An April 2017 study in the Chronicle of Higher Education ranked Southern Seminary in the top 50 institutions for the most doctoral recipients in humanities during the 2014-15 academic year. Southern’s 40 recipients placed 45th on the overall list behind University of Iowa and ahead of Catholic
University of America.

For over 120 years, we have been devoted to train men and women who will serve faithfully in the church, on the mission field and in the classrooms. This devotion is rooted in the desire to see God's name made known as we equip ministers to take the Gospel to the nations. We invite you to joins us in this passion and become a part of the learning community at Southern as you prepare yourself for the journey that lies ahead.



Complete the following form to let us know what doctoral program(s) interest you. We will make sure to provide further information about any of the programs listed in here. If you’d rather research some more, jump ahead to Our Core Values.



Southern Seminary’s doctoral programs exist to provide the highest level of scholarship and academic training possible — in service to the church and the advancement of the Great Commission. This academic pursuit is grounded in its biblical and theological fidelity and conducted in a confessional context.


Southern Seminary professors are at the forefront of evangelical scholarship, and a part of doctoral studies at Southern involves learning to contribute to scholarly discussion through publication. Our doctoral programs are intentionally designed to encourage ongoing publication among both faculty and students.


Theological education is a global endeavor. Southern expects that its professors and graduates will seek to make disciples of every tribe and tongue through cross-cultural teaching and missionary endeavors.


It is the desire of the faculty to see each student grow intellectually, skillfully, and spiritually during their academic endeavor.


Scholarship is best produced in community. At Southern, this community is made up of professors and students who eagerly seek to learn from one another and spur each other on in the faith.


Doctor of Ministry

Through the Doctor of Ministry degree (D.Min.), Southern Seminary equips
leaders, strengthens churches, and makes an impact on the world with the message of Jesus Christ. The D.Min. helps ministers achieve excellence in their ministries and personal lives.

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Doctor of Educational Ministry

The purpose of the Doctor of Educational Ministry degree (D.Ed.Min.) is to equip persons committed to Christian leadership for a high level of excellence in the practice of education and discipling ministries, Christian leadership,
church growth, and missions administration.

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Doctor of Missiology

The purpose of this degree is to serve people by providing advanced formal education, guided reading in pertinent missiological literature, field experience, mentoring, and supervision. Strong cohort-based study combined with a variety of research and practice emphases allow students to combine academic excellence with ministry application.

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Doctor of Education

The purpose of the Doctor of Education program (Ed.D.) is to equip men and women to serve as leaders in educational institutions and in the educational ministries of the church.

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Master of Theology

The Ministry Th.M. is designed for students interested in furthering their M.Div. studies but who are not necessarily
planning to do advanced studies
beyond the Th.M. degree.

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Doctor of Philosophy

With a combination of academic excellence and personal mentoring in an environment of confessional scholarship, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) students at Southern Seminary are trained to advance Christian scholarship for effective kingdom ministry.

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