Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long is the program?
A: The minimum length of the program is 3 1/2 years. Most students take 4-6 years. The maximum length is 7 years.

Q: What majors are offered?
A: Biblical Exposition, Biblical Interpretation, Christian Apologetics, Christian Education, Christian Leadership, Counselor Education and Supervision, Evangelism, New Testament, Old Testament, and Theology.

Q: What is the application deadline?
A: September 1 for January admission, February 1 for August admission, or the following Monday if the deadline falls on a weekend. All materials, including GRE score reports, must be postmarked by the deadline.

Q: Do I have to live on campus?
A: Though not required, students are encouraged to live on campus and be a part of a scholarly community of learning. However, courses are taught only on the main campus.

All ten majors in the PhD program are available at a distance through synchronous interactive video as well as in the traditional classroom. Students who are unable to take advantage of the campus scholarly environment can participate fully in seminars and colloquia by joining the class sessions through live Internet connections. However, some general workshop courses that apply to all PhD majors still will require travel to the main campus during January or summer breaks.

Seminars meet weekly, every two weeks, or 3 or 4 times during the semester. See PhD course schedules for specific dates and times.

Q: What is the cost of the program?

A: Southern Baptist students receive "scholarships" from the Southern Baptist Convention. The 2021-2022 tuition cap for Southern Baptist students in the program is $3,030 per semester. The 2021-2022 tuition cap for non-Southern Baptist students is $4,160 per semester.

Q: How many students are in the research doctoral programs?
A: Approximately 140.

Q: What is the gender diversity of the student body?
A: Approximately 80% male and 20% female.

Q: What is the nationality diversity of the student body?
A: Approximately 93% American and 7% international.

Q: What foreign language prerequisites are required?
A: Language requirements vary by major. See PhD Admission Requirements

Q: Can I complete prerequisites while in the PhD program?
A: Students who hold a master's degree but need a year or less of additional leveling courses can apply for the Preresidency stage of the PhD program by indicating on the application form that they are applying for Preresidency. Preresidents are eligible to apply for scholarships and campus housing with no minimum hour requirement. Preresidents taking leveling courses only online need not submit personal evaluations or health and immunization forms.

Q: Is a GRE score required?
A: Applicants must submit GRE scores. GRE scores are part of a total package of items considered in reviewing an application. Official GRE score reports must be at the Office of Research Doctoral Studies by September 1 for January applications and February 1 for August applications, or the following Monday if the deadline falls on a weekend.

The GRE requirement is waived for applicants who hold the DMin or DEdMin degree from an ATS-accredited institution. See Advanced Placement for details.

Q: Is an interview required?
A: Yes, an applicant is required to have an interview with the division faculty of the intended major.

Q: Is an entrance examination required?
A: An entrance examination is required for applicants for all majors except Counselor Education and Supervision.

Q: Where should I stay when I come for the interview and entrance examination?
A: The seminary-owned Providence House is located across the street from the main campus for the convenience of students and seminary-related guests.

Q: Are internationals required to take the TOEFL?
A: Yes, unless they hold a degree from an English-based master's program. For other requirements related to internationals, see the section "International Students" on in the Graduate Catalog.

Q: Who makes a decision on an application?
A: The Seminary has a Doctoral Admissions Committee that reviews an applicant's file and makes a final decision regarding admission.

Q: When are admissions decisions made?
A: Admissions decisions normally are made in late October for spring admission and early April for fall admission.

Q: When should I apply?
A: An applicant should begin the process early enough to have all application materials and official GRE score reports to the Office of Research Doctoral Programs by September 1/February 1, or the following Monday if the deadline falls on a weekend.

Q: How do I get an application?
A: Application materials can be printed from the Seminary website.

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