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General questions about the Seminary

What degrees do you offer?

The seminary and college offer a wide range of undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programming including: BA, MDiv, MA, EdD, DMin, ThM, and PhD degree tracks.

For a complete listing of our degree offerings, see the academic catalog.

How long does it take to complete a typical seminary degree? What is the typical course load?

The average graduate degree (MDiv or MA) at the seminary will take a full-time student between 2-4 years.  This, of course, depends on the specific course requirements and the individual student’s desired course load. Students may take advantage of Hybrid classes, J-term classes, 4 summer sessions, and one week intensives taught over fall and spring break in addition to traditional fall and spring semesters.

Is it necessary that I have a call to full-time ministry to apply?

Southeastern’s mission is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the Church and fulfill the Great Commission. It is our view that everyone in the body of Christ, not just those called into vocational ministry, can benefit from rich theological education as they seek to serve the Lord Jesus by serving their church.

What is the cost of seminary?

The actual cost of seminary varies based on a number of factors. Here is a link to our cost estimator sheet.

Is there a difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition?

Southeastern in a private institution and receives no funding from the federal or state government. Therefore, there is no distinction between in-state and out-of –state students and tuition rates.

I am not Southern Baptist. How do I get the Southern Baptist tuition rate?

While students of other denominational backgrounds are strongly encouraged to attend the college or seminary, students who are not a member of a Southern Baptist Church cannot receive the discounted tuition rate. This discounted rate is actually the result of Southern Baptist churches pooling their resources to provide financial help to their members.

In order to receive the Southern Baptist discount, a student’s recommending church (the one at which he or she is a member) must be part of the Southern Baptist Convention.

How many hours should I take?

To be considered full time a seminary student must complete 9 hours each fall and spring semester. Typically full time students will choose to take between 9-12 credit hours. Part time students to remain active must take at least one class each fall and spring.

Where can I live while attending school?

Many students choose the option of living in our campus housing options because of their affordability, flexibility, and proximity. To learn more about these and other options, visit our housing office webpage or call them directly at (919) 761-2400.

Is health insurance required?

Southeastern does not currently require student to provide proof of health coverage, however it is highly encouraged. Guidestone Insurance does offer a special Seminarian Plan for students and their families.

Are there health care facilities on campus?

Southeastern offers an on-campus Health Center directed by a physician for students, faculty and staff as well as their families. Students and their spouses may use the physician’s services without cost during regular office hours. For more information please click here.

Questions about the application process

How do I apply?

The entire application process may be completed online. You may apply here.

What documents are required to apply?

  • A completed application form
  • A completed Medical Information Form
  • A completed Immunization History Form (North Carolina State Health Department standards require that a completed immunization record be received by Southeastern)
  • A completed Southeastern Covenant
  • Three completed Character Reference Forms (one must be from a pastor)
  • A non-refundable application fee of $40
  • Official transcript(s) from all secondary and post-secondary schools attended must be sent directly to the Admissions Office from the Registrar of each school previously attended
  • A completed Church Recommendation Form
  • Spouse’s Personal Statement (if married)
  • An official SAT or ACT score sent directly to the Admissions Office from the testing agency
  • A completed criminal background check

When are applications due?

Prospective students are invited to submit an application for admission up to one year in advance of anticipated enrollment. Once all of the supplemental documents arrive (references, transcripts, background check, etc.) and an application is completed, it will be sent for review and the prospective student will be notified of his/her admission decision within 30 days. There is not a firm deadline for applications to be submitted. However, since submitted applications will not be reviewed until they are completed and since the review process can take up to 30 days, we request that all applications are submitted and completed no later than one month in advance of anticipated enrollment. Applications that are submitted or completed within the final 30 days leading up to the semester may still be considered, but we will be unable to guarantee the release of an admissions decision prior to the start of classes.

How do I check the status of my application?

Once we receive all of the documents associated with your application, you will receive an email to inform you that it has been sent to the Admissions Committee. You will subsequently receive a decision letter in the mail 1-3 weeks after your application has been reviewed.

If you have questions about where your application stands give us a call at 1-800-284-6317. Our admissions team would be happy to update you and let you know any documents that may be missing.

What is a personal statement?

The personal statement is an opportunity to share on your application how you came to faith in Christ, what it has meant for you from then until now, and why do you believe Southeastern may be the place for your equipping.

If I am engaged, does my fiancée need to submit a spouse statement?

You are not required to have a spouse statement completed so long as you complete your application before your wedding date. Congratulations on the upcoming wedding. 

Questions about course and credit transfer

Can I transfer credits from other institutions?

Yes, graduate credit received from regionally accredited institutions may be transferred into Southeastern.

How many hours will transfer?

This will depend on a number of factors. Please contact the Registrar’s Office at (919) 761-2215 to see where you may stand.

I have an undergraduate background in biblical studies/religious studies, will this help me get credit at the Master’s level?

You may be eligible to take advantage of advanced standing through our Advanced Mdiv or show course proficiency through our Southeastern Collegiate Partnership. Click to learn more:

Questions about distance learning

How many hours may I take online?

Visit our distance learning page to see a complete list of degrees offered fully online.

What is a Hybrid Course?

Hybrid courses begin each semester with material made available online. When signing up for the course, students commit to be on campus for one Friday night and Saturday during the semester. This required on campus portion is published with the course description. This requires students to only be here physically for one night in the area. After the on campus portion, students complete any remaining coursework online. Hybrid courses do not require an online class fee.

Can I take hybrid courses as an on campus student?

Yes, an on campus student may take Hybrid courses. To see a full listing of hybrid class offereings click here.

What is a distance learning student?

To learn more about distance learning at Southeastern please check out our distance learning page.

Have another question you didn’t see here?

Our admissions team would be happy to provide or help you find the answer to any questions. Please give us a call at 1-800-284-6317. 

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  • Wake Forest, NC 27588
  • Phone: (919) 761 - 2100
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  • 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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