credit Hours

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree, Preaching and Pastoral Ministry Concentration is designed to prepare men called to serve as pastor of a local congregation. The concentration provides a foundation of biblical studies, exposition and ministry skills designed to prepare pastors for service in the local church.

FOUNDATIONAL CORE (72 HOURS)

BS2210 Old Testament Survey I
BS2211 Old Testament Survey II
BS2310 New Testament Survey I
BS2311 New Testament Survey II
BS2200 Elementary Hebrew I
BS2201 Elementary Hebrew II
BS2300 Elementary Greek I
BS2301 Elementary Greek II
BS2400 Introduction to Hermeneutics
CE8301 Church Administration
HT3100 History of Christianity I
HT3101 History of Christianity II
HT3110 Baptist History
HT3200 Theology I
HT3201 Theology II
HT3300 Introduction to Apologetics
HT3400 Christian Ethics
MN5060 Evangelism & Discipleship
MN5115 Biblical Communications & Preaching OR MN5161 Preaching I: Sermon Prep Practicum
MN5160 Biblical Communications Practicum OR MN5162 Preaching II: Sermon Delivery Practicum
MN5312 Intro to Pastoral Care & Counseling
MN5468 Leadership Practicum
MS7001 Theology & Philosophy of Missions
GS1801 Integrative I, Leadership (1 hr)
GS1802 Integrative II, Assessment (1 hr)
GS1803 Integrative III, Capstone (1 hr)

CONCENTRATION COURSE LIST (18 hours)

BS2203 Intermediate Hebrew I and BS2204 Intermediate Hebrew II OR
BS2303 Intermediate Greek I and BS2304 Intermediate Greek II
MN5471 Organizational Theory & Mgmt Practicum
CE8487 Adult Ministry Strategies Practicum
MN5474 Leading & Managing Change Practicum
MN5130 Advanced Expository Preaching

MDiv, Women's Ministry

90 Credit Hours

Purpose: The Master of Divinity degree, Women's Ministry concentration, cultivates a Christian lifestyle, offers instruction in classical theological disciplines, and develops theoretical understanding and practical skill related to women's ministry.

Objectives: In addition to the Master of Divinity degree objectives, students graduating with the M.Div., Women's Ministry concentration will be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the biblical and theological foundations of women's ministry in the local church.
  2. Demonstrate increased skill in the practice and leadership of women's ministries in the local church.

Foundational Core: 72 Hours
Old Testament Survey I
Old Testament Survey II
New Testament Survey I
New Testament Survey II
Elementary Hebrew I
Elementary Hebrew II
Elementary Greek I
Elementary Greek II
Introduction to Hermeneutics
Church Administration
History of Christianity I
History of Christianity II
Baptist History
Theology I
Theology II
Introduction to Apologetics
Christian Ethics
Evangelism & Discipleship
Principles of Teaching I
Principles of Teaching II
Intro to Pastoral Care & Counseling
Principles of Leadership
Theology & Philosophy of Missions OR Missiology
Integrative I, Leadership
Integrative II, Assessment
Integrative lll, Capstone

Women’s Ministry Emphasis: 15 Hours
Biblical Womanhood Practicum
Age Group Ministry
Women’s Ministry Internship
Women’s Evangelism and Missions Practicum
Women’s Discipleship Practicum

Elective: 3 Hours

MDiv, Worship Ministries

90 Credit Hours

Midwestern offers the Master of Divinity in Worship Ministries (MDiv-WM) with a primary focus on equipping an individual for specialized leadership in worship ministry. Because we exist to serve the church, this degree is strategically designed to prepare worship students to serve a myriad of local-church contexts by integrating extensive biblical and theological course study with the development of both a theology and philosophy of Christian worship. In addition, students will gain an understanding of and be equipped with the many unique and necessary ministerial and musical skills with which one may oversee, develop, and replicate such ministries.

The MDiv-WM is an extensive graduate degree, and while an undergraduate degree in music is desirable, it is not required nor is it a prerequisite for admission to the degree program. Please note, however, that all incoming MDiv-WM students must show proficiency in fundamental musical skills and will be required to take a short series of *competency tests upon entering the program—scheduled during the week of orientation—in the areas of music theory, conducting, piano, and church-music history, as well as a proficiency in a major musical skill such as singing or playing an instrument. In addition, males desiring to pursue this degree will complete core courses specializing in preaching and pastoral leadership. Females desiring to pursue this degree may choose from free-electives in biblical and theological studies.

FOUNDATIONAL CORE (60 HOURS)

BS2210 Old Testament Survey I
BS2211 Old Testament Survey II
BS2310 New Testament Survey I
BS2311 New Testament Survey II
BS2400 Introduction to Hermeneutics
CE8301 Church Administration
HT3100 History of Christianity I
HT3101 History of Christianity II
HT3110 Baptist History
HT3200 Theology I
HT3201 Theology II
HT3300 Introduction to Apologetics
HT3400 Christian Ethics
MN5060 Evangelism & Discipleship
MN5115 Biblical Communications & Preaching OR MN5161 Preaching I: Sermon Prep Practicum
MN5160 Biblical Communications Practicum OR MN5162 Preaching II: Sermon Delivery Practicum
MN5312 Intro to Pastoral Care & Counseling
MN5468 Leadership Practicum
MS7001 Theology & Philosophy of Missions
GS1801 Integrative I, Leadership (1 hr)
GS1802 Integrative II, Assessment (1 hr)
GS1803 Integrative III, Capstone (1 hr)

CONCENTRATION COURSE LIST (30 hours)

CM9100 Biblical Foundations of Worship
CM9205 Survey of Christian Worship & Congregational Song
CM9421 Worship Technology
CM9401 Worship Ministry Administration
CM9403 Corporate Worship Leadership
CM9103 Preparing Vocalists for Worship
CM9104 Preparing Instrumentalists for Worship
CM9565 Integrative Worship Ministry

Experience

Applied Music Lesson (3 hrs)
Choose major lesson area from voice, guitar, or piano (3 consecutive semesters at one (1) credit hour per semester)
Music Ensemble Participation (3 hrs)
3 semesters. Choose from the following: 9580 Chapel Choir, CM9582 Chapel Band I/II *, CM9583 Voices of Midwestern**
* Audition only
** Audition only/traveling group/ both vocalists and instrumentalists

MDiv, Youth Ministry

90 Credit Hours

The Master of Divinity degree, Youth Ministry cultivates a Christian lifestyle, offers instruction in classical theological disciplines, and develops ministry skills in youth ministry.

FOUNDATIONAL CORE (72 HOURS)

BS2210 Old Testament Survey I
BS2211 Old Testament Survey II
BS2310 New Testament Survey I
BS2311 New Testament Survey II
BS2200 Elementary Hebrew I
BS2201 Elementary Hebrew II
BS2300 Elementary Greek I
BS2301 Elementary Greek II
BS2400 Introduction to Hermeneutics
CE8301 Church Administration
HT3100 History of Christianity I
HT3101 History of Christianity II
HT3110 Baptist History
HT3200 Theology I
HT3201 Theology II
HT3300 Introduction to Apologetics
HT3400 Christian Ethics
MN5060 Evangelism & Discipleship
MN5115 Biblical Communications & Preaching OR MN5161 Preaching I: Sermon Prep Practicum
MN5160 Biblical Communications Practicum OR MN5162 Preaching II: Sermon Delivery Practicum
MN5312 Intro to Pastoral Care & Counseling
MN5468 Leadership Practicum
MS7001 Theology & Philosophy of Missions OR MS7011 Missiology
GS1801 Integrative I, Leadership (1 hr)
GS1802 Integrative II, Assessment (1 hr)
GS1803 Integrative III, Capstone (1 hr)

CONCENTRATION COURSE LIST (15 hours)

CE8482 Foundations in Equipping Practicum
CE8483 Equipping Strategies Practicum
CE8485 Youth Ministry Practicum
CE8486 Adolescent Development Practicum
CE8487 Adult Ministry Strategies Practicum

ELECTIVE HOURS (3 HOURS)