Southeastern offers IMB retirees two-year advanced degree waiver

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Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is excited to announce that it will waive tuition and fees for the first two years of any doctoral degree or the first 12 hours of a Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree for returning International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries who have opted to take the Voluntary Retirement Initiative (VRI). 

“Everyone knows about the massive transition taking place at the IMB as missionaries submit a blank check to God and seek His will for their future,” said Southeastern President Danny Akin. “For some this means returning to the States and a new chapter in ministry. It may also mean more training and education.”

“Southeastern wants to assist those considering advanced graduate work with tuition scholarships. It is a small way of saying thank you for giving your lives for the fulfillment of the Great Commission,” Akin added. 

This is a one-time offer to any IMB personnel who took the VRI in the first phase of IMB’s new financial plan. The offer does not apply to anyone who retired prior to the VRI announcement or those who may choose to after the first VRI deadline of December 11, 2015.

As part of this offer, Southeastern will waive tuition and fees for the first two years of doctoral study or the first 12 hours of study in the Th.M. program. This includes the one-time program fee and each semester’s student enrollment fee. Southeastern will not cover room and board, books or any other cost not associated with tuition. 

Those returning from the mission field as part of the VRI have two years to apply for this offer and be accepted into a program, subject to existing application schedules. There may be no application deferrals, and normal application procedures will apply for each program. Any internal or external scholarships will be applied before the waiver. After two years of doctoral study or 12 hours of Th.M. study, students will be charged regular tuition and fees for the remainder of their program.

Advanced degree programs eligible for this waiver include the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and Master of Theology (Th.M.). Use the information below to apply to any of these programs. Anyone who has taken the VRI will fill out a form with the program that he or she chooses in order to qualify for the waiver. 

Doctor of Education – 919.761.2490 or [email protected]

Doctor of Ministry – 919.761.2216 or [email protected]

Doctor of Philosophy – 919.761.2451 or [email protected]

Master of Theology – 919-761-2280 or [email protected]

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