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1 Published by: The Office of Professional Doctoral Studies 2825 Lexington Road Louisville, KY Phone: (502) MAY 2014

2 TABLE OF CONTENTS Page PREFACE Disclaimer Accreditation Overview of Doctor of Ministry Program Overview of Doctor of Educational Ministry Program D.Min. & D.Ed.Min. Program Concentrations ADMISSION TO THE DOCTOR OF MINISTRY PROGRAM Admission Prerequisites Additional Requirements Admission Deadlines ADMISSION TO THE DOCTOR OF EDUCATIONAL MINISTRY PROGRAM Admission Prerequisites Additional Requirements Admission Deadlines DOCTOR OF MINISTRY PROGRAM OF STUDY Program of Study Description of Seminars DOCTOR OF EDUCATIONAL MINISTRY PROGRAM OF STUDY Program of Study Description of Seminars THE MINISTRY RESEARCH PROJECT ACADEMIC POLICIES

3 Registration Length of Time Allowed Minimum Grade Point Average Attendance Assignments E-Campus, Moodle, and Student Accounts Lodging and Meals Expenses Interruption of Study INTERRUPTED STATUS POLICY Purpose Policy Procedure IS Policy Exceptions: Military Leave of Absence DEADLINES FOR GRADUATION December Graduation Deadlines May Graduation Deadlines Deadlines for Continuation Fee Waivers FOUNDATIONAL SEMINARS BY CONCENTRATION Applied Theology Biblical Counseling Biblical Spirituality Black Church Leadership Christian Worship Evangelism & Church Growth Expository Preaching Family Ministry

4 Global Missions Korean Church Leadership Leadership Urban Ministry ADDITIONAL COURSES FOR REGISTRATION Writing Seminars Project Writing Courses Interruption of Study FINANCIAL INFORMATION Fee Due Dates Additional Fees SOUTHERN SEMINARY DEPARTMENTS QUICK REFERENCE

5 PREFACE Disclaimer The Professional Doctoral Student Handbook ( Student Handbook ) serves only as a guide and in no way functions as a contract. The Professional Doctoral student acknowledges that the requirements for the program and the evaluations of the student s work lie solely with The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and its personnel. Moreover, the Student Handbook is subject to periodic revision. Professional Doctoral students must follow the guidelines of the Student Handbook as it is revised and updated. A current copy of the Student Handbook is available at Accreditation The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctoral degrees. The seminary is also accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Overview of Doctor of Ministry Programs The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree is an advanced professional doctoral degree in ministry. The purpose of this program is to equip persons who are committed to a Christian vocation for a high level of excellence in the practice of ministry. The distinctive features of the Doctor of Ministry degree program include: Participation in interdisciplinary academic seminars Practical application of classroom learning to the student s ministry setting A written research project or thesis that is related to the student s ministry setting An oral defense of the written project or thesis Overview of Doctor of Educational Ministry Programs The Doctor of Educational Ministry (D.Ed.Min.) degree is an advanced professional doctoral degree in educational ministry. The purpose of this program is to equip persons who are committed to a Christian vocation for a high level of excellence in the practice of ministry. The distinctive features of the Doctor of Educational Ministry degree program include: Participation in interdisciplinary academic seminars Practical application of classroom learning to the student s ministry setting 1

6 A written research project or thesis that is related to the student s ministry setting An oral defense of the written project or thesis. D.Min. and D.Ed.Min. Program Concentrations All Professional Doctoral applicants must declare their intended concentration at the time of application. Should an accepted or current student desire to change concentrations, he or she must request that change through the Office of Professional Doctoral Studies. The School of Theology offers the following Doctor of Ministry concentrations: D.Min. in Applied Theology The Doctor of Ministry in Applied Theology is designed to equip pastors and church leaders to evaluate cutting edge issues in Christian theology and culture. The program prepares ministers to apply a comprehensive vision of the gospel to practical local church matters from preaching to discipleship to counseling to cultural engagement D.Min. in Biblical Counseling The Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Counseling is designed to equip ministry professionals for leadership in ministering and counseling from a biblical foundation. Specifically, the degree is designed for congregational ministers and others who serve in counseling roles. D.Min. in Biblical Spirituality The Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Spirituality is designed to equip pastors and other ministry leaders in the theology and practice of biblical spirituality. The program of study emphasizes biblical spirituality in both its personal and interpersonal expressions, and examines this from both an historical and contemporary perspective. D.Min. in Biblical Theology The Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Theology is designed to equip pastors and ministry leaders to understand the Bible in accordance with the intentions of its Spirit-inspired human authors. This program of study aims to strengthen the student s skill in the biblical languages as well as aid in putting the whole Bible together as one cohesive story. D.Min. in Expository Preaching The Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching is designed to equip pastors and other church leaders in the skills of sermon preparation and public exposition of Scripture. This program of study will meet the needs of those persons who want to engage in the classical disciplines of biblical interpretation, theological reflection, and sermon preparation. The Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry offers the following Doctor of Ministry Concentrations: D.Min. in Black Church Leadership The Doctor of Ministry in Black Church Leadership is designed primarily to equip ministers who serve African-Americans and other racial minorities. The program of study emphasizes meeting needs through urban community ministries and focuses upon the unique concerns relative to ministering to people of color. 2

7 D.Min. in Church Revitalization The Doctor of Ministry in Church Revitalization is designed to equip pastors and other church leaders with the training needed to revitalize established churches. The program is founded upon the belief that the revitalization of a local church happens through people who have a biblical vision of a healthy church. D.Min. in Global Missions The Doctor of Ministry in Missions Leadership is designed to equip ministers with a high level of excellence in global missions and missions leadership. D.Min. in Korean Church Leadership The Doctor of Ministry in Korean Church Leadership is designed to support the work of Korean churches in the United States. The program provides instruction, for the most part, in Korean. Instruction is cross-cultural and entails a team-teaching approach. An adjunct professor from the Korean community is teamed with a professor from Southern Seminary. The Korean professor lectures in Korean and translates for the Southern Seminary professor. D.Min. in Urban Ministry The Doctor of Ministry in Urban Ministry is designed to equip ministers who serve in urban centers. The goal of this program is to produce ministers who seek to reach the major urban centers of the world. D.Min. in Christian Worship The DMin/DEdMin in Christian Worship has been designed with the following constituency in mind: The worship pastor/leader in the local church who desires greater knowledge and understanding in the field of Christian worship and who eagerly seeks to further develop his ability to plan and lead Christian worship. The DMin/DEdMin in Christian Worship has been designed to accomplish the following goals: To educate the individual whose life and ministry is centered on leading Christian worship in such a way that the minister has: A greater knowledge of and appreciation for the biblical foundations and historical perspectives of Christian worship; An increased capacity to lead in and through their worship ministry; The ability to biblically and theologically analyze the impact of the arts, culture and media on current worship practices. D.Min. in Family Ministry The Doctor of Ministry in Family Ministry is designed to equip leaders to develop a biblically and theologically grounded family ministry in the local church. D.Min. in Leadership The Doctor of Ministry in Leadership is designed to help local church ministers to develop excellence in leadership with their context. The Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, and Ministry offers the following Doctor of Educational Ministry Concentrations: D.Ed.Min. in Biblical Counseling The Doctor of Educational Ministry in Biblical Counseling is designed to equip ministry professionals for leadership in ministering and counseling from a biblical foundation. Specifically, the degree is designed for congregational ministers and others who serve in counseling roles. D.Ed.Min. in Christian Worship The DMin/DEdMin in Christian Worship has been designed with the following constituency in mind: The worship pastor/leader in the local church who 3

8 desires greater knowledge and understanding in the field of Christian worship and who eagerly seeks to further develop his ability to plan and lead Christian worship. The DMin/DEdMin in Christian Worship has been designed to accomplish the following goals: To educate the individual whose life and ministry is centered on leading Christian worship in such a way that the minister has: A greater knowledge of and appreciation for the biblical foundations and historical perspectives of Christian worship; An increased capacity to lead in and through their worship ministry; The ability to biblically and theologically analyze the impact of the arts, culture and media on current worship practices. D.Ed.Min. in Evangelism and Church Growth The Doctor of Educational Ministry in Evangelism and Church Growth is designed to equip ministers for a high level of excellence in the fields of evangelism and church growth. D.Ed.Min. in Family Ministry The Doctor of Educational Ministry in Family Ministry is designed to equip leaders to develop a biblically and theologically grounded family ministry in the local church. D.Ed.Min. in Global Missions The Doctor of Educational Ministry in Missions Leadership is designed to equip ministers with a high level of excellence in global missions and missions leadership. D.Ed.Min. in Leadership The Doctor of Educational Ministry in Leadership is designed to help local church ministers to develop excellence in leadership with their context. Current courses required for each Doctor of Ministry or Doctor of Educational Ministry concentration are listed in the current Southern Seminary catalog at Each student is expected to be familiar with the requirements for his or her particular degree program. 4

9 ADMISSION TO THE DOCTOR OF MINISTRY PROGRAM Applicants to the Southern Seminary D.Min will be evaluated in light of their academic record, performance on entrance examinations, personal aptitude, and motivation for doctoral study. International applicants considering the D.Min. program should contact the Supervisor of International and Disability Services to discuss the program s special visa requirements. Admission Prerequisites A Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution which includes the study of both Hebrew and Greek. A minimum master s level cumulative grade point average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale). A minimum of three years of significant, post-m.div. ministry experience is required. A small percentage of students with at least five years of significant ministry experience, but not three years post-m.div., may be considered as an exception to this requirement. Applicants with a cumulative GPA just below 3.0 may be admitted provisionally if they achieve acceptable scores on all other application requirements. Any student admitted provisionally whose work is not doctoral level during the first seminar and AME will not be permitted to continue in the program. Application Requirements Completion of the Application for General Admission to Southern Seminary. Submission of a Ministry Field Essay in response to a case calling for the application of biblical and theological insights into a ministry situation. Submission of a Ministry Resume outlining the applicant s present and past ministry experience, including dates, positions held, and whether the role was full or part-time. A personal interview with the Director of Professional Doctoral Studies or a designated representative may be requested in order to provide insight into the applicant s motivation for pursuing the degree and the applicant s professional goals. Applicants for whom English is not their native language must submit a TOEFL score of 90 (internet-based) or 233 (computer-based) when applying for English-language programs. Applicants applying for native-language programs are exempt from this requirement. Admission Deadlines Admission deadlines are October 15 (winter term) and March 15 (summer term). Exceptions to these deadlines must be approved by the Director of Professional Doctoral Studies or his representative. 5

10 ADMISSION TO THE DOCTOR OF EDUCATIONAL MINISTRY PROGRAM Applicants to the Southern Seminary D.Ed.Min will be evaluated in light of their academic record, performance on entrance examinations, personal aptitude, and motivation for doctoral study. International applicants considering the D.Ed.Min. program should first contact the Supervisor of International and Disability Services to discuss the program s special visa requirements. Admission Prerequisites A Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE) degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution. A minimum master s level cumulative grade point average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale). A minimum of three years of significant ministry experience is required. Applicants with a cumulative GPA just below 3.0 may be admitted provisionally if they achieve acceptable scores on all other application requirements. Any student admitted provisionally whose work is not doctoral level during the first seminar and AME will not be permitted to continue in the program. Application Requirements Completion of the Application for General Admission to Southern Seminary. Submission of a Ministry Field Essay in response to a case calling for the application of biblical and theological insights into a ministry situation. Submission of a Ministry Resume outlining the applicant s present and past ministry experience, including dates, positions held, and whether the role was full or part-time. A personal interview with the Director of Professional Doctoral Studies or a designated representative may be requested in order to provide insight into the applicant s motivation for pursuing the degree and the applicant s professional goals. Applicants for whom English is not their native language must submit a TOEFL score of 90 (internet-based) or 233 (computer-based) when applying for English-language programs. Admission Deadlines Admission deadlines are July 15 (fall term) and January 1 (spring term). Exceptions to these deadlines must be approved by the Director of Professional Doctoral Studies or his representative. 6

11 THE DOCTOR OF MINISTRY PROGRAM OF STUDY The Doctor of Ministry program of study consists of: Four Foundational Seminars in the area of study Four Contextualized Writing Seminars Introduction to Doctoral Research and Writing Project Methodology Ministry Research Project Total D.Min credit hours 16 hrs. 8 hrs. 1 hr. 1 hr. 6 hrs hrs. Description of Seminars The four foundational seminars vary by concentration and may not be taken concurrently. The seminars meet for four days and are offered during the summer and winter terms or fall and spring terms, depending upon the concentration. Each seminar requires a significant amount of preparation, including reading (an average of 2,500 pages) and the completion of written assignments prior to coming on campus. Some seminars include required internet interaction. Contextualized Writing Seminars are designed so as to allow students to work toward the completion of their project while in seminars. This should allow students to write and receive approval for chapters 1-3 by the time he/she has completed their seminars and be on track to graduate in 36 months. In view of this goal, students will register for Contextualized Writing Seminar (80710) in each of their first four semesters in the program. Introduction to Doctoral Research and Writing (80610) is a one day seminar taken alongside the student s first foundational seminar. This course provides an overview of doctoral level writing skills, Southern Seminary style requirements, and library resources and research methods for distance students, and also serves as a program orientation. Project Methodology is taken alongside the student s second foundational seminar. Project Methodology (80600) provides preparation for the student s ministry research project and includes an 8-week online component in which the student prepares and writes the project proposal prior to the on-campus seminar. 7

12 THE DOCTOR OF EDUCATIONAL MINISTRY PROGRAM OF STUDY The Doctor of Educational Ministry program of study consists of: Two Educational Seminars Four Foundational Seminars in the area of study Six Contextualized Writing Seminar courses Introduction to Doctoral Research and Writing Project Methodology Ministry Research Project Total D.Ed.Min credit hours 8 hrs. 16 hrs. 12 hrs. 1 hr. 1 hr. 8 hrs hrs. Description of Seminars The two educational seminars should be taken prior to the foundational seminars and may not be taken concurrently. These seminars meet for four days and are offered during the fall and spring terms. They are chosen from the six seminars in the Leadership concentration, but preferably should be two of the following three seminars: 80801: Theological and Philosophical Issues in Christian Education 80802: Foundations for Teaching/Learning in Christian Education Contexts 80803: Biblical and Contemporary Models of Christian Leadership The four ministry concentration seminars vary by concentration and may not be taken concurrently. The ministry concentration seminars meet for four days and are offered during the summer and winter terms or fall and spring terms, depending upon the concentration. Each seminar requires a significant amount of preparation, including reading (an average of 2,500 pages) and the completion of written assignments prior to coming on campus. Some seminars include required internet interaction. Contextualized Writing Seminars are designed so as to allow students to work toward the completion of their project while in seminars. This should allow students to write and receive approval for chapters 1-3 by the time he/she has completed their seminars and be on track to graduate in 36 months. In view of this goal, students will register for Contextualized Writing Seminar (80710) in each of their first four semesters in the program. Introduction to Doctoral Research and Writing (80610) is a one day seminar taken alongside the student s first foundational seminar. This course provides an overview of doctoral level writing skills, Southern Seminary style requirements, and library resources and research methods for distance students, and also serves as a program orientation. Project Methodology (80600) is taken alongside the student s second foundational seminar. This course provides preparation for the student s ministry research project and includes an 8-week 8

13 online component requiring the writing and evaluation of a project proposal prior to the oncampus seminar. 9

14 THE MINISTRY RESEARCH PROJECT The D.Min. or D.Ed.Min. program requires the development and implementation of a ministry research project. This element of the program is intended to help the student apply skills acquired in a way that grounds ministry in sound biblical-theological principles. As the culmination of the Professional Doctoral program of study, the completed project should demonstrate the student s ability to relate professional knowledge documented in research with professional functioning in reference to a particular situation, problem, challenge, or need in the student s area of ministry. It should demonstrate the student s ability to communicate clearly and effectively by means of the written word. The research for the ministry research project should ultimately be both a means of ministry and an experience of growth and development for the student. The guidelines and processes for the Ministry Research Project are described in detail in the Ministry Research Project Writing Handbook, available online on the DMin Resources for Students webpage (www.sbts.edu/dmin/resources). Research Thesis Option The research thesis is an option for Doctor of Ministry students with exceptional writing and research skills. Students must apply for permission to present a research thesis in place of the Ministry Research Project by submitting a D.Min. Research Thesis Request by the end of their first semester in the program. The D.Min. Research Thesis Request includes: 1) Completed D.Min. Research Thesis Request Form (see appendix 1 [www.sbts.edu/dmin/resources]). 2) A page sample research paper including footnotes and a bibliography. This should be an exemplary paper that displays evidence of the following: (1) a clear thesis statement supported throughout the paper; (2) exceptional writing; and (3) superb research skills. 3) A 1 page abstract which includes the potential thesis title, thesis statement, and the general direction of the work. The Office of Professional Doctoral Studies and an SBTS faculty member from the student s area of study will review the submitted thesis request. Following their review, the Professional Doctoral Studies Office will inform the student whether the thesis request has been approved or denied. Approval of the Thesis Request permits the D.Min. student to write and submit a research thesis proposal in coordination with participation in the appropriate Project/Thesis Methodology course (80600). 10

15 The guidelines for the Research Thesis are described in the Ministry Research Project Writing Handbook, available online on the DMin Resources for Students webpage (www.sbts.edu/dmin/resources). 11

16 ACADEMIC POLICIES Registration Students accepted into the Doctor of Ministry program must attend their first seminar no later than one year after the semester of acceptance into the program. All students must register themselves for seminars and Applied Ministry Experience or the appropriate Project Writing course every semester. Failure to register is equivalent to unofficial withdrawal from the program. Any students who fail to register for more than one semester will be administratively withdrawn from the program. Length of Time Allowed Students in the program are expected to pursue their degree concurrently with involvement in ministry. D.Min. students should allow three years (six semesters) of study to complete their program. D.Ed.Min. students should allow four years (eight semesters) of study to complete their program. Under no circumstances will a student be allowed to extend the time of completion beyond six years. D.Min. students who take longer than three years (six semesters), and D.Ed.Min. students who take longer than four years (eight semesters), will be assessed a continuation fee for each semester beyond the allotted time in the program. If a student officially takes time off from the program as outlined in the Interrupted Status policy, that absence does not count against the three or four years allowed to complete the program, but does count against the total six year limit. Minimum Grade Point Average For each individual component of the program, a student must receive a minimum grade of B- (2.7 on a 4.0 scale). If a student receives a grade that is lower than a B- on any individual component, that component must be repeated. Furthermore, that student is placed on probation. If a student receives two successive grades that are lower than a B-, the student will be terminated from the program. Attendance Because the foundational seminars are accelerated, attendance is required at every session for the entire duration of these seminars. Absence from any portion of any foundational seminar will necessitate retaking that seminar. Class participation will affect the student s final grade. 12

17 Assignments The accelerated plan for foundational seminars and Applied Ministry Experience mandates that all assignments be completed on time, including reading and book critiques that are to be done before the seminar and any papers that are to be done after the seminar. Faculty will work with students to maintain a submission schedule for all assignments. No grades of Incomplete will be given for doctoral work. E-campus, Moodle, and Student Accounts Upon acceptance into the D.Min. program, students will be assigned a students.sbts.edu address and given a username and passwords for E-campus and Moodle. Students are expected to regularly check their students.sbts.edu account, as it is the primary means of communication between the seminary and the student. Students who do not check their students.sbts.edu account will still be accountable for all information distributed through that means. Lodging and Meals Expenses Program fees do not include costs for lodging and meals. On-campus housing may be available through the Legacy Center or through Student Housing. Please consult the Departments Quick Reference at the end of this handbook for additional information. Interruption of Study Unforeseen circumstances do at times require that students temporarily halt their studies. Any interruptions in study, however, are strongly discouraged for the following reasons. First, students who interrupt their studies must recognize that faculty supervision may be affected by prolonged interruptions. As a result, the student may not be readmitted into the program unless alternate and acceptable departmental supervision can be arranged. Second, programs with a cohort experience are disrupted, and progress toward graduation is delayed. Students who must take off time from the program of study must request Interrupted Status through the Professional Doctoral Office as outlined in the Interrupted Status Policy below. 13

18 INTERRUPTED STATUS POLICY Purpose The purpose of Interrupted Status (IS) is to allow a Professional Doctoral student in good standing to take a semester away from the normal program requirements and fees due to a particular need. Examples of justified IS needs are family matters, health crises, change in ministry status, or excessive financial strain. Policy A maximum of two IS semesters may be granted to each student during the course of his/her Professional Doctoral program. No more than one IS semester will be granted at a time, and a student must apply separately for a second IS semester. No IS requests will be granted retroactively. The granting of an IS semester counts toward the total number of semesters a student is enrolled in the program and thus towards the six year (twelve semester) maximum length one is allowed to be in the Professional Doctoral program. The semester of IS will not count against the semesters allowed prior to the Program Continuation Fee (see the current Catalog for fee rates), which is charged following the 6 th D.Min. or 8 th D.Ed.Min. semester of active enrollment in the Professional Doctoral program. During the IS, the student is not required to pay tuition, though this time period does not reduce the total program tuition fee due by time of graduation. The student s regular billing is put on hold and the student is charged a $100 IS fee for the semester. During the IS, the student may not submit work to professors nor expect interaction with his/her professors. If a student cannot resume studies and tuition payments after the granted IS period then the student must withdraw from the program. If a student in otherwise good standing must withdraw from the program, he or she will be welcome to re-apply for entrance into the program, once the original causes for the IS have been sufficiently resolved, within 2 years (4 semesters) of the initial withdrawal. The re-application procedure is shortened and does not require a new interview or ministry field essay, but it does require confirmation that the IS problems have been resolved. No course work credits will be lost if a student in good standing re-enters the program immediately following an IS. 14

19 Procedure International students residing in the United States on an F1 Visa must contact the Manager for International Services prior to applying for IS. Any time off from the program may affect F1 Visa status. If the student is in the writing stage of the program, he or she should first consult with his/her supervisor for approval. To request Interrupted Status, the student must submit the online form Request for Interrupted Status, available on the PDS Resources for Students webpage (www.sbts.edu/dmin/resources) and the PDS office once it has been submitted. Except in the case of emergencies, any published deadlines for IS applications will be strictly observed. The Director of the PDS program will review the application and approve or deny. The student will be informed of the decision via by the PDS office. Upon approval, the student should pay the $100 IS fee through the Accounting office as directed in the approval . IS Policy Exceptions: Leave of Absence for Military Active Duty A student who is a member of the armed forces and whose studies are interrupted by a deployment or call to active duty must inform Academic Records and the PDS office of his or her call to active duty and the duration of the call. The student shall then be granted a leave of absence from his or her academic program. A student who returns to his or her academic program within one year of his or her release from active duty shall be reinstated to the program with no loss of status. This leave of absence does not count toward the total number of semesters a student is allowed to be in the program. A student who fails to return within one year of his or her release from active duty shall be administratively withdrawn and will be required to reapply in order to return to the program. All typical rules governing readmission will apply in this case. 15

20 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS The completion of the Ministry Research Project and of the Professional Doctoral Degree requires the successful completion of an oral examination of the written project. Details regarding eligibility to submit a completed project for an oral defense are contained in the Ministry Research Project Writing Handbook. The deadlines below apply to all Professional Doctoral students planning to graduate in a given semester. In addition to meeting the below deadlines, students planning on graduating must complete a graduation application on e-campus while registering for their last semester. Graduates should follow guidelines from Academic Records and other seminary offices related to graduation. December Graduation Deadlines The following deadlines apply for all students desiring to graduate in the Fall semester: September 1 st Fully approved defense drafts of the Professional Doctoral project are due in the Professional Doctoral Studies office by September 1 st. The student s faculty supervisor must have reviewed every chapter in sequence and granted permission to continue with the oral examination prior to submission of the drafts. November 1 st All oral exams must be completed, and any resubmissions required by the Style Reader or the Faculty Supervisor must be submitted by November 1 st. The date of the oral defense is chosen by the Professional Doctoral Studies office in conjunction with each doctoral candidate s oral defense committee members. Once this date is selected, candidates will be informed of the day and time of the defense. It is the student s responsibility to adjust his or her schedule to be on campus for the oral defense. December 1 st Complete electronic submission of the Professional Doctoral project must be completed by this date in order for students to graduate in December. Details about electronic submission, creating PDFs, pricing, and other information are available on the library website: May Graduation Deadlines The following deadlines apply for all students desiring to graduate in the Spring semester: February 1 st Fully approved defense drafts of the Professional Doctoral project are due in the Professional Doctoral Studies office by February 1 st. The student s faculty supervisor must have reviewed every chapter in sequence and granted permission to continue with the oral examination prior to submission of the drafts. 16

21 April 1 st All oral exams must be completed, and any resubmissions required by the Style Reader or the Faculty Supervisor must be submitted by April 1 st. The date of the oral defense is chosen by the Professional Doctoral Studies office in conjunction with each doctoral candidate s oral defense committee members. Once this date is selected, candidates will be informed of the day and time of the defense. It is the student s responsibility to adjust his or her schedule to be on campus for the oral defense. May 1 st Complete electronic submission of the Professional Doctoral project must be completed by this date in order for students to graduate in May. Details about electronic submission, creating PDFs, pricing, and other information are available on the library website: Deadlines for Continuation Fee Waivers Students who fail to meet graduation deadlines in a given semester and have completed the program fee payment plan will be eligible to have the $1000 Continuation Fee waived for the following semester if they submit the hard copies of their defense drafts, fully approved by the faculty supervisor, prior to the deadlines below. May 1 st To graduate in December and have the Fall Continuation Fee waived, fully approved defense drafts of the Professional Doctoral project are due in the Professional Doctoral Studies office by May 1 st. The student s faculty supervisor must have reviewed every chapter in sequence and granted permission to continue with the oral examination prior to submission of the drafts. December 1 st To graduate in May and have the Spring Continuation Fee waived, fully approved defense drafts of the Professional Doctoral project are due in the Professional Doctoral Studies office by December 1 st. The student s faculty supervisor must have reviewed every chapter in sequence and granted permission to continue with the oral examination prior to submission of the drafts. 17

22 SEMINARS BY CONCENTRATION Each seminar listed below includes the appropriate course number. Applied Theology 80471: Biblical and Systematic Theology in the Local Church 80472: Ecclesiology in the Local Church 80473: Historical Theology in the Local Church 80474: Practical Theology in the Local Church Biblical Counseling 80551: Introduction to Biblical Counseling 80552: Methodology of Biblical Counseling 80553: Problems and Procedures of Biblical Counseling 80554: Marriage and Family Counseling Biblical Spirituality 80911: Intro to Biblical Spirituality 80912: Christian Classics 80913: Biblical Spirituality and the Local Church 80914: Spiritual Awakening and Revivals Biblical Theology 80230: Old Testament Theology 80231: New Testament Theology 80232: The Use of the Old Testament in the Old Testament 80233: The Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament Black Church Leadership 80411: Black Church Historical/Theological Emphasis 80412: Black Church Leadership and Administration 80413: Black Church Ministry with the Community 80414: Ministry Transitions for the Black Church of the 21 st Century 18

23 Christian Worship 80841: Theology and History of Christian Worship 80842: Planning and Leading Christian Worship 80843: Arts, Culture, and Trends in Christian Worship 80844: Leadership Dynamics in Worship Ministry 8xxxx: Theology of Church Revitalization 8xxxx: Leading Church Revitalization 8xxxx: Revitalization through Evangelism 8xxxx: Revitalization through Preaching Church Revitalization Evangelism & Church Growth 80511: Theoretical and Practical Issues in Evangelism and Church Growth 80512: Biblical and Theological Issues in Evangelism and Church Growth 80513: Historical Issues in Evangelism and Church Growth 80514: Leadership and Contemporary Issues in Evangelism and Church Growth Expository Preaching 80311: Theological, Historical, and Practical Issues in Expository Preaching 80312: Expository Preaching and the Old Testament 80313: Expository Preaching and the New Testament 80314: Methods and Models of Expository Preaching Family Ministry 80821: Christian Formation of Children and Adolescents 80822: Issues in Student and Family Ministry 80823: Models of Student and Family Ministry 80554: Marriage and Family Counseling Global Missions 80611: Biblical and Theological Issues in Missions 80612: Christian Leadership and Missions 80613: Missions Strategy: Theory and Practice 80614: Administration for Missions Leaders 19

24 Korean Church Leadership 80300: Christian Scripture and the Practice of Ministry 80400: Christian Heritage and the Practice of Ministry 80500: Practical Theology and the Practice of Ministry 80612: Christian Leadership and Missions Leadership 80801: Theological and Philosophical Issues in Christian Education 80802: Foundations for Teaching / Learning in Christian Education Contexts 80803: Biblical and Contemporary Models of Christian Leadership 80807: Leadership and Management Theory in Church Administration 80808: Leadership of Effective Ministry Teams 80809: Leadership in Volunteer Ministries Urban Missions 80450: Biblical and Theological Issues in Urban Missions 80451: Community Development and Urban Missions 80452: Intercultural Issues in Urban Missions 80453: Current Issues in Urban Missions 20

25 ADDITIONAL COURSES FOR REGISTRATION Writing Seminars 80610: Introduction to Doctoral Research and Writing 80600: Project Methodology 80710: Contextualized Writing Seminar 80700: D.Min. Students 80853: D.Ed.Min. Students Project Writing Courses 80980A: School of Theology Students 80980B: Billy Graham School Students Interruption of Study 21

26 FINANCIAL INFORMATION All professional doctoral students pay tuition as a flat program fee established by the seminary administration. This fee covers tuition only and does not include miscellaneous fees acquired during the program such as late registration fees, continued enrollment, and graduation fees. The student is also responsible for all travel, lodging, and food expenses and any printing and binding costs associated with the Ministry Research Project. Current program fees are listed in the current catalog. Below is an explanation of the fee schedule for professional doctoral students. The first $1000 of the program fee is due as a deposit by the Deposit Due date below. Of this deposit, $250 is non-refundable. The remainder of the program fee is paid on a monthly payment plan for 36 months (D.Min.) or 48 months (D.Ed.Min.). These payments are interest free as long as they are paid on time. Students who do not complete the doctoral program within three years (D.Min. students) or four years (D.Ed.Min. students) will be charged a Continuation Fee each semester until they graduate. The entire program fee must be paid prior to graduation, even if the student completes the program in less than the allotted time. Fee Due Dates $250 due within 30 days of acceptance $750 deposit due within 60 days of acceptance 1 st monthly payment will be posted during the month of your first seminar Additional Fees Late Registration Fee $250 Fee for Interrupted Status (Continued Enrollment) $100/semester Continuation Fee (past 3 or 4 years in program) $1000/semester Graduation Fee $200 Second Style Reading Fees: Chapters 1& 2 $100 (after unacceptable first reading) Defense Draft $250 22

27 SOUTHERN SEMINARY DEPARTMENTS Quick Reference Academic Records Contact academic records if you have registration questions or if you need an official transcript of your doctoral work. Registration for Winter courses will open on October 1 st and registration for Summer courses will open on March 1 st (registration is completed via Moodle). Registration will be open for approximately two months. Failure to register within the open registration period will result in a $ late registration fee. Norton 153 / ext / Accounting Services Contact accounting services if you have questions related to your monthly billing. Honeycutt 234 / ext / Campus Technologies Contact campus technology if you have questions related to SBTS or Moodle ext / Library Services If you have questions regarding access to library materials, contact library services ext On-campus housing options Legacy Hotel The Legacy Hotel and Conference Center is Southern Seminary s on-campus hotel and boasts of 70 elegant guest rooms and suites. Students should request the student rates when making reservations, but note that there may be times when the student discount is not offered due to a scheduled conference or campus event. The Legacy Center can also provide transportation between the airport and the Southern Seminary campus, or simply around town SBTS / Commuter Housing The Fuller Bunk-House is available to non-resident male students on a per-class basis between semesters and for specially scheduled classes during regular semesters. Linens (sheets, pillow, towels) are NOT provided. For more information or to reserve space during your seminar, contact Student Housing ext

28 Professional Doctoral Office Contact the Professional Doctoral office if you have program related questions (contact your professor for course related questions). Helpful program resources can be accessed at: Norton Hall 164 / ext / Security Contact the Security Office if you have questions about your Shield Card (which gives access to recreation center, library) ext Student Success Contact the student success office if any of the following applies: International Services International students who have questions regarding visa status Norton 154 / ext / Mike Withers Disability Services Students with disabilities needing services Norton 154 / ext Current Catalog and Student Handbook for Southern Seminary The seminary student handbook can be accessed online: The current catalog can be accessed online: 22

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