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Ph.D. in Biblical Interpretation and Theology

The AGTS Ph.D. in Biblical Interpretation and Theology (PhD BTH) will empower and equip twenty-first-century Pentecostal scholars for academic and ministry leadership. If you are ready to be a leader in your academic field, contributing new insights for the twenty-first century church, are committed to leadership training and have the capabilities and credentials to lead new institutions, are a pastor and/or professor called to address contemporary issues with sound biblical-theological principles, and are capable of excellent exegesis, original thinking, disciplined learning, speaking, and writing, the PhD BTH program may be the place for you!

The PhD BTH degree requires 60 credits of study. The program can be completed by any student with a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent from an accredited college or university. An accredited MDiv or MTh/ThM, MPhil or STM with a focus on biblical and theological studies, with a minimum of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Other Master’s-level (MA, MATS, MACM, MAR, etc.) degrees will be considered if the student can demonstrate aptitude for advanced study. See AGTS Catalog for more information.

Curriculum Overview

Program Section Credits
Core Seminars 20
Electives 20
Supervised Readings 8
Comprehensive Exams
Dissertation 12

(See AGTS Catalog for specific courses)


There are three specializations in the AGTS PhD BTH program:

  • New Testament Interpretation and Biblical Theology
  • Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Theology
  • Biblical Interpretation and Systematic Theology

Course Delivery Options

The AGTS PhD BTH courses are offered in seated one-week modular learning experiences in February, June (1st full two weeks), and October at the main campus.

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