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Doctor of philosophy in biblical studies.

45 credit hours

Program Length

as few as 36 months

Accreditation

Nationally Accredited by ATS

Prepare to Teach the Next Generation — Earn an Accredited PhD (Biblical Studies) Fully Online

At Columbia International University, our PhD (Biblical Studies) program is designed specifically for individuals like you who have a passion for teaching in postsecondary theological higher education. If you are seeking an academic/philosophical doctoral program that equips you with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in scholarly research and writing and make a meaningful contribution to the fields of Old Testament or New Testament Biblical Studies, our PhD (Biblical Studies) program is designed to help you reach your goal.

You will engage in rigorous academic study and engage with that explores the profound truths of Scripture, with a focus on the functional authority of Scripture.

You will develop advanced research and writing skills that allow you to contribute significantly to the field of Biblical Studies.

You will gain valuable skills in presenting your scholarly work in a professional, organized, coherent and structured manner, both in written and oral formats.

You will engage in a supervisory relationship with an experienced faculty mentor, who will help you navigate the responsibilities of your academic pursuits, while embracing spiritual growth and exemplifying Christian character.

Throughout your journey in Columbia International University’s online PhD (Biblical Studies) program, you will receive excellent academic instruction, intentional professional mentoring, and consistent academic support. You will develop the advanced research and writing skills necessary to make a scholarly contribution to the field of Biblical Studies. You will present your research findings in a professional and compelling manner. You will embrace the transformative journey of intellectual growth while embodying the principles of Victorious Christian Living. You will prepare to become a well-rounded scholar and educator, equipped to make a lasting impact in postsecondary theological higher education both nationally and internationally.

Biblical Studies is one of three concentrations within the PhD degree. Within the Biblical Studies concentration, you may pursue a wide variety of research topics. You might wish to consider a topic in an area such as Old Testament, Biblical Hebrew, Old Testament Theology, New Testament, Biblical Greek, New Testament Theology, Bible Backgrounds, or Hermeneutics. If you have questions about how your anticipated topic might fit into the concentration, contact the program director for guidance. Note: In February 2022 the ATS Board of Commissioners approved a three-year experiment to offer a non-residential PhD degree as an exception to Standard 5.15, through a combination of online courses (synchronous and asynchronous) and one-on-one faculty mentoring sessions.

The other concentrations within the PhD degree are Theological Studies and Practical Theology. (See the Concentrations below.)

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CIU’s decision to begin a PhD program in Biblical Studies following a European model has been immensely helpful. I came into the program with two master’s degrees, so the full load of coursework involved in the American PhD model would have been redundant for me. My life situation and location at the time made an overseas program a precarious option, either on-ground or online, so the structure of the program set me up for success immediately in ways no other school could.

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Why Choose Columbia International University?

At Columbia International University, we are committed to providing you with a comprehensive and enriching educational experience through our ATS-accredited PhD (Biblical Studies) program. Designed to equip you as a well-rounded scholar and educator, our program offers a unique blend of research-focused curriculum, individualized mentoring, and a flexible online modality.

As a student in our PhD (Biblical Studies) program, you will have the opportunity to delve deeply into your chosen area within the field of Biblical Studies. Through rigorous research and academic exploration, you will gain a thorough understanding of your topic, contemporary biblical studies issues, and the methods scholars use in your chosen discipline.

Mentoring lies at the heart of our program. You will receive individualized guidance and support from an experienced faculty mentor who is a renowned scholar in his or her respective fields. Your mentor will provide personalized attention and expert advice as you navigate your research journey and develop your scholarly voice.

Our online modality offers you the flexibility of pursuing your doctoral studies while balancing other commitments in your life. Through our innovative online platform, you will have access to engaging course content, interactive discussions with faculty members and peers, and valuable resources that will enhance your learning experience.

Throughout your PhD journey, we are dedicated to preparing you to make a significant contribution to scholarship in your discipline. You will develop advanced research skills, critical thinking abilities, and scholarly writing expertise that will empower you to produce high-quality academic work. We believe in fostering a collaborative academic community, where you will have opportunities to engage in scholarly conversations and present your research findings to peers and faculty.

In addition to equipping you as a scholar, our PhD (Biblical Studies) program prepares you to excel as an educator in theological higher education. Our curriculum includes pedagogical training, enabling you to teach and mentor future generations of students effectively in theological institutions both inside and outside the United States.

Benefits of our PhD (Biblical Studies) Degree

Our unique PhD program is fully-online, dissertation-focused and follows the modified-European model. It offers you the opportunity to:

  • Complete your entire program using fully online modality without relocating or coming to campus.
  • Pay affordable tuition that saves you up to 50% of the cost of other seminary PhD programs and includes the cost of textbooks.
  • Develop your skills in research, writing and teaching, while you pursue a wide variety of research topics.
  • Focus your coursework on refining your anticipated dissertation topic before beginning your research.
  • Engage in synchronous small group discussion sessions that foster a sense of community with your classmates.
  • Work closely with a mentor whose areas of interest and expertise align closely with your dissertation topic.
  • Develop a well-rounded understanding of the knowledge related to your discipline through tutorial discussions with your mentor.
  • Engage regularly and intentionally with your dissertation mentor throughout the research and writing process.
  • Complete your entire program in as few as three years.

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Professor of New Testament and PhD Program Director

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Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew

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Markus T. Klausli

Professor of New Testament and Greek

Concentrations

Doctor of philosophy in practical theology.

The Practical Theology concentration encompasses the broad areas of Chaplaincy, Preaching, Pastoral Theology, and Moral Theology. In this concentration, you may choose to focus your research in any of the major areas of practical theology. If you want to make an original and significant contribution to your area of study and, as a result, contribute to a more accurate understanding of the message of Christ as found in Scripture, the Practical Theology concentration is for you.

Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies

The Theological Studies concentration encompasses the broad areas of Historical Theology, Systematic Theology, and Apologetics. If you want to make an original and significant contribution to your area of study and, as a result, contribute to the understanding of a theologically-informed biblical worldview, earn your PhD in Theological Studies online with CIU.

What Will I Study?

You will survey significant contemporary issues in Old Testament or New Testament studies, explore recent advances in the study of Hebrew or Greek, and review key methods used in biblical interpretation. You will then identify an issue and a method related to the area of your proposed dissertation topic and will explore each in depth. (3)

You will review biblical perspectives on teaching and learning, survey principles of adult education, and explore best practices of course design and development. You will learn how to design lessons and courses that go beyond the communication of content to the facilitation of learning and will apply those skills to the creation of a course related to the area of your proposed dissertation topic. (3)

You will engage in guided practice of bibliographic (text-based) research that will prepare you to write a doctoral dissertation. You will learn to craft a research problem, identify appropriate research methods, locate, evaluate, and document scholarly sources, structure argumentation, and write at the doctoral level. Building upon those skills, you will write a dissertation proposal that must be approved by the Dissertation Proposal Committee before you begin the dissertation research courses.

You will demonstrate acceptable competency in either Greek or Hebrew as evaluated by biblical studies faculty members who will determine an appropriate level of proficiency. Corequisite: BIB 9200

Upon successful completion of the dissertation proposal course, your supervising professor will guide you as you engage in research for a 90,000 - 110,000 word dissertation in a selected area of biblical studies. (3-6) Repeatable.

Upon successful completion of the dissertation proposal course, your supervising professor will guide you as you engage in research for a 90,000 - 110,000 word dissertation in a selected area of biblical studies. (3-6) Repeatable. Prerequisite: BIB 9902

Upon completing your dissertation research, you will continue working under your supervising professor's direction to draft your 90,000 - 110,000 word dissertation. (3-6) Repeatable. Prerequisite: BIB 9903

Upon completing your dissertation research, you will continue working under your supervising professor's direction to draft your 90,000 - 110,000 word dissertation. (3-6) Repeatable. Prerequisite: BIB 9904

Upon successful completion of the dissertation research and writing courses and upon your supervising professors recommendation, you will submit the final draft of your 90,000 - 110,000 word dissertation to the Dissertation Defense Committee comprised of your supervising professor and two additional faculty members. Once the committee has read the dissertation, you will appear before them and defend it orally. (6) Repeatable. Prerequisite: BIB 9905

You will demonstrate acceptable competency in a research language related to your dissertation.

You will demonstrate acceptable competency in a second research language related to your dissertation.

Admission Requirements

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts from accredited institutions (all graduate level work)
  • Completed MA, MDiv, or ThM with 3.5 GPA
  • Major research paper, (20–24 pages)
  • Proposed research topic (1 page plus bibliography)
  • Two academic references
  • Interview with admissions committee
  • *International requirements when appropriate

Accreditation and Accolades

ATS (The Association of Theological Schools)

Career Path Opportunities

  • Seminary Professor
  • International Theological Educator
  • Bible College Professor
  • High School Teacher

As a Biblical Studies student, you may choose to focus your study in the areas of Old Testament, New Testament, Biblical Theology, Hermeneutics, Hebrew or Greek.

The PhD program is accredited professionally by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), as well as regionally by SACSCOC and nationally by ABHE.

The entire PhD program uses online modality, so that you never need to come to the Columbia campus.

The three foundational seminars are largely asynchronous, but with a synchronous component. Instructors facilitate two-hour discussion group sessions of six to eight students who meet five to eight times throughout each semester.

The modified-European model combines the strengths of both the North American and European models. You enter the program with a preliminary idea of the topic for your dissertation, and the coursework in the three foundational seminars helps you refine your topic to be substantive, coherent and focused. After those seminars, you engage in your dissertation research, writing and defense, which comprises 80% of your studies.

Total tuition for the program is 25–50% lower than the cost of other seminary PhD programs and includes the cost of textbooks.

As a PhD student, you will receive a free copy of Accordance Bible Software that you may use as long as you are pursuing your doctoral studies. Upon graduation, you own the software.

If you are pursuing work related to the Old Testament, you must show transcript evidence of having completed four semesters of Hebrew plus two semesters of Greek for admission into the program. If you are pursuing work related to the New Testament, you must show transcript evidence of having completed four semesters of Greek plus two semesters of Hebrew. You will also take a qualifying examination in your primary language during your first semester of study.

In order to have as wide access as possible to scholarly literature related to your dissertation topic, Biblical Studies students demonstrate proficiency in two theological research languages as part of their PhD studies. The process of collecting a working bibliography for your dissertation usually helps you identify the specific languages you will pursue.

The wordcount for your dissertation is 90,000–110,000 words, including the introduction, the body, the footnotes, the conclusion and the bibliography, but not the front matter.

We will work with you to recruit a dissertation mentor whose areas of interest and expertise align as closely as possible with your topic. Since the majority of our mentors come from outside the seminary, the range of topics you may pursue is broad, and you have the opportunity to work closely with an expert in your field of research.

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Doctor of philosophy in biblical studies (phd), avg. completion time.

is between 4 - 4 ½ years for full-time students

Delivery Method

Why earn a phd in biblical studies through capital.

Our Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies will do much more than simply add two letters to the beginning of your name – it will transform the way you understand the Bible and do ministry.

In this terminal research doctorate, you will become a biblical scholar and gain deep insights into the Word of God. Through the program, students will expand their mastery of the original languages of the Bible, the cultural backgrounds of the Bible, the significance of the intertestamental period, and the history of hermeneutical frameworks and theological developments from the early church up to the present.

Course Length

Residency Requirement

Three 6-day residencies per year (locations vary)

Capstone Requirement

Research Dissertation Compare the Fundamental/Basic & Applied Research Approaches

PhD in Biblical Studies Program Cost & Financial Aid

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Admissions Info:

Learn about the doctoral admissions process.

August 1 May 1 for international students

Our Philosophy of Doctoral Education

Read about our Educational Philosophy.

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Program Plan

Phd in biblical studies (60 credits).

Biblical Studies Courses 32 Credits

Education Theory & Practice Courses 8 Credits

The Dissertation Series 20 Credits

View the Academic Catalog for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions and complete program details.

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Program Distinctives - What makes LBC | Capital's program unique?

This program blends the American and European model of PhD studies by devoting 40 hours to the coursework phase and 20 hours to the dissertation phase. Other things that set our program apart include:

  • It’s designed for life-engaged learners who need to maintain residency near their existing ministries and vocations.
  • Courses are delivered in a unique, blended learning model that combines online and face-to-face classes, including three face-to-face learning experiences each year.
  • This program uses the cohort model, which allows a group of students to travel the educational path together, supporting and encouraging each other throughout the journey. Admission is limited to 12 to 18 applicants per cohort group.

Career Paths

The PhD in Biblical Studies will prepare you for a wide range of service and ministry contexts. Here is a sampling of ministries of our PhD alumni serve in:

  • Lead Teaching Pastor in a church of any size
  • Director of a parachurch ministry or a missions organization
  • Professor of Bible or Theology in an institution of higher Christian education
  • Program Director in an institution of higher Christian education

Program Goals – In this program, students will…

  • Develop greater expertise in exegesis through advanced training in the original biblical languages of Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.
  • Comprehend and analyze Scripture against the backdrop of the languages, civilizations, and literatures of the ancient world in which the revelation of God was first given to humanity.
  • Explore and evaluate the history of hermeneutical frameworks and theological developments from the early church to the present day in order to have a more informed understanding of the theological foundations of the church.
  • Be equipped to think and execute skillfully as classroom and online teachers in the rapidly changing higher education environment.
  • Be equipped to think and execute skillfully as research scholar and authors, honing the skills necessary to complete a doctoral dissertation.
  • Elect one of two approaches to research – the humanities approach most commonly employed in biblical scholarship or the empirical approach often employed in the field of education.

Course Plan

The following is the proposed schedule for this degree program.

Course Title Year Semester Credits
BIB 901 Advanced Biblical Research & Writing One Fall 4
BIB 902 Learning & Teaching: Theory & Practice One Fall 4
BIB 903 OT Backgrounds One Spring 4
BIB 904 NT Backgrounds One Spring 4
BIB 905 OT Exegesis One Summer 4
BIB 908 Reading German One Summer 0
BIB 909 OT Hermeneutics & Theology Two Fall 4
BIB 910 NT Hermeneutics & Theology Two Fall 4
BIB 911 Cohort Elective 1 Two Spring 4
BIB 912 Cohort Elective 2 Two Spring 4
BIB 906 NT Exegesis Two Summer 4
BIB 913 Contemporary Instructional Methods & Design Two Summer 4
BIB 907 Reading French Three Fall 0
BIB 914 Qualifying Exam Preparation Three Fall 0
BIB 915 Dissertation IA:  Reading & Proposal Three Spring 4
Dissertation Series: BIB 916-918 Four Fall-Summer
Dissertation Series: BIB 916-918 Five Fall-Spring

Meet the Faculty

Mark meyer, phd, professor, phd in biblical studies program director, samuel harbin, dmin, professor, chair of bible & theology department, douglas finkbeiner, phd, professor and mabs director, joe kim, phd, professor of bible & theology, debra johnson-cortesi, phd, assistant director of cml doctoral programs, professor, michael anthony, phd, adjunct faculty, hear from students about this phd program.

Listen to our students explain why they love our PhD in Biblical Studies, what made them choose it and how it is impacting them as ministers and professionals.

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Christ-centered academic inquiry and spiritual leadership Biblical & Theological Studies (Ph.D)

Wheaton College trains evangelical scholars to serve the church worldwide as teachers, researchers, pastors, and leaders.

Our Biblical & Theological Studies Ph.D program fosters faithfulness to the teaching of Scripture and theology in combination with creative and critical reflection on its significance for the church and contemporary culture. 

Credential Type

Major credits required.

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6 Students Admitted

Small cohorts enable us to provide more opportunities and attention to each Ph.D. student. 

17 Countries

Our 90+ Ph.D. graduates serve churches and communities around the globe.

100% Funding

All Ph.D. students receive full tuition funding plus a research fellowship and travel stipends. 

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Contact a Program Mentor

It’s not too early! Connect with one of our program mentors to discuss dissertation topics, learn program distinctives, and explore vocational pathways.

Why Wheaton for Your Biblical and Theological Ph.D.? A Holistic Approach to Biblical-Theological Studies

In a world of highly specialized scholarship, we are intentional about bridging the scholarly gap between the Old and New Testaments, and especially between the disciplines of Biblical Studies and Theology.

Concurrent Coursework

Unlike most doctoral programs in North America that operate with a sequential, step-by-step model, our program is concurrent. This means students begin work on their dissertation proposals during their first semester, while taking seminars, honing their modern language skills, completing required readings for breadth and depth of knowledge in their field, and engaging in fellowship work.

Globally Minded Curriculum

Students will be exposed to perspectives from around the world through class discussions, the periodic presence of visiting international scholars, and an academic community engaged in global issues. Additionally, Wheaton is a member of the Hispanic Theological Initiative, a consortium of 25 institutions dedicated to increasing the the number of Latino/a Ph.D. candidates and graduates in related fields.

Integrated Research

Wheaton's Ph.D. program emphasizes the connections between disciplines. Our dissertation requirements call for original research that has integrative, biblical-theological significance.

Program Goals

In today’s academy, Biblical Studies and Theology are often treated as separate, autonomous subjects, but our Ph.D. program is designed to hold them together: We want our students to engage the entire canon of Scripture to discern its unified message. Likewise, our program explores the scriptural roots of theology and the theological roots of Scripture.

Our Curriculum

The length and specific components of the program will vary from student to student, but will include seminar-style courses and directed independent studies.

Ph.D. candidates also will write a dissertation that is distinctly theological in nature. This original research will focus on one of the traditional academic areas: Old Testament, New Testament, Systematic Theology, or Historical Theology.

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Sample Courses

Much of the Ph.D. program is rooted in independent studies, but common seminars include:

  • Biblical Interpretation and Theology
  • Old Testament Ethics
  • Gender and the New Testament
  • Doctrine of Creation
  • Christ and Culture

Our Faculty Compassionate and Intelligent Educators

From the very start of their program through their dissertation defense, Ph.D. students will build strong personal and academic relationships with the program faculty. The following professors are the primary Ph.D. mentors.

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Dr. Andrew Abernethy to Serve as New Ph.D. Mentor in Biblical Theological Studies

The Ph.D. Committee in Biblical and Theological Studies is pleased to announce the addition of  Dr. Andrew Abernethy as a new Ph.D. Mentor in Old Testament. His areas of interest are Isaiah, Psalms, and the Prophets, Theological/Canonical Interpretation, Literary-thematic approaches to the Old Testament, Old Testament theology, Integration of ancient context, literary analysis, and reception. 

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Success After Wheaton What Can You Do With a Ph.D. in Biblical and Theological Studies?

In partnership with our Center for Vocation and Career, many find employment in higher education, as well as church and parachurch agencies.

Who Hires our Graduates?

  • Colleges and universities
  • Parachurch agencies
  • Religious organizations
  • Publishing houses

Where are Our Ph.D. Alumni Serving?

Alumni from the program have gone on to work at the following organizations and many more:

  • Reformed Theological Seminary
  • Institut Biblique et Missionnaire
  • Northern Seminary
  • Talbot School of Theology(Biola University)
  • The Urban Ministry Institute
  • Oak Hill Theological College
  • Grace Theological Seminary
  • Zondervan Publishing
  • Gordon College
  • Singapore Bible College
  • Bethlehem Bible College and Seminary
  • Crossway Books
  • Planetshakers College
  • Knox Theological Seminary
  • Visoko Evanđeosko Teološko Učilište, Croatia
  • Truett Seminary (Baylor University)
  • Africa International University
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • Moody Bible Institute
  • Taylor University
  • Liberty Presbyterian Church
  • Life on the Vine Christian Community

What Career Paths Have Our Alumni Taken?

Alumni of the Ph.D. in Biblical & Theological Studies program have gone on to faithful careers in a variety of different fields. Many hold teaching positions at seminaries as well as both Christian and secular colleges and universities around the country and the world. Beyond that, our graduates pastor churches large and small here in the local area, on both coasts of the country, and in many other countries across the globe. A number of graduates also serve in publishing and other media-related fields.

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Author & Educator

“Wheaton was an ideal place in which to prepare for a lifetime of scholarship and teaching.”

Dr. Carmen Imes, an associate professor of Old Testament at Biola University in Alberta, Canada, is the author of Bearing God's Name: Why Sinai Still Matters. She has appeared on more than 50 podcasts and radio shows and is a guest blogger for Christianity Today , The Political Theology Network, and The Well . Imes frequently speaks at churches, conferences, and retreats, and she's even launched a YouTube channel where she releases weekly "Torah Tuesday" videos.

Before earning her Ph.D. from Wheaton College, Imes and her husband served as missionaries in the Philippines with SIM International.

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Congratulations, Ty!

Ty Kieser , Ph.D. 2020  was recently hired as Assistant Professor of Theology and the Program Director of the M.A. in Theological & Biblical Studies at Criswell College in Dallas, Texas. His teaching is split between undergraduate and graduate theology and church history classes. Ty has published and presented extensively within his areas of research: Christology, trinitarian theology, post-Reformation theology, and theology of the atonement, including his forthcoming co-authorship, with Kelly M. Kapic,  John Owen Among the Theologians (Under Contract; due 2024).

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More About This Program Frequently Asked Questions

We've put together a few common questions (and their answers) about this graduate program.

What do you look for in applicants to this program?

Our program is highly competitive and intensive and seeks six scholars per year who can serve the church worldwide as teachers, researchers, pastors, and leaders.

A full tuition scholarship, as well as a research fellowship, for each of the six students accepted per year, will allow you to devote yourself to advanced learning as a fully involved member of the academic community.

See full admissions requirements.

Can I complete this program without living in Chicago?

The Ph.D. in Biblical and Theological Studies is a residential program.

What advice do you have for Ph.D. applicants?

Considering Ph.D. work is an important decision. Our faculty member Dr. Daniel Treier has written advice to evangelical students who are pursuing doctoral programs. Read his advice, here.

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Financial Wellness

The Biblical & Theological Studies Ph.D. program offers full tuition scholarships, as well as a research fellowship, to each of the six students accepted per year.

This financial award enables Ph.D. candidates to devote themselves to advanced learning as a fully involved member of the academic community.

Interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Biblical and Theological Studies at Wheaton? Request more information or start your application today.

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Online Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies in Montgomery, AL – Faulkner University

Faulkner University

A Christian University

Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies in Montgomery, AL

Effective Christian ministry and research require a well-rounded and rigorous academic foundation rooted in the Bible and related texts. Part of Faulkner University’s Kearley Graduate School of Theology (KGST), the Doctor of Philosophy in biblical studies imparts students with robust biblical knowledge and the ability to analyze these texts, preparing them for an array of careers in ministry, non-profit organizations, and academic and research institutions.

Program Objectives

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Faulkner University’s fully online Doctor of Philosophy in biblical studies program prepares moral and ethically driven scholars for the advanced academic study of the Bible. Graduates will be able to enter or continue careers in biblical teaching, academics, and diverse ministry opportunities. Since this program is conducted entirely online, students can continue with their current work and family obligations while studying on their own time.

This program is specifically designed to bestow knowledge and analytical capabilities in the key areas of biblical studies, giving graduates the competency needed for teaching or research positions in public, private, government, or postdoctoral roles. Graduates will walk away proficient in religious and biblical history, theology, archaeology, biblical and related languages, and biblical interpretation. Students also gain essential skills that can be utilized outside the biblical studies field, including analysis, reading, research, and writing.

Program Design

Students enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy in biblical studies must earn 54 semester hours of credit at the doctoral level. They are required to fulfill those credit hours with:

  • Two required courses : Biblical Scholarship and Christian Ministry and Advanced Studies in Biblical Hermeneutics
  • An additional six core courses that provide students with a wide breadth of academic biblical studies experience and skill
  • Six course electives from a choice of advanced seminars in primary biblical text (Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek)
  • Complete four dissertation modules after completing coursework
  • Write a dissertation and later defend it during a conference call

Required Non-Credit Exams

All students enrolled in this online Doctor of Philosophy program must pass language proficiency tests in three biblical languages – Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek – before registering for textual seminars.

Students must also pass an exam in a secondary research language, such as German, French, Spanish, or Latin, before completing broader program assessments. Enrolled students are required to pass all comprehensive exams before taking part in dissertation modules.

The  Doctor of Philosophy in biblical studies  at Faulkner University is typically completed in four to five years and occurs entirely online. Take the next step by reviewing the course requirements and applying for this online doctorate.

Admission Requirements

Students interested in applying to the Doctor of Philosophy in biblical studies program should ensure they meet all prerequisites. Admissions guidelines include:

  • Earning a master’s degree in biblical studies from a regionally accredited institution and maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. If the applicant does not meet this requirement, they may ask about conditional admission.
  • Submitting official transcripts from all previously attended higher education accredited institutions, using the official transcript request form . The Registrar’s Office will not accept copies or printouts of transcripts delivered by hand.
  • Offering three letters of recommendation, with at least one from a professor of the applicant’s master’s program and one from a work manager familiar with the applicant’s degree-related work. These letters should contain comments describing the applicant’s academic work, ability to complete graduate study, and any relevant professional experience.
  • Prior experience and preparation for the degree
  • Why the student is interested in the program
  • Spiritual and academic aspirations
  • Impact of the degree on applicant’s financiers as well as on professional and personal obligations
  • Sending a copy of a thesis or graduate-level academic research paper previously accepted in a graduate-level biblical studies program.
  • Participating in an interview with the dean, KGST director, and the graduate committee.
  • Receiving approval for admission from the KGST director.
  • Submitting a TOEFL score of at least 500 if English is not the student’s first language.

After you verify you meet all admissions requirements, you can fill out the graduate application and begin the process.

To apply for this Doctor of Philosophy program, you must first fill out and submit the graduate application . You may also inquire about program costs at this time to get a better idea about tuition and fees .

  • Submit a completed  online application .
  • Complete and print the  Official Transcript Request   form and submit it to all previously attended schools with the appropriate fee.
  • Send all additional items via email to your enrollment counselor.
For admission to the PhD in Biblical Studies program, an applicant must complete the following tasks:
  • Completed graduate application
  • Earn a biblical-studies master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Hold at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point in a master’s degree program. If the student does not meet this requirement, the student may request conditional admission.
  • Arrange delivery of official transcripts, from all the colleges and universities attended, directly from the school’s Registrar’s Office to Faulkner’s Office of Graduate Enrollment. Hand delivered copies, photocopies, and printouts of grade reports are not acceptable.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation with specific comments regarding the applicant’s academic work, ability to successfully complete graduate study, and any relevant professional experience. Letters of recommendation should, if possible, include a letter from a faculty member who taught master’s classes for the applicant and a letter from a work supervisor who is familiar with the applicant’s degree-related work.
  • A goals statement of approximately 1500 words specifying the applicant’s degree-related goals and stating ways in which the PhD from the Kearley Graduate School of Theology will contribute toward achieving those goals. Include in this goals statement: (1) background preparation for the degree; (2) basis for the choice of the KGST; (3) spiritual and academic goals; (4) impact of the degree sought on financiers and personal, employment, and family time. Obtaining a score of 40 or above qualifies the applicant for an interview with the PhD faculty.
  • Submit a copy of a graduate research paper or thesis previously accepted in a graduate-level biblical studies program
  • Participate in an interview with the dean, KGST director, and the graduate committee.
  • Receive approval for admission from the KGST director.
A student whose first language is not English must also submit a TOEFL score of at least 500.

Tuition and Fees

2024 - 2025 Financial Information

Tuition $575 per semester hour
General Fee $350 per semester ($250 if 11 hours or less)
Online Course Fee $75 per semester hour
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Faulkner University Advantages

Completing your Doctor of Philosophy online can be rewarding. Consider some of the following benefits of pursuing this degree at Faulkner University:

  • Faith-centered approach: We instill Christian values in our students, encouraging them to respect and grow their understanding of the Bible.
  • Adaptable scheduling: Our online format gives students more flexibility than traditional on-campus learning.
  • Accelerated completion: With our online master's degrees , students can graduate in less time and still receive the same quality instruction and support as on-campus options.

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Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary

Doctor of Philosophy

Learning competencies:.

  • Learners will develop a focused program of study in a specific area.
  • Learners will interact with the content of the chosen program through analysis, critical evaluation, and synthesis, culminating in a Dissertation.
  • Learners will conduct independent scholarly analysis and implement research findings in ministry context.

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General Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with Focus Core Information

Trinity offers the following degrees at the doctor of philosophy level in the school of biblical and theological studies:.

Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies

Doctor of Philosophy in Theology

Trinity Offers the following Degrees at the Doctor of Philosophy level in the School of Christ-Centered Counseling:

Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Counseling

Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Counseling

Trinity Offers the following Degrees at the Doctor of Philosophy level in the School of Integrated Apologetics:

Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Apologetics and Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy of Religion

Trinity Offers the following Degrees at the Doctor of Philosophy level in the School of Practical Ministry:

Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Management and Leadership

Doctor of Philosophy in Preaching and Pastoral Ministry

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Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies

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Intensive study in both the New and Old Testament.

The Ph.D. in Biblical Studies is designed to equip graduates in both areas of scholarship. Students will be supervised by faculty in either Old Testament or New Testament based on their research interests.

Modular format – relocation to Louisville not required.

Students will complete this program with trips to campus twice each year for doctoral seminars. Each seminar session will last two weeks. Travel to campus only required during the Ph.D. coursework stage.

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Phd Student Stage
Course Number Description Credit Hours
81020 Graduate Research Seminar 2
81260 Foundations for Theological Studies 2
81270 Course Development and Design 2
81300 Higher Education 2
8 Seminars 32
4 Colloquia 4
Prospectus Development 1-4 4
2 Research Languages 4
Comprehensive Exams 2
Total
Phd Candidate Stage
Course Number Description Credit Hours
81910 Dissertation Writing & Defense 16
Total

Total Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies: 70

Students will take 8 seminars in Old and New Testament, 4 colloquia, 4 prospectus development courses, and 2 modern research languages. Seminars include:

A doctoral level study of Old Testament backgrounds with a focus on the preparation of an academic paper.
This course will study the theological, literary, historical, canonical, critical, and hermeneutical concerns of the Pentateuch. Special attention will be given to applying these areas to research pertaining to the Pentateuch.
This course will examine the latter Prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the Twelve, in canonical and biblical theological contact. The focus of the course will be on the literary structure of these books of the Bible and the way they engage earlier Scripture and are engaged by later Scripture.
A doctoral level study of Old Testament theology with a focus on the preparation of an academic paper.
This seminar will study the rise and development of Second Temple Judaism and its influence on the New Testament. The seminar will broadly study the literature of the Second Temple period with emphasis on the movements, institutions, practices, teaching, and cultural distinctives pertinent to the interpretation of the New Testament.
This seminar will study the New Testament Gospels and Acts with emphasis given to their interpretation as historical, literary, and theological documents.
This course will focus on the book of Revelation, including Greek grammar, literary analysis, technology, and history of interpretation.
The course studies the method and content of New Testament theology.

Students can be supervised by the following faculty:

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Terry J. Betts

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Duane A. Garrett

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James M. Hamilton

New testament faculty.

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William F. Cook, III

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Jonathan T. Pennington

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Robert L. Plummer

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Thomas R. Schreiner

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Brian J. Vickers

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Jarvis J. Williams

Frequently asked questions.

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No. The Ph.D. in Biblical Studies is available in a modular format, requiring two trips each academic year to Louisville for doctoral seminars. Students should plan for each campus session to last two weeks.

Winter seminars are typically held during the last week of November and the first week of December . Summer seminars are typically held during the second & third week of May each year.

Refer to the academic calendar for current year seminar dates.

If you do not have an M.Div. but you do have a M.A. or other masters-level divinity credit, you may submit a  doctoral equivalency evaluation  to the admissions office to find out if you qualify for SBTS PhD programs.*

  • A minimum master’s level cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale is expected.

For a complete listing of doctoral admissions requirements, see the “Admissions & Cost” tab.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES approved organization for both admissions consdiration and for equivalency requests.

During the application process you will indicate your preferred supervisor and be asked to describe your research interest but both can be subject to change until you are accepted and enrolled in the program.

During your faculty interview and during on-boarding to the program (if accepted) you will have the opportunity to discuss and receive advising on both your supervisor and your research topic.

Your final research area(s) will be determined in close consultation with and approval by your supervisor, this generally occurs during the coursework stage of your program.

Admissions for the Ph.D. program consists of:

Initial Application Submission

  • All required materials must be submitted to the Office of Admissions by the appropriate deadline (see “Admissions” tab for more information).

Entrance Exam and Interview

  • Students who are believed to have a reasonable possibility of acceptance are invited to participate in entrance exams and faculty interviews.
  • Exams and interviews are held remotely via Zoom (travel to campus not required) once each month.
  • For more information on Entrance Exams, click here .

The Ph.D. program is structured for 48 months (4 years). Students who take longer than four years will be assessed an additional $2,000 fee for each semester of extension beyond the four-year limit.

During the PhD student stage (coursework stage), students will complete eight seminars, usually five seminars in their major and three seminars that may be completed in any area.

Some concentrations, such as biblical studies, historical and theological studies, and philosophy and theological studies , will require four seminars in each of two separate areas. All students will take the four RDS general education courses, four colloquia, and four installments of Prospectus Development.

In addition, students must demonstrate proficiency in two research languages (for School of Theology concentrations) or research methodology courses (for Billy Graham School concentrations).

Admissions Prerequisites

To be considered for admission in our Ph.D. program we require the following for applications:

  • For the PhD concentrations in Christian Apologetics, Christian Philosophy, Christian Ethics, Ethics and Public Theology, and Philosophy and Theological Studies, the 72 hours may consist of an M.A. or equivalent in the field (60 hours minimum in specific disciplines), with the addition of 12 credit hours in biblical languages
  • For the PhD concentrations in Christian Worship, Biblical Counseling and Practical Theology, Leadership, Missions, Evangelism, and World Religions, an M.A. or equivalent in the field (60 hours minimum in specific disciplines) may be acceptable.
  • Students requiring additional coursework may attend Southern Seminary as a “Doctoral Leveling Student” online or on-campus.
  • International transcripts will require an official evaluation from a NACES approved organization (World Evaluation Services is preferred).

*For more information about our equivalency standards, leveling options, or to request an equivalency review based on your master’s level work, please email  [email protected] .

Application Requirements

  • All applicants must receive a reference from the local church where they are a member. Family members may not complete this reference. If you are the pastor of your church, please select another church leader (associate pastor, elder, deacon, etc.) to complete the church recommendation.  Recommendation forms are automatically emailed to references via our online application.
  • Two additional academic recommendations. We suggest that a professor or a business acquaintance who can speak to academic performance complete the 2 additional recommendations required for doctoral students.
  • Transcription from the educational institution or institutions that conferred  any required degrees  should be submitted to the Admissions Office. Contact the registrar or academic records office of your previous institution(s). They may e-mail the transcripts (directly or via 3rd party such as Parchment) to [email protected] or mail copies to our physical address.  Transcripts must come directly from schools either electronically or in sealed/unopened envelopes.
  • A graduate level research paper  in the same field to which the applicant is applying  must be submitted along with the application.  You may upload this research paper directly onto the application.
  • $40 application fee –  paid after application submission.

Application Deadlines

All application materials must be received by:

September 1 – Spring matriculation

March 1 – Fall matriculation

Entrance Exams and Interviews

Entrance Exams are exams designed to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their comprehension of the subject area in which they are applying and sometimes in related fields. Students will be notified soon after submitting all application components as to whether they are invited to participate in the entrance exam and interview.

Exams and interviews are held on one Friday each month  and are administered remotely (travel to campus not required). Click here to learn more.

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Prospective doctoral students are invited to visit Southern Seminary.

Program Cost

$1,000 down payment, and remaining balance due equally over 48 months.*

$27,670$555.62
$39,140$794.58

*Program tuition shown is for the 2024-2025 academic year. Additional fees are subject to the current fee schedule.

Financial Aid

Southern Seminary does not offer fully-funded scholarships or grants for the PhD program. Limited financial aid may be available for students that meet certain criteria. Click here to view our financial aid page to learn more.

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This PhD Program can help you grow your ministry. In this program, you learn the history and meaning behind scripture while also gaining knowledge of biblical interpretation. You also learn how to explain God’s story in meaningful and unique ways. This program is perfect for those already involved in ministry roles and is also appropriate for laypeople who want to better understand the subtleties of our faith. NOTE: If you do not see the "Join Button" - Scroll to the bottom of the page.

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Biblical Studies PhD Program

Within Princeton Theological Seminary, the Biblical Studies Department regards its mission in the doctoral program as the preparation of biblical scholars and teachers in service to the church, whether as teachers in seminaries and divinity schools, colleges and major research universities, or as pastors of local congregations.

PhD Course of Study

In support of its programs, the department offers broad coverage in many of the areas and sub-disciplines in the field, with specific concentrations and offerings determined by the interests and expertise of the faculty. The driving force of the program both in Old Testament and New Testament clusters broadly around linguistic, historical, literary, and theological dimensions of textual and exegetical study.

The general aims of formal coursework are to develop familiarity with leading areas and methods of research and analysis in the study of the Old or New Testament, to acquire linguistic and historical competencies necessary to work expertly with primary sources, to prepare for the student’s Comprehensive Examinations, and to pursue specific interests relevant to the student’s scholarly development, especially in the area of the dissertation.

A typical course of study will include at its core requisite language study and a sequence of courses in biblical exegesis and theology, historical and comparative backgrounds, and reception history and consequences. In addition, a student will ordinarily take a number of electives, which allow them to shape their course of study according to personal interests. Interdisciplinary work or further specialist study can be taken from seminars offered by faculty in other departments at the Seminary or at affiliated institutions (e.g., Princeton University). Specific requirements for each of the subareas follow.

The Course of Study for Old Testament Students

The program of study in Old Testament focuses on developing within students four core competencies: philology, history, exegesis, and hermeneutics. In order to achieve these competencies, the program of study in Old Testament features the following formal course requirements:

  • Four exegesis seminars or courses, normally one per semester
  • One seminar in biblical theology
  • One seminar in literary approaches to Old Testament interpretation One course in the history, historiography, ancient Near Eastern background, or archaeology of the Old Testament
  • Two Accelerated Hebrew Reading courses (OT5010 and OT5011—not sequential), one in year 1 and one in year 2
  • Four semesters of the Old Testament Research Colloquium (see below)
  • Other courses as needed to attain the total number of 16 courses in a two-year residency (topical seminars, independent study, courses at Princeton University or other nearby schools)
  • As part of their first two years of residency, students shall attain and demonstrate competency (often through coursework) in Greek and Northwest Semitic (Aramaic, Ugaritic, Syriac, NW Semitic Epigraphy—see below under “Minor language competency”)

The Course of Study for New Testament Students

The program of study in New Testament features the following formal course requirements:

  • One seminar in Greco-Roman environment
  • One seminar in second temple Jewish environment
  • Two exegesis seminars or courses
  • Electives, which allow students to shape their course of study, such as interdisciplinary work, or further specialist study that can be taken from seminars offered by department faculty or from doctoral offerings by other Seminary and Princeton University faculty.
  • In addition, students shall attain competency in Hebrew, Greek, and one other ancient language, chosen from Aramaic, Syriac, Latin, and Coptic. Depending on the subject matter of a student’s dissertation, other language may be required.

Old Testament and New Testament Research Colloquia

As a means to foster collegiality and to promote research, the department sponsors research colloquia in both Old Testament and New Testament. Six colloquia in each subarea occur over the course of the academic year. Participants include Seminary graduate students (required during residency) and faculty as well as interested visiting scholars and faculty from the local area. Papers are circulated in writing, usually two weeks in advance of the colloquium’s meeting. Each paper will be assigned two respondents. Faculty and students share responsibility for presenting papers and responses. Students in their first year are expected to give one response to a paper, while students in their second year will give one paper (often on a topic the student anticipates exploring in the dissertation).

Topic Statement

In consultation with pertinent faculty members, a student will compose a two-page statement describing the general topic of the dissertation. This statement is to be submitted to the chair of the student’s Residency Committee in time for consideration by the department in its February meeting of the student’s second year. These topic statements are provisional and heuristic, serving both to aid in the student’s preparation of a thesis proposal in the third year and to guide decisions about the content of the student’s Comprehensive Examinations (especially Book-and-Block, Review Essay).

Comprehensive Examinations (for Old Testament doctoral students)

Students may sit for Comprehensive Examinations upon successful completion of all residency requirements and the recommendation of their Residency Committee. There are a total of six Comprehensive Examinations, which normally are to be completed by the middle of the third year of graduate work. Some parts of these examinations are taken earlier (see below). The nature and form of the Comprehensive Examinations vary, but in each, the student’s knowledge and competence in a specified area of study is to be evaluated. The six exams are as follows:

  • Hebrew for students in Old Testament — (i) by May of the first year, either pass an exam in Hebrew prose or satisfactorily complete the Accelerated Hebrew Reading course and (ii) in May of the second year, pass an exam in Hebrew poetry. The department’s subcommittee on language study oversees all fulfillment of these exams.
  • Northwest Semitic Epigraphy or Ugaritic
  • Aramaic or Syriac [Faculty responsibility for overseeing these exams falls to the department’s subcommittee on language study.]
  • Old Testament Critical Issues Exam This comprehensive exam is normally to be taken early in the fall of the second year. A bibliography of important works will be given to incoming doctoral students with the expectation that they will begin reading through the bibliography during their first year and into the summer following the first year. The bibliography will include two sections: (a) classic and important current works of Old Testament scholarship (Pentateuch, Prophets, Writings, ancient Israelite religion), and (b) a reading of important ancient Near Eastern texts in translation related to the Old Testament. After the exam is graded by faculty examiners, the results will be discussed with the student and the student’s residence committee as part of the first-year review. The review normally occurs in the fall semester of the second year.
  • Prophetic Literature
  • Deuteronomistic History
  • Wisdom Literature
  • Lyric Poetry
  • Apocalyptic Writings (including New Testament)
  • Ezra/Nehemiah/Chronicles
  • Exegetical Competency Exam This exam will ordinarily not cover material in a student’s area of specialization (as the Book-and-Block Exam is designed to). By the end of April of the student’s second year of residency, the department will assign faculty examiners who will notify the student of the book from which the exam passage is to be taken. Students are responsible for marshaling all necessary resources in advance of the examination, which will normally be set for the week immediately following the date of a student’s Book-and-Block exam in September, with joint oral to follow as soon thereafter as possible, though ordinarily no later than the end of September of the student’s third year. The exam is to be open-book, for which students are expected to use all the resources available to them to do advanced exegetical work. Students will be given one week to study a set passage (usually a difficult one); at the end of the week, students must be ready to discuss all aspects of the text including, as relevant, language, philology, textual criticism, literary issues, historical questions, theology, and a sufficiently persuasive close reading of the text using whatever method or combination of methods the student deems appropriate. The student is expected to demonstrate independence in exegesis, an ability to use all relevant languages, and knowledge of the primary and secondary literature. At the end of the week of study, students will turn in a copy of a seven-ten page essay (need not be polished) with an argument for their proposed close reading (including footnotes or endnotes), together with additional working notes on other exegetical aspects of the biblical text to the Office of Academic Affairs, PhD Studies. These will provide a partial basis for the ensuing oral examination.
  • Review Essay This essay is to focus on the status of the question of a particular issue in the field, normally a topic central to a student’s anticipated dissertation project. The essay is to involve a thorough review and evaluation of the secondary literature on the topic in question and is to show promise toward publication, either as an independent essay or as a part of the dissertation (often the “history of scholarship” chapter). Ordinarily, the essay is to be submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs, PhD Studies before the Christmas break of the third year in the program. Faculty evaluations will be in writing and notification of pass or failure will be given by the end of the following January. Successful completion of these Comprehensive Examinations entitles a student to move directly to the Dissertation Proposal and the Dissertation.

Comprehensive Examinations (for New Testament doctoral students)

Students may sit for Comprehensive Examinations upon successful completion of all residency requirements and the recommendation of their Residency Committee. A total of five Comprehensive Examinations (2 Language Competency requirements plus 3 Qualifying Examinations) are normally completed by the middle of the third year of matriculation. Occasionally some of these examinations, such as those in language competence, may be taken earlier. While the nature and form of the Comprehensive Examinations vary, each evaluates the student’s knowledge and competence in a specified area of study. The five examinations are as follows:

  • Greek for students in New Testament — (i) in May of the first year, pass an exam in New Testament Greek; and (ii) in May of the second year, pass an exam in Septuagint Greek.
  • For students in New Testament, there are two components: (i) proficiency in Hebrew, which may be demonstrated by passing a competency exam in May (of either the first or second year) or by completing an approved course in Old Testament or New Testament, that includes a substantial Hebrew component; and (ii) proficiency in one other language chosen from the following possibilities: Aramaic, Coptic, Latin, or Syriac. Proficiency may be demonstrated through examination or through satisfactory completion of coursework during the student’s first two years of residency.
  • Second Temple Judaism and the Greco-Roman World;
  • Jesus, the Gospels, and Acts;
  • Paul and Earliest Christianity.

The student will be provided with a bibliography for each of these three areas at the beginning of matriculation. These bibliographies are established by the New Testament faculty; occasionally they may be altered to take account of a student’s particular interests. A 3-hour examination is administered in each of these three areas of inquiry; normally one exam is given each week over a period of three weeks. The student’s oral defense of all three examinations is administered by the New Testament faculty within a week or two after their written completion.

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The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary prepares teachers and scholars for seminaries, church-related colleges, universities, ecumenical agencies, and local congregations. While the program is centered at Garrett, it draws on faculty resources at Northwestern University; the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, which includes four seminaries with PhD programs; and other approved universities. You will not only receive individual attention from faculty members but also a curriculum that can be tailored to your area of interest.

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Garrett shaped me to be critical and vocal in raising my concerns, to embody the idea of persistence and survival, to enjoy studying and working, to teach passionately in a class, and to value friendships and communality with the fellow students, faculty, and staff.

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Six Areas of Concentration

PhD students may specialize in one of six concentrations with an optional focus in African American/Black Religious Studies available in any concentration.

Biblical Studies

The Biblical Studies concentration combines critical historical study of the Bible and contemporary hermeneutical theory and method to provide students with wide-ranging exposure to the discipline in its current diversity and to afford students a rich engagement with interdisciplinary avenues of inquiry.

Christian Education and Congregational Studies

The Christian Education and Congregational Studies concentration studies how Christian faith is formed and embodied in communities of faith through the integration of insights from theology and the social sciences.

History of Christianity and Historical Theology

The History of Christianity and Historical Theology concentration focuses upon historical themes, issues, and methodologies.

Liturgical Studies

The Liturgical Studies concentration prepares students to become practical liturgical theologians, who contribute to the ongoing reform and renewal of Christian worship.

Pastoral Theology, Personality, and Culture

The Pastoral Theology, Personality, and Culture concentration studies the integration of theology and psychology with a focus on developing as pastoral theologians and (optionally) as pastoral psychotherapists.

Theological and Ethical Studies

The Theological and Ethical Studies concentration is based on an integration of theological and ethical studies, while allowing a student to have a major area of focus within the two. The concentration presupposes that these disciplines cannot ultimately be separated from each other in Christian understanding.

Meet the Director

Dr. Wonhee Anne Joh is the Harry R. Kendall professor of christian theology and postcolonial studies and director of the PhD program. Her work as a doctoral mentor and guide has extended beyond the seminary. She works closely with the United Methodist Women of Color Doctoral Program, the Forum for Theological Exploration Doctoral Fellowship Program, the Pacific, Asian, and North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry, and the Asian Theological Summer Institute.

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Access to Premier Academic Resources

The Styberg Library, the Northwestern University Library, and the libraries of the 12 Association of Chicago Theological School libraries provide an extraordinary collection of print and digital resources. In addition, Garrett PhD students may take courses at Northwestern University and at any of four PhD-granting seminaries and universities in Chicago.

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FTE Institutional Doctoral Network

Garrett is a proud member of the Forum for Theological Exploration’s (FTE) Institutional Doctoral Network, which is dedicated to creating conditions for scholars of color to thrive.

Teaching Certificate Program

Thanks to our partnership with Northwestern University, Garrett PhD students have the opportunity to apply to Northwestern’s Teaching Certificate program through the Searle Center once they are admitted to candidacy.

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Affording Your Education

All students accepted into the Doctor of Philosophy program at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary receive a 100% tuition scholarship!

Diverse, Passionate, and Renowned Faculty

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Rev. Dr. Cheryl Anderson Professor of Old Testament

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Garrett provides a unique space to discern and interpret one’s call, the coursework necessary to prepare for a variety of ministries, and the companionship necessary to sustain one on the journey.

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My goal is to make the historical authors, their worlds, worldviews, and their thought accessible to the twenty-first century student. I strive to bring the past to life so that students can see the relevance of those who have gone before them in the faith and be inspired to teach others.

Dr. James Papandrea Professor of Church History and Historical Theology

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There is a great need for the proclamation of authentic good news in today’s church. The issues faced by 21st-century Christians have never been greater and we all need good news that is real and active in our world.

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As a teacher, scholar, and clinician, it is my intention to create an atmosphere of hospitality and curiosity and to encourage religious imagination in spaces of teaching and learning.

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I am deeply grateful to be part of a theological institution that embodies a longstanding global sensibility, a deep commitment to creative theological exploration, and a robust practice of interdisciplinary scholarship.

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2024 Best Online PhD in Biblical Studies [Doctorate Guide]

A PhD in Biblical Studies can help you develop your understanding and expertise of the Bible, including the historical and theological messages, contexts, and languages it’s comprised of.

Best Online PhD in Biblical Studies

This degree can help prepare students for teaching and research careers in theological schools, seminaries, and universities. It can also help graduates enhance their ministerial practice. From developing advanced analytical skills to exploring biblical languages, this PhD fully immerses students in theology and biblical history.

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This degree path can help you work toward the goal of teaching or ministering while also producing scholarly writing and research. This doctorate degree should not be confused with the Doctor of Divinity, which is an honorary degree. In most cases, you won’t be able to earn an online Doctor of Divinity , for example.

Universities Offering Online Doctorate in Biblical Studies Degree Program

Methodology: The following school list is in alphabetical order. To be included, a college or university must be regionally accredited and offer degree programs online or in a hybrid format.

Calvary University

Calvary University offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Bible and Theology. The degree can be earned online or on campus, typically in just 4 years. The first year typically focuses on Biblical exegesis, the second year on Biblical synthesis, the third year on systematic theology, and the fourth year on the dissertation.

Calvary University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Clarks Summit University

The Baptist Bible Seminary at Clarks Summit University offers a PhD program with four possible concentrations: Old Testament, New Testament, Systematic Theology, and Bible Exposition. The program can be completed mostly online with some 1 week modules on campus. To graduate, students must complete 60 credit hours of coursework and a dissertation.

Clarks Summit University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Columbia International University

Columbia International University offers an online program for a Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies that can typically be finished in 5 years of part-time study or 3 years of full-time study. The program offers students individualized guidance and faculty mentorship. The full program requires the completion of 45 credit hours and a dissertation.

CIU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Faulkner University

Faulkner University offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies. The program is fully online and allows students to study on their own time. Students may complete their dissertation defense via conference call. To graduate, students must pass language proficiency tests in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.

Faulkner University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Lancaster Bible College

Lancaster Bible College’s PhD in Biblical Studies uses a hybrid format and can potentially be completed in just 3.5 years. Each class is 16 weeks long and may be taken online or on campus. Students must also attend three 6 day residencies each year. Students progress through the program with a cohort of 12 to 18 peers.

Lancaster Bible College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Liberty University

The Doctorate in Biblical Studies from Liberty University can be completed online, typically in about 2 years. Each class is 8 weeks long. The curriculum consists of courses such as Theology of the Gospel, The Theory and Practice of Biblical Theology, and The Bible and the Pastor (Uses of Scripture in Pastoral Ministry).

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies. Optional emphasis areas are available in Old Testament, New Testament, and Biblical Theology. The program requires the completion of 52 credit hours and a dissertation and usually takes at least 4 years to finish.

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Northeastern Seminary

Northeastern Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry is available mostly online but does require a weeklong residency in New York. Students can choose between part-time and full-time scheduling options. Full-time students can potentially finish in just 3 years. The program is intended for those who already have at least 3 years of professional ministry experience.

Northeastern Seminary is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Regent University

Regent University offers a PhD in Renewal Theology with a concentration in Biblical Studies that can be completed mostly online. The program does require a 2 week residency on campus each fall. To graduate, students must complete 60 credit hours, including a dissertation. The curriculum consists of courses such as Advanced Hermeneutics, Advanced Cosmogony and Anthropology, and Renewal Theology.

Regent University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

At Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, students may earn a PhD with a major in either Old Testament or New Testament Biblical Studies. PhD students at SWBTS must also choose a minor. Options are available for distance learners to attend seminars virtually. To apply, prospective students must hold a master’s degree and have previous education in Hebrew and Greek.

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Online PhD in Biblical Studies Programs

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The purpose of online PhD programs in biblical studies is to equip students with the necessary skills for academic, teaching, and research careers in theology, biblical history, biblical languages, and more.

This type of program is geared toward preparing graduates to teach biblical doctrine, biblical history, and critical interpretation of the Bible in universities, seminaries, theological schools, and colleges. A Ph.D. in Biblical Studies also aims to prepare students to produce scholarly writing for research purposes and to infuse expert scholarship into their ministerial practice.

You will likely study subjects such as:

  • Biblical archeology
  • Origin and history of the Scriptures
  • Critical interpretations of the Bible
  • Linguistics and etymology
  • Hebrew and other biblical languages

You can also expect to encounter courses that focus on dissertation research and effective writing. This degree path aims to improve your analytical skills of biblical text. This includes developing your ability to interpret and analyze passages effectively, with the goal of expressing these interpretations in scholarly writing and research.

This analytical focus leads some graduates to publish scholarly writing or research papers on aspects of the Bible. Some graduates choose to apply their scholarly specialty to a ministerial career. A scholarship-backed approach can add depth and authority to ministry, often leading to greater leadership capital and a deeper understanding of the Word of God.

Common Online Biblical Studies Doctorate Concentrations

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A PhD in Biblical Studies offers several degree concentrations to help you tailor your studies to your interests. Every student’s coursework and dissertation will reflect their chosen concentration. Common concentrations in on-campus or online biblical studies degrees may include:

  • Old Testament . This concentration aims for students to develop comprehensive knowledge of the Old Testament. This concentration will emphasize history, Old Testament theology, and ancient Near Eastern archeology, with a focus on Israel and surrounding areas.
  • New Testament . This concentration focuses on developing your comprehensive knowledge of the New Testament. It will emphasize the study of archaeology, history, and religion in the Hellenistic Age as well as New Testament theology .
  • Biblical Theology . A biblical theology concentration focuses on the teachings of the authors of the books of the Bible in relation to their historical timeline. It also focuses on the development of doctrine as seen in the Old and New Testament.

Biblical studies concentrations often require language competency in a biblical language, such as Hebrew or ancient Greek, and a research language, such as German or French.

Biblical Studies Careers & Salaries

Biblical Studies Careers & Salaries

Career paths for graduates with a PhD in Biblical Studies can range from teaching at a university level to pastoring or ministering in a church organization.

Some pastors even pursue teaching at a seminary or bible college in addition to their pastoral duties. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , here are some of the career paths associated with advanced biblical studies.

Postsecondary Education Administrators $96,910
Principals — Private K-12 Schools $79,780
Postsecondary Philosophy and Religion Teachers $77,610
Writers and Authors $69,510
Historians $63,940
Editors $63,350
Archivists $60,050
Clergy $49,720
Religious Activities and Education Directors $46,980
Religious Workers, All Other $37,500

Those in ministry might work as senior or associate pastors of local congregations, ministry directors, or directors of nonprofit organizations.

Expertise in biblical scholarship is also useful for the research, writing, and editing of academic and devotional publications.

Biblical Studies PhD Curriculum & Courses

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While coursework can vary based on the program and concentration, here are examples of some core religious studies courses that may appear in a PhD in Biblical Studies program:

  • Advanced Biblical Languages : In this course, you’ll study various language versions of the Bible and concentrate on interpretation of the text through grammar and syntax.
  • Hermeneutics, Biblical Interpretation : This course emphasizes established principles in biblical interpretation, with an added focus on gathering meaning from biblical parables, prophecies, and poetry.
  • Teaching and Communicating Bible Concepts : This course focuses on effective teaching and communication methods, including how to use technology to further enhance classroom engagement.
  • Bible Criticism and Apologetics : This course addresses common criticisms of biblical truth and prepares students to effectively defend the doctrines of the Bible.
  • Advanced Bible Scholarship, Research, and Analytics : In this course, you’ll critically analyze books of the Bible based on historical context, purpose, and inspiration.
  • Dissertation Research and Writing : These courses require an in-depth understanding of biblical studies, and students are tasked with demonstrating a new perspective on a concept they have learned during the course of their degree.
  • Biblical Ethics : This course aims to equip you with knowledge of biblical standards and goals to address modern ethical dilemmas.
  • Applied Theological Studies : This course focuses on applying theological principles to everyday life issues and the church.
  • Biblical Archeology : This course studies the archeology of the Bible, with a focus on different geographical regions or nations, such as Israel or Palestine, depending on your concentration.
  • Biblical Etymology and Exegesis : This course applies the principles of etymology to biblical words and phrases to extract historical meaning.

These courses aim to provide students with advanced skills in scholarly research, evaluation, and theological instruction, helping you build a solid foundation for an effective dissertation.

Admissions Requirements

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When researching doctoral programs in biblical studies, it’s helpful to pay attention to admissions requirements. While most programs have similar requirements, they can vary depending upon the university.

Common criteria include:

  • Accredited master’s degree in a theologically related discipline
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0, on average
  • Graduate-level proficiency in biblical languages, such as Hebrew or Greek
  • Scholarly writing sample
  • Letters of recommendation

Depending on the program, you may also be required to complete an interview, provide a goal statement, or submit GRE scores. A growing number of schools no longer require GRE or GMAT scores, though.

Accreditation

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Before selecting a college, university, or seminary, it’s strategic to determine whether it has been accredited. Accreditation ensures you are receiving a quality education that meets certain standards and is recognized by both employers and other accredited institutions.

Your school’s accreditation status can affect your employability as well as your ability to receive financial aid. Regional accreditation is considered the most prestigious accreditation. You can visit the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) online to verify that your school is accredited by a credible accrediting organization.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

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Many students seek financial aid to complete a PhD in Biblical Studies program. This assistance can come in many forms, including federal aid, state aid, scholarships, grants, and more.

To see if you qualify for student loans from the government, you can fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) . Scholarship and grant opportunities exist for individuals across the country, and they’re often based on need, merit, and area of study.

Some employers also offer financial aid programs to help their workers complete or further their education. You can speak to your employer or HR department to see if they offer any tuition benefits. In addition, many schools offer fellowship or assistantship options for PhD candidates. You can check with your school to see what financial aid opportunities may be available.

What Can You Do with a PhD in Biblical Studies?

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Earning a PhD in Biblical Studies may help you qualify for teaching opportunities in universities, seminaries, theological schools, and colleges.

Your specialty, such as biblical languages or Old or New Testament studies, could help determine your teaching area. Because of the rigorous dissertation coursework involved, it can also prepare graduates to conduct research and produce scholarly writing. Advanced study of biblical studies could also give graduates an opportunity to infuse specialized expertise into their ministerial practice.

Graduates may apply this degree to publishing as well. For instance, some may go on to write or edit either academically or for a Christian publication.

How Long Does It Take to Get a Doctorate in Biblical Studies Online?

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Unless you are in an accelerated theology degree online  or on campus program, in general, a PhD program tends to take anywhere from 3 to 5 years to complete with full-time study, depending on the number of credit hours it requires and how long it takes you to finish your dissertation.

If no dissertation is required, a doctoral program can generally be completed in 3 years with full-time study. Many online programs offer 6 week to 8 week terms and allow you to enroll in classes year-round. Part-time studies can offer more flexibility, but it will also extend your time to completion.

What’s the Difference Between a PhD in Theology vs. Biblical Studies?

You may have come across both PhD in Theology and PhD in Biblical Studies programs. Here’s a key difference between the two.

  • Biblical studies : Biblical studies is the study of the Bible itself. In a biblical studies program, you will study the books of the Bible along with their historical context and meaning.
  • Theological studies : Theology is the study of God. So, in theological studies, your study of the Bible will be based more on themes, overall meaning, and message as it relates to God.

Since understanding the Bible also teaches students about God, these two paths often have some overlap.

Is a PhD in Biblical Studies Worth It?

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Yes, a PhD in Biblical Studies is worth it for many students. A PhD is a common qualification for teaching at the postsecondary level. In addition to colleges and universities, graduates may also pursue teaching positions at seminaries or theological schools.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 12% over the next ten years. This is considered to be faster than average for all occupations. Professionals can also apply their doctoral studies and their biblical expertise to ministerial practice. Others may pursue publishing or editorial work for a Christian publication.

Getting Your Doctor of Biblical Studies Online

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Online PhD programs in biblical studies may provide you with the needed flexibility to pursue an advanced teaching, research, or ministry career that is infused with the Word of God.

Gaining advanced knowledge of the Bible is beneficial for both personal and professional growth. A doctoral program is also designed to develop your research skills, which can be applied to biblical study as well as scholarly publication.

Many accredited institutions of higher education offer doctoral degrees in biblical studies online, allowing you to earn a credible degree according to your own schedule. You can start exploring biblical studies PhD programs today to discover which ones best match your personal interests and professional goals.

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The field of Biblical Studies is a fascinating one, with many different topics and subfields to explore. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best online programs in biblical studies to help you find the right program for you. 

No matter what type of program you choose, you’ll be able to pursue your PhD with the support of a dedicated faculty and educational resources that will help you succeed.

A PhD in biblical studies can lead to a variety of amazing career paths. Scholars with a PhD in Biblical Studies are suited for positions such as college professor, religion writer, or ministry leader. For example, a graduate with a PhD in Biblical Studies can work as a tenured professor at a large university, teaching courses on the Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern History. 

You can also become a ministry leader, overseeing the religious education programs at a church. No matter what career path you choose, a PhD in biblical studies can provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

The average annual salary for someone with a PhD in biblical studies in a senior position ranges between $80,000- $100,000, and the job market for religious studies is projected to enjoy a fairly exceptional growth rate. 

One of the most exciting areas of Biblical Studies today is a PhD in biblical studies online, which allows you to complete your studies while continuing to work or raise a family. 

Here now are the top top biblical PhD online programs;

Princeton Theological Seminary offers a PhD biblical studies online. This program is designed for those who want to pursue advanced research in biblical scholarship and theological interpretation. The curriculum includes coursework in biblical history, theology, online phd in biblical interpretation, and online PhD biblical languages. Students also complete a dissertation on a topic of their choosing.

The faculty at Princeton Theological Seminary are experts in their field and are dedicated to helping students reach their academic goals. The online PhD biblical studies format of this program makes it convenient for students who want to continue working while they pursue their degree. And with the wide range of courses available, students can customize their program to fit their unique interests and needs.

Admission to the online PhD of biblical studies is competitive, and requires a degree from an accredited institution. In addition, applicants must submit transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a written statement of purpose. The Admissions Committee will also consider the applicant’s academic record and research interests. Located in Princeton, New Jersey, the seminary is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

The Faulkner University online PhD program in biblical studies is designed for individuals who want to pursue a deeper understanding of the bible and its impact on history, culture, and current events. The program offers two tracks: biblical studies and biblical leadership. Both tracks are designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of the bible and its place in the world. 

The program has three core requirements: phd biblical languages online, biblical theology, and biblical interpretation. In addition, students must complete a dissertation on a topic of their choice in biblical studies. The online PhD program in biblical studies at Faulkner University is an excellent choice for students who want to further their biblical studies education while remaining employed and living at home.

The faculty at Faulkner are experienced scholars and pastors who are dedicated to helping students reach their academic and professional goals. And because the program is offered online, students can complete their coursework at their own pace, from anywhere in the world.

The Northwestern Theological Seminary online PhD program in Biblical Studies is an excellent way to further your studies in the Bible. The program is designed to deepen your understanding of Scripture and equip you with the tools necessary to effectively communicate its message. In addition, the faculty are experienced scholars who are committed to excellence in teaching and research. This program would be an excellent fit for anyone seeking to advance their studies in bible and theology.

The program is designed to be completed in four years, and coursework covers a wide range of subjects, including Old and New Testament studies, hermeneutics, biblical archaeology, and patristics. In addition to coursework, students are also required to complete a research project and a dissertation. As such, the program provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue careers in academia or other fields.

Regent University offers a PhD program in Biblical Studies that is designed to help students gain mastery of the Bible and its teachings. The program is offered online, so students can study at their own pace and convenience. The curriculum covers a variety of topics, including biblical interpretation, theology, and history. Graduates of the program will be able to understand and apply biblical teachings to their personal lives and professional careers. The length of the program depends on the student’s academic background and previous coursework.

The program consists of 66 credit hours of coursework, including 32 credit hours of biblical courses and 18 credit hours of research courses. In addition to coursework, students must also complete a doctoral dissertation. The Regent University faculty consists of scholars who are experts in their field and who are committed to teaching and mentoring students. After completing the PhD in Biblical Studies program, graduates will be prepared for careers as professors, researchers, or administrators at universities or colleges. They may also work as pastors or missionaries.

Located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Regent University was founded in 1978 with the goal of providing students with  quality education. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and offers more than 135 undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate programs. 

Cavalry University is a denominational school and offers an online PhD program in biblical studies that is designed for busy professionals who want to further their education and careers. The program is rigorous and comprehensive, and it covers all aspects of biblical studies. This doctoral program is specifically designed to equip pastors, church leaders, and missionaries with the most current and relevant biblical scholarship. 

The program is designed to be completed in three years and covers the entire Bible, with an emphasis on historical and contextual studies. You will learn how to read the Bible critically and apply its teachings to current issues. In addition to biblical studies, the program also offers courses in theology, preaching, and spiritual formation. Graduates of Cavalry’s PhD program in biblical studies are prepared to serve in a variety of ministry positions. 

The program has two admission requirements: a relevant degree from an accredited institution and a statement of Christian faith. Students must also meet the below requirements:

  • Completed application form and fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A writing sample on a biblical topic of the student’s choice
  • A personal interview with the program director 

The Amridge University Online PhD Program in Biblical Studies is designed to prepare students for careers in academia, church ministry, and other professional fields. The program can be completed in as little as three years, and admission requirements include a master’s degree in biblical studies or a related field. 

Core courses cover topics such as Old Testament studies, New Testament studies, biblical archaeology, and the history of Christianity. The program is offered entirely online, and the Amridge campus is located in Montgomery, Alabama . The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSOC).

The Piedmont International University Online PhD Program in Biblical Studies is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in academia or teaching at the collegiate level. The program takes between three and four years to complete, and students must meet the following admission requirements: a master’s degree from an accredited institution, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample. The program covers  subjects such as Old Testament studies, New Testament studies, Hebrew, Greek, church history, and theology. 

The campus is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The university is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). The graduation rate for the online PhD Program in Biblical Studies is super good. 

Unlike in the past when people had to physically attend universities in order to study for a PhD, nowadays it is possible to study for a PhD online in many subjects, including Biblical Studies. This is the most convenient approach for many students as it enables you to study from home and at your own pace. On average, a PhD Program in Biblical Studies should take between 3-5 years to complete, although this will vary depending on the individual program. 

Standard admission requirements for online phd programs in biblical studies usually include a Master’s degree in a relevant subject, along with evidence of research ability. After completing a PhD in Biblical Studies, scholars can work in many exciting positions, including teaching at universities or working as researchers. There is currently a strong demand for qualified scholars in this field, making it an excellent career choice.

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The PhD at PRTS is a fully funded program allowing for eight (8) to ten (10) students per year. Accepted PhD students do not need not to apply for scholarships. The Biblical Studies doctoral program offers focused areas of research, including but not limited to:

  • Old Testament studies
  • New Testament studies

In preparing students to serve Christ and His church through biblical, experiential, and practical ministry, the doctoral program of PRTS prepares students to serve in the academy and church through:

  • P iety, P reaching, and P ublications: Throughout the program students are challenged to grow in their spirituality, and seek a healthy balance between academics and spiritual life; students called to a preaching ministry participate in a homiletics practicum to foster biblical and experiential preaching; and students are encouraged to engage in writing ministry during and upon completion of their studies. This writing ministry unfolds in three ways: publications in scholarly peer-reviewed journals, publications for the edification of the church, and publications designed to instruct the unsaved in a skeptical world. Moreover, the writing of a doctoral thesis keeps in mind a potential monograph for publication.
  • R esearch and R eformed: Students demonstrate an advanced competency in theology—in particular Reformed theology—and mastery of relevant primary and secondary sources in either Historical Theology or Biblical Studies. Students must demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of Reformed intellectual trajectories and traditions.
  • T echnology and T eaching: Students demonstrate an advanced level use of digital sources, deployment of writing tools, and a God-honoring use of technology, internet, and social media for the dissemination of biblical, experiential, and practical thoughts. Students called to a teaching ministry participate in a teaching practicum.
  • S cholarship (academics) and S cholarships (financial): Students are able to engage in international scholarly discourse that demonstrates independent inquiry, primary source research, critical reflection, analysis, and articulation of academic research. Since the Ph.D. program is fully funded, students pay no tuition fees other than those associated with their two required external courses.
  • Admissions Requirements

A second graduate degree in theology, such as an accredited ThM, MTh, or STM, is preferred for admission to the program. Exceptionally gifted students may be accepted into the program having an accredited MDiv, or first graduate degree in theology, such as an MA or MTS. Comparable degrees from institutions within or outside North America may be accepted provided schools can demonstrate that they meet the standards of the ATS Board-approved degrees for admission. Students with a first graduate degree in theology may also apply for the ThM (Master of Theology) program, and then apply for the PhD program after successful completion of three (3) ThM-level courses with a minimum GPA of 3.50.

To be eligible for admission to the doctoral program, the applicant must:

  • be called to the ministry of teaching and/or preaching.
  • demonstrate high potential for local and regional influence through future ministry of teaching and preaching after completion of studies.
  • preferably posses a second master’s degree in theology from an accredited institute of higher learning, or in exceptional cases, a first master’s degree in theology from an accredited institute of higher learning.
  • have a minimum of six (6) credits of Hebrew, and a minimum of six (6) credits of Greek. An entrance proficiency test for Greek and Hebrew language is part of the admission process for doctoral students in the Biblical Studies emphasis, and includes a translation of a minimum of 500 words in two (2) hours with a minimum of eighty (80) percent accuracy. This requirement is only for the Biblical Studies PhD program. For additional language requirements during the PhD program, please see the doctoral handbook.
  • have teaching and / or preaching experience.
  • adhere to the Three Forms of Unity and/or Westminster Standards (apart from a position on paedo- or credobaptism).
  • demonstrate biblical piety and character.

It is recommended that applications for admission to the doctoral program be submitted no later than April 30 (for a fall-semester start) or October 30 (for a spring-semester start). The applicant will be informed about the decision of the Admissions Committee by the Director of Admissions shortly after a decision has been made. The Admissions Committee meets on a rolling basis approximately every two months. Applications are considered at the next available meeting only when all application components have been received.

The applicant must:

  • have had an interview with the President, Program Director, or Director of Admissions.
  • submit official and certified transcripts of all post-secondary education (demonstrating the possession of an undergraduate degree and at least a first master’s degree in theology).
  • have an academic record with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.50 or higher (or its equivalent).
  • submit a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 158 or higher in the Verbal and Quantitative sections, and 5.0 or higher in the Analytical Writing component.
  • submit a recent CV ( curriculum vitae ).
  • submit a copy of a completed master’s degree thesis or major research paper.
  • submit a three-page preliminary dissertation proposal.
  • submit two academic references and one ecclesiastical references.
  • Residency Requirement

Students are required to be in residence for one-half of the coursework; other required coursework, research, and dissertation writing may be completed off campus. Thus, given that the PhD concentrations each require twelve (12) courses, at least six (6) courses must be taken on campus.

This does not mean, however, that the accepted PhD student must relocate to Grand Rapids for these six (6) classes; rather, the majority of the PhD courses will be offered in modular or intensive (i.e., week-long) format, thus allowing the accepted student to travel back and forth to Grand Rapids, and still fulfill the residency requirement.

Because PRTS endeavors to create a community of learners within the doctoral program, each doctoral student is required to be on campus during the month of August at least once per year for the first three years of the student’s program, or until the student has completed the comprehensive examination. Apart from the modular courses that will occur during the month of August, special PhD seminars and dinners may be arranged. Furthermore, the PhD student is encouraged to attend the annual PRTS conference; this conference is always held near the end of August.

  • Required Coursework and Credits

A total of twelve courses are required for the PhD program (including 2 external courses). PhD students in the Biblical Studies program must take the following courses:

  • BS900 Research Methodology – 3 credits
  • BS902 Introduction to Reformed Spirituality and Piety – 3 credits
  • BS942 Biblical Aramaic – 3 credits (for OT emphasis only)
  • BS/CH/ST991 Dissertation Proposal – 3 credits
  • BS/CH/ST992 Teaching/Preaching Practicum – 3 credits

Students must take an additional seven (7) courses for credit of which at least four courses must be from the area of concentration (designated by the prefix BS), one course from another doctoral concentration (either Historical Theology or Homiletics), and two courses related to the student’s concentration must be taken from an external higher-education institution (an approved course partner of PRTS). Please consult the course schedule for doctoral courses related to the Biblical Studies emphasis. Aside from these listed courses, students may upon approval enroll in BS999 – Directed Research, the course content and syllabus to be arranged between the student and the advisor.

  • Comprehensive Exam Reading List

The PhD Handbook provides fuller details on what is required for the comprehensive exam. The required reading lists below outline what must be read in preparation for these comprehensive exams. Students are encouraged to begin this reading as soon as possible.

  • Comprehensive Exam Reading List OT
  • Comprehensive Exam Reading List NT
  • Dissertation Requirements

The following guidelines pertain to the PhD dissertation:

  • Students must have an approved dissertation proposal.
  • Students must offer in the dissertation an original research contribution that serves the academy and the church.
  • Students will be assigned a supervisor and co-advisor; the student may recommend an external co-advisor to the supervisor and doctoral program committee. The recommendation may or may not be followed by the supervisor and doctoral program committee.
  • The length of a dissertation is customarily between 80,000 and 100,000 words. This word limit includes footnotes, but excludes appendices and reference list / bibliography.
  • It is strongly recommended that the dissertation be edited by a professional editor.
  • The dissertation should include this dissertation letterhead as the first page.
  • The submitted dissertation follow these guidelines .
  • Upon acceptance of the dissertation by a three-fourths majority of the supervisor, co-advisor, and examiners, a public defense will be scheduled.

A final edited copy of the dissertation that incorporates suggestions of the supervisor, co-advisor, members of faculty, and examiners will be submitted no later than March 1 after acceptance of the doctoral work to the library of PRTS in electronic and paper format.

Dissertation Publication

Students are expected to:

  • publish the dissertation with an internationally recognized academic publisher within one year after the public defense. The student will choose a publisher in consultation with the supervisor or,
  • publish three articles as a result of the doctoral work in internationally recognized and peer-reviewed journals. The student will choose journals in consultation with the supervisor.
  • publish the dissertation in such a form as to be of service to the church at large.
  • Application for admission (non-refundable): $50.00
  • Late registration fee: $50.00 per course
  • Distance Education fee: $75.00 per course that is taken from a distance
  • Graduation fee: $250.00

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The Doctor of Philosophy

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.

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Residential

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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.

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PhD In Context

What can i do with this degree.

Teach in Higher Education

Serve in a Local Church

Publish Bible Study Resources

Serve in Denominational Leadership

Concentrations & Courses

  • Students in the New Testament concentration must take 4 NTS/GRK seminars (3 of which must be exegesis seminars); 2 OTS/HEB seminars; 2 Biblical Theology seminars*
  • Students in the  Old Testament concentration  must take 4 OTS/HEB seminars (3 of which must be exegesis seminars); 2 NTS/GRK seminars; 2 Biblical Theology seminars*
  • Students in the  Biblical Theology concentration  must take 4 Biblical Theology seminars*; 2 NTS/GRK seminars; 2 OTS/HEB seminar

*Allowed Biblical Theology seminars include BTI 9700 – Seminar in Biblical Theology, OTS 9700 – Seminar in Old Testament Theology, NTS 9700 – New Testament Theology, and BTI 9600 – Seminar in Biblical Hermeneutics.

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 1 semester hr(s).
  • CQM 9002 – Integrative Colloquium: Theological Studies 1 semester hr(s).
  • CQM 9003 – Integrative Colloquium: Applied Theological Studies 1 semester hr(s).
  • PHD 9501 – Mentor Directed Studies I

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Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Doctor of philosophy (phd), biblical studies.

Midwestern offers a PhD in Biblical Studies as a Standard Program and with emphases available in Biblical Theology, New Testament, and Old Testament. The PhD, Biblical Studies is intended primarily to equip persons for vocations of teaching and research in theological schools, colleges, and universities as well as for the scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice.

Program Outcomes

Students graduating from the Doctor of Philosophy, Biblical Studies program will be able to do the following:

  • Master a discernible field of study in the area of biblical studies.
  • Demonstrate advanced skill in scholarly research and evaluation.
  • Demonstrate advanced skill in writing and theological instruction.
  • Exercise the liberty to develop and defend a research dissertation in biblical studies.

Language Requirements

  • Standard Biblical Studies requires 12 hours Greek, 12 hours Hebrew & a research language of either French or German
  • Biblical Theology requires 6 hours Greek, 6 hours Hebrew & a research language of either French or German
  • New Testament requires 12 hours of Greek, 6 hours of Hebrew & a research language of either French or German
  • Old Testament requires 6 hours of Greek, 12 hours of Hebrew & a research language of either French or German

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general criteria for admission to Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, applicants to the PhD, Biblical Studies degree programs must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Hold an earned (a) ATS accredited Master of Divinity degree or (b) a master’s degree in a theological or related discipline from an accredited institution.
  • Have a 3.0 grade point average or above on a 4.0 scale for all graduate-level studies.
  • Demonstrate foundational competency in biblical hermeneutics/interpretation, normally to be satisfied by taking a graduate-level hermeneutics.
  • Demonstrate graduate-level competency in biblical Hebrew and Koine Greek, usually satisfied by six hours of coursework, per each language, completed at the graduate level, with increases applied in the case of New Testament (12 Greek/6 Hebrew), Old Testament (6 Greek/12 Hebrew), and the standard Biblical Studies (12 Greek/12 Hebrew)
  • Demonstrate graduate-level competency in historical and systematic theology, usually satisfied by graduate-level coursework taken in these fields.

International applicants must also submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination. For the internet-based test (iBT), a minimum total score of 80 is required with a minimum of 20 on each of the Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing sub-sections. Other forms of the TOEFL exam are not accepted unless prior approval is obtained from the Doctoral Academic Policies Committee. Applicants not meeting all admission requirements may petition to enter the program under provisional status. For information about this process please contact the Doctoral Studies Office (877-414-3755 or [email protected] ).

The PhD, Biblical Studies degree is a 52-hour program usually requiring four years or more of academic study.

Distinctive Resources

PhD, Biblical Studies students have access to community life that provides formal and informal educational experiences, religious fellowship, and opportunity for reflection upon the meaning of the Christian faith in its relation to education and research. Access to faculty advisors/mentors, possible opportunity for teaching college and online courses, and preferred access to library resources are also provided.

The PhD program at Midwestern shares a common doctoral foundation with the other programs. Similar to the Doctor of Ministry program, the PhD program uses week-long seminars as the basic instructional format. Students will interact with professors during all aspects of these courses, including the pre-work, on-campus and post-campus periods of study. Students seeking to finish the program in four years will need to calendar 4 seminars per year. Only one seminar per term is required to maintain full time status. Seminars may be taken in any order with the exception of DR30020 (first) and DR30090 (last). Scheduling and enrollment is discussed in detail during DR30020 Doctoral Studies Colloquium.

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Doctoral core (16 hrs).

DR00000 Doctoral Orientation 1   (0 hrs) DR30020 Doctoral Studies Colloquium (4 hrs) DR35090 Advanced Biblical Hermeneutics (4 hrs) DR34080 Teaching Principles and Methods in Higher Education (4 hrs) DR30090 Dissertation Seminar (4 hrs)  

PhD, Biblical Studies Seminars (24 hrs)

See course outlines by emphasis below  

Comprehensive Examinations (4 hrs total)

DR39055 PhD Comprehensive Research (1-4 hrs) DR39060 PhD Comprehensive Exam (1-4 hrs)  

Dissertation 2 (8 hrs total)

DR40980 PhD Ongoing Research (1-8 hrs) DR40990 Dissertation – PhD (0-8 hrs)

Total Credit Hours (52 hrs)   1 Upon admission, the student will be enrolled in DR00000, Doctoral Orientation, for 0 credit hours.

2 After meeting all the requirements, the student will be enrolled in DR40980 PhD Dissertation – Ongoing Research for 1 credit hour each semester until the dissertation is completed. When the student is ready for the dissertation defense, the student will be enrolled in DR40990 PhD Dissertation for the remaining hours in order to receive a total of 8 credit hours.

Standard (Non-Emphasis)

DR35110 Adv. Hebrew Grammar (4 hrs) DR35150 Adv. Greek Grammar (4 hrs)

Two seminars from the OT emphasis, two seminars from NT emphasis  (16 hrs):

  • 35510 Pentateuch
  • 35520 Historical Books
  • 35530 Prophetic Books
  • 35540 Poetic & Wisdom Books
  • 35600 Ancient Jewish & Greco Roman Literature
  • 35610 Synoptic Gospels and Acts
  • 35620 Johannine Literature
  • 35630 Pauline Epistles
  • 35640 General Epistles
  • 37340 Advanced Biblical Theology

Old Testament Emphasis

DR35110 Advanced Hebrew Grammar (4 hrs) DR35510 Pentateuch (4 hrs) DR35520 Historical Books (4 hrs) DR35530 Prophetic Books (4 hrs) DR35540 Poetic & Wisdom Books (4 hrs)

Select Elective (4 hrs):

  • 36250 Preaching from the Old Testament
  • 37350 Old Testament Theology

New Testament Emphasis

DR35150 Advanced Greek Grammar (4 hrs) DR35610 Synoptic Gospels and Acts (4 hrs) DR35620 Johannine Literature (4 hrs) DR35630 Pauline Epistles (4 hrs) DR35640 General Epistles (4 hrs)

Selected Elective (4 hrs)

  • 36260 Preaching from the New Testament
  • 37360 New Testament Theology

Biblical Theology Emphasis

DR35600 Ancient Jewish & Greco Roman Literature (4 hrs) DR37350 Old Testament Theology (4 hrs) DR37360 New Testament Theology (4 hrs) DR37340 Advanced Biblical Theology (4 hrs)

Selected Elective (from Old Testament) (4 hrs)

  • 35110 Advanced Hebrew Grammar

Selected Elective (from New Testament) (4 hrs)

  • 35150 Advanced Greek Grammar

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Residential Biblical Studies Ph.D.

Prepare for your career in academia with a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Liberty University. Choose one primary area and one minor area of concentration from three areas of focus:

  • Biblical Theology
  • New Testament
  • Old Testament

Study an overview of theology throughout the Bible and examine key theological themes of the Gospel. Here, you’ll gain an understanding of contemporary issues in both the Old and New Testaments. And you will also dive deep into biblical languages and literature through seminars focused on Hebrew language studies and Greek literature.

Study under professors who are widely published in their areas of expertise, and who are grounded in their Christian worldview. Gain the research experience you need to be successful as you write and defend a dissertation in your chosen area.

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Academics: Ph.D. in Biblical Studies

Credit hours.

57 total hours

Program of Study 

Biblical Studies (Ph.D.)

Admission Requirements

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Featured Biblical Studies Courses

  • Hermeneutics and History of Interpretation (BIBL 900)
  • Reading Seminar in Judaism and Greco-Roman History (NBST 900)
  • Reading Seminar in the Ancient Near East (OBST 900)
  • Theology of the Gospel (BIBL 925) 
  • Theology of Paul (NBST 935)
  • Theology of Torah (OBST 922)

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Career opportunities with this degree.

  • College Professor
  • Teaching Pastor
  • Parachurch Worker
  • Collegiate Ministry
  • Academic Author or Researcher
  • Apologetics Ministry
  • Academic Publishing

Veritas International University

Doctor of Philosophy in Archaeology & Biblical History

PhD Program Brochure

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Archaeology and Biblical History is a highly flexible program comprised of a 42 unit course of study that may be completed in as little as   2 years, but is designed for 48 months of full time study (approximately 6 units per semester). The student must complete a total of 42 units above a qualifying master’s degree either through distance education or residential attendance (or a combination of both) according to institutional policy regarding VIU credits, transfer credits, and allowances for advanced standing based on a portfolio as applicable.

The 42 units are divided into three 14-unit sections: (Section One) courses, workshop, laboratory, and/or arranged (independent) study courses, (Section Two) fieldwork at archaeological excavations, and (Section Three) dissertation.

  • Section One – Courses. The 14 units of courses are completed by fulfilling the requirements set forth in a given syllabus. Courses can be taken either through a residential classroom, distance or arranged course, or by a combination of the two approaches.*
  • Section Two – Fieldwork. The 14 units of fieldwork courses are 2 units each, and must be completed in conjunction with an approved archaeological excavation, field school, or study tour.
  • Section Three – Dissertation. The student will complete a doctoral dissertation (14 units) comprised of original research. The 14-unit dissertation process is designed so that the student makes a significant contribution to the disciplines of archaeology and biblical studies/history.
A course of the same title taken at the graduate level be repeated at the doctoral level. However, a more advanced, follow-on course can be designed as an arranged course. If the doctoral student has already satisfied the core major requirements at the graduate level, then he/she may complete individually-designed arranged courses or seminars based on the desired focus, in consultation with faculty and approved by the program director.

The three sections combine to form an interdisciplinary program emphasizing organic, cause-and-effect relationships between biblical and ancient Near Eastern history discernable from archaeological, anthropological, and comparative literary inquiry, with the purpose of developing competent, biblically-grounded archaeologists who are able to:

  • Perform and/or direct methodologically sound archaeological research, exploration, and excavation in the field.
  • Demonstrate the historical reliability of biblical narratives via professional publication and media.
  • Contribute to a hermeneutical framework that seeks to comprehend biblical texts in the light of ancient Near Eastern contexts.

Courses may be completed through the following venues or a combination thereof:

  • Authorized VIU campus in Albuquerque, NM.
  • VIU distance learning courses.
  • Required fieldwork performed at an authorized archaeological excavation.
  • Arranged independent distance courses (only if the course is not regularly offered)

Program Objectives

  • To investigate and demonstrate that ancient Near Eastern history and biblical history, properly understood, constitute the same reality.
  • To develop archaeological research and fieldwork skills to a significant level of competency.
  • To apply dialogical analysis in the interpretation and application of archaeological data vis-à-vis the Bible.
  • To articulate the value of archaeological data in defending the historical authenticity and accuracy of the Bible.
  • To interpret biblical narratives from ancient Near Eastern contexts, including material culture and literature.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the PhD in Archaeology & Biblical History requires applicants to:

  • Hold an MA (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution in an appropriate field (ancient Near Eastern history and/or archaeology, biblical history, anthropology, etc).
  • Show high promise of future usefulness to the church and/or society as evidenced by a 500 word essay describing your archaeological goals, past accomplishments in the field, and potential benefit to society and/or the church.
  • Submit a writing sample of a previously completed paper on a topic relating to archaeology and/or biblical history or ancient Near Eastern history.
  • Have reading proficiency in biblical languages (Greek I and II/Hebrew I and II). If applicants have deficiency in biblical languages, admission may still be granted though additional language coursework may be required.
  • Have the ability to handle doctoral level work in the English language. For non-native English speakers, a TOEFL exam may be required.

PhD Program Prerequisites

If the student enters the PhD in Archaeology and Biblical History program from the 66-unit VIU MA in Archaeology and Biblical History, then the PhD program will consist of 42 units: 14 units of workshop, laboratory, and/or arranged courses (Section One); 14 units of fieldwork (Section Two), and the 14-unit dissertation (Section Three).

If the student enters the PhD program with less than 48 units in their archaeology Masters program from another institution, then the number of required PhD program units may be raised accordingly to satisfy the deficiency. The PhD program director and VIU Academic Dean will review the student’s degree program, academic portfolio, fieldwork experience, and doctoral transfer credits (if any) in order to determine the configuration of the individual PhD program.

Section One: Course Requirements – 14 Units

The student will complete seven of the following workshops, laboratory, and arranged courses for a total of 14 units.

AR1020 Workshop: Ceramic Sorting: Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project (2 units)

AR1021 Workshop: Advanced Ceramic Typology (2 units)

AR1022 Workshop: Archaeological Drawing Techniques (2 units)

AR1023 Workshop: Architectural Reconstruction Drawing in Archaeology (2 units)

AR1050 Laboratory: Floatation Sample Analysis (2 units)

AR1051 Laboratory: Faunal and Human Bone Analysis (2 units)

AR1052 Laboratory: Object and Ceramic Conservation (2 units)

AR1180 Arranged Course (2 units)

AR1181 Arranged Course (2 units)

Section Two: Fieldwork Requirements – 14 Units

The student will complete the following seven archaeological fieldwork and methods requirements for a total of 14 units (2 units each):

AR1151, AR1152, AR1153, AR1154, AR1155, AR1156, AR1157

The rigor and procedures of archaeological data collection and the fundamentals of excavation methods and techniques are covered in these courses of study. Practical instruction in archaeological protocol(s) are discussed and evaluated. The use of current and emerging technologies, the integration of relevant disciplines, archaeometric techniques, and modern cultural protocols are topics of discussion in the Field School accompanying any approved archaeological excavation. The student will come away with a good sense of how an excavation project is organized, operated, and funded. The student will also gain a wealth of excavation experience, including experience at the supervisory level.

The student has multiple options for the completion of fieldwork requirements. A minimum of two field seasons at an approved excavation project in the Near East is a base requirement. Unit evaluations are based on the number of ACH of experience gained. Generally, 1 unit is allowed for each week (45 ACH) of participation. Additional assignment credit can be given based on project rigor and related items such as associated research, writing, and publication. A total of 14 units of excavation and related experience is required to fulfill the 14 units of this Section.

Section Three: Dissertation and Procedure/Guidelines – 14 Units

Under consultation of the Program Director, the student will select an acceptable topic on which to perform original research and write a doctoral dissertation (AR1551 Dissertation). The dissertation shall conform to SBL or Turabian format, with the text-proper being no less than 250 pages (not including bibliography, appendices, charts, tables, figures, etc.), and not exceeding 500 pages. Three VIU PhD faculty members and one external reader shall constitute the students dissertation committee. The topic must be: 1) a unique contribution to the field of study and 2) incorporate aspects of both archaeology and biblical history. The dissertation shall be defended before the committee and other members of the VIU PhD faculty. (See the AR1551 syllabus for details).

Comprehensive Examination

A comprehensive exam must be completed in order to determine the student’s proficiency in archaeology and biblical history, archaeological analysis, and the relevant literature. The comprehensive exam may be scheduled with the program director after all coursework and fieldwork have been completed. After the comprehensive exam is complete, the student may enroll in AR1551 Dissertation.

Time Limits

Students must complete all coursework, field study, and comprehensive exams within 5 years of first registration into the program. Students will then have 3 years from completing the comprehensive exam to complete the dissertation and live defense (Viva Voce) along with subsequent revisions.

For inquires, contact the program administrator, Jeannine Bulot. , [email protected]

   

Hands-on experience in the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project (TeHEP) Archaeology Research Center, working with diagnostic pottery sherds. The student will learn and practice ceramic sorting by field, square, locus, and archaeological period, according to TeHEP needs and protocols.

   

Hands-on experience in the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project (TeHEP) Archaeology Research Center, working with diagnostic pottery sherds. The student will learn and practice advanced techniques for period and sub-period ceramic types based on vessel morphology, fabric (paste), surface treatment, decoration, and firing.

   

Hands-on experience in the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project (TeHEP) Archaeology Research Center through which the student will learn techniques for producing drawings of artifacts (objects and pottery) for publication.

   

Hands-on experience in the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project (TeHEP) Archaeology Research Center through which the student will learn techniques for making archaeological reconstruction drawings of ANE architecture for publication.

   

Hands-on experience in the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project (TeHEP) Archaeology Research Center through which the student will learn methods of isolating organic material from excavated soil samples by floatation, and slide preparation for microscopic analysis.

   

Hands-on experience in the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project (TeHEP) Archaeology Research Center through which the student will learn methods of identifying animal and human bones (and teeth), the proper means of recording the data, and analytical approaches to the collected data.

   

Hands-on experience in the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project (TeHEP) Archaeology Research Center through which the student will learn methods and skills for cleaning, conserving, and preserving excavated artifacts, including objects of stone, metal, wood, bone, ivory, ceramic, clay (unfired), glass, and other materials.

   

This is a custom-designed course of study determined by the student in consultation with faculty and approved by the PhD Program Director.

   

This is a custom-designed course of study determined by the student in consultation with faculty and approved by the PhD Program Director.

One 5-day participation week (= 45 Academic Contact Hours) in the field is equivalent to 1 credit hour.
AR1151 AR1152
AR1153 AR1154
AR1155 AR1156
AR1157  
Complete and pass the written comprehensive exam prior to AR1551 Dissertation.
   

After the comprehensive exam is complete, the student may enroll into AR1551 Dissertation. The topic must be: 1) a unique contribution to the field of study, 2) incorporate aspects of both archaeology and biblical history, and 3) provide a logically reason, methodologically sound, and readable account of the student’s investigation, analysis, findings, conclusions and implications of the study. The length of the dissertation shall be 250-500 pages and shall be defended before the committee and other members of the VIU faculty. (See the AR1551 syllabus for details).

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DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN BIBLICAL STUDIES - Ph.D.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies is primarily to equip persons for vocations of teaching and research in Biblical Studies and for the scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice.

DEGREE PROGRAM SUMMARY

Degree Program Parts Credit Hours Part I - Core Courses 15 Par II - Major Courses 14 Part III - Dissertation Work 25 Total Credit Hours Required 54

DEGREE PROGRAM BREAKDOWN

Part I - Core Courses* Credit Hours Old Testament Survey 3 New Testament Survey 3 Bible Study Methods 3 Hermeneutics I 3 Introduction to Systematic Theology 3 *Core Courses taken in the past may be transferred and credited upon receipt of transcripts.   Part II - Major Courses** Credit Hours Systematic Theology I 4 Hermeneutics II 4 Philosophical and Biblical Theology -Two (2) Research Papers 6 **Major Courses taken in the past may be transferred and credited upon receipt of transcripts.   Part III - Dissertation Work Credit Hours Dissertation Proposal 5 Dissertation 20

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