Most women will hear and respond to the Gospel through the words and influence of another woman. Are you ready to engage in woman-to-woman Bible teaching and discipleship and extend your talents and gifts to meet the needs of your family, to serve the church and to reach the world?
The Women’s Programs at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will equip you for kingdom ministry. You will prepare theologically through biblical studies; practically through home, life, and ministry skills; and spiritually through mentoring and accountability relationships.
Become a woman who can open God’s Word and teach eternal truths, engage the culture, and help women and their families come to Christ locally and around the world.
The School of Theology, the Terry School of Church and Family Ministries, the Havard School and the College at Southwestern all provide specialized concentrations to serve and equip women for ministries within the area of Women’s Programs.
Titus 2:3-5 is our heartbeat. Our fully accredited bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs reflect a love for and obedience to God’s Word.
Dean of the Women's Programs
Wherever God calls you, Southwestern will teach you to apply His Word to your ministry.
“A student will be challenged, stretched and encouraged here. But in the end, she will be equipped intellectually and spiritually to go out into this world and be able to stand and proclaim Truth to a world that is searching for hope.”Terri Stovall
Student wives are a priority at Southwestern. This unique program combines practical, spiritual, and academic studies to equip a ministering wife to join her husband in the educational pilgrimage. The Certificate of Education and Ministry will be awarded for satisfactory completion of the full thirteen-hour program.
The purpose of the Leadership Certificate in Women's Ministry program is to equip women as lay leaders and church staff in woman-to-woman ministries in the local church by providing quality training and networking opportunities.
The purpose of the Homemaking Certificate program is to equip women to model the characteristics of a godly woman as outlined in Scripture by using their home for ministry to their families, churches, and communities. This is accomplished through instruction in homemaking skills and developing insights into home and family, while continuing to equip women to understand and engage the culture of today.
The Homemaking Concentration prepares women to model the characteristics of a godly woman as outlined in Scripture. Students gain understanding of biblical homemaking and focus on personal vocational assessment. This concentration challenges women both intellectually and practically, equipping them to understand and engage today’s culture and impact women and families for Christ. The Homemaking Concentration is available within the Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities in the College at Southwestern.
The Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE) Degree with a Homemaking Concentration at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is designed as a comprehensive degree for fulfilling God's plan for the home and those who dwell therein. Dedicated to training the total Christian woman ... spiritually, academically and professionally, it provides both the theological base and the practical knowledge to understand and implement that plan.
The Master of Arts in Christian Education is designed primarily for the person who plans to perform various educational ministries in the church. Twenty-six hours of this 64-hour program consist of biblical and theological studies.
The concentration in Women’s Ministry equips female students with practical ministry experience as well as in-depth training in leadership and administration skills for the local church. Women in this program will acquire insights into the key spiritual and cultural issues facing today’s women as well as develop the skills needed for woman to woman ministry. This concentration is also available in the School of Theology, offering a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Women’s Ministry.
The Southwestern M.Div. prepares students for the broadest range of Christian ministries, especially in local churches. Students receive training in classical theological disciplines such as Old Testament, New Testament, church history and historical theology, systematic theology, ethics, and philosophy, evangelism, and missions.
The concentration in Women’s Studies prepares female theology students for the unique needs and challenges of women communicating theological truth to women by developing competence in the biblical languages and exposition. Students will gain a foundation for a biblical theology of womanhood and gender roles as well as become equipped to address contemporary issues associated with this paradigm. This program trains women to become students of their cultures in order to effectively reach other women through evangelism, missions and discipleship.
The Southwestern Doctor of Ministry degree helps those currently in ministry positions to think biblically and critically about practices of ministry and to articulate and demonstrate a biblical vision for ministry practice. The Doctor of Ministry degree is designed to sharpen the skills of those already involved in ministry and to enhance their effectiveness in God’s service. The degree offers training opportunities in both traditional and emerging ministries of the church.
The Doctor of Philosophy degree of the Jack D. Terry School of Church and Family Ministries began in 1924 and is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the nation. Students may minor in women’s ministry as a part of the Ph.D. degree. This degree is designed specifically for the preparation of highly specialized and competent professionals for various aspects of leadership in Christian Education. The program is designed to discover and nurture sound scholarship, meaningful research, and the interdependence of theory and practice. The Ph.D. degree is conferred on the basis of high scholarship and research skill demonstrated by the student’s resident work, examinations, dissertation and vocational experience.
The Doctor of Philosophy program prepares women to serve as teachers and writers in specialized areas of theology. Especially for women, a mentoring component is included in order to connect women’s studies with the student’s primary field of study. The Ph.D. program emphasizes the attainment of expertise in a theological discipline, resting upon competence in both biblical and non-biblical languages through quality research and critical evaluative skills, resulting in a significant contribution to the student's field. Ph.D. study requires a high degree of originality, independence, analytical research, judgment, and skill in articulating research findings.
Start your journey of fulfilling God’s call on your life today.
A call to ministry is a call to prepare. God has called you so that lives might be transformed as you serve the church and reach the world. In our Women’s Programs, you’ll not only receive the superior theological training that is available to all Southwestern students, but you’ll also prepare yourself to combat evangelical feminism in our culture and to teach God’s truth to women in a variety of contexts.