the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Professional Doctoral Studies

It is the heartbeat of Southern Seminary to see God’s fame increase as equipped ministers take the gospel message to the nations. God has indeed gifted you for kingdom service and it is our desire for you to increase in knowledge, competency, and commitment during your doctoral education. We invite you to become a part of the learning community at Southern and prepare yourself for the journey that lies ahead.

- Dr. Michael S. Wilder, Director of Professional Doctoral Studies

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The Southern learning experience is:

Relationally Driven

In our cohort model, learning communities are formed that remain the same from start to finish, creating lasting bonds where leaders are challenged together.

Ministry Focused

Students work to test and refine their learning within ministry contexts. We place high expectations on all students to use their findings for their churches and ministries.

Academically Excellent

Within their learning communities, students are encouraged to produce scholarship for the church. There are even opportunities to publish alongside Southern faculty.


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