Congratulations on your admission into the Ph.D. program at Southern Seminary!
This page is your resource for next steps as a newly admitted student. Make sure you complete your matriculation form located on your application portal before you complete the steps below.
If you have any further questions, you will find contact information at the bottom of the page for the Research Doctoral Office staff.
After completing admissions’ accepted student requirements, all Ph.D. students must complete 2 introductory courses before or during their first semester.
Note: after the first semester, students must complete 2 additional RDS general courses (81270 Course Development & Design and 81300 Higher Education), which are offered at the same time as FTS (in August and December each year). These may be completed at either time, and in either order.
To stay on pace to complete the program in 4 years, students should register for the following classes in each of their first 4 semesters:
All students must complete 2 research languages related to their dissertation research during the coursework stage of the PhD program. There are 3 options for completing these languages:
Your decision letter indicates your assigned Ph.D. supervisor (unless it will be determined at a later date). We encourage students to be proactive and diligent in making contact and maintaining regular communications with their supervisors, since this relationship is key to making steady progress in the program. You can find your supervisor’s contact information on their faculty page on the SBTS website. It would be wise to reach out to your supervisor to schedule an initial meeting, Zoom call, or phone conversation to discuss the beginning of your studies, course selections, Prospectus Development reading, and possible dissertation topics. We also encourage modular students to be sure to schedule meetings with their supervisors in person when they come to campus in May and December.
This weekly gathering is for all PhD students to hear a guest lecture and build community (Wednesdays from 1:00 – 2:15) with coffee and occasional giveaways. The RDS office provides a Zoom link for modular students who wish to participate.
This annual event commemorates the acceptance of the incoming Ph.D. class and takes place in December during the first week of modular seminars. Families are welcome to attend.
This chapel service for all Ph.D. students takes place during modular seminars and includes a time of worship, fellowship, and address from the Director of Research Doctoral Studies
Please feel free to reach out to the Research Doctoral Studies office by phone at (502) 897-4119 or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any additional questions. Our team includes Hannah Downing (Administrative Assistant), Zach Hedges (Assistant Director), and Dr. Gregory Wills (Director), who will all be happy to help.