Master of Divinity

Southeastern University’s online Master of Divinity degree is designed to prepare you for ministry in professional settings, including pastoral work, missionary work and chaplaincy in various fields. You will also be able to pursue a doctoral education with this degree. The online curriculum equips you with a strong foundation in theological disciplines from a Christian perspective and guides you in learning how to interact critically with various theological constructs. As a result, you will be ready to impact the lives of others and improve your ministry.

Program Outcomes

Students who complete the Master of Divinity program will experience the following:

  • Strengthen their foundation in the Bible, theology, church ministry and church organization
  • Apply the biblical, theological and practical knowledge needed to reach others through ministry and the Christian worldview
  • Develop advanced skills through critical thinking, research and writing that are relevant to ministry in the church or parachurch organizations that emphasize professional ministry, as well as doctoral studies in the area of religion

Total Credits: 72 hours
Program Length: 24 to 36 months
Program Delivery: Online
Tuition: $495 per credit hour

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in any field within liberal arts
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or higher in the undergraduate program (If less than 2.5, the GPA for the last 60 hours will be calculated. If still less than 3.0, the applicant may be considered for provisional acceptance.)
  • One academic or professional recommendation
  • One Christian character recommendation
  • A writing sample of at least five pages indicative of writing and research ability to interact with scholarly sources in a critical manner


Biblical Studies Required Courses (9 Credit Hours)

BIBL 5223 Biblical Exposition and Faith Integration*
BIBL 5543 Introduction to the Background and Theological Themes of the OT
BIBL 5553 Introduction to NT Literature and History

*These courses are required for students who did not earn an undergraduate religion degree.

Biblical Studies Electives (12 Credit Hours)
BIBL/BIOT 5003 Pentateuch
BIBL/BIOT 5013 Major Prophets
BIBL/BIOT 5033 Luke-Acts
BIBL/BIOT 5043 Pastoral Epistles
BIBL/BIOT 5063 Biblical Archaeology
BIBL 5533 Special Topics in Biblical Studies
BIBL 5013 Graduate Greek I
BIBL 5023 Graduate Greek II

Theological Studies Required Courses (12 Credit Hours)

THEO 5533 Graduate Systematic Theology I*
THEO 5543 Graduate Systematic Theology II*
THEO 5313 Pentecostal Theology
THEO 5563 Contemporary Theology

*These courses are required for students who did not earn an undergraduate religion degree.

Church History Required Courses (6 Credit Hours)

THEO 5583 Christianity and the World Religions
THEO/HITH 5123 Historical Theology

Philosophy and Ethics Required Courses (6 Credit Hours)
THEO 5573 Theology and Ethics
PHIL 5503 Philosophy and the Christian Faith

Practical Theology / Ministry Required Courses (15 Credit Hours)

THEO 5503 Shape of Practical Theology
PMIN 5213 Homiletics: Methods of Biblical Preaching & Teaching
PMIN 5233 Managing Change and Conflict
PMIN 5343 Strategic Missional Leadership
PMIN 5353 Spirit Empowered Discipleship

Practical Theology / Ministry Electives (3 Credit Hours)
PMIN 5633 Leadership Development
PMIN 5333 Effective Leadership
PMIN 5473 Foundations for Cross-Cultural Ministry

Pastoral Counseling Required Courses (6 Credit Hours)

PMIN 5373 Holistic Pastoral Counseling
PMIN 5013 Foundations of Counseling

Applied Focus Option (3 Credit Hours)

PMIN/THEO/BIBL 5993 Thesis/Contextual Education Project
PMIN/THEO 5243 Graduate Practicum
PMIN/THEO/BIBL 5xxx Curriculum Elective

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