The major in Pastoral Ministry introduces students to the knowledge and skills central to the work of pastors through classes in pastoral ministry, discipleship, counseling, and Bible exposition. The major also provides students the opportunity for additional classes in biblical and theological studies beyond those of the Core Curriculum. The program is designed to begin the formation of the student’s life for pastoral ministry and prepares students for continuing studies in the Master of Divinity, the standard degree for the equipping of pastors.

Students preparing for the pastorate at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) now have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity in five years.

The 5-year BA/MDiv program provides a welcome opportunity for students to receive the best educational training and ministry preparation while minimizing some of the obstacles they face in preparing for God’s calling. The purpose of this curriculum is to enhance the ministry preparation for these students in accordance with the school’s mission and effectively support the student’s ministerial and theological education.

  • On-Campus

At a Glance

  • 127

    BA credit hours

  • 30

    MA credit hours

  • 157

    Total credit hours

Program Courses

Every class, no matter if it's in person or online, no matter the subject at hand, is one that prepares you as a missionary and leader first and academic second.

Jeff Kennedy M.DIV. in Christian Ministry

Studies in Context

What can I do with this degree?

  • Serve as senior, lead, executive, or administrative pastor in a local church

  • Become a missionary with the IMB or NAMB or other missions organization

  • Write for Christian literary publications


  • Students who wish to pursue this course of study should apply to The College at Southeastern for the BA in Pastoral Ministry. Prospective students must meet with the program coordinator prior to being accepted into the program.
  • Once students apply, they must receive approval from the program coordinator to be admitted into the program.

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