Master of Divinity

(MDiv)

When the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus, he reminded them of God’s gracious gift of servant leaders like “pastors and teachers” whose job it was to “equip the saints for works of service” and to the “building up of the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11, 12)

For this reason, the Master of Divinity (MDiv) is all about equipping God’s servant leaders with God’s word to equip others for the advancement of the Mission of God through Christ’s church. The MDiv degree is designed to train pastors with the biblical, theological, and practical knowledge needed to equip those who are the church in order to build up the church.

See Admission Requirements.

See Master of Divinity student testimonials.

Program Description

The MDiv is the foremost professional degree for those called to preach and teach God’s word. In the MDiv program you will learn:

  • Practical ministry skills needed to shepherd a congregation;
  • Biblical backgrounds of history, archeology and geography;
  • Biblical hermeneutics and how to interpret Scripture;
  • Exegesis of the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament;
  • Theological schools of thought and church history;
  • Apologetics, philosophy of religion and how to defend the faith.

The Master of Divinity degree prepares persons for ordained ministry and for general pastoral and religious leadership responsibilities in congregations and other settings. The MDiv degree may also prepare a student to pursue admission to the Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs.

All of the classes for the MDiv program are offered Online.

Program Goals

The central goals (adapted from ATS standard 4.3) of the Carroll MDiv degree, as an advanced program that is oriented toward ordained ministry and for general pastoral and religious leadership, include the following:

Goal 1: Master of Divinity degree recipients will give evidence of a comprehensive and discriminating understanding of their religious heritage.
Goal 2: Master of Divinity degree recipients will give evidence of an understanding of the cultural realities and structures within which the church lives and carries out its mission.
Goal 3: Master of Divinity degree recipients will give evidence of personal growth—faith, emotional maturity, moral integrity, and public witness. They will also give evidence of development of certain capacities—intellectual and affective, individual and corporate, ecclesial and public—that are requisite to a life of pastoral leadership.
Goal 4: Master of Divinity degree recipients will give evidence of personal theological reflection on the practice of ministry and demonstrate a capacity for leadership in both ecclesial and public contexts.

These core goals are achieved uniquely at B. H. Carroll Theological Institute through specific learner-centered competencies that have their bases in four theologically-oriented Learning Clusters of Carroll’s foundational curriculum.

MDiv

Total Units Required: 72
Course Completion Guide

This degree includes 2 courses in Basic Skills in New Testament Greek and Old Testament Hebrew (4 total credit hours), designed for students interested in enhancing their capacity for study and interpretation of the biblical texts by learning basic grammatical forms and functions of Biblical New Testament Greek and Old Testament Hebrew, and the use of helpful lexical and exegetical tools for translating biblical texts.

Core Courses
Course TitleCourse NumberCredits
GatewayBHCTI—50002
Old Testament (Choose 2 of 3)SWBLI—5111, 5112, 51132
New Testament (Choose 2 of 3)SWBLI—5211, 5212, 52132
Biblical InterpretationSWBIT—51112
Christian Theology (Choose 2 of 3)FHBTH—5111, 5112, 51132
Christian Heritage (Choose 2 of 3) FHCHS—5111, 5112, 51132
Baptist HeritageFHCHS—52112
The Teaching ChurchMFFND—51112
The Functioning ChurchMFADM—51112
Leadership in MinistryMFLDS—51112
Christian DisciplinesWMWOR—52112
Christian WorshipWMWOR—51112
Christian WitnessWMEVA—51112
Total Units for Core:34
Additional Studies
Course TitleCourse NumberCredits
Biblical Languages I (Hebrew)SWBLA—53112
Biblical Languages IISWBLA—53122
Biblical Preaching ISWBPR—51112
Biblical Preaching IISWBPR—51122
Philosophy of ReligionFHPHI —51112
Christian EthicsFHETH—51112
ApologeticsFHPHI—52112
Basic Skills in Christian CounselingMFPSY—56212
Pastoral LeadershipMFLDS—52112
Pastoral CareMFPMN—51112
MissiologyWMMIS—51112
Growing Healthy ChurchesWMMIS—51212
ELECTIVES
CourseCourse Number2
CourseCourse Number2
CourseCourse Number2
CourseCourse Number2
PRAXIS
Supervised Ministry IBHCTI—53112
Supervised Ministry IIBHCTI—53122
CapstoneBHCTI—52110
Total Units for Additional Studies:38

MDiv with Biblical Languages

Total Units Required: 72
Course Completion Guide

This degree includes 3 courses in New Testament Greek and 3 courses in Old Testament Hebrew (12 total credit hours) designed for students interested in enhancing their capacity for study and interpretation of the biblical texts by acquiring the language knowledge to learn to read the New and Old Testaments in their original languages.

All of the classes for the MDiv program are offered Online.

Core Courses
Course TitleCourse NumberCredits
GatewayBHCTI—50002
Old Testament (Choose 2 of 3)SWBLI—5111, 5112, 51132
New Testament (Choose 2 of 3)SWBLI—5211, 5212, 52132
Biblical InterpretationSWBIT—51112
Christian Theology (Choose 2 of 3)FHBTH—5111, 5112, 51132
Christian Heritage (Choose 2 of 3) FHCHS—5111, 5112, 51132
Baptist HeritageFHCHS—52112
The Teaching ChurchMFFND—51112
The Functioning ChurchMFADM—51112
Leadership in MinistryMFLDS—51112
Christian DisciplinesWMWOR—52112
Christian WorshipWMWOR—51112
Christian WitnessWMEVA—51112
Total Units for Core:34
Additional Studies
Course TitleCourse NumberCredits
Old Testament Hebrew ISWBLA—51112
Old Testament Hebrew IISWBLA—51122
Old Testament Hebrew IIISWBPR—51132
Elementary Greek ISWBLA—42112
Elementary Greek IISWBLA—42122
New Testament Greek ISWBLA—52112
New Testament Greek IISWBLA—52122
New Testament Greek IIISWBLA—52132
Biblical BackgroundsSWBIT —52112
Biblical Preaching ISWBPR—51112
Biblical Preaching IISWBPR—51122
Philosophy of ReligionFHPHI —51112
Christian EthicsFHETH—51112
ApologeticsFHPHI—52112
Pastoral LeadershipMFLDS—52112
Pastoral CareMFPMN—51112
MissiologyWMMIS—51112
Basic Skills in Christian CounselingMFPSY—56212
Growing Healthy ChurchesWMMIS—51212
PRAXIS
Supervised Ministry IBHCTI—53112
Supervised Ministry IIBHCTI—53122
CapstoneBHCTI—52110
Total Units for Additional Studies:38

Units Required

Avg years

Cost per unit

Adlin Cotto

Adlin Cotto

Director

Dr. Cotto has coordinated the Cuba program for Carroll since 2009, and has been working with Tarrant Baptist Association in the area of Hispanic Leadership Training. She administered the Seminary Extension program for Hispanic pastors and lay leaders for more than 15 years. She serves as a volunteer children’s and preschool minister.

Phone: (972) 580-7600

Email: acotto@bhcarroll.edu

Interested in the Master of Divinity program?

I readily benefitted at Carroll from the steadfast commitment to the Word of God, professors who love the Lord, and classmates walking this road into ministry alongside me.

Carroll Theological Institute is not only a superb theological education (and it is that)—but it is also an immersion into Christian ministry. Jesus said, “As you go, become disciple-makers” (Matt. 28: 19-20). Carroll is about developing the best “disciple-makers” possible.