Academics
With world-renowned teachers and alumni, CTS is the global leader in transformational religious studies. We offer several Masters and Doctoral degrees, including Masters in Divinity, Sacred Theology and Religious Leadership.
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Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is a program with specific interdisciplinary concentrations at the most advanced level of study. It’s designed to prepare religious leaders to work at the highest levels in a variety of teaching, counseling, research, ministry and administrative positions. CTS offers two distinct concentrations within the Ph.D. program: Bible, Culture and Hermeneutics (Jewish and Christian Scriptures) and Theology Ethics and the Human Sciences. Both programs emphasize interdisciplinary methods; the encounter between texts and contexts; and critical reflection.

Learning Goals

Ph.D. Program Goals [new draft goals]

  • Graduates should have a thorough understanding of primary and cognate fields of study and sufficient mastery of supporting language and research tools.
  • Graduates should be able to apply knowledge in a teaching context.
  • Graduates should be able to engage in original research that advances theological, ethical, and/or biblical knowledge.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to conduct original research that advances theological, ethical, and/or biblical knowledge.
  • Demonstrate skills appropriate for teaching college or graduate level classes.
  • Demonstrate ability to synthesize interdisciplinary knowledge.
  • Demonstrate ability to relate texts to contexts.
  • Demonstrate capacity for critical analysis.
  • Demonstrate a breadth and depth of understanding of primary fields.
  • Demonstrate understanding of cognate areas.
  • Demonstrate language skills or mastery of appropriate research tools.

Ph. D. Manual [pdf]

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