The PhD in religion prepares teacher-scholars focused in one field of study (OT, NT, theology, church history or missions) with a cognate in a second area. The ThD, in contrast, is interdisciplinary between two areas of concentration with a cognate as well. Both programs focus on content knowledge, critical thinking skills, scholarly research, publication and teaching ability.
This 64-credit program can typically be completed by full-time students in five years.
Prospective students must complete the application and submit all the requirements before the deadlines listed below:
Fall (August - December): December 15 of preceding year
Summer (May - August): December 15 of preceding year
Spring (January - May): June 15 of preceding year
POINTS OF DISTINCTION
Accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and by the Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA).
Attend professional meetings each fall.
Publishing opportunities mentored by dedicated professors.
Best theological library of the Adventist church in the world.
A master’s degree (or non-U.S. equivalent) in religion or divinity for the PhD.
A master’s degree (or non-U.S equivalent) in divinity for the ThD.
Minimum graduate GPA of 3.50 (on a 4.0 scale).
Hebrew and Greek required, other languages as per department requirement.
Three Recommendations from professionals such as advisors, major professors and employers.
Résumé with employment, education and publishing record.
GRE General test from exam taken within five years.
Statement of Purpose reflecting your philosophical perspective, personal, professional academic goals, and reasons for seeking the graduate program.
Research paper (30–40 pages) that demonstrates ability to do writing at the doctoral level.
TOEFL, IELTS or PTE (academic): Students whose language of education is not English must submit English proficiency test scores.
Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire (16PF). No longer required for applications after summer 2020.