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The Office of Ph.D. Studies invites all eligible persons to complete the application as specified in the directions on the Online Application page. Admission to the Ph.D. program is selective and is offered only to students who have demonstrated the intellectual ability, preparation and motivation to perform academically at the highest level. Enrollment in the program is limited to applicants who, in the judgment of the faculty, appear best qualified and most capable of using the resources that the seminary provides.Apply for PhD Programs
Prerequisites for Admission
Admission to the program is competitive. The following prerequisites for admission are for self-screening purposes and only establish the opportunity to apply to the Ph.D. program.
- NT Survey I, II (6hrs.)
- OT Survey I, II (6hrs.)
- Greek I, II (6-9hrs.)*
- Hebrew I, II (6-9hrs.)*
- Doctrine Survey I, II (6hrs.)
- Church History I, II (3-6hrs.)**
- Hermeneutics (3hrs.)
- Baptist History (3hrs.)***
* Biblical language expectations depend on applicant’s given Area of Study
**Applicants must have studied the Patristic, Medieval, Reformation and Modern eras.
***Baptist History is required for applicants pursuing Historical Theology
Competitive applications demonstrate a further specialization in their desired area of study.
It is the student’s responsibility to distinguish himself or herself in the following areas:
Approved Master of Divinity degree or research Master of Arts degree in the same field in which one wishes to pursue doctoral studies as long as that degree and its prerequisites meet MDiv equivalence. Typically, SEBTS research masters degrees meet this requirement.
-Competitive applications demonstrate a further specialization in their desired area of study.
G.P.A. (3.5 and above)
Acceptable GRE score
Writing sample (4-6k words including footnotes)
Major Professor Evaluation
Select the entry term desired (Fall, January, Spring) based on area of study and/or concentration pursuing.
The Graduate Return Exam (GRE) must be taken by this date to allow time for the scores to be verified by the testing center and received by our office.
We recommend the application be submitted by this date because items such as references, recommendations and evaluations will not be sent out to the appropriate individuals to complete until the application is actually submitted online.
The invitation issued will note dates and times for the entrance exam, logistical information and an entrance exam study guide.Entrance Exam Study Guides
All applicants are required to be on the campus of SEBTS for the entrance exam during the date and times indicated on the invitation. The only exception is applicants living and/or serving overseas for whom the test will be proctored.
Applicants sitting for Biblical Studies (with concentrations in New Testament, Old Testament or Biblical Theology), New Testament and Old Testament will be required to demonstrate biblical language competency.Entrance Exam Study Guides
Applicants will be notified by this date whether they have been accepted or denied admission into the Ph.D. program.
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