the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Distance Learning Options


Southern Seminary Online and Boyce College Online allow you to further your theological education from where you are.


J-term courses are intensive classes offered at the SBTS main campus in Louisville. These classes meet in either one or two week blocks during the seminary’s winter and summer breaks. These classes count toward on-campus degree requirements.

Ministry Apprenticeship Program*

Southern’s Ministry Apprentice Program (MAP) allows students to receive course credit through qualified ministry internships. Southern encourages students to remain involved in ministry while pursuing formal theological training. MAP provides a direct avenue to combine serious study with supervised service in a local ministry context.

Hybrid Modular*

This format combines the online learning experience with an intensive, two day session on campus.  Students can take up to 13 hours of on-campus credit while being on campus for as few as eight days per semester. Learn more about the hybrid modular format.

Conference Classes*

Southern’s conference classes allow students to receive the encouragement and training offered by an event while simultaneously receiving course credit. The cost of the class covers the cost of conference registration.

SBTS Mission Trips*

The Bevin Center for Missions Mobilization organizes mission trips to a variety of locations in North America and around the world.

The Bevin Center will provide assistance for the entirety of the mission trip process.  The center will recruit, screen and train trip participants, select and train leaders for the trip, provide logistical preparation and support as well as debrief team members after their return.

Extension Centers

We offer a number of extension centers around the region including:


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