The Southern M.Div.


For those called to minister in today's changing world, the Master of Divinity degree from Southern Seminary offers trusted and comprehensive theological education. This degree is challenging because ministry is challenging. There are no shortcuts in ministry and none with the Southern M.Div.
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Prepare to articulate
and apply God’s Word

Our Master of Divinity is 88 hours and has been engineered to equip you with the core knowledge you need for ministry. Every M.Div. student takes foundational courses in Bible, theology, counseling, history, ministry practice, and more. Students can also choose from over 300 elective courses.

Whether you choose one of the 19 ministry-specific concentrations or the more flexible Christian Ministry or Great Commission Studies, you can be confident that you will graduate prepared to serve with faithfulness.

Basil Manly Jr.

“If we are to be mighty in God’s work, we must be mighty in God’s word.”

– Basil Manly Jr. –

Southern Seminary Founder

Study with the authors

Studying at Southern not only gives you the chance to read good books, it gives you the opportunity to study with the authors.

Southern’s world-renowned faculty are brilliant scholars, experienced pastors, and seasoned theologians eager to invest in students, ensuring that an indelible mark is left on their entire lives. Among all the considerations when choosing a path for ministry training, one stands above the rest: Choose a faculty.

Tom Schreiner

Tom Schreiner

New Testament

Donald S. Whitney

Donald S. Whitney

Biblical Spirituality

R. Albert Mohler Jr.

R. Albert Mohler Jr.


Serious about the gospel

Where you train for ministry matters. The Southern M.Div. won’t merely help you gather information, it will instruct you to treasure and love “the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3).

“There isn’t going to be any Christianity where theology isn’t central to the entire enterprise of the church.”


Southern Seminary President

As a convictional institution, Southern Seminary faculty all teach in accordance with the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 and the Abstract of Principles, an historic confession of faith written by the seminary’s founders in 1859.

Recovering a vision

Hear how President R. Albert Mohler Jr. led the recovery of Southern Seminary's historic vision and convictions.

Community that lasts

Studying at Southern is about more than taking classes — it’s about learning in community, experiencing the gospel lived out, and making lifelong friends and ministry partners. Your time at Southern will connect you with a lifelong network of colaborers.

Students can live on campus, attend biweekly chapel services and conferences, join a professor-led mentoring group, and enjoy campus amenities and resources that make Southern much more than just a place to complete a degree.

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Campus Life

  • Discipleship
  • Fall Festival
  • Intramural sports
  • Faculty mentoring

Ministry Opportunities

  • Short-term mission trips
  • Deep involvement in local churches
  • The refugee population in Louisville lets students reach the nations
Campus Amenities

Campus Amenities

  • Full gym with pool, exercise classes, and more
  • Dining hall and café
  • Cookouts, movies, and holiday celebrations

“I valued the training I received during the Ph.D. and I’m thankful for it… But my entire Christian worldview, my entire theology and approach to the bible, just everything I am today was shaped and formed in the M.Div. at Southern.”

– Aubrey Sequeira –

Southern Seminary alumnus

Discover how Southern is right for your family.

Earn your M.Div. for less
than $5,200 each year

Cost per Credit Hour

Members of SBC churches receive this discounted tuition rate.


Tuition Discount

The Convention’s Cooperative Program helps fund SBC students’ tuition.

Southern is committed to offering excellent training for an affordable price. With a 42 percent discount for members of churches affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, Southern’s tuition makes seminary training accessible for anyone. The cost of living in Louisville is 11 percent lower than the national average and apartments and houses can be rented inexpensively.

Housing Costs


Lower Than National Average



Jobs Available in Louisville


2020-21 Estimated costs for SBC students
Tuition $275 x 9 (hours) = $2,475
Fees $291 = $291
Books $100 x 3 (classes) = $300
SBTS scholarship ($500)* = ($500)
Total per semester = $2,566
Total per year = $5,132

View the 2020-2021 fee chart for all Southern Seminary programs here.

All costs are reflective of the SBC rate of tuition and are to be understood as estimates only. Taking winter and summer courses will increase the overall yearly estimated from what is posted above. Tuition charges will vary based on the amount of courses taken per semester and book costs will vary by course.

*SBTS Scholarships are based on financial need and are subject to approval.

Accessible theological education

Join the largest community of M.Div. students assembled at one time in one institution in the history of theological education.

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Take classes two nights a week and earn your M.Div. in four years, entirely in the evenings.

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Complete your M.Div. without leaving your current place of ministry.

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