The Ph.D. in Biblical Interpretation and Theology (BTH) will empower and equip twenty-first-century Pentecostal scholars for academic and ministry leadership. If you answer yes to the following questions, the Ph.D. in Biblical Interpretation and Theology may be the place for you!
- Are you ready to be a leader in your academic field, contributing new insights for the twenty-first century church?
- Are you committed to leadership training and have the capabilities and credentials to lead new institutions?
- Are you a pastor and/or professor called to address contemporary issues with sound biblical-theological principles?
- Are you capable of excellent exegesis, original thinking, disciplined learning, speaking, and writing?
The Ph.D. BTH program is a 60-credit program culminating in a terminal academic degree, preparing the graduate for a teaching ministry, improved pulpit ministry, or a writing/publishing ministry. The three academic foci of the program are New Testament Interpretation and Biblical Theology, Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Theology, or Biblical Exegesis and Systematic Theology.
The Ph.D. BTH program consists of:
- 20 credits of core seminars
- 8 credits of supervised readings
- 20 credits of electives
- Comprehensive exams
- 12 credits for the Dissertation proposal, research, and writing
Classes are offered in one-week modules (each for four credits), four times per year: February, June (first two full weeks), and October. An average student load is 12-16 credits per year; full time status requires at least 4 credits per semester. The coursework for the program can be completed within three years; an additional two years, at least, are required for the comprehensive exams and the dissertation; thus, the program usually is at least five years in duration.
Students can begin the Ph.D. BTH program in either of the four course opportunities. To begin courses in February, all application files must be submitted by December 1. To begin courses in June, all application files must be submitted by April 1. To begin courses in October, all application files must be submitted by August 1.
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Tuition for this program is $700 per credit hour ($2800 for a 4-credit course). The tuition charges cover the course, dissertation, and graduation fees. The tuition charge does not cover textbooks, cost of travel, housing and meals, editing, directed research fees, continuation fees, extension fees, or tuition costs for courses taken at other institutions and transferred into the AGTS program.
Ph.D. BTH participants are eligible for loan deferment. The program does qualify for VA benefits and private and Title IV student loans. There are limited grants and scholarships available. Contact the Evangel University Student Financial Services Office for more information.
For additional information on this program, here is the Ph.D. BTH Student Handbook.
The Application Process
Requirements for Application:
- Academic: 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.
- The GRE (Graduate Record Exam) is required.
- English: For applicants whose primary language is other than English, a TOEFL score of 585 (paper-based) or 94 (Internet-based ).
- Writing: Submission and approval of an academic writing sample that demonstrates graduate-level research and writing skills.
- Vocational Essay: A 2000-word Vocational Essay that details a) the applicant’s personal testimony and spiritual journey; b) his or her personal sense of vocation to academic and ministry leadership; c) professional goals; and d) plans to make original contributions to his or her field.
- Biblical Languages: One full year each (2 semesters) of biblical Hebrew and NT Greek. Students lacking coursework for this entrance requirement may demonstrate competency in a biblical language by taking a proficiency exam. Students planning to concentrate in either the Old Testament or the New Testament must have a second full year (2 semesters) of either Hebrew or NT Greek, corresponding to their concentration.
- Research Language Proficiency: The program requires research proficiency in English, as the primary research language, and a second modern research language (usually German or French). Competency in a modern research language must be demonstrated during the first two years of the program, before beginning work on the dissertation. Competency can be demonstrated by: 1) successful completion of a modern language course that facilitates and measures translation skill, or 2) taking and successfully completing a modern language translation exam offered through the AGTS PhD Biblical Interpretation and Theology program.
Note: Other linguistic skills may be required depending on one’s dissertation topic and the modern language most germane to the field of study. For example, a student doing a dissertation on a Latin American Liberation theologian would need to translate Spanish. A dissertation on a Western church father of the fourth century would likely require translation facility in Latin.
- Recommendations: Three completed Letters of Recommendation are required.
- Technology: Acceptable computer and Internet competencies.
Instructions for Applying for Admission to the AGTS Ph.D. Biblical Interpretation and Theology Program
- You can email the Ph.D. BTH Program Coordinator at: (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further clarification.
Submit an application on line here http://www.evangel.edu/apply/ : There will be a $75 non-refundable application fee ($15 for readmissions).
- You will send a recent photograph, academic writing sample, vocational essay, and evidence of biblical and modern research languages competency (e.g., exam completion, transcript) to the Ph.D. BTH Program Coordinator.
- Request that official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions ever attended to be sent to the Ph.D. BTH Program Coordinator.
- The needed academic, ministerial, and personal recommendation forms will now be sent via the online application by providing emails to the people chosen, should be completed and sent to the Ph.D. BTH Program Coordinator within ten days.
- Take the GRE exam and have the results sent to the Ph.D. BTH Program Coordinator (the AGTS school number is 3355). If GRE has been taken within the last five years, the student score may be sent in lieu of retaking the exam.
A student may enter the program during any one of the three course sessions, which allows the student to begin courses as soon as they have been accepted. The following deadlines facilitate this schedule:
- To begin in February, all application files must be submitted by December 1.
- To begin in June, all application files must be submitted by April 1.
- To begin in October, all application files must be submitted by August 1.
- Admission is highly selective. Applicants will be evaluated by the Ph.D. BTH Committee and notified in writing regarding the status of their acceptance into the program.
- Apply today: http://www.evangel.edu/apply/
Tentative Course Schedule
Class Schedule: Monday through Friday 8 am – 5 pm, unless otherwise noted. See the AGTS Catalog for a complete listing/description of the courses.