Learn wherever you're on mission.

Southern Seminary's Global Campus allows students the flexibility to prepare for ministry from Louisville to Laos. Southern provides world-class training for ministers, missionaries, and church leaders that is accessible anywhere in the world and at any time of day.
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The global vision of Southern Seminary

“Our great responsibility is to provide quality theological education for ministry to anyone, anywhere.”

– Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr.
Southern Seminary President


Online Courses

Southern Seminary offers an extensive course catalog online.



40% of Southern Seminary’s student body is online only.


Nations Represented

Students from all over the world are being equipped for ministry.


Cost Per Credit Hour

Members of SBC churches receive this discounted tuition rate.

Seven Ways to Complete a Degree

The Global Campus provides students the flexibility of completing an M.Div. in any format they choose, from any location.


Learn online

Online learning offers flexible course options that fit students’ schedules without compromising academic integrity.

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Hybrid courses

This format combines the online learning experience with an intensive, two-day session on the Louisville campus.

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Ministry Apprentice Program

With the Ministry Apprenticeship Program (MAP), students can receive course credit through qualified ministry internships in local churches.

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Study on mission trips

Choose from a variety of locations around the world. The Bevin Center for Missions Mobilization provides training, logistical preparation, support, and post-trip briefing.

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Extension centers

Stay closer to home by learning at an extension center. These locations offer a shorter commute for many students who want to take courses without relocating to Louisville.

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Conference courses

Southern offers classes in accordance with select major conferences throughout the country. Students can earn course credit while experiencing all that a conference has to offer.

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J-term courses are intensive classes held in between semesters at the Louisville campus. These classes meet together in either one or two-week blocks during winter and summer breaks.

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Online Learning

Southern Seminary Online Learning helps students from Mumbai to Memphis earn a Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree by taking online classes with the same world-class faculty that teaches on campus.

As a part of Southern's Global Campus, Online Learning seeks to deliver theological education that is excellent, flexible, and interactive.


Online Learning strives to serve you and exceed your learning expectations while you study with Southern’s faculty, world renowned evangelical scholars who have a heart for teaching students.

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Online courses provide you with learning where you need it, when you need it. We provide flexible course options that fit your schedule without compromising academic integrity.

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Our online courses harness pedagogical and technological innovation to provide you with a high-tech, high-touch, highly relational online learning experience to equip you for ministry.

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Garnetta Smith


“I’ve worked with students serving as chaplain on a Navy warship, missionaries serving in closed countries, and more.”

Garnetta Smith
Ed.D. Student

Costs and Tuition

Southern Seminary Online seeks to offer a high quality online learning experience at an affordable price.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get the answers to many of your questions about the online learning experience at Southern Seminary.

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Contact Us

Need help with your application? Don’t hesitate to contact the Admissions Office.
We are open 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Phone: 1 (800) 626-5525, Ext. 4200

Learn Where You Serve

Chandler Snyder completed his M.Div. while serving in Madagascar with the International Mission Board.

“Global Campus has allowed me to continue learning while teaching Scripture in the villages,” he said.

You don't have to leave the mission field to be equipped for mission.

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

Global Campus students can earn course credit while they serve around the globe through the Ministry Apprenticeship Program (MAP).

Churches participating in this program allow students to receive course credit through qualified ministry internships. MAP provides a direct avenue to combine study with supervised service in a local ministry context.

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MAP students earn credits through three integrative seminars.

These seminars will serve as credited opportunities for students to earn up to 18 M.Div. elective hours through ministry apprenticeships. Partnering churches and organizations with qualifying academic credentials can direct students in the following ministry and theology training.


Integrative Seminar I offers supervised ministry experience focused on the development of leadership competencies.


Integrative Seminar II focuses on the development of preaching competencies.


Integrative Seminar III concentrates on the development of competencies related to faithful and effective outreach and missions.

Jerry Bonney


“Many of us couldn’t go to school full-time, yet we’re called to minister now… When I saw an extension center sign, I walked in to ask questions.”

Jerry Bonney
Diploma Student

Is your church interested in becoming a MAP affiliate?

Partner with Southern in our mission to train students to serve local churches to the ends of the earth.
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