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Doctor of Philosophy

Excellence in Scholarship for the Glory of God

Welcome to the website of the Office of Ph.D. Studies at SEBTS. We are grateful for your interest in the program. Southeastern’s Doctor of Philosophy degree provides a graduate-level academic research program for highly qualified students who wish to pursue advanced studies in the major fields covered in the Master of Divinity program. Admission is competitive.

Our Lord regarded the Shema as the first and greatest commandment of the Law. When he expounded this commandment, he insisted that it entailed loving God “with all your mind”(Mark 12:30). This demonstrates that Christians must not neglect the intellectual life, but must devote all of their intellectual resources to the service of their God.

Christian scholarship should be of the highest quality. Excellence in scholarship is necessary because Christians are motivated by a desire to glorify God. The Scriptures command: “Whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. . . . Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord--you serve the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:17,23). Excellence in Christian scholarship is possible because the humble and prayerful Christian scholar is aided and empowered by God in his labors so that he exceeds his own personal limitations (Ephesians 3:20; 1 Corinthians 1:24-25; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

This website details some elements of our program and the admission requirements, as well as a checklist to assist you in completing the application process. The deadline for all application materials for all areas of study is December 1 of every calendar year. Please refer to the information in the website for more details, and feel free to contact our office. If we may assist you in any way during this process, please do not hesitate to contact one of the members of our team, which can be found in the contact tabs to the left. We will be glad to answer your questions and assist you in the application process.

With warm regards,

Dr. Charles L. Quarles
Director of Ph.D. Studies

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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 two years of doctoral study. Some conditions apply. Contact our office at 919.761-2451 or for more information.

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