Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy

Christ-Focused. Scripture-Driven. Ministry-Ready.

You will gain the strategies and tools you need to meet your academic and professional ministry goals with Baptist Bible Seminary’s Doctor of Philosophy degree. From concentrations rooted in original language study to an emphasis on biblical scholarship and communication skills, you’ll be prepared to teach and communicate biblical truth with clarity.

39–60 credit hours
Online Enhanced
Discounts available
Doctor of Philosophy

PREPARATION FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY

Mentorship

You’ll learn under faculty members who are passionate about helping you prepare theologically with an effective ministry mindset. These professors not only bring a high level of scholarship and the highest academic credentials; each one also has significant experience in churches and ministry settings. You will gain tangible strategies to correctly handle the Word of God, think critically and use discernment in your ministry.

“The careful mentoring of BBS faculty shaped my research and writing skills, provided stimulating interaction with other Ph.D. students, enhanced my teaching craft, and fostered long-term friendships with faculty and students. I received much more than I had anticipated when I enrolled.”

Neal

Ph.D. graduate

TUITION & AID

BBS is affordable

BBS works hard to ensure you receive the best value in education with competitive tuition rates, many ways to qualify for discounts and individualized support.

$755

Per credit
(2023–2024)

R

Discounts available

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Discounted rates for course audits

Does not include textooks

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL GROWTH

Select Your Concentration

Engage in thorough research and writing with a focus on your own area of interest, by choosing one of four concentrations to customize your program to fit your academic and professional ministry goals.

Old Testament

Analyze and master the Hebrew language to develop your ability to translate the Word of God with sound theological understanding. You will gain a deep understanding of the Old Testament with courses in biblical Aramaic, ancient culture and textual criticism.

New Testament

With an emphasis on a sound understanding of historical and cultural implications of the New Testament, you will grow in your ability to communicate the text with clarity. The focus on linguistics, textual criticism and in-depth exegetical studies of New Testament literature will enhance your understanding of the text.

Systematic Theology

Address historical and contemporary issues in theology with the Systematic Theology concentration. You will gain the practical skills you need to teach and communicate theology cross-culturally in a postmodern culture.

Bible Exposition

Study each of the Old Testament and New Testament books in detail in the Bible Exposition concentration. You will deepen your understanding of biblical concepts and issues in hermeneutics and exegesis, gaining the fullest understanding of the biblical texts and tools for exposition. You will accomplish this with studies on biblical analysis of history, culture, archaeology and chronology.

YOUR COURSES

What You Will Study

Complete this non-residential program in one-week modules backed by twelve weeks of additional online study wherever it is most convenient for you. You can choose to complete your one-week module for each course either remotely or on campus at BBS. Select classes are available completely online. This flexibility allows you to further your ministry while you pursue the degree that can enhance your ministry.

Depending on your background and previous theological education, the program will require either 39 credit hours (entering with Th.M.) or 60 credit hours (entering with M.Div.).

This program is expected to be completed in seven years.

Based on Master of Divinity

60 credit hours
All courses are three credits unless noted otherwise.
 

Ph.D. Core Courses—9 credits 

  • OT1 Seminar in Old Testament Hermeneutics and Exegetical Method
  • NT1 Seminar in New Testament Hermeneutics and Exegetical Method
  • TH1 Seminar in Advanced Theological Method

Ministry Philosophy Core—3 credits (choose one of the following courses)

  • MP1 Developing Effective Leadership Skills
  • MP2 The Centrality of the Scriptures in Ministry
  • MP3 Current Trends in Global Ministry

Teaching & Communication Methods—3 credits  

  • PHD1 Advanced Bible Teaching and Communication Methods

Theological Language Courses—2 credits

  • PH71 Reading Theological German (1)
  • PH72 Reading Theological French (1)

Professional Teaching Practicum—2 credits

  • PH14 Professional Teaching Practicum (2)

Comprehensive Exams Preparation—0 credits

  • PH15 Comprehensive Exams Preparation (0)

Area of Concentration—21 credits (seven, 3-credit courses)

  • Old Testament/Hebrew
  • New Testament/Greek
  • Systematic Theology
  • Bible Exposition

Electives from Other Departments—9 credits (three, 3-credit courses)

Dissertation Sequence—11 credits 

  • PH91 Dissertation Reading & Proposal (3)
  • PH92 Dissertation Reading & Research (4)
  • PH93 Dissertation Reading, Writing, & Defense (4) 
Based on Master of Theology

39 credit hours
All courses are three credits unless noted otherwise.
 

Ph.D. Core Courses—9 credits 

  • OT1 Seminar in Old Testament Hermeneutics and Exegetical Method
  • NT1 Seminar in New Testament Hermeneutics and Exegetical Method
  • TH1 Seminar in Advanced Theological Method

Ministry Philosophy Core—3 credits (choose one of the following courses)

  • MP1 Developing Effective Leadership Skills
  • MP2 The Centrality of the Scriptures in Ministry
  • MP3 Current Trends in Global Ministry

Teaching & Communication Methods—3 credits  

  • PHD1 Advanced Bible Teaching and Communication Methods

Theological Language Courses—2 credits

  • PH71 Reading Theological German (1)
  • PH72 Reading Theological French (1)

Professional Teaching Practicum—2 credits

  • PH14 Professional Teaching Practicum (2)

Comprehensive Exams Preparation—0 credits

  • PH15 Comprehensive Exams Preparation (0)

Area of Concentration—9 credits (three, 3-credit courses)

  • Old Testament/Hebrew
  • New Testament/Greek
  • Systematic Theology
  • Bible Exposition

Dissertation Sequence—11 credits 

  • PH91 Dissertation Reading & Proposal (3)
  • PH92 Dissertation Reading & Research (4)
  • PH93 Dissertation Reading, Writing, & Defense (4) 

NOTE: The 39-credit hour program assumes that the student’s Th.M. degree major or concentration was the same as that chosen for the Ph.D. Changing majors would require a 42-credit hour Ph.D. program.

Program Highlights 

  • You will engage in a collaborative learning environment, challenging you to develop teaching and communication skills.
  • You will employ a grammatical, historical method of biblical interpretation in light go the progress of revelation.
  • Take advantage of on-campus living or accommodations in the nearby region.

    Biblical Languages

    With a strong emphasis in biblical scholarship, you will develop your ability to research the Bible while using biblical languages. Your study will train you to teach and communicate biblical truth with clarity in a university, seminary, public speaking ministry and in publications.

    ONLINE SESSIONS

    Starting Dates

    Flexibility is key. Jump in and start reaching toward your goals at any time of year with our multiple start dates.

    MAR

    18

    2024

    MAY

    20

    2024

    AUG

    19

    2024

    OCT

    21

    2024

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    • Where you can learn at your own pace.
    • Where you’ll be challenged to think biblically.
    • Where you’re own spiritual growth is a top priority.

    Every class at BBS is carefully crafted with your relationship with God and the foundation of Scripture at its core. You will be immersed in principles from God’s Word as you learn valuable, practical tools to apply to your ministry.

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