With Southeastern University’s online Master of Divinity, you’ll be prepared to impact the lives of others through ministry.
Through this program’s robust curriculum, you’ll build a strong foundation in theological disciplines and learn how to interact critically with various theological concepts. After graduating, you will have the knowledge and skills to influence others and improve your ministry as a pastor, missionary or military chaplain. Our online MDiv allows you to study when it’s most convenient and is the perfect stepping-stone to a doctoral education.
Our faculty have extensive experience in the fields of ministry and missionary work. Through their instruction, you will strengthen your foundation in the Bible, theology, church ministry and church organization. You’ll develop advanced ministerial expertise through critical thinking, research and writing. The curriculum explores a variety of topics, including:
- Old Testament
- New Testament
- Greek language
- Systematic theology
- Pastoral counseling
- World religions
- Historical theology
Our online MDiv teaches application of multidisciplinary concepts, skills and principles to real-world leadership circumstances. These include self-assessment, self-confidence and the spiritual and emotional development of others. In addition, you’ll discover how to draw from different theologies to interact critically with affirming and opposing theoretical ideas. Finally, the program will teach you how to use effective problem-solving skills to deal with conflict management, bonding and facilitating collaboration and teamwork.
Earn your Master of Divinity more quickly: Those with significant vocational ministry experience or an accredited undergraduate degree in ministry, Bible, or theology may be able to apply that learning toward up to one quarter of the 72-credit hour Master of Divinity degree through advanced standing.*
*Undergraduate credits must be from a regionally or ABHE accredited institution with grades of B or higher and will be credited on a two-for-one basis. Experiential learning will be assessed for individual courses by examinations and essays. Additional fees may be required.
Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The School of Divinity, which encompasses all of our graduate degrees, holds Associate Membership in the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and is in the process of receiving full accreditation from ATS.
Courses and Requirements
The online MDiv includes a total of 72 credits. Included in 18 credits of biblical studies courses are 12 credits of electives. Both the theological studies and practical theology/ministry portions of the degree include 24 credits. An applied focus requirement consists of three credits and allows students to choose between a practicum (internship), thesis project or additional curriculum elective.
Students who wish to enroll in Southeastern University’s Master of Divinity online program must have:
- A GPA of 3.0 or higher in an undergraduate program (If lower than 3.0, the GPA for the last 60 credits will be calculated, and the applicant may be considered for provisional standing.)
Required Courses (9 credits)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits BIBL 5223 Biblical Exposition and Faith Integration A study of the development and expression of biblical exegesis and exposition in relation to the contemporary social, cultural, family and faith issues confronting Christians in the North American church. Selected biblical passages will be analyzed in light of their message and potential influence on important contemporary issues impacting the local church. 3 BIBL 5543 Introduction to the Background and Theological Themes of the Old Testament This course provides the background for Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) biblical studies as well as introduces key theological themes of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible). 3 BIBL 5553 Introduction to New Testament Literature and History This course introduces students to the scholarly field of biblical studies on the New Testament with special attention given to the literature, theology, historical contexts, canonical development, and reception of the New Testament. 3
Bible Electives (12 credits)
Select four of the following:
Course Number Course Title Description Credits BIBL/BIOT 5003 Pentateuch This course examines the first five books of the Bible. Issues related to Torah, narrative analysis, creation, covenant, and the Exodus are addressed. Attention is given to current critical issues, defining key concepts and Hebrew words, to the early history of Israel, to Mosaic laws, and to ethical values and abiding principles. 3 BIBL/BIOT 5013 Major Prophets This course analyzes the Major Prophets in the Old Testament. Emphases are placed upon eras and locations of writing, specifically the Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian periods, the analyses of texts, and key applications of each of the prophets. 3 BIBL/BINT 5033 Luke-Acts This course examines the narratives of Luke as he presents the story of Jesus and the story of the Early Church to Theophilus. Special attention will be given to the text with regard to its political, social and religious setting in a Greco-Roman and Jewish context. The theology that arises from the literary structure that connects these books will be investigated. The nature and function of the Spirit will be addressed, especially in relation to ecclesiology, soteriology and eschatology, as well as Pentecostal theologies that have developed from Luke's writings. The mission and message of the early Christian community will be investigated. 3 BIBL/BINT 5043 Pastoral Epistles This course is a historical and exegetical exploration of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, examining how they functioned in the church context to which they were written. Themes will be addressed through exegetical study, including ecclesiastical organization, relationship between orthodoxy and heresy, the role of women in the household and the church, pneumatological witness to 'sound doctrine,' and pastoral identity and function. The implications of these themes will be related to the present church and culture. 3 BIBL 5063 Biblical Archaeology This course is an introduction to the field of biblical archaeology. It intersects the archaeological work done in Israel and the surrounding nations with the biblical record. Areas of inquiry include a history of the discipline of biblical archaeology, how tells are excavated, the dating of material, historical intersections, and insight upon textual records. 3 BIBL 5533 Special Topics in Biblical Studies This course covers current issues in New Testament Studies. The course content will be set by the instructor. 3 BIBL 5013 Graduate Greek I This course engages the students in the rudiments of Koine Greek as the first step in preparation for translation of the Greek New Testament. 3 BIBL 5023 Graduate Greek II This course engages students in an intermediate use of Koine Greek exegesis. 3
Required Theology Courses (12 credits)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits THEO 5533 Graduate Systematic Theology I This course acquaints students with the foundational belief structures of Christian faith in relation to the Pentecostal theological tradition. Major doctrines such as theological method, the doctrine of God, revelation, scripture, sin, the person and work of Christ, and the nature of faith will be investigated. 3 THEO 5543 Graduate Systematic Theology II This introductory course continues to acquaint students with the foundational belief structures of Christian faith in relation to the Pentecostal theological tradition. Major doctrines such as the doctrine of salvation, sanctification, the Holy Spirit, the church and the last things will be investigated. 3 THEO 5313 Pentecostal Theology A study of the theological developments, both historically and contemporary, within the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. Special emphasis will be given to North American Classical Pentecostalism and their theological impact on the Church particularly in the Charismatic Renewal. An overview of the unique theological expressions of Pentecostalism in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America will be presented. Distinguishing features of Pentecostal Theology with the areas of Pneumatology, Missiology, Hymnology and Narrative Theology will be investigated. 3 THEO 5563 Contemporary Theology This course is an exploration of more recent theological trends in contemporary theology. The course will critically examine the origins, character, and contemporary significance of selected theologians and theological trends and movements. 3
Required Church History (6 credits)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits THEO 5583 Christianity and World Religions This course explores the historical and contemporary relationships of Christianity and the world religions, specifically focused at the theological level and involving Pentecostal perspectives. Topics discussed include global Renewal movements and religious pluralism, theology of religions globalization, interfaith relations, and interreligious dialogue. Focus may rotate from year to year emphasizing the encounter between Christianity and one other world religious tradition. 3 THEO/HITH 5123 Historical Theology This course examines developments within the church from the post-apostolic period through the present, including cultural and theological developments. Issues to be addressed include the establishment of the church as a marginalized community in the Mediterranean region and its development to become a majority community in Europe and near Asia, the institutionalization and development of divisions in the church, advancements in the Eastern Church, reforming calls within the Western Church, reorganization and re-institutionalization within Protestant communities and re-visioning within Roman Catholic expressions, shifts during the enlightenment and modern eras, and global expressions of the church during the late modern era. 3
Required Philosophy and Ethics (6 credits)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits PHIL 5503 Philosophy and the Christian Faith This course will investigate the relationship between the philosophical tradition and theology. Topics to be covered may include the nature of religion, religious experience, faith and reason, the existence of God, religious language, life after death, and the problem of evil. 3 THEO 5573 Theology and Ethics This course is an exploration of the relationship between theology, ethics, and the moral life in the work of key theologians and schools of thought with the philosophical goal of making sense of the connections between truth-claims, ethical obligations, virtuous character, and moral conduct. Special attention is given to the theocentric structure of ethical reasoning in Scripture. 3
Required Practical Theology/Ministry (15 credits)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits THEO 5503 Shape of Practical Theology This course covers critical issues related to questions about the nature of God's presence in everyday life. It develops a foundation for practical theology based on fundamental issues by defining dilemmas for study, developing a dialogue with pertinent sources, formulating and implementing reasonable intentions for resolving those dilemmas, and assessing the application of those intentions. Thsi will involve theololgical reflection on th unique issues which arise in the maor spheres of home, church, academy, and workplace. 3 PMIN 5213 Homiletics: Methods of Biblical Preaching/Teaching This class is designed to assist beginning and veteran preachers in the development of exegetical skills appropriate for effective preaching and teaching in the local church. An emphasis will be placed on the nature, method, variety, and importance of preaching from the Bible. Emphasis will also be placed on the practical implementation of theory by requiring full development of a series of sermons and/or curriculum plan. 3 PMIN 5233 Managing Change and Conflict An examination of the dynamics of leading congregations through the various phases of church life, especially as difficult situations arise. The course will also examine methods of dealing with difficult people and situations of conflict arising from church life and church growth. Issues related to fairness, compromise, conciliation, and cooperation will be addressed. 3 PMIN 5243 Strategic Missional Leadership This course surveys contemporary models for mobilizing organizations as missional communities in their local and global contexts. The course covers the biblical foundations for an orthodox missiology and explores methods of identifying and nurturing the necessary leadership traits required to transform the mission and goals of an organization. It also addresses issues pertaining to organizational outreach, such as recruitment, motivation, communication, and implementation of effective outreach efforts. 3 PMIN 5353 Spirit-Empowered Discipleship This course surveys contemporary Pentecostal approaches and challenges to Christian spiritual formation. It offers a review of the biblical foundations and traditional Pentecostal practices or disciplines for a deeper spirituality. In addition it addresses various methodologies and challenges for spiritual formation within the student's particular missional context. 3
Practical Theology/Ministry Elective (3 credits)
Select one of the following:
Course Number Course Title Description Credits PMIN 5333 Effective Leadership A thorough examination of the role of a leader in planning, team building, developing a clear sense of mission, shared values, and vision. Evaluation of church and parachurch organizations will be explored as they relate to issues of effective leadership. 3 PMIN 5473 Foundations for Cross-Cultural Ministries This interdisciplinary course is designed to prepare the student for effective ministry in the complexities of cross-cultural and sub-cultural settings. Foundational issues related to applied missions anthropology, inter-cultural communication, and contextualization will be addressed. 3 PMIN 5633 Leadership Development A theological rationale based upon the doctrine of the priesthood of the believer and the gifts of the Holy Spirit is developed with practical application for the recruitment and development of lay persons for ministry within the congregation and to the community. The course focuses on the identification of individual gifts and talents that persons may possess and the training of those individuals for various ministries. Styles of leadership, administrative functions and multi-staff relationships. 3
Required Pastoral Counseling (6 credits)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits PMIN 5373 Holistic Pastoral Counseling A study of the techniques and relationship which serve to promote healthy adult growth and functioning. The course begins with an exploration of motivations for working in the helping fields. The course previews basic counseling skills such as warth, empathy, concreteness, confrontation, interviewing, and treatment planning. The emphasis is on training helping professionals to help others. Personal congitive-emotional awareness and theological-psychological balance is promoted through a study of individual functioning in interpersonal relationships. 3 PMIN 5013 Foundations of Counseling This course broadens the student's perspective of and introduces a general approach to the field of counseling including secular and Christian concepts and approaches. Included are basic skills of attending, empathy, acceptance, and authenticity necessary for effective counseling. Additional insights include confrontation, counselor self-awareness and self-disclosure, maintenance of ethics, and referral. The role of faith in the ministry of counseling will be explored. 3
Select one of the following:
Course Number Course Title Description Credits PMIN/THEO/BIBL 5993 Thesis/Contextual Education Project This course engages the study of resources and technology for the purpose of research and preparation of formal papers in the student's field of study. 3 PMIN 5243 Graduate Practicum Graduate Practicum I 3 PMIN/THEO/BIBL XXX PMIN/THEO/BIBL Elective Choose any one elective from PMIN, THEO or BIBL 3
Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||$495 per credit hour||$35,640|
|Technology Fee||$150 per semester||$900|
|General Student Fee||$150 per semester||$900|
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated four to six semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 866.858.6290 or request more information.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500.
At SEU, we want to help make your online education even more affordable, so we offer a variety of financial aid options. About 98 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid, and we have multiple payment options available.Learn More
Some of the possible careers you can pursue after earning your online MDiv include:
- Military Chaplain
- Pastoral Counselor
Frequently Asked Questions
- Because our online tuition rate is already discounted, we do not offer additional internal scholarships. However, we encourage you to apply for external scholarships. Connect with your tuition planner for additional information.
- We accept transfer credit all the way up to the master's degree level and offer free transfer credit evaluations. Transfer credits are accepted from regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as institutions accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. We also accept transfer credits from nationally accredited or unaccredited institutions if an articulation agreement exists. For information, view our Transfer Policy.
- Undergraduate students may be eligible for federal grants through financial aid, which do not have to be repaid. However, not all undergraduate students will receive federal grants. We also offer payment plan options to spread the cost over a few months. Once you apply, you'll have access to a tuition planner, who will work with you to determine the best financial plan. For more information, visit our Financial Aid page.
- As an online student, you're still part of a community. We have enrollment counselors, advisors and tuition planners who will work closely with you for the duration of your program. You’ll also have access to our tutoring services, career services and the online library.
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