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If you're called to ministry, we'll help you get prepared.

Learn more about applying, visiting campus, and ways to connect with Southern Seminary.

The Admissions Process



Review our Admissions Requirements.

Create an account and begin your application at the link below.

Request your church/pastor recommendation through our online application (more info).


Submit Your Transcripts

Contact your previous schools to request official copies of your transcripts are sent to Southern Seminary admissions.

The application will provide more information.

If you are in your last year of college, in-progress copies of your transcripts are acceptable for admission.


Connect with Southern

At any time during your application process, we invite you to visit our campus to connect with faculty, visit classes, and learn about financial aid.

You can also connect with us through virtual experiences.

We invite you to visit Southern Seminary

Meet faculty, visit classes, and learn all about how Southern Seminary will equip you for a Lifetime of Faithfulness.

Plus – we’ll cover 2 nights of hotel lodging for you and your immediate family on your first visit to campus.

Travel reimbursement may be available if you’re considering relocating to Louisville.

Visits are offered year-round.


Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions? Our dedicated team of admissions counselors is here to help every step of the way. Here are some answers to common questions.

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Standard admissions requirements include:

  • The online application
  • Pastor/church recommendation (requested through online application)
  • Official transcripts for relevant previous degrees

Diploma and doctoral programs may have differing/additional requirements. Click here to learn more.

All applicants must receive official endorsement from the local church where they are a member. This endorsement is provided through the online recommendation form located in the application. After you enter your recommender’s information, they will be automatically e-mailed a link to an electronic copy of the recommendation form.

Click here to learn more.

Contact the registrar or academic records office of your previous institution(s). They may e-mail the transcripts (directly or via 3rd party such as Parchment) to or mail copies to our mailing address C/O Office of Admissions

No. You will utilize the same application with the same requirements, just be sure you mark your location as either “Internet” or “Main Campus” depending on your interest.

Yes. Students with previous divinity credit may be able to transfer their credit into programs at Southern Seminary.

Make sure to add your previous school to the “Academic History” tab of the application and request official transcripts from your transfer school(s) are sent to Southern Seminary.

See our Transfer Credit page for more information.

Residential courses follow a traditional Fall/Spring semester, with winter and summer terms also available.

Online courses operate in 8 week terms, with 6 terms throughout the year.

Click here to view our current Academic Year class schedule.

Additional Student Categories

International Students

Students are coming from the ends of the earth to train for ministry at Southern.

Transfer Students

Complete your ministry training at Southern Seminary. Learn about transfer credits and more.

Estudiantes Hispanos

En un mundo que cambia de manera rápida, Dios exhorta a su pueblo a permanecer firme en sus convicciones evangélicas.

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Virtual Experiences

Learn about studying at Southern Seminary with our virtual experiences. These include weekly information webinars with admissions staff, a virtual tour, and sample online courses.

You can start your application anytime

Once all application materials are received, you’ll have an admissions decision in 1-3 business days.

Apply Now

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Contact Us!

Phone: (502) 897-4200

Text: (502) 305-3554


Meet Your Admissions Counselor

Hannah Portwood

M.Div. & Doctoral (last name A-K)

Call/Text: (502) 205-5419

Aric Gorman

M.Div. & Doctoral (Last name L-Z)

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Call/Text: (502) 273-5059

Isaac Smith

M.A., Diploma

Call/Text: (502) 205-5449

Are you ready to become a pastor, counselor, or church leader who is Trusted for Truth?

Apply now for fall studies

Classes begin in August