Demonstrate mastery of core methods and tools of theological research
Gain expertise in a chosen field of theological or biblical study
Produce scholarly work that contributes to the advancement of a major field of study
Deepen your theological understanding to better serve in pastoral ministry, teaching, or further academic scholarship
Communicate compellingly through writing and teaching
Years To Complete
Each discipline derives its content and methodology from Scripture and therefore necessarily draws on—and informs—all other disciplines.
Hermeneutical & Biblical Studies
NT Use of the OT
History of Interpretation
Historical & Theological Studies
Historical & Theological Methodologies
Apologetics of Cornelius Van Til
The Westminster Standards
In addition to your core courses, you will also take elective courses that typically serve to inform your dissertation. PhD students in Hermeneutics & Biblical Studies choose three electives, and students in Historical or Theological Studies choose four.
In order to ensure that you are well-read within your field, you will also take three readings courses in which you will read and digest key texts relevant to your research.
Students need to demonstrate proficiency by way of exam in two of the following languages: Latin, German, French, or Dutch.
Teaching & Professorship
Continuing academic scholarship
Writing & Publishing
The recommended timeline for the PhD is four years. Most coursework must be
completed in-residence at Westminster’s campus. The maximum time to complete is
In addition to Westminster’s standard admissions requirements, applicants to the PhD program must also submit a GRE score, a writing sample, and a dissertation proposal. The writing sample should be no more than 10 pages and should be from work completed in a master’s program focused on the applicant’s desired PhD concentration. The dissertation proposal should be a half-page summary.
The PhD program is offered in two fields: biblical studies and historical & theological studies. The historical and theological field offers three concentrations: church history, systematic theology, and apologetics. The biblical studies field offers two concentrations: New Testament and Old Testament.
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