Theological Studies, PhD

EQUIPPING FOR THE ACADEMY AND THE CHURCH AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL (60 credits)

The PhD in Theological Studies will provide you the most extensive preparation for seminary/college teaching, theological research and writing, and for any preaching/teaching ministry in the local church. We have been awarding PhD degrees to qualifying candidates for over 50 years, and our faculty are experienced preparing students at this highest level of education. The cost of the PhD program is highly competitive. Our courses are taught by an interdisciplinary resident and adjunct faculty with substantial teaching experience who are publishing and active in their fields.

Applicants for the PhD must demonstrate outstanding academic performance, competence in research and writing, and a high level of personal leadership and Christian character. You may qualify to enroll with a Master of Divinity degree or a research-oriented master’s degree like BJU Seminary’s MA in Biblical Language & Literature. The total credits are reduced to 36 for those entering the program with an approved Master of Theology degree. The PhD application process includes competency exams in Hermeneutics and Exegetical Method, Old Testament (including Hebrew), New Testament (including Greek), and Biblical and Systematic Theology. At the end of your course work, you will take oral and written comprehensive exams that focus on your concentration. Finally, you will complete your degree by writing a publishable dissertation in your field of study under the supervision of a faculty committee.

Theological Studies Program


Concentrations

  • Biblical and Systematic Theology
  • New Testament Interpretation
  • Old Testament Interpretation


Preparing you for:

  • College or Seminary Professor
  • Scholar-Pastor
  • Academy and Church Writer

Class Options

  • RESIDENCE
  • LIVESTREAM
  • ONLINE
  • MODULE
  • EVENING FLEX

Residential courses extend over the fall and spring semesters with a break in the middle of each semester. To make these courses available for distance students, some classes are live-streamed. It is possible to earn the PhD without living in the Greenville area. Through residential, module, or livestream courses, this degree will provide you the most extensive preparation for seminary/college teaching, theological research and writing, and for any preaching/teaching ministry in the local church. (Click the icons for information.)

Many residential courses are live-streamed as well as some module courses. This makes it possible for students to interact live with a class from virtually anywhere in the world. It is possible to earn the PhD without living in the Greenville area. Through residential, module, or livestream courses, this degree will provide you the most extensive preparation for seminary/college teaching, theological research and writing, and for any preaching/teaching ministry in the local church.

If you lack some master’s level courses in order to qualify for the PhD, you may be able to take them in our convenient online format through SCOPE. Online courses do not meet at prescribed times. Instead, students complete their tasks on a week-by-week basis, typically over a seven-week period. It is possible to earn the PhD without living in the Greenville area. Through residential, module, or livestream courses, this degree will provide you the most extensive preparation for seminary/college teaching, theological research and writing, and for any preaching/teaching ministry in the local church.

Module-based courses are offered each fall and spring and may also be offered during the summer. Each course entails a one-week residency, sometimes available by livestream. This week is preceded by approximately six weeks of reading and online interaction and followed by approximately six weeks of research and writing. It is possible to earn the PhD without living in the Greenville area. Through residential, module, or livestream courses, this degree will provide you the most extensive preparation for seminary/college teaching, theological research and writing, and for any preaching/teaching ministry in the local church.

If you lack some master’s level courses in order to qualify for the PhD, you may be able to take them in our evening-flex format. This allows students with day jobs to take classes on Monday or Thursday evenings. Five credits of class can be possible on both Monday and Thursday evenings, with two-credit classes meeting for one hour and three-credit classes meeting for two hours. It is possible to earn the PhD without living in the Greenville area. Through residential, module, or livestream courses, this degree will provide you the most extensive preparation for seminary/college teaching, theological research and writing, and for any preaching/teaching ministry in the local church.

COURSES

Objectives

General

  • Interpret Scripture in the original languages based on sound hermeneutics
  • Assess theological issues following a precise methodology

Biblical/Systematic Theology

New Testament Interpretation

Old Testament Interpretation

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