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PhD Theological Studies

Theological Studies

The PhD in Theological Studies is designed for pastors and teachers who are going to teach theological studies in liberal arts colleges and universities, churches and majority world academic or ecclesial contexts.

It offers concentrations in the disciplines of systematic theology, historical theology, philosophy of religion, ethics and public theology. The concentration the student chooses generally coincides with the focus of his or her dissertation. This program includes a 38 hour Ph.d. coursework, 4 hours of residency 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

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

TOTAL HOURS

60 hours

STANDARD COMPLETION TIME

3-4 years

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  • Systematic Theology
  • Historical Theology
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Christian Ethics
  • Public Theology

All concentrations are offered in a modified-residency format.


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 
  • PHD 9201 - Reading Seminar I 
  • PHD 9202 - Reading Seminar II 
  • 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
  • Denominational leadership


Who Will Teach me?

JOHN S. HAMMETT


Senior Professor of Systematic Theology

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STEPHEN B. ECCHER


Assistant Professor of Church History and Reformation Studies

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DANIEL R. HEIMBACH


Senior Professor of Christian Ethics

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BRUCE A. LITTLE


Senior Professor of Philosophy

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