Master of Divinity

The Seminary offers the Master of Divinity degree.

It is a professional degree program designed to prepare a student for ministry related to the local church or a Christian agency/organization. While the M.Div. can be completed in three years, some students will extend their studies over a longer period of time. This will be especially true of ministers who are bi-vocational.  A concentration is available in Pastoral Care and Counseling. All are fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.

Curriculum Design for the Master of Divinity Degree

The Master of Divinity requires ninety (90) hours with seventy-two (72) hours of required classes and eighteen (18) elected hours.  The curriculum is designed to address five core divisions of the program as outlined below:

Curriculum Design

The Witness of the Christian Call, 12 Hours

Spiritual Formation, SPF 501 & 502, 4 Hours

Contextual Ministry, CTM 601 & 602, 6 Hours

The Benediction, BEN 701, 2 Hours

The Witness of the Scriptures, 18 Hours

Introduction to the Bible, BIB 501, 3 Hours

Introduction to Old Testament, OTS 501, 3 Hours

Introduction to New Testament, NTS 501, 3 Hours

Biblical Hermeneutics, BIB 503, 3 Hours

Electives (6 hours required), 6 Hours

The Witness of the Church, 18 Hours

Church History, CHH 501 & 502, 6 Hours

Baptist Heritage, CHH 505, 3 Hours

Theology, THE 601 & 603, 6 Hours

Ethics, ETH 501, 3 Hours


The Witness of Ministry, 18 Hours

Preaching, PRC 601, 3 Hours

Worship, WOR 601, 3 Hours

Introduction to Pastoral Care, PAC 601, 3 Hours

The Missional Life of the Church, MIS 501 & 502, 6 Hours

Leadership in the Church, CHS 601, 3 Hours


Witness in the World, 6 Hours

Christianity and Culture, CUL 603, 3 Hours

World Religions, WRL 607, 3 Hours


Core Requirement 72 Hours

Electives 18 Hours

Total 90 hours

Master of Divinity Degree with emphasis in Pastoral Care and Counseling

Baptist Seminary of Kentucky has designed a program that will provide training in pastoral care and counseling within the context of Master of Divinity studies.  This emphasis will enable students to take strong steps toward licensure or certification.  This program is offered under the direction of Dr. Wade Rowatt, Senior Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, and Dr. Rick Landon, Adjunct Professor of Spirituality and Pastoral Care.

Course Design

Core curriculum, 66 Hours*

Pastoral Care and Counseling, 18 Hours

Electives, 6 Hours**

Required, 9 Hours

Introduction to Pastoral Counseling, PAC 600, 3 Hours

Clinical Pastoral Education, CPE 615, 6 Hours

Electives, 9 Hours

Psychology and Theology of the Family, PAC 603, 3 Hours

Pastoral Care with Small Groups, PAC 605, 3 Hours

Pastoral Care with Children/Adolescents/and Families, PAC 607, 3 Hours

Psychology of Religious Experience, PAC 611, 3 Hours

Pastoral Care:  Death, Dying and Grief, PAC 613, 3 Hours

Marriage and Family Counseling and Therapy, PAC 615, 3 Hours

Personality Theory and Abnormal Behavior, PAC 617, 3 Hours

Plus other PCC courses as offered

*PAC 601 Introduction to Pastoral Care: Theory and Practice is part of the Core Curriculum and is a prerequisite for all PAC courses.

**Two electives (6) from any area except PCC may be substituted in place of the two required electives in the Witness of the Scriptures core area.