Application Process

We strive to make the application process as clear and simple as possible, and our Admissions Office is ready to answer questions and offer whatever help we can. If you have any questions about the admissions process, please contact us at or 919-761-2324. For general questions and information call 1-800-284-6317 or email

All potential students for our Master of Divinity or Master of Arts programs should have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States. Prospective students should consult our Academic Catalog for detailed information about admission requirements. We are thankful that you are applying to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary! 

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Common questions

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

What documents are required to apply?

  • A completed application form

  • A non-refundable application fee of $40

  • A completed Southeastern Covenant (at the end of the application)

  • A completed Medical Information Form (within application)

  • A completed Immunization History Form that shows proof of 2 MMRs and a tetanus shot in the past 10 years (North Carolina State Health Department standards require that a completed immunization record be received by Southeastern)

  • Two completed Character Reference Forms

  • A completed Pastor Reference Form

  • A completed Church Recommendation Form

  • Official transcript(s) from all post-secondary schools attended must be sent directly to the Admissions Office from the Registrar of each school previously attended

  • Spouse Personal Statement (if married)

  • A completed criminal background check

There are two pathways for reapplying to Southeastern. If you have not been enrolled in classes for one full academic year (a fall and a spring semester), your account as a student becomes inactivated. Between 1 and 3 academic years (cutoff is 6 successive fall/spring semesters), you may reapply through the abbreviated Readmission process. If you have any questions about this process, please contact our Coordinator for Student Success at

If you have not been in enrolled in classes (or started classes and dropped all of them) in longer than 3 academic years (6 successive fall/spring semesters), you will need to apply through our full application process as though you were applying for the first time. The Admissions Office will be able to reuse certain items that have been sent previously (i.e. transcripts), but others may need to be completed again.

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There is no firm deadline for applications to be submitted. However, we request that all applications be submitted and completed (all supplemental documents received) no later than one month in advance of anticipated enrollment. Applications that are completed within 30 days of the start of the term may still be considered, but we will be unable to guarantee an admissions decision prior to the start of classes. Applications may be submitted up to one year in advance of anticipated enrollment. 

Once all supplemental documents arrive (references, transcripts, background check, etc.) and an application is completed, it will be sent for review. The prospective student will be notified of his/her admission decision within 30 days. 

Yes, there is a $40 non-refundable application fee. Please be prepared to pay the fee with a debit or credit card.

You can choose one of four entry terms: fall, spring, January or summer. Be sure to consider that our primary entry terms are the fall and spring semesters.