Overview

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. Other potential ministry options include author, Biblical and Theological researcher, evangelist, missionary, and Bible translator.

Areas of Concentration

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Theology

Potential Ministry Options

  • Senior Pastor
  • Pastoral Counseling Evangelist
  • Law Enforcement Chaplain
  • Executive Pastor
  • Youth Pastor
  • Military Chaplain
  • Discipleship Pastor
  • Associate Pastor
  • Missionary
  • Hospital Chaplain
  • College/Seminary Professor
 

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Specific Requirements for Admission

  • An accredited Master's degree or equivalent
  • GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended schools
  • Two letters of reference not related to you
  • A research-oriented writing sample
  • Autobiographical Essay

An appropriate master’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.00, demonstrating competence in research, including six semester hours of Greek, six semester hours of Hebrew, six semester hours of Biblical Introduction (Old Testament and New Testament), and six 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. Those with deficiencies exceeding 12 hours may be admitted into the University as non-program students until the deficiencies are reduced to 12 hours.

 

Objectives

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

Core 18
Concentration 18
Practicum 3
Exams 0
Research 21
Total 60

Degree Completion Plan

Ph.D. Core

BIN705 History of Hermeneutics 3
MPC707 Advanced Studies in Ethics 3
MPC715 Lead. Form., Vision Casting, and Strategic Planning 3
MPC805 Communication of Biblical Truths 3
THE705 Critical Concepts of Apologetics 3
THE745 Advanced Biblical Theology 3
  Total 18

 

Ph.D. Practicum

MPC881 Teaching Practicum 3
  Total 3

 

Ph.D. Exams

Comprehensive Exams 0
Proficiency Exam in Greek or Hebrew** 0

 

Ph.D. Research

RES804 Advanced Research Skills 3
RES893 PhD Prospectus 2
RES895 Research Design and Procedures 3
RES896 Dissertation Writing & Defense I 3
RES897 Dissertation Writing & Defense II 3
RES898 Dissertation Writing & Defense III 3
RES899 Dissertation Writing & Defense IV 3
RES900 Dissertation Oral Defense 1
  Total 21

 

**Old Testament concentration students must pass the Hebrew proficiency exam. New Testament concentration students must pass the Greek proficiency exam. Theology concentration students may select either the Hebrew or Greek proficiency exam or may meet the requirement by successfully completing Greek or Hebrew Exegetical Methods.

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.

For full Ph.D. Policies and Procedures, please see the Temple Baptist Seminary Ph.D. Handbook, available on the University website.

In order to become a candidate for graduation a student

  1. Shall have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours at PIU;
  2. Shall have maintained a minimum academic average of C (higher for some programs);
  3. Shall have passed all courses in his/her curriculum and made a C or better in key courses designated as essential in each program;
  4. Shall have completed at least 24 of the final 30 hours with Piedmont International University;
  5. Shall have satisfactorily completed the Christian Service requirements;
  6. Shall have given evidence of high Christian character and conduct in accord with University standards. He/she shall also manifest essential agreement with the Statement of Faith;
  7. Shall have paid in full his/her account with the University;
  8. Must have received a decision of eligibility for graduation from the Faculty.

In order to become a candidate for graduation a student

  1. Shall have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours at PIU;
  2. Shall have maintained a minimum academic average of C (higher for some programs);
  3. Shall have passed all courses in his/her curriculum and made a C or better in key courses designated as essential in each program;
  4. Shall have completed at least 24 of the final 30 hours with Piedmont International University.