the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Frequently Asked Questions


1. What courses are offered online?

Southern Seminary Online Course offerings may be found at the following: Online Course Rotation or on Moodle, search by term.  Check the Catalog Curriculum page for a description of the course.

2. How do I search for online courses? You will find a list of all online courses on the Registration and Schedule page of Academic Records.

3. Can I audit an online course?

Southern Seminary Online courses are not available for audit.

4. What do I do to get started?

To participate in one of our online courses, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary must first accept you as a student. Contact the Office of Admissions to obtain admissions information by calling 1-800-626-5525, x 4617 or by emailing  admissions@sbts.edu. Applying to Southern is easy with this Online Application.

5. How do I register for an online course?

Once you are approved through the admissions process, you will receive an acceptance letter containing your student ID, student email address set up instructions and other information necessary to register for online courses. All registration takes place online in Moodle; use these INSTRUCTIONS to successfully search for and register for your courses. The required student information must be updated then choose the specific term.  If you need assistance with this process please contact the Office of Academic Records at 1-800-626-5525, x 4209 or locally 897-4209.

6. How much do online courses cost?

The current tuition and fees can be found at Tuition.

7. Can I earn an entire degree online?

At The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, we care too much about your real-life ministry to shortchange you with virtual preparation. Students can earn up to two-thirds of their M.Div. degrees online or one-half of any other Master’s degree online.  We also know that not everyone can move to Louisville. That is why we have created hybrid modular courses. They allow online students to earn one year of on-campus credit with only two eight-day terms on campus! Hybrid modular weeks place you in intensive learning communities with our world-class theological faculty, at our historic campus without requiring you to relocate. Hybrid Modular courses at Southern Seminary provide you with face-to-face ministry training in compressed formats blended with an online format.  Where J-Term and D-Term courses allow you to earn three hours of course credit by attending class for one week, the new Hybrid Modular courses combine online coursework with an added two-day classroom session–offered four times each year–allowing you to earn up to sixteen hours of on-campus credit in only eight days.  Depending on your degree , by participating in only two hybrid modular weeks along with one ministry apprenticeship course in your place of ministry, it is possible for you to fulfill Southern’s residency requirement in as little as one year.

8. How do Hybrid Modular courses work?

Hybrid Modular courses follow the regular fall and spring terms as well as extended summer and winter terms- fifteen, ten and eight weeks respectively. Upon registration, access the Hybrid course in Moodle and per the syllabus or posted required text lists; obtain books and begin reading.  The online component begins with the start of the semester, with the on-campus sessions occurring midway through the semester, possibly including all or part of fall and spring breaks.  Always note the dates for the on-campus sessions as there may be exceptions to when they occur in the semester; at the beginning or end.   Note the Hybrid course assignment schedule, e.g., forums, lecture video, quizzes, exams, etc., with due dates relative to the on-campus session; online work may be required before, during and after.  Always refer to the syllabus schedule and communicate with the Hybrid course instructor with course questions.   When your course schedule is set, make your travel and lodging arrangements keeping in mind Southern’s Legacy Conference Hotel  for the convenience of staying on campus.

9. What is considered residency?

Any course credit that is earned, in any semester, while attending a class at the SBTS Main campus location. The intensives offered in winter and summer terms are usually in week-long formats, typically attended from 8a.m. to 5p.m. and may entail pre-work, class duration work and post-work. Obtaining the syllabus and/or required textbook list as soon as possible after registering, is recommended.  Always check the term schedule for actual dates, times, room location and comments for the intensive courses.

10. How do the online courses work?

Students registered for online courses access the course syllabus, assignments, handouts, the list of required textbooks, contact information for professors and support, discussion forums and other vital course information via Moodle.  In addition, in most of our online courses, students will view the professors’ recorded lectures in streamed video format from Southern’s secure server, available 24/7.  Streamed video lectures will be made accessible as determined by the course instructor, on the course site.  Library resources, technical support, advisers, virtual chapel resources, and more are also available via the course and/or the seminary website.  Explore these Online Learning pages for links to some of these features.

11. What schedule do the online courses follow?

Our online course schedule follows the on-campus semester calendar for fall and spring semesters. They begin during the first week of the semester and end during the final week. Summer online schedule follows a 10-week format and the winter schedule has a very intensive 8-week schedule.  All term “start and end” dates are posted on the Academic Records Registration and Course information or at the top of the opening  Moodle page when you log in. Normally the course work is divided into weekly sections with deadlines. For example, a syllabus might instruct a student to read chapters 1-3, view lectures 5-7, participate in a discussion forum, submit a paper and take a weekly quiz during a specific week or by a set deadline. Chapel observance and QEP may be a course’s requirement as well.

12. How do I obtain textbooks?

Registered students will access the list of the required textbooks on their Moodle course site.  Students may arrange for the purchase and delivery of textbooks from any book dealer of their choosing.  Keep in mind that our LifeWay Campus bookstore is always ready to assist you and can be reached by calling 1-502-897-4506.

13. How do I obtain books from the library when I live at a distance?

The school’s library exists to serve all our students–whether at a distance or not.  Distance students can contact the SBTS library and request any book.  The library will work with you to make sure you have the resources you need.  To discover how distance students can request a book or article or to view terms and conditions on borrowing a book from a distance, visit the library’s webpage for Distance Student Services.

14. Who do I contact with specific questions about my online course?

Please following the instructions in the syllabus or email the course instructor. The instructor email address may be found by clicking the instructors name adjacent to their course listing in Moodle or while on the course site in the  Participants area.

15. What if I must drop an online course?

If you do not properly drop an online course for which you have registered, you will receive a failing grade at the end of the semester. Please see this Academic Records Registration Policy page for details about when and how you may drop a course.  Please do not simply “not show up” in an online course!  Beginning in the 2013-2014 winter term, the online fee will be refunded only if a course is dropped before the term of study begins.  The online fee will not be refunded after the first day of that term or semester.

16. How do I find Academic Advisement?

The Center for Student Success exists to help students navigate their seminary experience “From Orientation to Graduation.”  This important services provides you with answers concerning your degree plan, course substitutions and requirements for graduation as well as general encouragement throughout your program. They may be reached by email at studentsuccess@sbts.edu or by phone, toll free at 1(800) 626-5525 or (502) 897-4680.    If you plan to be in the Louisville area and would like to meet with an advisor, you may use the above contact information to schedule an appointment. If coming to campus is not currently an option, they also offer phone advising appointments. Contact them to schedule a time that is convenient for you.

17. What if I have more questions?

First, browse through the pages of this website. You will find many answers right at your fingertips. You can also access the seminary catalog online.  Second, do not hesitate to contact us.  You may email us at sso@sbts.edu or call us at 1-800-626-5525 x 4701.  We would enjoy the opportunity to assist you.

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