AP MDiv

Advanced Placement Master of Divinity

Excellent training on a timeline that builds upon the great work you’ve already done.

If you’re graduating with a ministry degree from an accredited Bible college or Christian liberal arts school, you may qualify for our Advanced Placement MDiv (AP MDiv). This program reduces the overall number of hours you’ll need to take to graduate with an MDiv while also allowing you to take additional advanced electives in areas that you’re passionate about.

Advanced Placement Master of Divinity

Where can this degree take me?

The Master of Divinity is considered the standard professional degree for pastoral ministry, as well as providing an excellent foundation for further academic work and many other unique ministry contexts; our AP MDiv helps prepare you in a shorter amount of time by building on the undergraduate work you’ve already done. MDiv alumni have gone on to a wide variety of vocational pursuits, including pastors, denominational leaders, scholars, authors, community development leaders, and missionary workers in many different contexts locally, nationally, and globally. The MDiv is the prerequisite degree for Doctor of Ministry (DMin) programs and is the recommended graduate degree for those intending to pursue advanced theological study (usually at the ThM or PhD levels).

What will I study?

The AP MDiv curriculum (75-94 hours total) covers the same robust range of biblical studies, theology, culture, and practical ministry experience as a standard MDiv. You’ll take courses in the following areas:

  • AP MDiv Core - 41 hours

    ID 5000 Biblical Theology and Interpretation 3 hours
    NT 5210 NT Greek Exegesis I 4 hours
    NT 5211 NT Greek Exegesis II 2 hours
    NT 5212 NT Greek Exegesis III 1 hour
    NT 6600 Preaching from the New Testament 1 hour
    NT 6221 Synoptics and Johannine Literature 3 hours
    NT 6222 Acts, Pauline, and General Epistles 3 hours
    OT 5240 Elementary Hebrew I 3 hours
    OT 5241 Elementary Hebrew II 3 hours
    OT 5242 Hebrew Exegesis 4 hours
    OT 6216 Pentateuch and Historical Books 4 hours
    OT 6217 Prophetic and Poetic Books 4 hours
    PT 6210 Advanced Personal Ministry Development 1 hour
    (or PT 5000 as indicated in the letter of admission, in which case we encourage taking PT 6210 as an elective)
    PT 7280 Christian Worship 2 hours
    PT 7460 MDiv Capstone Seminar 1 hour
    PT 7465/7466 Internship 2 hours
    ID 5080 Formation Group (2 semesters) 0 hours
  • Electives - 34 hours

    Prerequisite deficiencies cannot apply as electives in the AP MDiv. All AP Mdiv electives must be 6000 level or above with the exception of EM 5210, 5510, 5712, 5540, 5541, CC5610, and CO 5210.
    Biblical, Theological, and Historical Studies (CH, ST, NT, OT)
    A minimum of 3 hours in Church History (CH) and 6 hours in Systematic Theology (ST) – 12-18 hrs
    Worldview and Culture Studies
    Choose electives from at least two areas: BE (Bioethics), CC (Christianity & culture), ME (Mission & Evangelism), PR (Philosophy of Religion) – 8-12 hrs
    Ministries and Practices
    A minimum of two hours must be completed in each of the following areas:
    CM/CO (Counseling Ministries & Counseling), EM / ES (Educational Ministries & Studies), HM / PT (Homiletics & Pastoral Theology) – 8-12 hrs

Field Education & Internships

All Master of Divinity students must complete field education and internship requirements. Learn more about field ed & internship here.

What are the prerequisites for admission to this program?

To qualify, applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in a field related to Christian ministry, pre-seminary studies, biblical studies, or theological studies within the past five years. Other degrees, however, may be considered; talk to an Admissions Counselor if you’re interested but unsure about your qualifications. You’ll need to have done a good amount of coursework (with a grade of “B” or better and a GPA of 3.25 or higher) in church history, biblical and theological studies, mission and evangelism studies, and ministry and preaching courses, as well as cultural engagement and supervised ministry experiences. (See full prerequisites for the hourly requirements; you may be admitted with several hours of deficiency, but these must be made up and will prevent you from completing the AP MDiv in as short a time.)

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Advanced Placement Master of Divinity Prerequisites

You’ll need to have undergraduate coursework in the following areas:

  • Church history or history elective covering church history broadly (3-4 hrs)
  • Pastoral counseling, including lab counseling experiences (2-3 hrs)
  • Christian education or educational ministries in the local church (2-3 hrs)
  • Introductory preaching, including lab preaching experiences (2-3 hrs)
  • Christian mission (2-3 hrs)
  • Evangelism (2-3 hrs)
  • Apologetics or Christian evidences (2-3 hrs)
  • Cultural engagement course examining current trends and their intersection and critique from a biblical perspective (2-3 hrs)
  • Biblical or systematic theology covering the scope of theology (6-9 hrs)
  • Christian ethics examining contemporary ethical issues in biblical perspective (2-3 hrs)
  • Denominational history and polity (1 hr or as required by denomination)
  • Supervised cross-cultural ministry experience (not a mission trip)
  • Supervised ministry field experience, practicum, or internship (2 semesters or 200 clock hours)
  • A personal ministry assessment course, which includes personal assessment and development of a personal philosophy of ministry, including use of such tools as the MMPI and CounselAid

You’ll also need a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher and a grade of “B” or better in each prerequisite course.

Optional Prerequisites

For applicants who majored in Biblical or Theological studies and who do not fulfill all required prerequisites, up to 6 hours of advanced bible and/or theology courses (300-400 level) may be credited to the APMDiv program as electives. Please note, however that a minimum of 75 hours is required for the APMDiv.

Applicants with 19 or more hours of prerequisite deficiencies are not eligible for the AP MDiv and will need to apply to the standard MDiv program.

Next Steps

Ready to apply? Make sure you send in the  Supplemental Application too. AP MDiv Applications will be considered only in an applicant’s first semester in the MDiv program (including as a second program for Multiple Master’s applicants), and all necessary materials must be submitted no later than the end of Add/Drop in that first semester.

Download the AP MDiv Supplemental Application