Doctor of Philosophy: Biblical Interpretation


The Ph.D. program in Biblical Interpretation is an advanced academic degree designed to prepare students for independent research and vocations of teaching biblical interpretation and related historical and hermeneutical areas in theological schools, colleges, and universities, or for the scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice. The Ph.D. program provides opportunities for study of the Hebrew Bible, Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books, and Literature of Early Judaism; New Testament and Literature of Early Christianity; Themes and Issues in Biblical Theology; the History of Biblical Interpretation; and Theological Hermeneutics. Students are guided to develop competence in original research and writing that advances theological understanding for the sake of church, academy, and society, as well as in pedagogical skills to convey this body of knowledge to others. View coursework and other degree program requirements related to the Ph.D. program here.

Due to the generosity of donors, all admitted Ph.D. students receive full tuition and a $10,000 stipend. More information about tuition and fees is available here.

The application deadline for fall matriculation into a Ph.D. program is January 15.

Admission Requirements:

PhD Biblical Interpretation applications must meet the following area specific requirements:

  1. M.Div., M.T.S., M.A., or Th.M. (or equivalent), with a concentration in biblical studies and courses in Biblical Hebrew and Greek, from an accredited theological school.
  2. A writing sample (thesis, research paper, article, or essay) demonstrating the applicant’s area of interest in biblical studies, scholastic preparation, and intellectual ability.
  3. A Statement of Purpose
  4. Letters of Recommendation
  5. Transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions
  6. GRE Scores
  7. TOEFL (if applicable)
  8. Application Fee

The application deadline for fall matriculation into a Ph.D. program is January 15.