From its inception, the mission of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has been to provide theological training for preachers of the gospel. At the seminary’s founding in 1908, that mission focused on preparing ministers who would brave the western frontiers with bibles in hand and Christ in their hearts. Today, Southwestern students and graduates answer that same call while serving in thousands of churches and on mission fields all around the world. The words of the seminary’s fifth president, Robert Naylor, still ring true today. Because of the faithful service of our students and alumni in every corner of the world, “The sun never sets on Southwestern Seminary.”
Southwestern students enroll in one of our seven schools, each with its own focus, but all with an eye toward “Preaching the Word and Reaching the World.” The School of Theology was the first school established at Southwestern and still today it remains the largest. The major thrust of that school continues to be the education of pastors through the Master of Divinity. Southwestern’s other schools offer graduate degrees in preaching, evangelism and missions, church and family ministries, and music. Southwestern’s Scarborough College serves undergraduate students majoring in humanities and biblical studies, and music. In total, Southwestern offers 23 degrees to assist the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention by the biblical education of God-called men and women for their respective ministries, which fulfill the Great Commission and glorify God.
Southwestern classes can be taken literally all over the world. Whether here at the main campus in Fort Worth or at one of our extension campuses in Houston, Little Rock, San Antonio, Shawnee, Plano, or online, you’ll be joining a student body of more than 3,000 students from all over the United States and more than sixty countries. We look forward to meeting you and serving you and ministering with you as you to take the gospel to 7 billion precious souls who need the Lord.