The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) is a 60-hour degree that has been carefully designed to develop skills in scholarship, service, and problem-solving in the context of coordinated learning communities. This design has been structured around a “signature pedagogy” that sets the Ed.D. apart from other doctoral degrees at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
The purpose of the Doctor of Education program is to equip men and women to serve as leaders in church-affiliated educational institutions and in the educational ministries of the church.
Consisting of 60 total credit hours, the Ed.D. program offers a cohort-based experience, with intensive seminars meeting on campus in a modular format twice per year.
The program curriculum (listed below) is designed to be completed in 30 months.
All seminars meet in modular format in the Summer (July) and Winter (January) terms.
|81020 Graduate Research Seminar||2|
|92080 Thesis Research and Writing||6|
|92090 Thesis Defense||4|
|Total Program Requirements||60 hours|
*To request an equivalency review based on your master’s-level work, please submit a request for a Doctoral Equivalency Report. Students who have earned a master’s degree but lack required hours may fulfill them through online or on-campus study at SBTS.
Non-native English speakers, including those who have graduated from any U.S. school, must submit an official score report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL scores must meet a minimum of 95 for internet-based test (iBT), 233 for computer-based test (CBT) or 575 for paper-based test (PBT).
All applicants are required to submit official GRE scores. Scores must be less than three years old.
The application deadline for matriculation in the Summer term is January 15.
Entrance Examinations and Interviews
Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in an entrance exam and faculty interview. These steps may be completed either in person on campus or virtually.
Entrance exams are exams designed to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their comprehension of the subject area in which they are applying. You can find more information about the entrance exam here.
Faculty interviews provide Ed.D. faculty with the opportunity to interact with students who are applying in their area while allowing students the chance to get to know the faculty. Students should prepare to discuss not only their research interests but also their personal interests.
Entrance Exams & Interview Dates
First Friday in March for Summer matriculation
Start Your Application
Click here to begin your online application. Our Admissions Team will assist you with submitting the materials listed below to the online portal:
Below is a link to a list of precedent literature with which applicants should familiarize themselves. During their first year in the program, students must complete and submit Abstracts for each of the included texts.
The program fee is paid in a $1,000 down payment with the remaining balance due equally over 30 months.*
|Initial Down Payment||$1,000|
|Program Fee — SBC Student||$20,363|
|Program Fee — Non-SBC Student||$34,005|
|Continuation Fee (paid per semester after 30 months)||$2,000|
*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.
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