This is a two to five-year program.

Pre-requisite: Master in Biblical Studies

Graduation Requirements: A 50,000 word thesis. All work completed satisfactorily; all tuition, books and fees paid.

We will evaluate a student’s transcripts from other Bible schools, colleges and universities. Any area of deficiency in training or voids in studying required materials will be addressed. An individual plan will be made to fill in any areas that have not been covered. These courses will be given on an independent study basis or in classes. When the program is complete, the doctoral candidate is required to submit a 50,000 word positional thesis in his or her chosen field of Biblical study. This must be defended before a review board. Individuals who have been in pastoral ministry for over 20 years and hold a Master’s degree in Theology may apply for life-long learning experience academic credit. A Doctoral degree will not be issued until that candidate has earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biblical Studies first.

Transfer students will only be considered for the Doctoral program after completed application, appropriate fee, and transcripts have been submitted. For additional details on applying for advanced standing see our Policies and Info Page.

In addition to any assignments or classes required to meet areas of individual deficiency (as described above), the following Standards have been established for students in the Doctoral Program to complete as they prepare their thesis. Each standard must be met prior to advancing to the next standard.

Course Number Credits Description
DBS 101 4 Foundational Topic Research
DBS 102 4 Subject Research
DBS 103 4 Project’s Organizational Structure
DBS 104 4 Introduction to writing First fifteen thousand words of thesis will be completed to meet this standard
DBS 201 4 Research and writing II Thirty thousand words of the thesis will be completed to meet this standard
DBS 202 4 Rough draft fifty thousand words Synthesis and cohesion of the full fifty thousand words of the thesis will be perfected to meet this standard
DBS 203 4 Final correction and submission
DBS 204 4 Thesis defense