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Theological Studies

Doctor of Philosophy

Doctoral classes are taught by an interdisciplinary team of PhDs with a combined total of more than 200 years of higher education teaching experience.


The doctor of philosophy in theological studies program at Bob Jones University Seminary offers a terminal degree 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. In order to earn this degree, you must demonstrate outstanding academic performance and a high level of personal leadership and character development.

The Seminary is committed to the absolute authority of the Word of God. All of our programs maintain a careful balance of educating both “the head and the heart.” We strive to prepare you to be a person of knowledge, compassion, integrity and courage who inspires God’s people to grow in the image of Christ. This emphasis is of particular importance for those pursuing ministry in a Christian higher education environment.

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Our PhD program in theological studies is a challenging program that equips you with extensive knowledge in theology, biblical languages, exegesis, and biblical interpretation.

The degree requires a total of 95–96 graduate credits beyond the bachelor’s degree, 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.

This program requires 43 credits of master’s level prerequisite courses. The doctoral curriculum consists of 52–53 credits: 23 credits of core doctoral courses, 23–24 credits of doctoral electives in Biblical and Systematic Theology, Old Testament Interpretation or New Testament Interpretation, and 6 credits in dissertation research and writing in the candidate’s chosen field of emphasis.

Those choosing to focus electives 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.


The courses for the PhD in theological studies program are taught by an interdisciplinary team of PhDs with a combined total of more than 200 years of higher education teaching experience.

Each has achieved the rank of full professor, and each serves in a full-time capacity at the Seminary.

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Learning Experiences

Mack Library

One of the greatest aids to your study at the Seminary will be Mack Library. The library is well stocked with relevant theological resources and staffed by librarians familiar with the needs of upper-level theological students.

As of 2015, the library contains more than 278,871 physical volumes of books, 181,329 e-books, 28,066 bound periodicals, and approximately 394,467 total items. The library subscribes to approximately 713 periodicals and provides access to more than 189 databases. The databases provide electronic access to e-journals, e-books, abstracts and full-text articles. The periodicals are available in either print or electronic form, depending on the periodical. An extensive sermon file is available electronically.

Career Support

BJU offers students a variety of ways to network with employers and organizations. A multitude of job opportunities are posted each year on Career Central, our online job board. In addition, more than 60 businesses and 150 Christian schools/mission boards/Christian organizations come on campus to recruit students through on-campus interviews and job/ministry fairs.

Career Services also helps students by holding seminars on resume preparation and interview techniques.

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Excellent Facilities

All seminary classrooms are equipped with a faculty computer, an LED projector and large screen for easy use of the Web or exegetical/presentation software for effective class lectures and student presentations.

The Seminary also offers a Research and Reading Room, containing 56 study carrels, multiple computers for student use, a commercial printer and several spacious study carrels reserved for doctoral dissertation writers. The Research and Reading Room, located on the first floor of the Seminary, also contains a theological reference library of more than 700 volumes (additional to the vast resources of Mack Library, located just yards from the Seminary). Each of the 6 computers in the Research and Reading Room is equipped with premier exegetical software.

LOGOS Software

You will complete projects in core courses using LOGOS Bible Software. LOGOS is available at a special discount through the Seminary. LOGOS Details


Program Objectives

Each student will:

  • Translate the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament.
  • Exegete Scripture in the original languages based on sound hermeneutics.
  • Identify, analyze and evaluate key contributors, literature, theories, trends and movements in biblical/theological scholarship, especially in the chosen field of emphasis.
  • Develop and teach biblical/theological lessons on the college level.
  • Compose original scholarly biblical/theological writings based on extensive research.

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