Master of Divinity

The world we live in today is a cosmopolitan, globally connected 24/7/365 world which straddles geographical and digital space. Changes and developments of the 21st century have introduced challenges previously not encountered. Serving in such a world requires understanding, perspective, competence, emotional stability, compassion, and other leadership qualities for effective and long lasting ministry.

The Master of Divinity is a 3 year, full-time leadership development programme designed to equip men and women for ministries in churches, mission, parachurch organizations, and the public square. In SBC it is offered in a worshipful, richly diverse, multicultural learning community with at least 20-25 nationalities represented at any one time.

Understanding, competency and capacity in four broad areas of ministry development are emphasized in our curriculum. These include:

  • Knowledge of biblical, theological and historical foundations – elements of our rich Christian heritage which shape and inform our identity, ministry ideals, mission, and practices
  • Deepening love for God and His creation, and the promotion of emotional, spiritual, moral and character development
  • Understanding of significant global trends and how shifts in the socio-cultural
    landscape impact life, church, and ministry
  • Development of competencies such as reading and interpreting scriptural texts,
    preaching, counselling, conflict management, team building, and other areas of
    proficiency needed for effective leadership and ministry

The Master of Divinity at SBC gives students the flexibility to explore areas of ministry interest by taking concentration courses. The three concentrations available are Biblical Studies, Pastoral Ministries and Intercultural Studies. Students shall choose from one of the concentrations for studies.

The Biblical
Studies Concentration

The Biblical Studies concentration focuses on Bible exegesis in preparation for ministries in teaching and research.

The Pastoral Ministries Concentration

The Pastoral Ministries concentration focuses on foundational understandings and skills in preparation for pastoral leadership. 

The Intercultural Studies Concentration

The Intercultural Studies concentration focuses on missions studies and skills in preparation for field and home missions leadership.

Prerequisites for Programme Admission

Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or Bible College
  • Applicants with a Polytechnic degree may apply to do a 32 credit, Mprep bridging programme to qualify for admission. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for more details.

English Language Minimum Requirements

  • ‘A’ Level: B4
  • TOEFL: 550 (PBT)/213 (CBT)/80 (IBT)
  • IELTS:  6.0

General Requirements

  • At least 24 years old
  • Christian for at least 2 years
  • Evidence of involvement in ministry
  • Evidence of call to ministry and service
  • Endorsement by church leadership

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of 98 credit hours of studies including field education
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5

Curriculum

Year 1
First Semester
Credit Hours
Old Testament Foundations
3
Hermeneutics
3
Biblical Greek I
3
Survey of Church History
3
Introduction to Christian Spirituality
3
Field Education
1
Research and Writing
(non-credited requirement)
16
Second Semester
Credit Hours
Old Testament Studies I
3
New Testament Foundations
2
Biblical Greek II
3
Asian Church History
2
Missiological Perspectives
3
Homiletics I
3
Field Education
1
17
Year 2
First Semester
Credit Hours
Biblical Hebrew Ior
Functional Hebrew††
3
Old Testament Studies II
3
New Testament Studies I
3
Pastoral Theology and Ministry
3
Field Education
1
Concentrations
BS Concentration 1*
PM Concentration 1**
IS Concentration 1**
3
16
Second Semester
Credit Hours
Biblical Hebrew II or
Conflict Resolution
and Reconciliation††
3
Old Testament Studies III
3
New Testament Studies II
3
Systematic Theology I
3
Field Education
1
Concentrations
BS Concentration 2*
PM Concentration 2**
IS Concentration 2**
3
16
Year 3
First Semester
Credit Hours
Systematic Theology II
3
Homiletics II
2
Pastoral Counseling
3
Christian Ethics
3
Shadow Internship
2
Concentrations
BS Concentration 3*
PM Concentration 3**
IS Concentration 3**
3
16
Second Semester
Credit Hours
New Testament Studies III
2
Systematic Theology III
3
Gospel, Church and Culture
3
Teaching-Learning Process
3
Capstone Course
3
Concentrations
BS Concentration 4*
PM Concentration 4**
IS Concentration 4**
3
17

*   BS Concentration 1: New Testament Exegesis I
    BS Concentration 2: New Testament Exegesis II
    BS Concentration 3: Old Testament Exegesis I
   BS Concentration 4: Old Testament Exegesis II
** Subject to course offered by school in each semester
†  For students who enroll in BS Concentration
†† For students who enroll in PM/IS Concentrations

Note: Course offerings are subject to change.