Prospective students considering seminary training almost always have concerns about how to balance their studies with other priorities and commitments in their lives. Long before distance learning became a priority for every school in 2020, Southern Evangelical Seminary was pioneering and then refining an alternative to the traditional, on-campus seminary classroom to meet student needs. As a student with us, you will be far ahead of the curve as a part of our fully immersive digital campus experience.
Your family, career, ministry, and other obligations mean you’ll need a seminary option that’s flexible as you balance your academic work with the rest of life. SES offers a mixture of asynchronous and live-stream courses. With our live-streaming courses, you get the best of both worlds — real-time interactions with your professors and peers, as well as the convenience of attending from where you are. You’ll feel like you’re right there in the classroom from the comfort of your living room. In addition, each live-streamed class is recorded and posted back for on-demand access throughout the semester.
Colleges and universities (and many churches, for that matter) are infamously slow to change — especially when it comes to technology. At SES, we have long recognized that many of the learning needs for today’s seminarians — and tomorrow’s evangelists, apologists, and educators — require dependable, discerning technology support and fluency.
SES intentionally takes a digital-first approach, which means we’ve made a significant investment in the technology framework for our students. Virtually everything you’ll need to attend classes, study, conduct research, connect with your fellow students, meet with your faculty mentors, and stay on top of your studies is all housed in our customized Canvas platform. Sign in securely in one place and you’ll have full access to all the software and tools you’ll need at your fingertips.
Unlike other schools that recently rushed to adopt a templated student experience in Canvas (simply the same set up with a different school logo), we spent years building a customized assortment of hand-picked technology that integrates seamlessly within the Canvas platform.
As a result, SES offers something truly unique: a fully immersive digital campus experience that is thoughtfully and purposefully aligned with our philosophy of education and academic rigor.
Our students consistently tell us how important it is to maintain connections with one another and their professors. Seminary is wonderful. But it’s also challenging and something that demands genuine, intimate community. Our digital campus experience is full of opportunities for you to get connected, enrich those relationships, collaborate, and grow together in Christ. We’ve recreated all the opportunities beyond the classroom from a traditional campus in our digital campus experience.
Is there something you’d like to see added to this list? Build your own opportunities! Our digital campus is designed to expand and adapt to real student needs and our growing community. The video below was produced by our Student Government Association and gives a “behind the scenes” understanding of what students will experience with digital learning at SES.
Your work and ministry will be profoundly shaped by the research and investment you make in your seminary training. SES is able to offer our students a set of virtual keys to one of the most remarkable theological resources ever created: the Digital Theological Library. Founded in 2016, SES is one of just over 30 institutional members who fund and support this groundbreaking archive of religious studies and theology resources.
Not only will you have access to everything already in the Digital Theological Library, but you’ll also have the ability to contribute content to this amazing resource. As you develop your CV and unique scholarship, your articles, dissertation, and digital content can be included in what is becoming one of the foremost and comprehensive collections of its kind.
There’s much more we can share with you about our unique, threefold approach to academics and how that’s reflected in our digital campus experience for students — but right now we want to hear what’s on your mind. As you’re considering seminary training, what are your top two or three priorities as a student? Send us a note with your thoughts or questions, and let us know how we can help.
At this point, you’ve probably seen at least one or two degrees we offer at SES which could equip you for ministry, evangelism, or teaching. Take the next step today and begin your application. It’s easy and won’t take long to begin, and then we can be in touch for a conversation about your goals, interests, and to hear more about what God might be calling you to in the future. Review the online application process now.