Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biblical Studies

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biblical Studies

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Gain a Deeper Understanding of the Bible with a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Liberty

Are you passionate about diving into Scripture and learning more about the living and breathing Word of God? Perhaps you are a leader in a church, ministry, college, or university and want to take the next step in your biblical studies education. Regardless of whether you are already immersed in the biblical studies field or just beginning, earning a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biblical Studies from Liberty can help you further your career and prepare for new opportunities or positions of added responsibility.

Our faculty are dedicated to your personal and professional success and are excited to partner with you as you take the next steps in your graduate education.

Pursue Your Degree with Confidence

  • Learn from faculty with years of experience in churches and ministries.
  • Receive professional training so you can better understand how to work with ministries across the nation and around the world.
  • Study at the world’s largest school for religious studies and ministerial training housed within our state-of-the-art Freedom Tower that stands 17 stories tall.
  • Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

What Will You Learn?

  • Connections between the Old and New Testaments
  • Jewish doctrine during the Intertestamental period
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls, Old Testament Apocrypha, and Old Testament Pseudepigrapha
  • Theology of the New Testament

Potential Career Opportunities for Ph.D. in Biblical Studies Graduates

  • Biblical researcher
  • Christian apologist
  • College administrator
  • Lead pastor
  • Professor of biblical studies/divinity

Facilities and Resources Available to Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biblical Studies Students

  • Explore our scriptorium, which is home to over $1 million worth of rare books and Bibles.
  • Study in our world-class, 275-foot-tall Freedom Tower, home to the world’s largest school for religious studies and ministerial training.
  • Our faculty members are well-respected authors, speakers, and researchers.
  • Our divinity degrees provide hands-on training and learning opportunities within local settings.

Admission Requirements for Our Ph.D. in Biblical Studies Program

Every application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants must submit the following documents and meet the minimum requirements for admission:

  • Admission application
  • Official college transcripts showing a Master of Divinity or Master of Biblical Studies degree (minimum 3.0 GPA)
  • Language requirements
    • 12 hours of graduate Greek with a B or higher
    • 9 hours of graduate Hebrew with a B or higher
  • Contact information for 3 approved recommenders (2 academic contacts from graduate degree faculty and 1 pastoral contact)
  • Professional vita/résumé (including degrees earned, ministry and/or teaching experience,  and career goals)
  • Letter of Intent (300-word minimum, specifying purpose and goals for entering Ph.D. program)
  • Doctrinal Questionnaire
  • Writing sample from master’s degree or recent research (10-12 pages)
  • Department/faculty review

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      Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

      Next Start Date

      Aug 19, 2024


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