The Ph.D. program offers concentrations in a variety of research areas, designed not only to expose students to advanced scholarship in their field but also to equip students to interact with current trends in their area of study.
With a combination of academic excellence and personal mentoring in an environment of confessional scholarship, Ph.D. students at Southern Seminary are trained to advance Christian scholarship for effective kingdom ministry.
Students have the privilege of study and mentorship with world-class professors at the forefront of Christian scholarship, providing a unique opportunity to engage with current academic discussions. Coupled with the resources of one of the largest theological libraries in America, this program develops advanced scholarship.
In colloquia and area seminars, students not only grow as writers, they also learn to communicate and defend their research. General educational seminars are required for every Ph.D. candidate, preparing them to become lifelong teachers.
At Southern Seminary, scholarship is done for the glory of God and the advancement of the Great Commission. In addition to preparing graduates for college or seminary teaching, the program also equips students for the pastorate and other church-related ministries.
|Ph.D. Student Stage||54|
|Graduate Research Seminar||2|
|Foundations for Theological Studies||2|
|Course Development and Design||2|
|Prospectus Development 1-4||4|
|2 Research Languages*||4|
|Ph.D. Candidate Stage||16|
|Dissertation Writing & Defense||
|Total Program Requirements||70|
*Some concentrations require Research Methodologies (e.g., Empirical Research Methods, Statistics, or Ethnographic Research) in place of Research Languages.
*For more information about our equivalency standards, leveling options, or to request an equivalency review based on your master’s level work, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*For more information about the required materials for a Ph.D. application, please visit this page.
|$1,000 down payment, balance due equally over 48 months.*|
|Total cost for SBC students||$27,670|
|Total cost for non-SBC students||$49,140|
Students should allow at least four years of study to complete their program. Students who take longer than four years will be assessed an additional $2,000 fee for each semester of extension beyond the four-year limit.
*Program Tuition shown is for the 2022-23 Academic Year. Additional fees are subject to the current catalog. Please see the current catalog for full listing of current fees.