Applied Theology

The Ph.D. in Applied Theology offers expertise in theological praxis for pastor-theologians, teachers, and missionaries who are going to serve in various leadership contexts across the globe. Students can choose between two tracks:
The North American Missiology track is designed for church planters, pastors and leaders who are actively working in church plant or renewal in a North American context.
The International Missiology track is designed for IMB personnel who are currently serving overseas and others who serve in a similar capacity and want to more effectvely proclaim the Gospel around the world.
Students enter the program as a community of scholars and will normally remain together through a series of seminars that meet twice annually at various times throughout the year. This format allows students to remain in their current position while engaging in Ph.D. studies.
The Ph.D. program requires a minimum of three academic years for completion: two years of coursework prior to the dissertation stage and one full year for dissertation work. Students must complete the program within seven years.

  • Modified Residency

  • Residential

At a Glance

  • 2

    Years of Course Work

  • 1

    Year of Dissertation Work

  • 60

    credit hours

Program Courses

At Southeastern, I started seeing that all of life is worship and all of life has a missional intentionality to it. All of life has a missional thrust to it as life lived out before the face of God.

Thomas West MDiv and PhD Alum

PhD in Context

WHAT CAN I DO WITH THIS DEGREE?

  • Counsel others in the body of Christ

  • Teach in higher education

  • Plant churches

What Courses Will I Take?

The Ph.D in Missiology SEBTS offers allows students to choose between two tracks:

  • The North American Missiology track is designed for church planters, pastors and leaders who are actively working in church plant or renewal in a North American context.
  • The International Missiology track is designed for IMB personnel who are currently serving overseas and others who serve in a similar capacity and want to more effectvely proclaim the Gospel around the world.

* These programs are offered in a Residential and/or Modified Residency Format.

The concentrations with modified residency will progress on a two-year schedule of coursework, followed by the comprehensive exam and the writing of a successful dissertation. All seminar and degree requirements for the students in the concentrations with modified residency are identical to the standard residency requirements.

At Southeastern, I really saw the benefit of helping me think better as a theologian. Everything that we do in the classroom is also spiritual formation as well.

Devin Maddox

PhD Graduate, 2022

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