the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Description of ED.D. Program

Your master’s degree provided you with the knowledge that you needed then. But now it’s time to take the next step as a leader.

You want a doctorate that’s practical yet theologically-grounded.

You want training from people who are leaders in their fields.

You want a degree that’s respected worldwide–a degree that will equip you to serve wherever God calls you, whether that’s a church, a college, a seminary, or a Christian school.

If that’s the passion that God has placed in your heart, we invite you to take a careful look at the Southern Seminary Doctor of Education degree. The purpose of the Southern Seminary Doctor of Education is to equip men and women to serve as leaders in church-affiliated educational institutions and in the educational ministries of the church.

This cutting-edge degree develops students into

  • servant-leaders whose leadership skills are shaped by the character of Christ.
  • practitioner-scholars who are experts in their fields of study.
  • problem-solvers who know how to apply the gospel to people’s deepest needs.

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You won’t need to relocate to Louisville! In fact, the program requires only six trips to Louisville, with less than one week required on-campus each time you come. You will complete the entire degree, including your thesis, in only 30 months.


The total tuition for this degree is $14,900 for Southern Baptist students, $24,900 for non-Southern Baptist students.


Every component of the degree has been carefully designed to develop skills in scholarship, service, and problem-solving in the context of coordinated learning communities. This design has been structured around a “signature pedagogy” that sets the Southern Seminary Ed.D. apart from any other degree.

If you are ready to take the next step as a leader, contact the Southern Seminary Admissions Office and ask about the Ed.D.: (800) 626-5525 ext. 4617, or,

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