the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary



For those whom God has called, we provide theologically-grounded, Gospel-centered training.

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Visit the Campus

Come see the beautiful grounds of Southern Seminary, meet professors and current students. All prospective students enjoy a free two night stay at Legacy Hotel on campus on their first visit.


Attend a Preview Day

Preview Day is the best time for you to visit the campus if you’re considering joining us as a student at Southern Seminary.


Preview Day dates

April 24, 2015

October 16, 2015

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Learn more about Southern Seminary and its schools and programs.


Application Deadlines

Diploma & Masters

Fall semester: July 15
Spring semester: Dec. 1

Doctoral Degrees



In a world of rapid change, God calls ministers to be bold in gospel conviction.

Southern Seminary’s faculty, community and degree programs combine to prepare students for a lifetime of faithful ministry.

Passion for the Gospel

Southern Seminary’s faithfulness is demonstrated in the fact that the students who come here leave with an ever greater passion for the gospel, an even deeper foundation in the faith and an even greater sense of calling to go into the world.


Schools & Programs

Southern Seminary combines robust theological education with practical training aimed at fulfilling the Great Commission.

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Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office will assist you in financing your education by offering institutional scholarships, connecting you with outside sources of aid, and answering questions about the financial aid process.



Living on campus at Southern Seminary offers several advantages for students and families coming to Louisville.  Competitive pricing, thriving community, and the convenience of being within walking distance to on-campus amenities make living on-campus attractive to the nearly 1,000 students and family-members who call Southern home.



As you prepare to engage in theological study, we understand that meeting employment needs is of the utmost importance. As a service to our students and their families, we maintain a current list of open employment opportunities.



Frequently Asked Questions

Who can I contact to speak about the different degrees?

Feel free to call our Admissions Office at 1-800-626-5525 ext. 4200, email, meet and contact our admissions counselors, or connect with us on Twitter. Office hours are 8:00-4:30 Monday – Friday. We look forward to hearing directly from you regarding any questions you may have.


What is required to apply to Southern?

For program specific admissions requirements for the M.Div, visit here. You can also complete your application in 30 minutes or less or simply learn more about our schools and programs before completing your application. All application forms can be downloaded here.


Can I earn a degree online?

Students may complete up to two-thirds of an M.Div. degree and half of an M.A. degree online. Completion of a degree will require on-campus study. The on-campus requirement for a degree can be completed through our one-week intensive J-term classes offered in the winter and summer months. To learn more about our online programs visit our online learning page.


How long does it take to complete a typical Seminary degree and what is a typical course load?

Diploma and Masters students typically carry a 18-27 hour load per year. Depending on individual initiative and personal circumstances, most students can complete their Diploma or M.Div in 3-3 1/2 years. Professional Doctoral Studies require approximately three years. Research Doctoral Studies allow up to six years, but most students complete the program in 3-4 years. Southern seeks to serve all current and incoming students with academic advising through our Office of Student Success.

Academic Catalog

Southern Seminary Academic Catalog 2014-2015









Southern Viewbook

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Learn in Louisville or where you are.

We know that various circumstances prevent students from relocating to Louisville to train for ministry. Fortunately, Southern offers courses in a number of creative formats, allowing students to complete seminary degrees without needing to relocate, making Southern Seminary’s world-class theological education more accessible than ever.

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