Program Description

The SBCV Cohort in the Doctor of Ministry is an advanced degree designed for ministers seeking further training to serve at a new level of excellence in ministry. Throughout the 31-hour degree, students will acquire new ideas, tools, strategies and techniques that will increase effectiveness and expand opportunities within current and future roles.


  • An accredited master’s degree in a ministry-related field
  • The Master of Divinity degree
  • A master’s degree, other than the MDiv degree, will require an applicant to complete the Qualification Packet
  • 3.0 GPA in graduate work (will consider a lower GPA based on strength of application)
  • Significant vocational ministry experience
  • Church is a partner of the SBCV (SBC of Virginia) Convention


(also see Scholarship information)

  • Application fee: $40 (waived using code: SBCVirginia)
  • Standard Monthly Billed Tuition: $385
  • SBC Discounted Monthly Billed Tuition: $264
  • $1,000/SBC or $1,500/non-SBC initial program fee

* Monthly tuition will be billed in 6-month increments separated into monthly payments through a payment plan using Nelnet.


SBCV offers scholarship assistance; also applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the Doctor of Ministry scholarship through the Keesee Foundation as they have previously offered substantial support and scholarship aid for SBC students (November 1, 2023 Deadline).

See Scholarship Application

Application Process for SEBTS

Application Deadline:
October 30, 2023

We invite you to take the first steps in applying for the DMin program by filling out the application available at

Apply for DMin Program →

Application Instructions
  • Are you applying for a special cohort? YES
  • Please select the following cohort you are applying for: SBCV Cohort
  • Desired Entry Term: Spring 2024
  • Academic Degree Interest: Pastoral Ministry (Non-specialization)
Once we have received your application and requested documents, your materials will go to the Doctor of Ministry Committee to determine eligibility for acceptance into the program.

Notes: Taught primarily by Dr. Chuck Lawless, Dr. Brian Autry, Dr. Tate Cockrell, and Dr. Keith Whitfield. Most courses completed at the SBCV building or online, with DMN8141 “Project Design Workshop” completed on campus at SEBTS in Wake Forest, NC. Contact Tami Walker in the SBCV executive office at for more assistance with program information.


Tami Walker
Executive Assistant to Executive Director and Executive Office Coordinator
Contact Tami →