The Southern Doctoral Program Turns 125
In 1892, Southern Seminary trustees established as the institution’s highest degree the doctor of theology (Th.D.), making SBTS one of the earliest free-standing schools offering a terminal research degree. The Seminary later adopted the practice of other schools and changed the degree to a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in the 1974-75 academic year. With 27 Ph.D. graduates in May 2017, the number of terminal research doctoral degrees conferred in the seminary’s history exceeded 2,000 graduates.