Theological Studies

The PhD in Theological Studies is designed for pastors and teachers who are going to teach theological studies in liberal arts colleges and universities, churches, and majority world academic or ecclesial contexts. It offers expertise in the disciplines of Systematic Theology, Historical Theology, Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, and Public Theology while providing a concentration in one of those specific fields. The concentration the student chooses generally coincides with the focus of his or her dissertation.

  • 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

Some people describe seminary as a hoop to jump through, but I found my time at Southeastern to be a life-giving, spiritually edifying experience. Southeastern encouraged in me an undeniable love for God’s word. No amount of effort is too great to understand it or communicate it to someone else. What I saw, exemplified both in the classroom and even just in the culture of Southeastern, is the non-negotiable nature of the Great Commission. Southeastern emphasized that all of us are called to go in some capacity, and that we are most like Christ when we go to hard places.

Mark Turner MDiv and PhD

PhD In Context

What Can I Do with This Degree?

  • Teach in higher education

  • Serve in a local church

  • Denominational leadership

  • Lead in a parachurch organization

Specializations & Courses

  • Systematic Theology
    The specialization in Systematic Theology is designed to equip theologians to serve the academy and the church, in the United States and around the world. It does so by training students in a biblically anchored, historically conditioned approach to doctrinal development, which is both convictional, and charitable.


  • Historical Theology
    The specialization 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.


  • Philosophy of Religion
    The specialization in Philosophy of Religion is a focused study on issues of philosophy of mind, metaphysics, religious epistemology, faith and reason, coherence of theism, and other legitimate issues as presented through the ongoing discussion regarding the intersection of philosophy and religion.


  • Christian Ethics
    The Christian Ethics specialization provides advanced, specialized, academic training that equips students to impact the culture through moral witness, cultural engagement, and Christian service in a variety of settings. Students choose this program of studies in preparation for ministry in the academy, in the local church, in public policy advocacy, on the mission field, in denominational service, in para-church ministry, and through general moral witness within the public square.


  • Public Theology
    The Public Theology specialization exists to educate public intellectuals who bring Christian axioms to bear on matters of public concern. Its pedagogy is multidisciplinary, drawing upon Christian theology, ethics, and philosophy. Its object of concern is not merely politics, but the whole of public life, addressing a broad range of questions from a Christian point of view.

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