Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy

Focus Highlights

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is an advanced academic degree requiring 42 credit hours of academic work including a dissertation. This four-year program is available at the Los Angeles campus.

Students in the PhD are only required to be on campus four times per semester: once for seminar week and three more class meetings over the remaining semester. Seminar week consists of approximately half of the content of each seminar, a time of corporate worship, and plenary sessions in which visiting scholars and Gateway Seminary faculty present research and dialogue with one another and both PhD and ThM students. After the seminar week, each seminar will meet in the regular time scheduled in the Seminary course schedule.


  • Biblical Studies
  • Theology

Ministry Path

Teaching and research in theological schools, colleges, and universities or for scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice.

Why a PhD at Gateway Seminary?

Our delivery format is not only beneficial to students, but to professors, as well. By only requiring classes to meet on campus four times per semester, students can remain committed to their ministries and Gateway Seminary’s excellent faculty and our affiliated faculty can focus on creating highly specialized classroom experiences.


  • Applicants must hold a bachelor’s (or equivalent degree) from an accredited college or university, and a Master of Divinity (or equivalent degree) from an accredited institution that meets Gateway Seminary's requirements in Hebrew and Greek.
  • For the Biblical Studies Major: Completion of 16 graduate semester hours of Greek and Hebrew, at least 9 in either Hebrew or Greek (necessary to have completed before enrollment but not necessary before applying).
  • For the Theology Major:
    • Completion of 24 graduate semester hours of theology and church history, at least 8 of these in advanced theology and church history courses.
    • Completion of 12 graduate semester hours of Greek and Hebrew.
    • One modern research language required before enrolling into the program (though not necessary before applying).
  • GPA no lower than 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A sample research paper that demonstrates PhD-level research capability.
  • Acceptable GRE score.
  • Rationale for PhD study (typewritten).
  • Official TOEFL score, if applicable.

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Gateway Seminary’s PhD faculty is built from a variety of experts in their fields.

Gary Arbino, PhD
Professor of Old Testament and Archaeology
Curator, Marion Eakins Archaeological Collection

David Dockery, PhD
President, Union University
Professor of Christian Studies

Rodrick Durst, PhD
Professor of Historical Theology

George Guthrie, PhD
Benjamin W. Perry Professor of Bible
Union University

David M. Howard, PhD
Professor of Old Testament
Bethel Seminary

Mike Kuykendall, PhD
Professor of New Testament
V. Philips Long, PhD
Professor of Old Testament

Michael Martin, PhD
Professor of New Testament
Vice President for Academic Affairs

Richard R. Melick, Jr., PhD
Distinguished Professor of New Testament

Chris Morgan, PhD
Dean of the School of Christian Ministries
California Baptist University

John Shouse, PhD
Professor of Christian Theology

Paul Wegner, PhD
Professor of Old Testament

Timothy Wiarda, PhD
Professor of New Testament