the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Modular Format

What is a typical on-campus experience for a modular student taking classes?

Modular format seminars meet twice per year. A typical on-campus experience for modular students who are taking classes is to take two three-day seminars twice a year, the last full week of July and the second full week of January.

As far as your daily schedule within these seminars, while the structure may vary from seminar to seminar, a general window into your day will probably look something like this:

Day One (Monday/Thursday)

  • 830-1130 am: Seminar Session One
  • 1130-100pm: Lunch with your research team
  • 100-400pm: Seminar Session Two
  • 400-530pm: Dinner with research team or faculty
  • 530-830: Seminar Session Three

Day Two (Tuesday/Friday)

  • 830-1130 am: Seminar Session Four
  • 1130-100pm: Lunch with your research team
  • 100-400pm: Seminar Session Five
  • 400-530pm: Dinner with research team or faculty
  • 530-830: Seminar Session Six

Day Three (Wednesday/Saturday)

  • 830-1130: Seminar Session Seven
  • 1130-230: Lunch with research team and faculty
  • 230-830: Research

What is the workload like for modular format EdD seminars?

Workload varies from class to class. Prior to each seminar, students will complete pre-seminar work that typically consists of about 3,000-3,500 pages of reading. In addition, students will interact with one another in the months leading up to classes through online discussions related to that reading. These discussions will begin the day after Memorial Day (for July semianrs) and the Monday after Thanksgiving (for January seminars).

What is the breakdown for when modular EdD students are typically on campus?

Semester 1

  • Campus Trip #1 – 3 days for the Graduate Research Seminar and Orientation in either August or January
  • Campus Trip #2 – 6 days for January Seminars

Semester 2

  • Campus Trip #3 – 6 days for July Seminars

Semester 3

  • Campus Trip #4 – 6 days for January Seminars

Semester 4

  • Campus Trip #5 – 6 days for July Seminars

Semester 5

  • Campus Trip #6 – days as necessary for finalizing and defending thesis
  • Note: Students may need to take additional trips to campus between #5 & #6 for the purpose of research or interaction with their supervisor

Total Time on Campus: 30 days

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