Many of our Southern Seminary Ph.D. concentrations are offered in a modular format, which allows you to complete your degree without relocating to Louisville. This format combines the academic quality you expect with the scheduling flexibility you want.
Our modular format programs offer tremendous flexibility, allowing students to earn their degree without having to leave their current place of ministry. They allow students to come to campus for courses usually twice per year for about two weeks each time during both the winter and summer terms.
Prior to each seminar, students will complete pre-seminar work that typically consists of extensive reading and intensive writing assignments. In addition, students will interact with one another in the months leading up to classes through online discussions.
After completing seminars during the initial stage of the program, students take comprehensive exams that assess their learning in their areas of study. The program then culminates in the research phase as students write and defend their dissertation.
Modular format seminars meet twice per year. A typical on-campus experience for modular students is to take one four-day seminar, then a one-day colloquium, followed by another four-day seminar, all over the course of two weeks. Exact dates for classes can be found on the PhD Calendar. For students in the School of Theology and the Billy Graham School, seminars are available at the following two times:
How is the modular format PhD different than a traditional format PhD?
The modular format PhD offers students the same academic quality and experience as the traditional format PhD at SBTS. The primary difference is in the delivery method of the classes. Students are able to complete the entire PhD without relocating to Louisville by completing their classes through one-week intensive courses.
What is a typical on-campus experience for a modular student taking classes?
Modular format seminars meet twice per year. A typical on-campus experience for modular students who are taking classes is to take one four-day seminar, then a two-day colloquium, followed by another four-day seminar, all over the course of two weeks.
What is the workload like for modular format PhD seminars?
Workload varies from class to class. Prior to each seminar, students will complete pre-seminar work that typically consists of extensive reading and intensive writing assignments. In addition, students will interact with one another in the months leading up to classes through online discussions.
How much time will modular format PhD students spend in Louisville over the course of their program?
Modular students should expect to come to Louisville 2-3 times per year during the first two years of study as they complete coursework. Students will come to campus to take comprehensive exams after they have completed their coursework. During the dissertation stage, the number of trips to campus will vary depending on a student’s research and supervisory needs. In total, students should expect to come to campus about 8-12 times during their entire PhD program.