the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Pastoral Theology

The Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology emphasizes the application of biblical counseling in the pastoral context. This degree trains students in biblical counseling while sharpening their understanding of the pastoral role.

Incoming Ph.D. students are matched with a supervisor from our world-class faculty who shares their research interests. Professors who can supervise students in this area are:

Eric L. Johnson

Seminars provide students the opportunity to engage in focused study on key subjects in their academic discipline. The following list is a sampling of available courses in this area:

  • Theological Issues in Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Research Methodology in Pastoral Theology
  • Guilt, Shame, and Forgiveness
  • Biblical Theological Foundations in Counseling
  • Ecclesiology and Methods in Biblical Counseling
  • Applied Theology and Typical Problems
  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Theological Hermeneutics in the Care of People
  • Major Psychotherapies

If you are interested in applying for the Ph.D. in this area of study, learn more about the Admissions Process. To prepare for the entrance exam in this area of study, consult the study guide.

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