Helpful Links

Projected Courses & Seminars

Course registration can be found at Students can access the RDS Info course to learn how to register and what courses they should take.

Comprehensive Exams

Comprehensive examinations corresponding to the student’s areas of study are administered at the conclusion of the student’s coursework. Most students take three comprehensive examinations; biblical studies majors may take four.

Dissertation/Thesis and Graduation Process

If you are starting on your dissertation/thesis then this is the place to find out all the steps you need to take to both complete your dissertation and to graduate on time. Dissertation forms can be found here as well as the guidelines for regalia.

Doctoral Development Scholarship

The Doctoral Development Scholarship assists students in participating in academic conferences.

The Research Doctoral Studies Office is excited to announce the creation of the Doctoral Development Scholarship, which is currently available to Ph.D., Ed.D., and D.Miss. students. In an effort to encourage excellence in scholarship and promote academic engagement, the Research Doctoral Studies Office will award scholarships to students who present papers at major academic conferences.

The new scholarships will be available two times per year—Fall and Spring semesters. The specific amount awarded will vary based on the number of successful applicants. Applications are due to Norton 157 no later than 4:30 pm on March 9th for the Spring term.

Research Doctoral Studies Office

The Doctoral Studies Office oversees Research Doctoral programs in each of the schools at Southern Seminary. Below you will find commonly used forms and contact information. Please send all items to Norton 157.

Mailing Address
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
ATTN: Doctoral Studies Office, NRT 157
2825 Lexington Rd.
Louisville, KY 40280

For announcements please follow us on Twitter @SBTS_PhD

Director of Research Doctoral Studies

Dr. Jonathan Pennington


Office: Norton 157

Assistant Director of Research Doctoral Studies

Dr. Ryan Hanley

Phone: (502) 897-4119

Office: Norton 157

Office Administrator - Research Doctoral Studies

Ms. Jerrica Baxter


Phone: (502) 897-4119

Office: Norton 157