the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Research Doctoral Studies

The Research Doctoral program (D.Miss., Ed.D., Th.M., Ph.D., see the viewbook) at Southern provides a combination of academic excellence and personal mentoring, all in an environment of confessional scholarship. We offer a variety of concentrations, taught and supervised by leading scholars. Students will study with professors and peers who are passionate about knowing the Triune God. Our goal is to educate the next generation of godly, intellectual leaders in theological studies.

- Dr. Jonathan T. Pennington, Director for research doctoral studies

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Advanced Scholarship

Students have the privilege of studying under and being mentored by world-class professors at the forefront of Christian scholarship. With our faculty and theological library – one of the largest in America – significant contribution to the academic discussion is a regular part of the Research Doctoral program.


Effective Teaching

In colloquia and area seminars, students not only grow as writers, they also learn to communicate and defend their research. General educational seminars are required for every research doctoral candidate, preparing them to become lifelong teachers.




At Southern Seminary, scholarship is done for the glory of God and the advancement of the Great Commission. In addition to preparing graduates for college or seminary teaching, the program also equips students for the pastorate and other church-related ministries.


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