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PhD Theological Studies

Theological Studies

The Ph.D. in Theological Studies is a broad based degree in the disciplines of Systematic Theology, Historical Theology, Philosophy of Religion, and Ethics. Students choose from one of these disciplines to serve as a concentration and can then take elective seminars from any of the disciplines.

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

Total hours
60 hours

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Systematic Theology

  • The Ph.D. in Theological Studies is a broad based degree in the disciplines of Systematic Theology, Historical Theology, Philosophy of Religion, and Ethics. Students choose from one of these disciplines to serve as a concentration and can then take elective seminars from any of the disciplines. The concentration in Systematic Theology is designed to equip theologians to serve the academy and the church, in the United States and around the world. It does so by training students in a biblically anchored, historically conditioned approach to doctrinal development, which is both convictional, and charitable.

Historical Theology

  • The Ph.D. in Theological Studies is a broad based degree in the disciplines of Systematic Theology, Historical Theology, Philosophy of Religion, and Ethics. Students choose from one of these disciplines to serve as a concentration and can then take elective seminars from any of the disciplines. The concentration in Historical Theology is designed is to prepare students who (1) desire to teach historical theology or a related discipline in colleges and seminaries; (2) desire to minister as pastor-theologians in local churches; (3) desire to use historical theology in their ministries in global mission contexts. This degree allows students to immerse themselves in the historical eras and their intersection with theological doctrines.

Philosophy of Religion

  • The Ph.D. in Theological Studies is a broad based degree in the disciplines of Systematic Theology, Historical Theology, Philosophy of Religion, and Ethics. Students choose from one of these disciplines to serve as a concentration and can then take elective seminars from any of the disciplines. Theconcentration in Philosophy of Religion is a focused study on issues of philosophy of mind, metaphysics, religious epistemology, faith and reason, coherence of theism, and other legitimate issues as presented through the ongoing discussion regarding the intersection of philosophy and religion.

Christian Ethics

  • The Ph.D. in Christian Ethics provides advanced, specialized, academic training that equips students to impact the culture through moral witness, cultural engagement, and Christian service in a variety of settings. Students choose this program of studies in preparation for ministry in the academy, in the local church, in public policy advocacy, on the mission field, in denominational service, in para-church ministry, and through general moral witness within the public square.

Public Theology

  • The Ph.D. in Public Theology exists to educate public intellectuals who bring Christian axioms to bear on matters of public concern. Its pedagogy is multidisciplinary, drawing upon Christian theology, ethics, and philosophy. Its object of concern is not merely politics, but the whole of public life, addressing a broad range of questions from a Christian point of view.


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
  • CQM 9002 - Integrative Colloquium: Theological Studies
  • CQM 9003 - Integrative Colloquium: Applied Theological Studies
  • PHD 9501 - Mentor Directed Studies I
See the course catalog

What can I do with this degree?

  • Teach in higher education
  • Pastor a local church
  • 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.

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