Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is an advanced academic degree designed to prepare students to teach at higher education institutions, engage in deep research and to contribute academically to their chosen field.

Meet the Faculty

We work hard to give the next generation of Christian scholars access to experts from around the world.

  1. Panel Discussion and Q&A

    Click to watch the Ph.D. faculty discuss the Holy Spirit.

  2. John Taylor

    Professor of New Testament

  3. Paul Wegner

    Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Gateway Seminary.

Application Information

Areas of Study

Biblical Studies

A student pursuing a biblical studies major will do creative, contemporary research founded on the historical, philosophical, theological and methodological issues of the Old Testament or the New Testament using appropriate research languages extensively. This research will culminate in a dissertation that makes a significant contribution to the chosen field of study.


A student pursuing a theology major will develop a deep understanding of the history of theology by studying historical, contemporary and systematic works. The student will produce an innovative and substantive dissertation that demonstrates awareness of primary historical, philosophical, theological and methodological issues in the specific field of study.


Students must also choose a complementary minor to support their major. Topic areas for minors include Old Testament, New Testament, Theology and Church History. Students cannot choose a minor topic area in the same field as their major.

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Length of Program

The Ph.D. requires 42 hours of course work in seminars and independent studies. Students typically spend two years in seminars and two years writing their dissertation. Special permission is required for students who wish to continue pursuing the Ph.D. after six years of coursework.

Ministry Path

A graduate of the Ph.D. program will be prepared to teach in higher education institutions, serve as teaching pastors and engage in further research in their field.