Doctoral Studies


Rooted in the desire to see God’s fame increase as equipped ministers take the gospel to the nations, we have devoted ourselves for over 120 years to training men and women who will serve faithfully in the church, on the mission field, and in the academy.




Which Degree Fits Me?

Academic Excellence

We seek to provide the highest level of scholarship and academic training possible in service to the church and the advancement of the Great Commission.

Relationally Driven

Scholarship is best produced in community. At Southern, professors and students eagerly seek to learn from one another and spur each other on in the faith.

Personal Development

Our faculty strongly desire to see each student grow intellectually, skillfully, and spiritually during their academic endeavor.

Professional Doctoral Studies

Doctor of Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry degree equips ministry leaders with the skills necessary to achieve excellence in their vocational and personal lives. Fully online options are now available.

Doctor of Educational Ministry (D.Ed.Min.)

The Doctor of Educational Ministry equips persons committed to Christian leadership for excellence in the practice of education, discipleship, leadership, church revitalization, missions, and counseling. Fully online options are now available.
Research Doctoral Studies

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Doctor of Philosophy program prepares students prepare them to teach and research in their fields of study for the glory of God and the good of his church. Fully online concentrations available.
  • Concentrations
    • Residential concentrations
    • Modular concentrations
  • Prospective Students
    • Distinctive features
    • Program requirements
    • Learning outcomes
    • Admissions prerequisites
    • Financial information
  • New Students
    • Courses to register for
    • Research languages
    • Contacting your supervisor
    • Upcoming events
  • Current Students
    • Prospectus/dissertation information
    • Helpful links
    • Community life
    • Doctoral development scholarship
    • RDS contact information
  • Ph.D. Handbook

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

The Doctor of Education program equips students for excellence in teaching and researching in education and leadership for the glory of God and the growth of his church.

Doctor of Missiology (D.Miss.)

The Doctor of Missiology program prepare students to teach and research in the field of missiology for the glory of God and the mission of his church around the world.
  • Prospective Students
    • Program Goals
    • Curriculum
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Program Fees
    • Admissions Requirements
    • Next Steps

Master of Theology (Th.M.)

The Master of Theology program equips students in a confessional context for greater mastery of a particular theological discipline.  Fully online options available.

Doctoral History



“As a doctoral student, I knew that I had entered into a tradition and that behind me stood a long line of Christian scholars. Now, I am unspeakably encouraged to know that I am followed by a line of deeply committed, highly convictional, and academically gifted pastors and scholars.”
— R. Albert Mohler Jr.




Contact the Admissions Office

Phone: (502) 897-4200
Text: (502) 305-3554


Contact Our Offices!
Please expect a 3-5 day delay in response time to emails and voicemails (5-8 days during busy seasons).

Research Doctoral Studies -

Director of RDS

Gregory A. Wills


Phone: (502) 897-4317

Office: Norton 157

Assistant Director of RDS

Zachary Hedges


Phone: (502) 897-4064

Office: Norton 167

Administrative Assistant for RDS

Hannah Downing


Phone: (502) 897-4119

Office: Norton 157

Professional Doctoral Studies -

Director of Professional Doctoral Studies

Matthew D. Haste


Office: Norton 164

Administrative Assistant for PDS

Kelly Brown


Phone: (502) 897-4113

Office: Norton 164