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.
Our PhD in Theological Studies is a challenging program that will equip you with extensive knowledge and skill in theology, biblical languages, exegesis, and biblical interpretation.
The program requires a Master of Divinity degree or a research-oriented Master of Arts degree such as BJU Seminary’s Master of Arts in Biblical Language and Literature. The program assumes a solid foundation of biblical and theological knowledge and proficiency in Hebrew and Greek, confirmed by the PhD entrance examinations.
The PhD in Theological Studies requires a total of 60 doctoral-level credits, 27 from the interdisciplinary core and 33 in a concentration of your choice: Old Testament Interpretation, New Testament Interpretation or Biblical and Systematic Theology. The PhD degree requires proficiency in a research language, typically German, confirmed by an examination toward the midpoint of a student’s coursework.
The program culminates with three capstone experiences: (1) a teaching internship, (2) a battery of oral and written comprehensive examinations, and (3) a scholarly dissertation (typically 75,000 to 100,000 words), written under the supervision of a faculty committee.
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.
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 2018, the library contains more than 228,230 physical volumes of books, 194,320 e-books, 13,600 bound periodicals, and approximately 325,017 total items. The library subscribes to approximately 661 periodicals and provides access to more than 200 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.
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.
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.
You will complete projects in core courses using LOGOS Bible Software. LOGOS is available at a special discount through the Seminary. LOGOS Details
The following courses are required:
- Advanced Biblical Theology
- Advanced Theological Method
- Comprehensive Examinations
- Contemporary Theology
- Dissertation Defense
- Dissertation Prospectus
- Dissertation Research I
- Dissertation Research II
- Dissertation Research III
- Historical Theology: Ancient & Medieval Times
- Historical Theology: Reformation to Modern Times
- Issues in Biblical Ethics
- New Testament Hermeneutics & Exegetical Method
- Old Testament Hermeneutics & Exegetical Method
- Seminar in Advanced New Testament Theology
- Seminar in Advanced Old Testament Theology
- Seminar in Apologetics
- Seminar in Biblical Intertextuality
- Teaching Internship
- Theological Research & Writing
- Theology & Philosophy of Ministry