Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary offers several advanced degrees, both academic and vocational in nature. The Th.M. and Ph.D. degrees both provide opportunities for future research in a variety of specialties in order to prepare students for service in ministries of teaching and academic research. The Ed.D. provides preparation for rigorous academic study for service in denominational ministry, teaching in colleges and seminaries, or serving as educators or administrators in local churches and Christian schools. The D.Min. is designed to equip students for the practice of ministry at a high level of competence through a combination of academic study and experiential learning.