Trinity Evangelical Divinity School



Master of Divinity: Advanced Placement

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.

Master of Divinity: Advanced Placement

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).

Introducing our revised curriculum

Our new MDiv curriculum, beginning in the Fall of 2017, brings a sharper focus to the degree with less credit hours required. The Trinity MDiv has always provided training in Scripture interpretation, theology, pastoral practices, leadership, preaching, and spiritual formation. Our revised curriculum will also develop skills in cultural exegesis and provide a deepened Christian worldview that will equip you to engage with diverse cultures for the gospel’s sake. These revisions were shaped through extensive faculty research along with alumni focus groups to bring a great enhancement to this degree.

What will I study?

The AP MDiv curriculum (72-87 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 - 54 hours

    ID 5000 Biblical Theology and Interpretation 3 hours
    NT 5251 New Testament Greek Exegesis I 2 hours
    NT 5252 New Testament Greek Exegesis II 2 hours
    NT 5253 Exegesis for Preaching 2 hours
    NT 6251 Interpreting the Synoptics and Acts 3 hours
    NT 6252 Interpreting Paul and the General Epistles 3 hours
    NT 6253 Interpreting Johannine Literature 2 hours
    OT 5240 Elementary Hebrew I 3 hours
    OT 5241 Elementary Hebrew II 3 hours
    OT 5242 Hebrew Exegesis 3 hours
    OT 6251 Interpreting the Pentateuch and Former Prophets 3 hours
    OT 6252 Interpreting the Latter Prophets 3 hours
    OT 6253 Interpreting the Writings 3 hours
    PT 5100 Spiritual Formation for Ministry 2 hours
    HM 6200-6201 Biblical Preaching 2 hours
    HM 7000 Preaching the Old Testament 1 hour
    ID 6500 Understanding Social & Cultural Contexts for Ministry 2 hours
    ST 7200 Theological Ethics 3 hours
    ST XXXX Advanced Theological Course: Choose from ST 7070, ST 7505, ST 7710, ST 8000, ST 8030, ST 8040, ST 8050, ST 8730 3 hours
    PT 7250 Christian Worship and Pastoral Practices 3 hours
    PT 7481 Internship I 3 hours
    ID 5080 Formation Group (2 semesters) 0 hours


  • Degree Tracks - 18 hours

    Choose one of the following tracks:

    Church and Parachurch Ministry:

    PT 7482 Internship II, or PT 7482 (2hr), PT 7483 (2hr) if completing internship over 3 semesters 3 hours
    Various Electives 15 hours

    Academic Ministry:

    ID 8100 Scholarship & the Christian Mind 3 hours
    Various Electives: 7000 or above 15 hours



All Master of Divinity students must complete an internship. Learn more about internships here.

Degree Tracks

The MDiv degree offers two tracks. Each track has a unique 3-hour requirement and 15 additional elective hours. Students seeking intensive specialization are encouraged to complete another MA in their area of interest. Up to half of the credits for an MA can be fulfilled from MDiv coursework.

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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Master of Divinity: Advanced Placement 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