Office of Admissions

Take your next step towards being equipped for ministry.

(817) 921-8500 | Admissions@swbts.edu | Monday – Friday | 8:00am – 5:00pm

All Christians are called to pursue the Great Commission, and that includes you. Whatever theological education you need, we’ll help you find it. Whatever ministry experience it takes, we’ll help you build it. And wherever God calls, we’ll help you get there.

Whether you’re just beginning your journey or have decades of experience, we’re committed to help you live your calling.

Download our full academic catalog & view our online seminary programs.



Where is God calling you?

Here are just of few of the ministries we can help you pursue at Southwestern Seminary:

God has uniquely called you to reach women with the Gospel. Southwestern is the premier training ground in biblical womanhood and ministry to women. You’ll learn from the largest Women’s Studies faculty in a theological seminary anywhere in the world.

God has called you to Preach the Word and serve as a pastor in a local church. Southwestern’s Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is a comprehensive degree offering courses in theology, missions, evangelism, biblical languages, preaching, and pastoral ministry. With more than 30 concentration options available, you can customize your degree to meet your interests and specific ministry calling.

God has uniquely gifted and called you to serve the church through music. Southwestern’s School of Church Music will equip you with theological and practical ministry knowledge. Whatever degree option you choose, you can customize your training through focused study in worship leadership and performance, with concentrations in voice, piano, and guitar.

If God has called you to teach children, youth, collegians, or adults in a local church, Southwestern can equip you for the task. Our expert faculty with years of ministry experience will guide you in the most cutting-edge and biblically faithful methods of discipleship. The Master of Arts in Christian Education offers specializations in age-graded ministries as well as family ministry, biblical counseling and church administration. If you feel called to age-graded teaching ministry now but may one day pastor a local church, the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) offers concentrations in these fields as well.

If God has called you to church planting, Southwestern will equip you to Preach the Word & Reach the World. Southwestern’s Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is a comprehensive degree offering courses in theology, missions, evangelism, biblical languages, preaching, and pastoral ministry. A concentration in North American Church Planting, International Church Planting, or Evangelism will equip you with specific strategies for fulfilling God’s call on your life.


How to Apply

Here’s a step-by-step of how you complete the process of becoming a Southwestener.

Start your application here.

As part of the application, please include your pastor as a church endorsement recommender. Once you submit your application, a recommendation form will be emailed to your recommender for them to submit.

Official transcripts must be mailed or emailed by the academic institution to our Admissions Office. The quickest way for us to receive official transcripts is electronically through email. Our address is: 

Southwestern Seminary
Attn: Admissions
2001 W Seminary Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76122
admissions@swbts.edu

Once you have submitted the application, you will receive an email from a 3rd party company, administrator@intellicorp.net with instructions on how to initiate your background check.

Additional steps for international students can be found here.

Applications to one of our doctoral programs include some additional requirements. Specific admissions requirements may be found under the specific program of interest at the links below:

Once all application requirements have been submitted, your application will enter the review process. We cannot supply an exact time frame for review, but we can assure you that our office works diligently to provide a decision as soon as possible.

Following acceptance, the Office of Admissions will assist you in registering for classes.

Following acceptance, you can apply for financial aid here.

Following acceptance, you can apply for on-campus housing here.


Live Faculty Chats

Tune in to hear lectures from Southwestern Seminary and Texas Baptist College faculty, and then stick around afterward for live Q&A.

DateFaculty MembersSchoolTopicRegistration
February 6, 1PMMalcolm Yarnell and Andrew JenningsSchool of TheologyDo Christians Really Need to Use Philosophy?Registration Pending
February 6, 10AMP. Chase Sears and Todd BatesTexas Baptist CollegeThe Role of Scripture in Shaping a Christian WorldviewRegister Now
February 8, 12PMAshley AllenSouthwestern WomenMy Role as a Woman in the Great CommissionRegister Now
February 8, 1PMRebekah NaylorFish School of Evangelism and MissionsMeeting Needs and Planting ChurchesRegister Now
February 16, 5PMTerrell CoyHispanic Programs¿Por qué se debe estudiar la teología? Registration Pending
February 17, 9AMChristian BettsInternational Student ServicesInternational StudentsRegister Now
February 20, 1:30PMMarc BrownSchool of Church Music and WorshipTBDRegister Now
March 1, 2PMDean SieberhagenFish School of Evangelism and MissionsSharing the Gospel with Someone from Another CultureRegister Now
March 2, 10AMShane W. ParkerOnline LearningTBDRegistration Pending
March 6, 10AMShane W. ParkerOnline LearningTBDRegistration Pending
March 6, 2PMColeman Ford and Micah CarterTexas Baptist CollegeScripture and a Theology of FriendshipRegister Now
March 7, 2PMMatthew McKellar and Chris OsborneSchool of TheologyHow to Survive PastorshipRegistration Pending
March 13, 12PMTerri StovallSouthwestern WomenIs There a Place for Women at the Leadership Table? Register Now
March 17, 9AMChristian BettsInternational Student ServicesInternational StudentsRegister Now
March 21, 1:30PMJoseph CriderSchool of Church Music and WorshipWhat’s at Stake on Sunday MorningsRegistration Pending
March 30, 10AMDr. MirandaHispanic ProgramsNew TestamentRegistration Pending
April 14, 1:30PMJoshua A. WaggenerSchool of Church Music and WorshipTBDRegistration Pending
April 18, 3PMBlake McKinney and Jonny AtkinsonTexas Baptist CollegeWhy Do We Need the Old Testament Today?Register Now
April 19, 1PMCarl BradfordFish School of Evangelism and MissionsOrganic Evangelism: Transitioning from Everyday Conversations to Gospel Conversations Register Now