Applied Ministry is a course required for all students pursuing the Master of Divinity degree or the Diploma in Theology.  In Applied Ministry (AM) the seminary student serves on the field with an eligible partnering site and obtains practical ministry experience under the supervision of a qualified minister. Depending on one’s degree program, students can take AM: Theology (44910) or AM: BGS (44920).  Each of these courses follows the same guidelines for field ministry requirements. Students fulfilling Applied Ministry through an SBTS Partnership (via the Student Life Internship or Bevin Center Trip) need to enroll in AM 44930.

Applied Ministry is intended to enrich the overall education of the seminary student because ministry preparation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary includes more than strictly intellectual training.  Applied Ministry enables the student to apply classroom knowledge in practical, face-to-face ministry situations. The goal is not only personal growth for the student but also blessing in the lives of others.

If you have questions about Applied Ministry, please see the Handbook below.  You may also contact Sam Tyson at or 502-897-4680 or stop by his office in the Center for Student Success (NRT 154).

Applied Ministry Handbook (Revised November 2017)

Applied Ministry students and supervisors may follow the links above to access forms.