Frequently Asked Questions About Beeson

Is Beeson Accredited?
Yes, Beeson is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). For more information on the ATS, please see For more information on SACS, please see

Where is Beeson located?
Beeson is located on the campus of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. For driving directions and an updated campus map please
click here.

Is Beeson a Baptist school?
No, Beeson Divinity School is an interdenominational divinity school. We do not receive financial support from any distinct denominational body. Currently, the student body at Beeson represents more than 20 denominations.  The faculty is also interdenominational, including Anglicans, Baptists, Methodists and Presbyterians.  The divinity school is in a unique position of being an interdenominational and evangelical school within a historically Baptist university.

What size school is Beeson?
Beeson's size provides a community environment that is distinct from many theological schools.  With an enrollment ceiling of 180 full-time students, Beeson offers smaller classes, more access to professors, and wide opportunities for developing friendships with fellow students.

To what extent are minorities represented at Beeson?
Ethnic minorities make up approximately 18% of the student body. Female students make up approximately 30% of the student body.

Am I too old to go to seminary?
The average age of Beeson students is 30. The range, however, spans from 21 to 72 years of age.

Does Beeson offer any distance learning programs?
No, we believe that community interaction plays an integral role in the education and preparation that takes place at Beeson. All classes are taught on campus on Tuesdays through Fridays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. We also encourage further interaction through regular community worship, prayer, and shared meals.

Does Beeson enroll part-time students?
Those students wishing to pursue an M.A.T.S. degree can do so on a part-time basis (less than 9 credits per semester).  However, M.Div. students must be enrolled full-time.  For the complete policy click  here.