For those whom God has called, we provide theologically-grounded, gospel-centered training.

For the Truth. For the Church. For the World.
For the Glory of God.

Under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the mission of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is to be totally committed to the Bible as the Word of God, to the Great Commission as our mandate, and to be a servant of the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention.
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Preparing the next generation of gospel ministers

Our responsibility is to train up a generation of faithful ministers, missionaries, and church leaders so that the church will be faithful in this generation.

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One of Southern Seminary’s distinguishing features is its faculty, whose contributions place Southern at the forefront of evangelical scholarship.

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Schools and Programs

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is comprised of three separate schools — two premier graduate schools and an undergraduate college.
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School of Theology

The School of Theology, the founding school of the institution, specializes in classic studies for ministry and scholarship.

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Billy Graham School

The Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry is the largest Great Commission school in the world.

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Boyce College

Boyce College is undergraduate education for college students who are serious about gospel training and deployment.

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Doctoral Studies

Our doctoral programs train students to be expert practitioners, scholarly practitioners, and careful researchers.

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Alumni Story: "The gospel must go out to Dubai."

John Folmar graduated from Southern Seminary with an M.Div. in 2003 and now serves as the pastor of United Christian Church of Dubai. More than 700 people gather each week to hear Folmar preach the gospel. “I’m indebted to Southern because of its theological and biblical foundations that were strengthened for me there,” Folmar said. “My whole understanding of Scripture, pastoral ministry, and preaching has been informed by what I learned at Southern. I regularly draw from those lessons.”



Diploma and Masters students typically carry a 18-27 hour load per year.



Most students can complete their Diploma or M.Div. in 3-3 ½ years.


Cost Per Credit Hour

Members of SBC churches receive this discounted tuition rate.


Tuition Discount

The Convention’s Cooperative Program helps fund SBC students’ tuition.

Theological education is an investment with eternal returns.

Be trained to share the gospel and make disciples.
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Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office will assist you in financing your education by offering institutional scholarships, connecting you with outside sources of aid, and answering questions about the financial aid process.

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On-Campus Housing

Competitive pricing, thriving community, and the convenience of numerous amenities make living on campus an attractive option for students and families coming to Louisville.

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Whether you’re looking for employment on campus or in the city, as a service to our students and their families, the office of Human Resources maintain a current list of open employment opportunities.

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Visit Southern on Preview Day

Preview Day is the best time for you to visit the campus if you’re considering joining us as a student at Southern Seminary. Our next Southern Preview Day is Friday, April 21st 2017. Attendees will be automatically entered to win a $1,000 scholarship.

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Are you ready to train for gospel ministry?

Southern Seminary’s faculty, community, and degree programs combine to prepare students for a lifetime of faithful ministry.
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Admissions Requirements

Understand what is required for applications to graduate programs at Southern Seminary.

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International Students

Students from over 40 countries attend Southern. Start here in your application as an international student.

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Contact Us

Need help with your application? Don’t hesitate to contact the Admissions Office.
We are open 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Phone: 1 (800) 626-5525, Ext. 4200

Will you partner with us to connect a future student to the Southern story?

One more student connected to the story of Southern Seminary means many more hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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Alumni Story: Leading the broken to Christ in South Florida

Jimmy Scroggins, a two-time alumnus Southern, serves as the lead pastor of First Baptist Church in West Palm Beach, Florida. Speaking of his time at Southern, Scroggins said, “The relationships that were established, the books that I read, and the papers that I wrote accelerated my thinking about Great Commission work and taught me to view church planting and gospel preaching as integral to local church leadership.”

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Life-Shaping Community

Studying at Southern is about more than taking classes: it’s about learning in community, making lifelong friends, and experiencing the gospel lived out. Enjoy the resources that make Southern much more than just a place to study.

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Worship Together

Worship Together

  • Enjoy preaching and praise in bi-weekly chapel services.
  • Attend on-campus conferences with world-renowned speakers.
  • A number of discipleship opportunities for men, women, and families.
Serve Together

Serve Together

  • Serve together in ministry on campus and around the city.
  • Travel the globe on short-term mission trips.
  • Love the city with service projects.
Have Fun Together

Have Fun Together

  • One-of-a-kind Fall Festival
  • Cookouts, movies, and holiday celebrations
  • Parents’ Night Out
  • A number of amenities, including a health and recreation center

Experience the gospel lived out as you learn in community.

There’s no better learning environment for theological education than what students experience on the campus of Southern Seminary.
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Louisville is a vibrant place to learn and live.

  • One of the “Best Entrepreneurial Cities” by
  • America’s Breakout Cities for 2014 by CNNMoney.
  • A Top 20 “City With Economic Momentum” by
  • One of the “Top 10 Cities for Being a Homeowner” by NerdWallet.
  • One of the top “Creative Cities for 20-Somethings” by
Crossroads of evangelical opportunities

Crossroads of evangelical opportunities

  • Host of the biennial Together for the Gospel conference.
  • Home to the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and the Evangelical Theological Society.
  • Home to a diverse range of people groups including a large population of refugees. The nations are coming to Louisville
A great place to raise a family

A great place to raise a family

  • One of the Top 10 “Best Cities for Families” by Parenting Magazine.
  • Third “Safest City for Families with Young Children” in the U.S. by Sperling’s Best Places.
  • Among the “25 Best Cities For Raising a Family” by Best Life Magazine.
Hub for food and coffee lovers

Hub for food and coffee lovers

  • One of the “Best Foodie Getaways Around the World” by Zagat restaurant digest.
  • Among “America’s Foodiest” Cities by Bon Appétit.
  • One of the Top 10 “Tastiest Towns in the South” by Southern Living magazine.

Make the Move to Louisville

We meet to part and part to meet. Gather in Louisville to be equipped for gospel ministry across the globe.
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Learn wherever you're on mission.

Southern Seminary provides world-class training for ministers, missionaries, and church leaders that is accessible anywhere in the world and at any time of day. Wherever you are called to minister the gospel, from Louisville to Laos, Southern Seminary’s new Global Campus provides the flexibility to prepare you for faithful service.
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Our Global Campus provides students the exibility of completing an M.Div. in any format they choose, including online, hybrid, extension center, mission trip, and conference classes as well as through the Ministry Apprenticeship Program in participating churches.

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Programa Hispano

En un mundo que cambia de manera acelerada, Dios exhorta a su pueblo a ser firme en su convicción evangélica. La facultad, comunidad y programas de Southern preparan de forma conjunta al estudiante para el fiel ejercicio del ministerio. Ya sea que aprendas en Louisville o donde te encuentres, Southern se compromete a entrenar ministros audaces del evangelio.

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