the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Doctor of Education


The purpose of the Doctor of Education program is to equip men and women to serve as leaders in church-related educational institutions of higher education and in the educational ministries of the church, in keeping with the mission of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to train, educate, and prepare ministers of the gospel.

Core Competencies

The Doctor of Education seeks the development of three core competencies or abilities in its graduates:

  • Practitioner Scholar – students will demonstrate a mastery of the educational disciplines that is rooted in a graduate-level understanding of theological disciplines
  • Servant Leader – students will demonstrate the capacity to serve the church, the academy, and the world through leadership and teaching
  • Problem Solver – students will apply educational research to solve complex social and organizational problems

Residency Requirements

The Doctor of Education degree is designed so that students are not required to relocate to the main campus. Two weeks of on-campus study are required each year, one week in summer and one week in winter. On-campus seminars are scheduled the last full week of July and the second full week of January each year. Thesis defense will require an additional visit to the campus.

Length of Time Allowed

The Doctor of Education degree is designed to be completed in thirty months. This time frame includes all seminars and the thesis. A student must enroll every semester until the thesis has been defended and accepted. If a student requires additional time beyond thirty months, the student must petition for an extension. The petition must be submitted to and approved by the program director and the student’s faculty mentor. Students who are granted extensions will be assessed additional fees for each semester beyond the thirty-month limit. No student will be allowed to continue beyond forty-eight months in the program.

Minimum Grade Point

In order for a student to receive credit for a research seminar, he or she must earn a “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale). Any grade below a “B” results in a loss of credit for the course. The student will be placed on probation. An additional research seminar grade below a “B” during the following term will result in termination from the program. Additional academic evaluations are conducted during the entire program of studies to ensure that students remain capable of completing doctoral studies.


At the time of admission, a student may be notified of academic deficiencies and the requirements needed to overcome the deficiency. Any such requirements must be completed before a student begins the program.

Language Requirements

Graduate studies in empirical research methodologies and statistical analysis fulfill language requirements in the Doctor of Education program.

Curriculum Plan

The plan of study for the Doctor of Education can be found at this link from the Ed.D. website.

Oral Comprehensive Exams

For more information about oral comprehensive exams, see the Doctor of Education page on comprehensive exams on the Research Doctoral website.


For more info on the thesis process, see the thesis process page on the Doctor of Education Research Doctoral website.

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.