PhD Preaching


The PhD in Preaching program offers advanced study in homiletics with the goal to equip the pastor-scholar for ministry in the local church and advance scholarship in the academy. Seminars are co-taught between our world-class seminary faculty and well-known pastor-teachers.

The Ph.D. in Preaching is delivered in a modified residency format. Each seminar is delivered over the normal period of other seminars and contains an on-campus experience as well as supplemental asynchronous components before and after the on-campus experience.
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

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what courses will I take?

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

  • PRS 9650 - The Theology of Preaching
  • PRS 9800 - The Preaching Tradition
  • PHD 9501 - Mentor Directed Studies I
  • PRS 9900 - Current Trends in Preaching
  • PHD 9502 - Mentor Directed Studies II
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What can I do with this degree?

  • Teach in an academic setting
  • Academic Research
  • Ministry requiring specialized training
  • Serve in denominational leadership, or lead in pastoral and church related vocations

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.

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