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.
- 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.