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.

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.

Program Goals and Learning Outcomes

Ph.D. Program 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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