Academic Programs

Sangre de Cristo Seminary has two academic programs: the Master of Divinity (MDiv.) and Master of Arts in Exegetical Theology (M.A.E.T.). These programs have a specific purpose of developing exegetical, theological and communication skills, and have been designed around the purpose of Sangre de Cristo Seminary as found in the “About” section on this web site. 

Master of Divinity Degree

Master Program

Our focal program is the 105 semester hour Master of Divinity Degree (M. Div.). The objective of this M. Div. program is to train students to effectively teach and preach and to minister skillfully with the necessary tools to interpret the Scriptures.  The list of courses found in the catalog is the 105 credit hour program necessary to earn the M.Div. Students are required to satisfactorily complete the 105 credit hours program to earn the degree. Elements of the program may be transferred in from other schools or if a course is missed up to six credit hours may be done by self study. Since this program is designed to prepare students to be in the gospel ministry, graduates of this program should be well equipped to integrate exegetical skills and theological knowledge with communication skills.

No more than eighteen semester hours may be transferred into the M.Div. program.

Diploma Program

Although a college bachelor’s degree is necessary to earn the M. Div., we do accept qualified non-college graduates into the program. These non-college graduates will earn a Diploma in Biblical Studies upon successful completion of the 105 credit hour program. 

The ideal Diploma in Biblical Studies candidate would be a middle aged or older student who has years of secular or ministerial work experience and possibly a family. Recent high-school graduates may be accepted into the program but they need to be able to work at a high academic level. We recommend that younger prospective students complete a bachelor’s degree prior to entering seminary.

The Diploma in Biblical Studies may be upgraded to a Master of Divinity upon the completion of a college bachelor’s degree, the submission of an official transcript of the bachelor’s degree, an application for the upgrade in writing, with an application fee, and a written integration thesis approved by the advising instructor(s).  The integration thesis is a paper written by the student which demonstrates the student’s integration of his theological and undergraduate learning.


Master of Arts in Exegetical Theology

Our second academic program is a Master of Arts in Exegetical Theology (M.A.E.T.).  The courses in the MAET are selected from the three-year program.  Those seeking this degree must have earned an acceptable Bachelor’s degree.  This 56 semester hour program may be completed in three or four semesters.  The student may concentrate on either New Testament Greek, Old Testament Hebrew or both. 

This MAET program is designed for students who do not intend to enter the pastoral ministry but who want a limited number of courses in biblical exegesis and theology.  Therefore, the purpose of this program is to equip the student with the basic tools necessary to understand and use the foundational principles of exegetical theology.  The catalog states that the final thesis project in this program should, “not only show competence in exegesis but also creativity and imagination in using exegetical skills.”

This program requires a total of 56 semester hours of which the following are required:

  • Essentials of New Testament Greek (Or Essentials of Old Testament Hebrew)
  • Spring Greek Exegesis (Or Hebrew Exegesis)
  • Spring Preaching and Teaching
  • Greek Exegesis (Or Hebrew Exegesis)
  • New Testament Survey (Or Old Testament Survey)
  • A Thesis
  • Hermeneutics

No more than ten semester hours may be transferred into this program.