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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about the Doctoral program? The following links will address many of the frequently asked questions that people have about doctoral studies at Southern Seminary. If there is something that you cannot find an answer to, then please feel free to contact the Doctoral Studies Office with your question.

How can I keep track of deadlines and opportunities for the PhD?

The PhD Calendar is the best resource for students to track deadlines and opportunities in the doctoral program. In addition, the Doctoral Studies Office regularly sends out information emails to students with pertinent details about upcoming events and deadlines.

Is it possible to take a semester off from my studies?

In very limited cases of hardship, students may be granted interrupted status in order to take a semester off from their studies. Students must submit the Interruption of Study form in order to petition for interrupted status. After students complete their interrupted status, they may resume taking classes without penalty.

Is it possible to do an independent study for PhD credit?

The faculty of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary prefers that students take courses required for matriculation as they are offered according to normal scheduling. However, in circumstances where a course is required for graduation and will not be offered prior to the student’s graduation date, or, a conflict in registration schedule potentially jeopardizes the student’s graduation, the faculty is willing to entertain a proposal for that course to be offered through an independent study model. To request an independent study, PhD students must submit the Contract For Independent Study.


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