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Theological Studies, PhD

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In support of the Division of Graduate Studies commitment to develop in students a critical awareness of the content, theology, and interpretation of Scripture, the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Theological Studies provides advanced preparation for those who desire to teach on the college or graduate level or who plan to engage in an extensive ministry of research and writing. The attainment of this degree through the Seminary requires both outstanding academic performance and the highest level of personal leadership and character development.

The degree requires 96 graduate credits beyond the bachelor's degree, including 53 credits beyond the master's degree in the doctoral program, three language proficiency examinations, oral and written comprehensive examinations and a dissertation in the candidate's field of study, written under the supervision of a faculty committee.

The degree consists of 43 credits of prerequisite courses (600- and 700-levels), 24 credits of core courses, 6 credits of electives (800- and 900-levels), 17 credits of electives in Biblical and Systematic Theology, Old Testament Interpretation or New Testament Interpretation and 6 credits for dissertation. Those choosing an emphasis in Old Testament or New Testament Interpretation should anticipate advanced studies in classical Hebrew or Koine Greek as a major component of their doctoral curriculum.

Program Learning Outcomes
The student will ...
-- Translate the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament.
-- Create expository sermons.
-- Develop and teach Bible/theology lessons on the college level.
-- Compose original, scholarly Bible/theology writings based on extensive research.

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