the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Comprehensive Exams

Comprehensive examinations corresponding to the student’s areas of study are administered at the conclusion of the student’s coursework. Most students take three comprehensive examinations; biblical studies majors may take four. The student should consult their supervisor for guidance in preparing for these exams.

Additional preparation beyond what has been required for seminars and colloquia will normally be expected. Students majoring in Old Testament or New Testament are required to pass a biblical language comprehensive exam.

Registering For Comprehensive Exams

Students register on Moodle, but they also have to fill out the form at the link below. This informs the Doctoral Studies Office they are planning to take the exams.

You will be tested according to the order you put on the spreadsheet so plan accordingly and please remember the order you have submitted. In addition, please have either the question, or the list of questions ready when you sign up so that the Doctoral Studies can double check that you are receiving the right question.

If a question is not given to you before-hand please just put a question mark under the section. For BGS ministry students, two questions will be chosen from the major categories in that degree and then the last day you will bring in your dissertation question. The identification of the professors for BGS ministry students is not important for the Spreadsheet.

Please follow this link to sign up: Comprehensive Exam Application.

How long does it take to get my grades from comprehensive exams?

Students can expect to have results no sooner than three weeks after the exam.

What happens if I don’t pass comprehensive exams?

Failure on any part of a comprehensive exam will result in a review of the student’s status by the committee of instruction. Then a decision will be made if the student can re-take the exam.


Spring 2014 | May 27th, 28th and 30th from 8am-12:30pm. (Legacy 303)

Fall 2014 | December 8th, 10th and 11th from 8am-12:30pm. (Legacy 303)

Spring 2015 | May 26th, 27th and 29th from 8am-12:30pm. (Legacy 303)

Fall 2015 | December 7th, 9th and 11th from 8am-12:30pm (Legacy 303)

Spring 2016 | May 24th, 25th and 27th from 8am-12:30pm. (Legacy 303)


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