PhD Biblical Studies

Biblical Studies

The Ph.D. in Biblical Studies is designed for pastors and teachers who intend to teach biblical studies in liberal arts colleges and universities, churches, and majority world academic or ecclesial contexts.

It offers expertise in the Bible (Old and New Testaments) and biblical theology while providing concentration in one of the fields of Old Testament, New Testament, or Biblical Theology. The concentration the student chooses generally coincides with the focus of his or her dissertation. The program includes 38 hours of coursework, 4 hours of examinations and 18 hours of PhD candidacy work.
The Ph.D. program requires a minimum of three academic years for completion: two years of coursework prior to the dissertation stage and one full year for dissertation work. Students must complete the program within seven years.

Program at a glance

Total hours
60 hours

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  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Biblical Theology

What courses will I take?

Below is a sample of the required courses. To see a complete list, view the academic catalog.

  • PHD 9101 - Introduction to Research and Integration 
  • PHD 9102 - Introduction to Teaching in Higher Education 
  • CQM 9001 - Integrative Colloquium: Biblical Studies 1 semester hr(s).
  • CQM 9002 - Integrative Colloquium: Theological Studies 1 semester hr(s).
  • CQM 9003 - Integrative Colloquium: Applied Theological Studies 1 semester hr(s).
  • PHD 9501 - Mentor Directed Studies I
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What can I do with this degree?

  • Teach in higher education
  • Pastor a local church
  • Ministry requiring specialized training
  • Serve in denominational leadership

Learn from over 60 professors who know what it's like to be in ministry. Our world-class faculty will teach you how to think critically about the Bible so you can minister faithfully throughout the world.

Who will teach me?