The PhD in Preaching program offers advanced study in homiletics with the goal to equip the pastor-scholar for ministry in the local church and advance scholarship in the academy. Seminars are co-taught between our world-class seminary faculty and well-known pastor-teachers.

The PhD in Preaching is delivered in a modified residency format. Each seminar is delivered over the normal period of other seminars and contains an on-campus experience as well as supplemental asynchronous components before and after the on-campus experience.

The PhD 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 Coursework

  • 1

    Year of Dissertation

  • 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


  • Teach in an academic setting

  • Academic Research

  • Ministry requiring specialized training

  • Serve in denominational leadership, or lead in pastoral and church related vocations

What Courses Will I Take?

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

  • PRS 9650 – The Theology of Preaching
  • PRS 9800 – The Preaching Tradition
  • PHD 9501 – Mentor Directed Studies I
  • PRS 9900 – Current Trends in Preaching
  • PHD 9502 – Mentor Directed Studies II

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