Explore degrees in both research doctoral studies and professional doctoral studies.
Doctoral studies at Southwestern Seminary are designed to help you refine your calling in ministry, wherever God has called you.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD):
The Ph.D. Program is a rigorous, focused course of study that prepares individuals of exceptional academic ability for careers in teaching, research, and writing for various roles of leadership such as pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, or denominational leadership. PhD students can utilize the Flex Access approach and access reading and research seminars live online.
Doctor of Philosophy in World Christian Studies
The PhD in World Christian Studies prepares students to teach specialized areas of theology in the US and beyond.
Doctor of Education (EdD)
The Doctor of Education program (EdD) is a 30-month degree designed to equip the graduate with scholarship, educational, and leadership competencies. The graduate will be prepared to serve in leadership and teaching positions in higher education contexts, as well as in educational ministries of the church and in non-profit organizations.
Doctor of Musical Arts in Church Music (DMA)
The purpose of the Doctor of Musical Arts in Church Music is to provide intensive study in the student’s major field of performance augmented by integrative study of church music with theoretical and historical subjects. The D.M.A. degree emphasizes the advanced development of both musical artistry and scholarly achievement in an applied area of specialization.
Doctor of Ministry (DMin) and Doctor of Educational Ministry (DEdMin):
Combining academic excellence with ministry application, these degrees develop expert ministers who exhibit not only ministry competence but also godly character.
"I'm really grateful for Southwestern really challenging me to do what every believer should be doing. Every church should be evangelizing. It's what God has called us to do."
Emmanuel Escareno, PhD student
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