Historical Theology

The PhD in Historical Theology is designed is to prepare students who (1) desire to teach historical theology or a related discipline in colleges and seminaries; (2) desire to minister as pastor-theologians in local churches; (3) desire to use historical theology in their ministries in global mission contexts. This degree allows students to immerse themselves in the historical eras and their intersection with theological doctrines.

A minimum of three academic years is required for completion: two years of coursework and one year for dissertation work. Students must complete the program within seven years.

  • Modified Residency

  • Residential

At a Glance

  • 3-4

    years to complete

  • 60

    Credit Hours

Program Courses

The high standard of academic excellence and their fidelity to the gospel, the Great Commission, and the local church — along with their commitment to diversity — make Southeastern an excellent place to answer the call to scholarship.

Matisha Dentu PhD student

PhD In Context


  • Teach in higher education

  • Serve the local church as a pastor-theologian

What Courses Will I Take?

Below is a sample of the required courses. To see a complete list, view the academic catalog.

  • HTH 9640 – Seminar in Patristic Theology
  • HTH 9700 – Seminar in Reformation Theology
  • HTH 9800 – Seminar in Baptist Theology
  • THE 9900 – Seminar on Contemporary Theology

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