Advanced Placement MDiv

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Why study for the Advanced Placement MDiv at TEDS?

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 graduate with an MDiv while also allowing you to take additional advanced electives in areas that you’re passionate about.

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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.)


Our new MDiv curriculum 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. 


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
Course Title Credits
ID 5000 Biblical Theology and Interpretation 3 hours
NT 5251 Greek Exegesis I 2 hours
NT 5252 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 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: 15 hours
Choose one of the following tracks:

Church and Parachurch Ministry

Course Title Credits
PT 7481–7482 Internship II, or
PT 7482 (2hr), PT 7483 (2hr) if completing internship over 3 semesters
3 hours
Various Electives 15 hours

Academic Ministry

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



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).


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


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.


Ready to applyMake 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.


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