Why a Westminster PhD?: PhD Scholarships

December 04, 2011

Westminster boasts a theologically and biblically rich, academically rigorous, and highly competitive doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree in Historical and Theological Studies or Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation.  Alumni who have received a PhD from Westminster include Westminster president Peter Lillback ('85); professors K. Scott Oliphint ('94), Lane Tipton ('04), and David B. Garner ('02); as well as theologians Joel Beeke ('88), Joseph Pipa ('85), A. Craig Troxel ('98), Anthony Bradley ('08), and Stephen Nichols ('00), among many others.

Click here for more information on the PhD program.


The purpose of the PhD program is to develop, in a limited number of advanced students of high intellectual ability, the capacity for independent inquiry and criticism required for doing original research in a particular area of theological study, teaching in a theological seminary or a college, or providing specialized leadership in the church.

The PhD is offered in two areas:

In support of this program’s vital purpose, Westminster offers a competitive, merit-based (not need based), full or partial-tuition scholarship for select incoming full-time PhD students. There is no application for the scholarship, it is awarded by invitation only. Also, there are a number of named PhD scholarships available for 2012/13, including::

For complete information on all scholarships, including the PhD, click here.

Visit the Becoming a Student page to find out how to apply to the PhD program.  The application deadline for the 2012/13 academic year is January 15th, 2012.

PhD graduates