The purpose of Research Doctoral Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is to develop and deploy lifelong scholar-innovators for critical and creative Kingdom engagement in the church, the academy, and the public square.
Students enrolled in the program follow the current Doctor of Philosophy Handbook.
Associate Professor of Church History and Historical Theology
Director of Research Doctoral Studies
Associate Professor of Foundations of Education
Director of the Doctoral Center for Writing Excellence
Director of Doctor of Education Program (Ed.D.), Research Doctoral Studies
ThinkerSpace for Scholar Innovators is housed within the RDS office and is overseen by Amy L. Crider, director of the doctoral center for writing excellence and associate professor of foundations of education.
These opportunities include certificate programs such as the Certificate for Teaching Excellence, which comprises a series of workshops and a two-semester teaching assistantship with a mentor professor.
The Doctor of Education program (Ed.D.) 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.
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.
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 and for various roles of leadership such as pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, or denominational leadership. The Ph.D. offers two main programs: