Degree Programs

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

[No new students currently being accepted]
*Fully accredited by Middle States; final approval by ATS pending


The Doctor of Philosophy program equips persons for vocations of teaching and research and for the scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice. Students select major and minor fields of study as the focus of course work and the dissertation.


  • 1. Courses (36 credits)
    • Research Methods
    • Seminar in Public Theology
    • Teaching Seminar
    • 4 courses in the major field of study
    • 3 courses in the minor field of study
    • 1 course in either the major or minor field
    • Independent Study in the area of the dissertation
  • 2. Teaching Assistance: At least three experiences as a teaching assistant, together with development of a teaching portfolio
  • 3. Comprehensive Examinations
    • Major field of study
    • Minor field of study
    • Public Theology
    • Dissertation area
  • 4. Dissertation and oral defense