Joint Degree Programs


Joint-degree programs allow students to earn two degrees concurrently with fewer credit requirements than needed to earn the degrees separately. Joint-degree programs require separate admission applications to each of the respective schools. Students seeking to enter a joint-degree program must meet admission requirements for both schools participating in the joint program.

Beeson Divinity School’s primary degree is the Master of Divinity, and our student body is small. As such, our course work offerings are limited. Classes are offered  during the day only, Tuesday through Friday. The curriculum structure is integrative and requires incremental progress from one semester to the next. Joint degree students are encouraged to plan their course work well in advance to minimize scheduling or sequencing conflicts. To receive divinity school scholarships, joint degree students are expected to take a minimum of nine divinity credit hours per semester.

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) joint degree program offered by Beeson Divinity School and the Brock School of Business allows students to pursue the Master of Divinity degree and the M.B.A. degree concurrently. The program is designed to enrich the educational opportunities available to students in the separate disciplines by encouraging interdisciplinary approaches to ministry preparation and organizational problems that directly affect churches and other religious institutions. Students interested in this joint program should apply to the Brock School of Business for admission into the M.B.A. program at the conclusion of the first year of the M.Div. program. To inquire, please contact the Brock School of Business at 205-726-2040 or Beeson Divinity School at 205-726-2066.

The Master of Divinity (M.Div) Master of Music degree (M.M.) joint degree program combines work in Beeson Divinity School and the Samford University School of the Arts. Students must apply to both schools separately for admission. To inquire, please contact the Samford University School of the Arts Graduate Office at 205-726-2651 or Beeson Divinity School at 205-726-2066.

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) – Juris Doctorate (J.D.) and  The Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.) – Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree programs combine work in Beeson Divinity School and The Cumberland School of Law. The M.Div./J.D. takes approximately six years to complete. The M.Div./M.A.T.S. takes approximately five years to complete. Students must apply for admission to each school separately. They must complete their first semester of law school before applying to the divinity school. Law students applying to the dual degree program must maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average. To inquire, please contact the Cumberland School of Law at 205-726-2702 or Beeson Divinity School at 205-726-2066.

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.)Master of Social Work (M.S.W) and The Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.) Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree programs combine work in Beeson Divinity School and The School of Public Health. The M.Div./M.S.W. will equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for preaching and mercy ministries in the local church and in cultures vastly different from their own. Students in the M.A.T.S./M.S.W. will be equipped with the theological knowledge required to integrate social work with the gospel. Students in both programs will choose a concentration in either clinical social work or global community development for the social work portion of their studies. The total number of required credit hours for the M.Div./M.S.W. is 135. The total number of required credit hours is 88. Students must apply for admission to each school separately. To inquire, please contact the School of Public Health at 205-726-2611 or Beeson Divinity School at 205-726-2066.