the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Graduation Steps

Below you will find a summary of steps you need to take in order to graduate.

  1. Completion of all coursework
  2. Passing of the comprehensive exams
  3. Completion of all the dissertation steps. Most notably see the steps below.
  4. Students should bring a dissertation approval page to the oral defense for each copy of their final dissertation that they plan to submit (on appropriate paper) so that their committee members may sign them upon successful defense of the dissertation.
  5. SBTS Ph.D. and Th.M. thesis track students must submit an electronic copy of their final dissertation or thesis formatted as a PDF to Proquest/UMI. This electronic copy will also be placed within the seminary’s institutional repository. Details about electronic submission, creating PDFs, pricing and other information are available on the library website.
  6. Students must notify the Academic Records office of their intention to graduate by completing the Intention to Graduate Form available on ecampus before the semester begins. More details about graduation dates and requirements are available on the graduation information webpage
  7. SBTS PhD graduates are expected to participate in the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED), which aggregates data about the educational history and future plans of doctoral graduates throughout the country. Students must fill out the online Survey of Earned Doctorates Questionnaire. After registering and completing the survey, students should choose to send the email confirmation of their questionnaire completion to to notify the Doctoral Studies Office that they have fulfilled this requirement.
  8. Before buying their regalia for graduation, students should consult the guidelines.


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