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Master of Theology

Our Confession
We affirm the Bible as the authoritative Word of God. We covenant to teach in accordance with and not contrary to the Abstract of Principles and the Baptist Faith & Message.
Our Core Competencies

With our confession in mind, Southeastern’s faculty attempts to develop five Core Competencies in students through a Southeastern education.  Every student should seek to develop in…

  • Spiritual Formation Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue an authentically Christian way of life, manifested by trust in God, obedience to Christ’s commands, and love of God and neighbor.

  • Biblical Exposition Demonstrate the ability to properly and effectively interpret, apply, and communicate the Scriptures.

  • Theological Integration Demonstrate the ability to understand and apply the doctrines of Christianity to life and ministry.

  • Ministry Preparation Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and Christian disposition necessary for ministry and leadership in the church and the world.

  • Critical Thinking and Communication Demonstrate the ability to think critically, argue persuasively, and communicate clearly.

We strive to do all of this while cultivating in students a delight in God, His Word, and His Church.

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The purpose of the Seminary’s Master of Theology degree program is to provide the post-M.Div. student with an opportunity for advanced guided research under the supervision of a faculty member in a special area of theological study. Some students choose this program to enhance their academic qualifications for post-graduate or doctoral studies. Other students choose this program primarily to extend their preparation for ministry in a local church, on the mission field, or in other positions of denominational service. The Th.M. is designed to build leaders through personal mentoring by the faculty and by advanced study.

Areas of study

Additional Information

The Th.M. Program has a regular and a thesis option. Admission requirements and the degree hours are the same for both options; however, the coursework differs. Students should consult with their potential Major Professor and/or the Director of the Th.M. program to determine which option best meets their academic goals. Additionally, while the Th.M. program is designed as a residential program, some students chose to complete their degree program as non-residents. 

Ph.D. Credit

Master of Theology (Th.M.) students have the option to enroll in up to four Ph.D. seminars while completing the Th.M. program. If a student continues into a Ph.D. program at Southeastern, seminars taken during the completion of the Th.M. are eligible to be considered for credit in the Ph.D. degree. In order to be considered for this option, students must be graduates of Southeastern and earn no less than an “A-“ in the seminars. Seminars must also fit the student’s program of study. Contact the Office of Ph.D. Studies at 919-761-2491 for more information.

IMB Retiree Waiver

If you recently retired from the International Mission Board (IMB) as part of the first phase of the Voluntary Retirement Initiative (VRI), you are eligible to receive a waiver for tuition and fees for your first 12 hours of the Master of Theology program. Some conditions apply. Contact the admissions office at 919.761.2280 or for more information.

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  • Post Office Box 1889
  • Wake Forest, NC 27588
  • Phone: (919) 761 - 2100
Our Mission
  • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the Church and fulfill the Great Commission.
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