Historical Theology

In addition to the stated purpose of the PhD program at SEBTS, the purpose of the PhD in Historical Theology 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.

  • Modified Residency

  • Residential

At a Glance

  • 5

    phd introduction

  • 3

    phd integrative colloquium

  • 24

    phd research seminars

  • 6

    phd mentor directed studies

  • 4

    phd comprehensive exams

  • 18

    phd prospectus and dissertation

  • 60

    Total 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 Higher Education

  • Do Academic Research

  • 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
  • My favorite part of teaching Theology is seeing students grasp the amazing wonder of Jesus Christ through a serious engagement with the Bible, growing their love for our Triune God.

    Steve McKinion

    Professor of Theology and Patristic Studies

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