Online Learning

Online Learning

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Earn your degree on a flexible schedule. Learn while continuing to serve in your current place of ministry. There are also ways for you to experience on-campus classes.

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Online classes are offered in accessible 8-week terms. Experienced a focused course of study, allowing you to complete your degree more efficiently.

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Members of Southern Baptist churches receive a 50% tuition discount.

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Engage with like-minded students as you prepare for ministry. We are dedicated to providing a high-tech and highly relational online learning experience.

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Try a Sample Online Course

If you're not sure if online learning is right for you, try a sample class. Experience the world-renowned faculty of Southern Seminary and the cutting-edge innovation of online learning.
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Online Degrees

Master of Divinity

Master of Arts


*Some courses for this major are still under development and will be offered to students as soon as they are developed as online courses.

**These degrees are for lay leaders only

The Admissions Process

Applying to Southern is an easy three-step process.

You can start your application at any time.

Once all of your application materials are submitted, you can expect an admissions decision in 3-5 business days.
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Campus Overview

Seven ways to complete a degree

Complete a degree in the format you choose.
In addition to your online classes, we’ve created a number of flexible ways to experience on-campus studies.




1. Online Courses

Students find the same world-class faculty that teach on campus at Southern Seminary Online offer flexible course options without compromising academic integrity.

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2. Hybrid Classes

This format combines the online learning experience with an intensive, two-day session on the Louisville campus. Students can take up to 13 credit hours on campus for as few as eight days per semester.

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3. Ministry Apprentice Program

With Southern’s Ministry Apprentice Program (MAP), students can receive course credit through qualified ministry internships through local churches.

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4. Study on mission trips

Choose from a variety of locations around the world. The Bevin Center for Missions Mobilization provides training, logistical preparation, support, and post-trip briefing.

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5. Conference courses

Southern offers classes in accordance with select major conferences, so students can earn course credit while experiencing all that a conference has to offer.

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6. "J-terms"

J-term courses are intensive classes held between fall and spring semesters on the Louisville campus. These classes meet together in either one or two-week blocks during winter and summer breaks.

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7. Evening M.Div.

Through the evening M.Div., students can earn their degree in four years by completing four classes a semester, offered two nights per week. Ideal for students whose work during the day prevents them from taking courses at other times, classes will be offered Mondays and Tuesdays from 6 – 10 p.m.

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