The average graduate degree (M.Div. or MA) at the seminary will take a full-time student 2-4 years. This depends on the specific degree requirements and the student’s desired course load. In addition to traditional semester-long courses, students may take advantage of hybrid classes, January-term classes, four separate summer sessions and one-week intensive classes taught over fall and spring breaks.
No! Southeastern’s mission is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the Church and fulfill the Great Commission. Everyone in the body of Christ, not just those called into vocational ministry, can benefit from rich theological education as they seek to serve God wherever he has called them.
To be considered full-time, a student must complete 9 credit hours each fall and spring semester. Typically, full-time students will choose to take 9-12 credit hours per semester. Students must take at least one class each semester to remain active.
- Apply for Housing
Many students choose to live in on-campus housing because of its affordability, flexibility of options and proximity to campus. To learn more about these and other options, visit our housing office webpage. You can also contact the Housing Office directly at [email protected] or (919) 761-2400.
The Application Process
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 the Admissions Office 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.
North Carolina State Law requires an MMR Immunization (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) and an updated tetanus booster in the last 10 years. Simply upload documented proof of these vaccinations when prompted to during the online application process.
Your current physician should have access to your immunization records. If not, consider these other common options for acquiring your documentation:
- Contact your parents or guardian to request a copy of your immunization records
- Contact your previous doctor’s office to request your immunization history on file
- Contact your state health department from your home state
- Contact your prior schools or military to request your application files
- Contact the Department of Veteran Affairs to request your military records
Make an appointment with your physician or a health clinic to request a tetanus booster. Once you receive the booster, just upload the proof under “Immunization History” in the online application.
In this case you have two options.
- Receive the MMR immunization again (be sure to consult your doctor)
- You can take a Titer test and provide the results. If you have a titer, it means that either you have had the disease and produced antibodies or received the immunization for the disease. A positive titer then that can be the proof to show the state of North Carolina that you have been immunized or have had the disease.
- Covid-19 Policies
All current information regarding Covid-19 policies of SEBTS can be found on Aroundsoutheastern.com
Course and Credit Transfer
Yes, graduate credit received from regionally accredited institutions may be transferred to Southeastern.
Yes! We offer several fully online degrees, including our Master of Divinity with a track in christian ministry, as well as a few Master of Arts degrees. We also offer some of our advanced degrees in a modified residency format. Our distance learning program involves fully online classes, hybrid classes and more! These options are available to both students living on and off campus, although priority is given to students designated as distance learning. Visit our distance learning page to see a complete list of these degrees. For all other degree programs, contact the Distance Learning office at [email protected] for a list of courses that may be completed online.
Hybrid courses begin with online coursework. Each course has one required on-campus weekend (Friday night and Saturday) published with the course description. When signing up for the course, students commit to being on campus for that weekend. After the in-class portion, students complete any remaining coursework online.
Yes, an on-campus student may take hybrid and online courses, though priority is given to students designated as distance-learning.