Biblical Studies

The PhD 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 PhD 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.

  • Modified Residency

  • Residential

At a Glance

  • 38

    Coursework hours

  • 4

    Examination hours

  • 18

    PhD Candidacy work

  • 60

    Total Credit Hours

Program Courses

Some people describe seminary as a hoop to jump through, but I found my time at Southeastern to be a life-giving, spiritually edifying experience. Southeastern encouraged in me an undeniable love for God’s word. No amount of effort is too great to understand it or communicate it to someone else. What I saw, exemplified both in the classroom and even just in the culture of Southeastern, is the non-negotiable nature of the Great Commission. Southeastern emphasized that all of us are called to go in some capacity, and that we are most like Christ when we go to hard places.

Mark Turner MDiv and PhD

PhD In Context

What Can I Do with This Degree?

  • Teach in higher education

  • Serve in a local church

  • Ministry requiring specialized training

  • Serve in denominational leadership

  • Lead in a parachurch organization

Specializations & Courses

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Biblical Theology

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