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Prerequisites for Admissions

The following are the more common FAQs about the application process as well as some important details about admission into the program.

First, admission to the program is competitive. Therefore, any evaluation of application materials (like transcripts etc.) or suggestions related to a student’s application are not intended to be guarantees. They are recommendations from the Office of Ph.D. Studies concerning how to put forward a compelling application for the Ph.D. Committee.

Ultimately, it is the student’s responsibility to distinguish themselves in the following areas:

  • G.P.A. (3.5 and above)
  • MAT score (80% and above)
  • Writing sample (4-6k words including footnotes)
  • References
  • Major Professor Evaluation
  • Graduate coursework (strength of your core courses and specialization in the area being pursued)
  • Personal statement
  • Other required items
  • Entrance exam

Second, the Office of Ph.D. Studies will give preference to those applicants who show proficiency in our M.Div. Equivalency Core which consists of:

      NT Survey I, II (6hrs.)  Doctrine Survey I, II   (6hrs.)
OT Survey I, II (6hrs.) Church History I, II (6hrs.)
Greek I, II (6-9hrs.)* Hermeneutics (3hrs.)
Hebrew I, II (6-9hrs.)*  Baptist History (3hrs.)
*Biblical language expectations depend on the applicants given Area of Study.

Third, the Ph.D. Committee looks favorably on those applicants who demonstrate a specialization in their desired field of study. You are not just fulfilling standards set by our institution, you are also contending against the other applicants in your field. It is the student’s responsibility to establish through the various application elements that they are prepared for the rigors of the Ph.D. In addition to our recommendations above, in some cases an applicant’s (potential) major professor may be available to discuss the particulars of their application.

Finally, the Ph.D. Committee considers the whole of one’s application and every application will be given the same degree of attention, though each student will be evaluated in light of the total applicant pool competing for admission into the program. The Office of Ph.D. Studies does not provide specific steps for applicants who wish to strengthen their application. Nor will the Office of Ph.D. Studies reveal information relative to the current applicant pool.   

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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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