Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary set to offer advanced M.Div. standing for MBU Christian Ministry graduates - Missouri Baptist University

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary set to offer advanced M.Div. standing for MBU Christian Ministry graduates

In efforts to train upcoming Christian leaders, graduates of MBU’s Christian Ministry degree program will be able to apply to the Advanced Master of Divinity at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

“We are grateful for the work Missouri Baptist University is doing to equip the next generation of effective ministry leaders personally, spiritually, and vocationally,” said Dr. Keith Whitfield, provost of SEBTS.

“Students coming to SEBTS from MBU will have an excellent biblical and theological foundation as well as develop practical ministry skills. Their background paired with the exceptional biblical, theological, and Ministerial education they will receive by earning the MDiv from SEBTS, will prepare students to go anywhere in the world for the glory of Christ. It exciting to partner with MBU to train those who have answered the call to serve Christ and the church. We are proud to be in this endeavor with MBU.”

Since SEBTS will grant MBU alumni easier acceptance into their Advanced MDiv program students will be able to finish the degree with 61 total credit hours compared to the 82-85 hours for the standard MDiv program. Because of this, students may graduate one year earlier than the traditional route.

“MBU’s partnership with SEBTS will further prepare students for a vocation in ministry after building a firm foundation in ministry and scholarship at MBU,” said Dr. Matthew Easter, director of Christian Studies at MBU. “The combined vision of MBU and SEBTS to train Great Commission-minded leaders for a life of ministry makes this partnership a natural fit. MBU students will not only graduate earlier and be able to opt for more electives, but learn in a community that will also support them in their pursuit of ministry.”

The M.Div. program is the hallmark degree at SEBTS.  The program prepares students to be pastors, missionaries and other ministry leaders for a life in serving Christ. The Advanced M.Div. also prepares students who plan to pursue the Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Education or Doctor of Philosophy degrees. 

Missouri Baptist University is a Christ-centered university located in Saint Louis. MBU offers more than 40 undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees in education, business and religion and its new terminal degree, the Doctor of Education. In addition to its 66-acre West St. Louis County campus, MBU offers degree programs at 10 regional learning centers throughout Saint Louis, in Southern Illinois and online. For more information, go to or call 1-877-434-1115.

Southeastern Seminary, located in Wake Forest, NC, seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the Church and fulfill the Great Commission. Since 1950, Southeastern has trained and sent out thousands to minister in the United States and around the world. For more information about SEBTS, visit