Theology with an Emphasis in Biblical Studies—ThD
The primary purpose of advanced academic studies leading to the Doctor of Theology (ThD) degree is to provide teacher-scholars in the fields of biblical and theological studies for the Seventh-day Adventist Church—primarily its institutions of higher learning (colleges, seminaries, universities) around the world. This academic degree meets the need of individuals in areas of the world where a ThD is the preferred academic degree. The normal doctorate in religion is the PhD.
- Archaeology and History
- Exegesis and Theology
- Languages and Literature
This is a 48-credit program. All degree requirements must be completed within ten years of first registration for Andrews University doctoral course work. All course work and the comprehensive examination must be completed within six years of first registration. The dissertation must be completed within five years after passing the comprehensive examination. (The student who takes six years to complete course work and pass the comprehensive exam will be allowed four years to complete the dissertation.)
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
International Prospective Students are advised to complete and submit all the application requirements at least 1 month before the deadlines listed above to allow enough time for processing the immigration documents.
- 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.
- 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.
- Personal: Faithfulness as a living witness to Christ and Scripture.
- Preparation: Mastery of content relevant to the chosen discipline.
- Research and writing: Advanced research and writing capability in the chosen discipline.
- Communication skills: Expertise in teaching and other forms of communication.
- 16 prerequisite credits in the chosen area of concentration
- GSEM620 Research Methods
- Domestic and International prospective students who graduated from an educational institution in the U.S. must upload unofficial transcripts directly in the Graduate Application system during the application process. Official final transcripts will be required after admission decision.
- Domestic and International prospective students who graduated from an educational institution outside the U.S. must provide a WES International Credential Advantage Package (WES ICAP). An unofficial copy of the WES ICAP may be uploaded in the Graduate Application system during the application process. Official WES ICAP will be required after admission decision.
- 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.
- 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.
- English proficiency: English proficiency: Students whose language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by meeting the minimum scores. To learn more please visit our entrance exams page.
The Office of Graduate Enrollment Management reserves the right to request additional documents at its own discretion.
Additional requirements for international students
In addition to fulfilling the regular admission requirements, International students with academic acceptance who are coming to Andrews University need to submit additional documents in order to process a student visa. For more information please visit the International Students page.
If you will be pursuing an Online program that requires you to come to campus for an orientation or class please contact the International Student Services for more specific information.
To learn more about tuition costs and scholarship opportunities please visit our financial section.
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