Houston-Galveston Extension Program

Houston-Galveston Extension Program

Perkins School of Theology

Perkins School of Theology meets you where you are both spiritually and geographically. Our flexible extension program creates a smoother transition for you and your family, and enables most students to attend seminary while still employed full or part-time.

Through Perkins, Southern Methodist University offers students in Houston, Galveston, and surrounding areas an opportunity to begin study toward three different Master's degrees in theology. Those preparing for ordained leadership in the church generally seek the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) or Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A.M.) degrees, while those called to the study of theological disciplines traditionally seek the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) degree.

Classes meet on Monday evenings in Houston with three Saturdays per course per semester in Galveston. First year students in the M.Div. or M.A.M. programs also take Spiritual Formation, which meets on Thursday nights. Most students take two courses, which is the maximum per semester in Houston-Galveston. An internship requirement also may be fulfilled through this program. You can take up to two-thirds of your M.Div. degree or half of an MTS in Houston-Galveston, with 24 credit hours required on campus in Dallas.

Lisa Beth White, a Perkins M.Div. graduate, is now serving our students and program in Houston-Galveston as Student Services Specialist. She will serve to coordinate the on-site student services in Houston-Galveston and provide administrative support to the theology school’s recruitment program. Lisa Beth can be reached at lbwhite@smu.edu. The Houston-Galveston office number is (713) 621-5059.