Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies

Quality Christian teaching and ministry requires a well-rounded academic background with a firm biblical foundation. Faulkner University offers such a foundation through the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies program.

Additional information regarding the Kearley Graduate School of Theology.

Program Objectives

The purpose of this fully online PhD in Biblical Studies program is to equip well-trained, morally oriented, and ethically driven scholars in academic study of the Bible. Graduates will be able to realize careers in teaching, research, and diverse fields of ministry. The program is designed to provide its graduates with essential knowledge in the key areas of biblical studies with preparation for scholarly endeavors. Therefore, the goals of the program are as follows:

  • To prepare graduates for entry-level teaching positions in public, private, and governmental sectors and for postdoctoral research.
  • To provide general coursework in biblical studies and specific coursework in religious history, theology, biblical backgrounds, archaeology, biblical and related languages, and biblical interpretation.
  • To provide graduates with specific and general knowledge and a range of skills in the key areas of reading, writing, speaking, researching, and analyzing which lead to excellence in various careers.

Program Design

To earn the PhD in Biblical Studies a Kearley Graduate School of Theology (KGST) student must earn 54 semester hours of credit at the doctoral level.  Each PhD student must complete foundational courses Biblical Scholarship and Christian Ministry and Advanced Studies in Biblical Hermeneutics, plus a six-course core which exposes the student to the breadth of academic experience in biblical studies. A student must also complete six electives from a choice of advanced seminars in the primary biblical text (Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek), and write a dissertation.  The capstone of the program is the student’s dissertation.  The student must complete four dissertation modules of three hours each in order to earn the degree. Upon completion the student must successfully defend (via conference call) that doctoral dissertation.

Non-credit exams required for the PhD program
A student mustpass language proficiency exams in the biblical languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek) before registering for textual seminars. The student must also pass an exam in one secondary research language (German, French, Spanish, Latin, etc.) before taking a program-comprehensive examination. The student must pass the comprehensive exams to advance to the dissertation modules.

This is a fully online program.

The PhD in Biblical Studies program can typically be completed in four to five years.

Course Requirements

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  1. Submit a completed online application.
  2. Complete and print the Official Transcript Request  form and submit it to all previously attended schools with the appropriate fee.
  3. Send all additional items via email to your enrollment counselor.

Admission Requirements

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

2022-2023 Financial Information

Tuition $575 per semester hour
General Fee $350 per semester ($250 if 11 hours or less)
Online Course Fee $70 per semester hour
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