The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biblical Studies is designed to prepare persons of exceptional ability and promise to conduct research at the highest level to aid in their service as pastors, seminary professors, and Christian leaders.

Areas of Concentration:

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Theology






Admissions Requirements

Admissions requirements are:

  • An accredited Master's degree or equivalent
  • GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Apply to Piedmont International University
  • Official transcrips from all previously attended schools
  • Two letters of reference not related to you
  • A research-oriented writing sample
  • Autobiographical Essay
  • Follow all general admissions policies for Piedmont International University

Specific Requirements for Admission

An appropriate master’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.00, demonstrating competence in research, including 6 semester hours of Greek, 6 semester hours of Hebrew, 6 semester hours of Biblical Introduction (Old Testament and New Testament), and 12 semester hours of Theology.

Ph.D. in Biblical Studies applicants who, while meeting all the other requirements, are deficient up to 12 semester hours in Greek, Hebrew, Introduction to the New Testament, Introduction to the Old Testament, and Systematic Theology may be admitted with deficiencies. Deficiency courses must be taken prior to or concurrent with Ph.D. courses. The minimum required grade in a deficiency is a “B.” Deficiency courses do not count toward the Ph.D. GPA or the Ph.D. credit requirements.




Upon completion of the requirements, the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competence in high-level biblical research through acceptable research papers and a credible dissertation which adheres to established standards and uses a literal hermeneutic that leads to a dispensational, Premillennial interpretation of the Scriptures
  • Use the skills and tools for producing a competent exegesis of Hebrew and Greek biblical texts in order to support and defend sound hermeneutical and theological conclusions
  • Set up and conduct a course of study which includes preparing a syllabus, teaching the content, grading, and evaluating the performance of the students
  • Develop and articulate in a persuasive and intelligent manner messages prepared from the Old Testament, New Testament, or theological doctrines, for presentation in the church pulpit, college or seminary classroom, general ministry setting, or through writing worthy of publication
  • Evaluate and critique trends of major theological, biblical, or hermeneutical significance and formulate answers from a biblical worldview
  • Appraise spiritual maturity through self-assessments

Summary of Required Hours

Theology 9
Biblcal Studies 9
Ministry Philsophy and Communication 9
Consentration Studies 15
General Electives 6
Research and Practicum in Concentration 12
Total 60

Degree Completion Plan

THE705  Critical Concepts of Apologetics   3 hours
THE715  O.T. Theology Synthesis  3 hours
THE717  N.T. Theology Synthesis    3 hours
BIN705    History of Hermeneutics    3 hours
BLH711   Seminar in Hebrew Exegetical Methods   3 hours
BLG711  Seminar in Greek Exegetical Methods    3 hours
MPC707  Advanced Studies in Ethics    3 hours
MPC715  Lead. Form., Vision Casting, and Strategic Planning  3 hours
MPC805  Communication of Biblical Truths    3 hours
MPC881   Teaching Practicum    3 hours
RES895   Research Design and Procedures    3 hours
RES898   Dissertation Writing & Defense I     3 hours
RES899   Dissertation Writing & Defense II    3 hours
                 Elective  700-899 level course    3 hours
                 Elective  700-899 level course    3 hours

Choose one of three concentrations

Old Testament Concentration

THE723    Critical Issues in OT Theology     3 hours
BSO731    Hebrew Exegetical Themes     3 hours
BLH/BSO   Old Testament  700-899 level course   3 hours
BLH/BSO   Old Testament  700-899 level course   3 hours
BLH/BSO   Old Testament  700-899 level course   3 hours

New Testament Concentration

THE721  Critical Issues in NT Theology    3 hours
BSN731  Greek Exegetical Themes    3 hours
BLG/BSN   700-899 level course    3 hours
BLG/BSN   700-899 level course    3 hours
BLG/BSN   700-899 level course    3 hours                         

Theology Concentration
THE721    Critical Issues in N.T. Theology    3 hours
THE723     Critical Issues in O.T. Theology   3 hours
THE___     700-899 level course     3 hours
THE___     700-899 level course     3 hours
THE___     700-899 level course     3 hours

Total Required Hours          60 hours     

Must Pass Written and Oral Comprehensive Examinations 
Must Pass Dissertation Defense     

Maximum Time Limit to Complete Program
Eight years

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.