Maximum Time Limit to Complete Program
Minimum Hours to be Completed at Piedmont
- 30 semester hours – if transferring from another Ph.D. or Th.M.
- 48 semester hours – if transferring from D.Min.
Transfer of Credits and Advanced Standing
Transfer credits are not to exceed 50% of the degree requirements. No Advanced Standing is available.
Length of Program and Graduation
The program is 60 semester hours, with graduation upon completion of the prescribed courses (including Transfer) with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00 (with no more than one C, allowed only in the Core or General Electives), passing the written and oral comprehensive examinations upon completion of the coursework, and passing the oral defense upon completion of the dissertation along with submitting an acceptable dissertation.
Ph.D. in Biblical Studies Exams, Dissertation, and Oral Defense
Ph.D. students must take written and oral comprehensive examinations upon completion of 48 hours of core, concentration, and elective courses. Please see the Temple Baptist Seminary Ph.D. Handbook for details.
The Ph.D. dissertation is a formal treatise that advances a proposition based on scholarly research. At Piedmont a dissertation focuses on a topic in or related to Old Testament, New Testament, or Theology. Included among the criteria of a successful dissertation are the following: Appropriate topic, valid research question, original research, sound methodology, coherent argumentation, critical evaluation, effective style, theological agreement with Piedmont, biblical coherence, conformity to deadlines, and contribution of scholarship.
After submitting an acceptable first draft, a Ph.D. student will request through the chair of the dissertation committee scheduling an oral defense of the dissertation before an examining committee in March of his final semester. If a student is not prepared for the oral defense in March, he may request postponement of his/her graduation. The examining committee consists of the chair of the dissertation committee, second reader, and the third reader. A fourth optional member may be selected from another department or outside the University. The student is expected to articulate the position in the dissertation, present the arguments researched, evidence thorough knowledge of the field, show familiarity of related literature both affirmative and negative, and be prepared to answer any pertinent questions.