School of Theology

The School of Theology trains preachers and teachers, pastors and counselors, theologians and apologists - all for the purpose of building the kingdom of God, to the glory of Jesus Christ.








Master of Divinity


The Master of Divinity is the foundational professional degree program for persons in ministry.


Concentration in Christian Ministry

For those called to ministry in the local church or Christian organizations.


Concentration in Pastoral Studies

Designed to prepare men who are called to serve in the office of pastor.


Concentration in Biblical & Theological Studies

Students engage in intensive biblical language study and explore theology, philosophy, and history in depth.


Concentration in Biblical Counseling

Designed for pastors and other church leaders who seek to do a significant amount of counseling from the framework of a biblical counseling model.


Concentration in Biblical Spirituality

Designed for those called to minister in the local church or for students who wish to pursue advanced theological studies.


Concentration in Worldview & Apologetics

Helps prepare ministers to engage culture with a compelling Christian understanding of the world.



An accelerated degree designed to allow a student to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of biblical and theological studies and to gain specific ministry skills as is expected at the Master of Divinity level.



Master of Arts

Master of Arts in Theological Studies

Ministry training for those persons who are not preparing for a professional ministry vocation.


Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling

Designed to prepare persons for a ministry of biblical counseling to individuals, couples, and families in a congregational, denominational agency, counseling center, or missions setting.




Offered for students who cannot enroll in a master’s degree program.



Doctor of Ministry

Equip persons who are committed to a Christian vocation for a high level of excellence in the practice of ministry.


Doctor of Philosophy

Prepares students for effective leadership in areas requiring advanced Christian scholarship and the application of scholarship to ministry.

Gregory A. Wills

Dean of the School of Theology (2013) and Professor of Church History (1997)


Dr. Wills was appointed to the faculty of Southern Seminary in 1997 after serving since 1994 as Archives and Special Collections Librarian with the seminary’s Boyce Centennial Library. Dr. Wills’ dissertation, Democratic Religion: Freedom, Authority, and Church Discipline in the Baptist South, 1785-1900, was published by Oxford University Press. Besides contributions to theological journals, Dr. Wills has also written Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1859-2009.

World-Renowned Faculty

One of Southern Seminary’s distinguishing features is its faculty, whose contributions place Southern at the forefront of evangelical scholarship. The faculty’s academic achievement is matched by a willingness to invest in students, ensuring that an indelible mark is left on students’ entire lives. Studying at Southern not only gives students the chance to read good books, it lets them study with the authors.
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Great Commission Emphasis

We in the School of Theology talk tirelessly about the Great Commission. Our students and faculty share the gospel, plant churches, and disciple new believers.

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Academic Advising

All School of Theology Master’s level students have easy access to academic advising throughout the entirety of their program of study.

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Doctoral Studies Office

The Doctoral Studies Office oversees Research Doctoral programs in each of the schools at Southern Seminary.

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Shepherding Groups

Faculty members in the School of Theology serve as Faculty Shepherds to provide spiritual support and pastoral oversight for students. Shepherding Groups provide an opportunity for prayer, development of relationships, encouragement and fellowship.

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