Ph.D. in Biblical Studies
Earn Your Doctorate in Biblical Studies
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The Ph.D. in Biblical Studies consists of 54 semester hours of coursework beyond the master’s degree. All students must take the foundational course, Biblical Scholarship and Christian Ministry, and a seven-course core that exposes all students to the breadth of academic experience in biblical studies. Students choose one of two major tracks - Old Testament or New Testament - to complete the remaining 15 semester hours of course requirements.
The major track consists of four advanced seminars in the primary biblical text (Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek). The non-major track consists of two advanced seminars in the primary biblical text (Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek) in order to facilitate an interdisciplinary exposure in biblical studies. Students must also pass language proficiency exams in the biblical languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek) before registering for textual seminars and an exam in one secondary research language (German, French, Spanish, Latin, etc.) before taking the comprehensive examination. A student must pass the comprehensive exams to advance to the dissertation modules. The dissertation consists of 12 semester hours (four dissertation modules of three hours each). All students must prepare and successfully defend (via conference call) their doctoral dissertation.