Driven by a passion to see God’s glory magnified and the church strengthened, we offer doctoral studies that equip men and women to serve faithfully in the church, on the mission field, and in the academy.
Educating Scholars Since 1892
In 1892, Southern Seminary initiated its doctoral programs with a commitment to the Scriptures and to the training of more effective ministers of the gospel. For over 120 years, we have been devoting ourselves to training men and women who will serve faithfully in the church, on the mission field, and in the academy.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
70 Hours · 4 Years
The purpose of the Doctor of Philosophy program is to equip students in a confessional context for academic excellence and to prepare them to teach and research in their fields of study for the glory of God and the good of his church.
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
60 Hours · 2.5 Years
The purpose of the Doctor of Education program is to equip students in a confessional context for academic excellence and to prepare them to teach and research in the fields of education and leadership for the glory of God and the growth of his church.
Doctor of Missiology (D.Miss.)
64 Hours · 3-4 Years
The purpose of the Doctor of Missiology program is to equip students in a confessional context for academic excellence and to prepare them to teach and research in the field of missiology for the glory of God and the mission of his church around the world.
Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)
32 Hours · 3 Years
The Doctor of Ministry degree equips ministry leaders with the skills necessary to achieve excellence in their vocational and personal lives. Fully online options are now available.
Doctor of Educational Ministry (D.Ed.Min.)
46 Hours · 3 Years
The Doctor of Educational Ministry equips persons committed to Christian leadership for excellence in the practice of education, discipleship, leadership, church revitalization, missions, and counseling. Fully online options are now available.
Master of Theology (Th.M.)
25 Hours · 1.5 Years
The purpose of the Master of Theology program is to equip students in a confessional context for greater mastery of a particular theological discipline.
3 Reasons to Study Doctoral Studies at Southern
Satisfying the highest standard of accreditation, Southern Seminary’s doctoral programs are committed to providing rigorous and advanced preparation so that our graduates are able to contribute at the highest levels of scholarship and church leadership.
Southern Seminary is committed to the authority and inerrancy of the Bible and to the Abstract of Principles, our confession of faith. Students will learn within this confessional environment while being challenged to think deeply about their theological beliefs and to apply them to their ministry and scholarship.
Doctoral graduates from Southern Seminary serve at the highest level in churches, on mission fields, and in seminaries all over the world. Southern Seminary has more graduates teaching at ATS schools than any other evangelical institution and our graduates lead some of the largest missions organizations in the world.
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Southern’s world-renowned faculty are brilliant scholars, experienced pastors, and seasoned theologians with over 1,000 years of combined teaching experience, over 900 years of combined ministry experience, and more than 350 books published.Meet the Faculty
Our Core Values
These are the principles that guide doctoral studies at Southern Seminary.
We seek to provide the highest level of scholarship and academic training possible in service to the church and the advancement of the Great Commission.
Scholarship is best produced in community. At Southern, professors and students eagerly seek to learn from one another and spur each other on in the faith.
It is the desire of the faculty to see each student grow intellectually, skillfully, and spiritually during their academic endeavor.
Southern Seminary professors are at the forefront of evangelical scholarship and part of doctoral studies at Southern involves learning to contribute to scholarly discussion through publication.
Theological education is a global endeavor. Southern expects that its professors and graduates will seek to make disciples of every tribe and tongue through cross-cultural teaching and missionary endeavors.