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 both in scholarship and teaching place Southern at the forefront of theological education. The faculty’s academic achievement is matched by a willingness to invest in students, ensuring that an indelible mark is left on their entire lives. Among all the considerations when choosing a path for ministry training, one stands above the rest.

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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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Introducing the Evening M.Div.

Study with Southern's world-renowned faculty while you complete your Master of Divinity in four years, entirely at night.
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Alumni Story: "The Reformation of FBC Durham"

Before Andy Davis preached verse-by-verse through the book of Isaiah, he memorized all 1,292 of them. It’s a discipline he developed while working as a mechanical engineer in 1986, several years after becoming a Christian. To this day, fellow students from the doctoral program at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary recall seeing Davis walk the streets near the school as he committed entire books of the Bible to memory.

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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, October 12th 2018. 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: "Grace in the Height"

Racial violence and horrific police killings dominated the headlines in early July when Los Angeles-area pastor Jeremy Yong urged his small congregation to remember their Christ-centered hope and ask God to reveal prejudice in their own hearts. Reminding them of the 1992 LA riots following the acquittal of four LAPD officers in the beating of Rodney King and the hostility many of them had since felt from police, Yong prayed over his ethnically diverse congregation for God’s grace, righteousness, and justice as they pursue reconciliation and peace with their neighbors.


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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

  • 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 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

  • 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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Living in Louisville

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

  • 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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7 Ways to Earn a Degree

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

Southern ha diseñado un Programa de Iniciativa Hispano para poder servir de manera más efectiva a aquellos que han sido llamados al ministerio en el mundo hispanohablante. Este programa incluye en su profesorado miembros que han influenciado de manera positiva a la comunidad latina, así como también descuentos para aquellos estudiantes que realicen el programa en linea.

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