Doctor of Philosophy Admission Process

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With a flexible schedule and rigorous coursework, our Doctor of Philosophy program is dedicated to allowing students to pursue excellence in education in a way that fits their busy lives. Learn more about our Doctor of Philosophy program here.

Requirements for consideration:

  • Demonstrated Christian character.
  • A bachelor's degree and a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution. (Transcripts from educational institutions outside the United States must first be evaluated by an agency such as the International Education Research Foundation. A copy of the evaluation results should be sent directly to the Admissions Office.) 
  • Completion of 16 semester hours of Greek and Hebrew, at least nine in either Hebrew or Greek (though not necessary before applying).
  • One modern research language is required before entrance into the program (though not necessary before applying).
  • Grade point average (GPA) no lower than 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Acceptable GRE score.

Application Requirements:

  • Admissions Application Form (online or as download) and non-refundable $50 application fee.
  • An original Church Endorsement form completed by the applicant's church, indicating evidence of Christian character and leadership ability. 
  • An original, signed Ethical Conduct Standard form. 
  • Four completed recommendation forms. Applicants are responsible for distributing the required forms to the individuals listed as references on the application form. The reference forms must be completed by individuals who have known the applicant more than a year.
  • A research paper that adequately shows the applicant’s research ability. This can be a paper that was submitted to meet the requirements for a master’s level course. Please submit a clean, unmarked copy of the paper.
  • An original, signed Ethical Conduct Standard form.
  • TOEFL score (not more than one year old) of at least 600 on paper-based exam or 100 iBT, for students who do not speak English as their first language or do not have a degree from an accredited institution in the United States. An exemption may be granted if the applicant has completed an acceptable degree from an accredited institution where the instruction was entirely in English.

Deadlines: February 1 for first consideration and April 15 is the final deadline for fall semester. August 15 for first consideration and October 1 is the final deadline for spring semester.

Gateway Seminary students and graduates may request a deadline extension by contacting the Director of Admissions.