Master of Divinity (MDiv) Language Track
Someone once wrote that reading the Bible without knowing Greek and Hebrew is like watching a 20” TV while reading the Bible knowing Greek and Hebrew is like watching a 65” LCD 1080p HDTV with stereo surround sound. You can understand what is going on with the smaller television, but the bigger TV offers added depth and clarity.
MDiv students here at BTS pursue both reading of Scripture and theological reflection under the conviction that God has determined to unite all things in heaven and on earth in Jesus Christ. By learning Greek and Hebrew students get a snapshot of the past and better understand the redemptive-historical narrative that culminates in God’s taking on human flesh in Jesus Christ as His mission to restore His creation, especially human beings precious to Him.
For us, the languages are not just about gaining a higher level of theological understanding but developing the skills and humility to study the biblical context so we can better apply what we know to the current culture.
Why the MDiv Language Track at BTS?
BTS's MDiv is taught from a "missional" perspective. The church in many places is losing its effectiveness for influencing people for Christ. Those in ministry leadership roles within the church must be equipped to bring new vitality and focus to the mission to which God has called the church. BTS's approach is simple: telling the gospel is our command, living out the gospel is our commission.
LANGUAGES TRACK MDiv DISTINCTIVES:
- Foundational ministry degree that opens up the most options for vocational ministry
- Equips graduates for further academic and professional training (PhD or DMin degrees)
- Offers original biblical languages as a pathway for exegetical study of the scriptural text
- Flexible course scheduling allowing for full or part time study
Why Biblical Languages?
If you were married to a person from France or Mexico, wouldn’t you want to learn French or Spanish because of your love for your spouse? While there are a lot of great English translations of Scripture out there, in the Old Testament authors spoke Hebrew (or Aramaic) and in the New Testament authors spoke Greek (or Aramaic). Yes, it always works to study a new language, but in the case of Hebrew and Greek, the reward is worth it. As you learn the language of YHWH and Jesus, you will develop a deeper relationship with God.
The language-based Master of Divinity consists of 90 credits, available in a convenient format. Due to block scheduling, full-time students are on campus a maximum of only two days per week. Courses are offered during the day and evening so students may work and minister as they complete their degree.
"They all told me the same thing: if you want to be a theologian or a scholar, there are many great options. If you want to be a shepherd of people, go to BTS. I chose BTS, and they were right."
- Dave Matchette, MDiv '08
Language Track MDiv Curriculum
Total Required Credits - 90
Biblical Studies - 36 Credits
- Hebrew (1 and 2) and Greek (1 and 2)
- Authentic Biblical Interpretation
- Reading the Old Testament Missionally
- Reading the New Testament Missionally (pre-req., Reading OT)
Take 5 of These 6
- Old Testament Pentateuch Book Study - (pre-req., Reading OT, Hebrew 2)
- Old Testament Prophets Book Study - (pre-req., Reading OT, Hebrew 2)
- Old Testament Writings Book Study - (pre-req., Reading OT, Hebrew 2)
- New Testament Gospels Book Study - (pre-req., Reading NT, Greek 2)
- New Testament Acts or Pauline Book Study - (pre-req., Reading NT, Greek 2)
- New Testament General Epistles Book Study - (pre-req., Reading NT, Greek 2)
Theology - 18 Credits
- Theology 1: God and Creation
- Theology 2: Reconciliation and Redemption - (pre-req., MT1)
- World Christian History 1
- World Christian History 2
- World Christian History 3
- Christianity and World Religions
Practical Theology - 18 Credits
- Formation and Mission
- Community and Mission - (pre-req., Formation and Mission)
- Leadership Development - (pre-req., Formation and Mission)
- Organizations and Change - (pre-req., Leadership Development)
- Pastoral Counseling
- Homiletics - (pre-req., 4 book study courses)
Integrative - Senior Seminar - 3 Credits
Free Elective Option - 15 Credits
You may choose any five classes of your choice to complete this requirement. Not all classes are offered at the same times each year.
Ministry in Context Concentration - 15 Credits
- Ministry Internship Seminar
- Pastoral Responsibilities & Church Leadership
- 2 Ministry Electives and 1 Other Elective
Counseling Concentration - 15 Credits
(2 required counseling courses & 3 other elective classes of your choice). Students may also take Helping Relationships in place of Pastoral Counseling.
- Human Development
A prerequisite for counseling electives is successful completion of Helping Relationships.
Please be aware that these elective courses vary from year to year. Please see our current term schedules for the classes being offered this year.
Download required Counseling Concentration Declaration Form
*Note: Students must pass the Bible Knowledge exam to qualify for graduation.
MAC Course Policy for Non-MAC Students
Students not in the MAC program who wish to complete core counseling classes [note: this does not limit bible and theology counseling courses) are limited to certificate level courses. You must be registered as a Certificate in Counseling concentration student in order to take certificate level courses.
Students wishing to transfer into the MAC program must first complete Helping Relationships (obtaining a grade of B or better). Those students who completed the pastoral counseling course must audit Helping Relationships and successfully complete the active auditor requirements (see syllabus).
Students need to be reviewed before they are permitted to transfer into MAC fully, but can be taking courses on the list above.
How long will it take to complete the MDiv program?
The Master of Divinity program can be completed in three years with a total of 90 credits. However, many students pursue the program on a part-time basis for all or part of their course of study.
What are the entrance requirements to the MDiv program?
BTS welcomes men and women who have or are about to complete a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Prior study in Bible or theology is not required. International applicants have additional requirements that are posted on our website .
The admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of academic ability, personal characteristics, and educational and ministry goals and objectives.