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Master of Divinity

Southeastern University’s Master of Divinity (MDiv) program equips students to work in full-time professional ministry, including as pastors, missionaries and military chaplains. Your course work — totaling 72 credit hours in all, or three years of full-time study — will encompass an in-depth study of the Bible, theology and practical ministry. Specific topics covered include the Greek language, the Old Testament and New Testament, ecclesiology, systematic theology, pastoral counseling, historical theology, world religions, ethics, philosophy, preaching and leadership. These classes, combined with a practicum, a thesis or an elective, will give you the skills and understanding necessary to gain your ordination credential (for those working in religious denominations requiring it) as well as to pursue advanced study in a doctoral program. The MDiv is offered in a flexible delivery format. Under the guidance of professors with extensive experience in pastoral ministry, missions and chaplaincy, you can benefit from both the convenience of online learning and the face-to-face interaction of on-campus classes. For graduates of and current students in Southeastern’s MAML or MATS programs, and ministerial graduate transfer students, the MDiv is a natural next step. Up to 48 transfer credit hours can be accepted toward your MDiv at SEU, meaning you could complete the program in just 18–24 months, depending on how many courses you’ve already completed.

Prepare to gain your ordination credential or pursue advanced study in a doctoral program.

Program Details

21 hours of biblical studies
24 hours of theological studies
24 hours of practical theology/ministry
3 hours of applied focus option
Total credit hours — 72

Cost per credit hour — $495
Estimated total tuition cost — $35,640

Financial Aid

We have Financial Aid staff dedicated specifically to graduate students. These staff members can assist you with coordinating employer assistance benefits, church-matching scholarships, federal aid, private loans, and military benefits. Convenient payment plans are also available.

Sample Core Courses

  • Biblical Exposition and Faith Integration (BIBL 5223) —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.
  • Systematic Theology II (BIBL 5543) — This course introduces the Old Testament, beginning with basic Near East geography. Areas to be considered in addition to geography are the Primeval period in Genesis, the Patriarchal period, the sojourn in Egypt, the Exodus, the Wilderness period, the Conquest and Settlement of Canaan, the United Monarchy, and the Divided Kingdom.
  • Pentecostal Theology (THEO 5313) —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.
  • Managing Change and Conflict (PMIN 5233) —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.

Biblical Studies Courses

Biblical Exposition and Faith Integration

Introduction to the Background and Theological Themes in the Old Testament

Introduction to New Testament Literature and History

Theological Studies Courses

Graduate Systematic Theology I and II

Pentecostal Theology

Contemporary Theology

Church History Courses

Christianity and the World Religions

Historical Theology

Philosophy and Ethics Courses

Philosophy and the Christian Faith

Theology and Ethics

Practical Theology/Ministry Courses

Shape of Practical Theology

Homiletics: Methods of Biblical Preaching and Teaching

Managing Change and Conflict

Strategic Missional Leadership

Spirit-Empowered Discipleship

Pastoral Counseling Courses

Holistic Pastoral Counseling

Foundations of Counseling

Pastor

Missionary

Military chaplain

Professor

Pastoral counselor