Schools & Programs

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God has called you to preach the Word and reach the world. A call to ministry is a call to prepare. At Southwestern Seminary, you can find bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees that will build your foundation for whatever ministry God calls you to pursue.

Degree Programs Overview

Theology

  • Master of Divinity

    This degree offers the essentials for ministry, training you in biblical languages, theology, preaching and more. In the M.Div., you’ll also put your knowledge into practice as you share your faith, make disciples and evangelize the nations.

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  • Advanced Master of Divinity

    Through this degree, you can build on your undergraduate theological training by replacing introductory courses with advanced electives. The student must have a theological undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

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  • Master of Arts in Lay Ministry

    If you are not called to full-time ministry but want to serve Christ in your church and community, you can build your theological and ministry skills through this degree.

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  • Master of Arts in Theology

    Tailored for students who want to dig deeply into theology, biblical studies, philosophy and ethics, this degree can prepare you for Southwestern’s doctoral program. The M.A.Th. builds upon a minimum of 30 undergraduate hours of Bible and theology prerequisites.

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  • Master of Arts in Archaeology & Biblical Studies

    This program will train you through advanced classes in archaeological methods, the history of the Bible lands and ancient languages. You’ll have on-the-job training through Southwestern’s digs and surveys at Tel Gezer, Israel, and Kourion, Cyprus.

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  • Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics

    The Master of Arts (Christian Apologetics) is a graduate level degree offering advanced work in the discipline of Christian Apologetics. Christian Apologetics is, by its very nature, interdisciplinary. It involves any discipline that provides a defense for the Christian Faith, especially Biblical/Theological studies, Philosophy, Science, History and Cultural Studies.

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  • Master of Theology

    One of Southwestern’s most advanced theological degrees at the master’s level, the Th.M. program will train you in a specific area of theology. It can also prepare you for the Ph.D. program. (M.Div. required)

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  • Doctor of Philosophy

    Southwestern Seminary offers Ph.D. degrees within each of its schools, providing you the opportunity to gain advanced training in specified areas of theology, archaeology, evangelism and missions, church and family ministries, or church music.

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  • Doctor of Ministry

    This degree will further equip you for ministry without requiring you to relocate to Fort Worth. Two seminars, each a year in length, will include two-week classroom sessions in the summer and conferences each fall and spring that complement your ministry schedule. Throughout the year, you will maintain your academic studies through online resources. During your final year of study, you will complete your dissertation.

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Church Music

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Bachelor of Music in Performance
  • Bachelor of Music in Worship Studies
  • Master of Music in Church Music
  • Master of Arts in Worship
  • Master of Arts in Church Music
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Musical Arts

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Certificate Programs

  • Certificate in Biblical Studies

    The Certificate in Biblical Studies provides students the opportunity to complete 30 hours of foundational courses. Upon completion of the certificate, students may transfer all hours into the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities.

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  • Leadership Certificate in Childhood and Weekday Education

    In order to provide training for the large number of persons providing leadership in the churches in the areas of weekday, preschool, and childhood education, the Leadership Certificate in Childhood and Weekday Education has been developed. Persons may attend classes one weekend a month and receive one hour of seminary credit for each class taken. At the completion of 12 classes (12 seminary hours) the person will receive a certificate from Southwestern Seminary. If, at a later date, the person decides to enter the seminary to work on a bachelor's or master’s degree, those 12 hours may fill electives in the total degree plan. Current students may also enroll in the weekend courses.

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  • Leadership Certificate in Women's Ministry

    The purpose of the Leadership Certificate in Women's Ministry program is to equip women as lay leaders and church staff in woman-to-woman ministries in the local church by providing quality training and networking opportunities.

    The Leadership Certificate in Women's Ministry can be acquired by completing 12 hours of course credit. This is accomplished by completing four 3-hour courses taught in the seminar format. Each course consists of one week of classroom instruction, taught by Southwestern faculty and other experts in the field of women's ministry, with an assignment due two weeks after each course. Courses are generally offered one week in the spring and one week in the fall. Courses are also offered at the J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies in Houston in weekend formats. It is possible to complete the program in two years. Courses may also be taken for credit in Southwestern's master's programs.

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Concentration & Majors Overview

BA Humanities

Biblical and Theological Studies
Education
History of Ideas
Homemaking
Missions
Music

BA Music

Composition
Performance
Worship

BS in Biblical Studies

Biblical and Theological Studies
Education
Homemaking
Missions
Music

MDIV Theology

Administration
Biblical Archaeology
Biblical Counseling
Biblical Theology
Chaplaincy
Children’s Ministry
Christian Apologetics
Christian Ethics
Church History and Historical Theology
Church Music
Church Recreation
Collegiate Apologetics
Collegiate Ministry
Family Ministry
Hispanic Studies
New Testament Exegesis and Exposition
Old Testament Exegesis and Exposition
Pastoral Counseling
Pastoral Leadership
Philosophy of Religion
Preaching
Steward Leadership
Student Ministry
Teaching
Theology
Women’s Ministry
Women’s Studies

MDIV Evangelism & Missions

Evangelism
International Church Planting
Islamic Studies
Missions
North American Church Planting

MA Theology

Biblical Archaeology
Biblical Theology
Christian Apologetics
Christian Ethics
Church History and Historical Theology
New Testament Exegesis and Exposition
Old Testament Exegesis and Exposition
Philosophy of Religion
Theology
Women’s Studies

THM

Christian Ethics
Church History and Historical Theology
New Testament
Old Testament
Pastoral Ministry
Philosophy of Religion
Preaching
Systematic Theology

THM Evangelism & Missions

Evangelism
Islamic Studies
Missions

MACE

Administration
Adult Ministry
Biblical Counseling
Children’s Ministry
Christian School Education
Church Recreation
Collegiate Ministry
Family Ministry
Hispanic Studies
Homemaking
Missions
Steward Leadership
Student Ministry
Teaching
Women’s Ministry
Worship

Master of Music in Church Music

Accompanying
Composition
Conducting
Instrumental Studies
Jazz Studies
Music Education
Music History
Music Ministry
Music Missions
Music Theory
Organ Performance
Piano Pedagogy
Piano Performance
Voice Pedagogy
Voice Performance
Worship

 

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