Religion—PhD

This program builds on expertise and training developed in approved master's programs. It provides individuals equipped with skills and methods appropriate to genuine scholarship to do original and responsible research, and it promotes the proficient application of sound and valid principles of biblical interpretation and historic research. It seeks to acquaint students with the Judeo-Christian heritage and the findings of various branches of biblical scholarship and communicates the religious and ethical values of that heritage as found in Scripture and as understood by conservative Christians, in general, and the Seventh-day Adventist Church, in particular.

Emphases

  • Adventist Studies
  • Mission and Ministry Studies
  • New Testament Studies
  • Old Testament Studies
  • Theological Studies

Program length

This is a 64-credit program. The student is required to finish all regular course work and take the comprehensive examinations within 5 years of his/her registration in the program, and to complete all degree requirements within ten years of initial registration.

Also, students must complete the dissertation including a formal defense and subsequent revisions in five years or less from the time the comprehensive examinations are passed. The two 5-year time limits apply independently, so that shortening one does not lengthen the other.

Application deadlines

The normal entry point is the Fall semester, though students may also enter the program in Summer or Spring semesters. The student must submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Management by the following dates:

  • Fall (August) or Summer (May): December 15 of preceding year
  • Spring (January): June 15 of preceding year

Eligibility requirements

  • Master’s degree: Hold either an MDiv degree (or its equivalent), or an MA in Religion (or its equivalent) from an approved seminary or university.
  • Ancient and/or modern language proficiency: Read proficiently in ancient and/or modern languages.
  • English proficiency: Demonstrate the ability to handle doctoral-level work in English. Standardized proficiency examinations are required of all PhD Religion program applicants whose native language is other than English). Students whose language of education is not English must submit a minimum TOEFL or MELAB score of 80.
  • Usefulness: Show high promise of future usefulness to church and/or society.
  • Undergraduate GPA: Minimum 2.60 (or 2.75 on the last half of undergraduate courses). The entire student profile is considered during the admissions process; students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may also apply.
  • Graduate GPA: Minimum 3.50. The entire student profile is considered during the admissions process; students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may also apply.
  • English proficiency: Students whose language of education is not English must submit a minimum TOEFL or MELAB score of 80.
  • Proficiency exams: Depending upon the applicant's academic background, the PhD-ThD Committee may also require proficiency examination(s) before granting admission to the doctoral program.

Prerequisites

  • 16 prerequisite credits in the chosen area of concentration.
  • GSEM620 Research Methods

Admission requirements

  • Official transcripts: From institutions where all post-secondary coursework was taken. Download Transcript Request PDF
  • Recommendations: Three recommendations are required. You are asked to provide names and email addresses on the online application, and then recommenders will receive an email with a direct link to the form.
  • Resume or professional history: Information about your employment, research, or special projects.
  • GRE score: The exam must be taken within five years prior to admission. 
  • Statement of Purpose: a 500-word essay explaining your objectives in seeking a graduate degree at Andrews University. Include a description of your personal, professional, and academic goals; your philosophical perspective; and what you hope to accomplish professionally in ten years following the completion of your degree.
  • Personality questionnaire: Complete and return the Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire as directed.
  • Research Paper

Additional requirements for international students

  • English proficiency: Students whose language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting a minimum TOEFL or MELAB score of 80.
  • Transcripts: Students have two options for submitting their transcripts.
    1. Sending transcripts directly from the university attended. Official, literal English translations of transcripts, along with the original-language documents, from institutions where English is not considered the official language.

      OR
    2. Having official transcript evaluations done through one of our approved credential evaluation agencies: WES, AACRAO or ECE. Evaluations must be sent directly from the organization us and must include:
      • At least the overall GPA
      • Degree title equivalent in the U.S.
      • Date the degree was conferred
      These are the guidelines you must follow if you use any of the approved credential evaluation agencies:
      • WES: Students who choose this organization must request the WES International Credential Advantage Package (WES ICAP) which includes verified copies of official transcripts. Students using WES ICAP will not need to submit additional copies of transcripts.
      • AACRAO: Students who choose this organization must also send official transcripts in both the original language and in English to the office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
      • ECE: Students who choose this organization must also send official transcript in both the original language and in English to the office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
  • Bachelor’s degree diploma: A copy of the literal English translation of the diploma, along with the original-language document may be sent by email. The copy of the Diploma is not needed if the transcripts come through an approved credential evaluation agency (WES, AACRAO, ECE) listing the graduation date. Also, a copy of the diploma is not needed if the transcripts list the graduation date and degree conferred.
  • Secondary Documents: A copy of these Secondary Documents may be required where applicable.
    • Baccalaureate for the French system
    • Abitur Diploma for the German system 
    • A-level results for the British system
  • Summary of Educational Experience: Complete the educational summary form and submit to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
  • I-20 form: International students must obtain an I-20 form before applying for a visa. The requirements for obtaining an I-20 form are:
    • Academic acceptance
    • Payment of $3,000 advance deposit (not required for Mexico and Canada, $2000 for Summer 2013)
    • Submit the Estimated Budget Sheet showing evidence of financial resources for one academic year
    • A full semester payment in advance is required for citizens of Kenya and Ethiopia

The Office of Graduate Enrollment Management reserves the right to request additional documents at its own discretion.

Finances

To learn more about tuition costs and scholarship opportunities please visit our financial section.

Next steps

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