Admission Requirements

Degree Prerequisites

An applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by an agency related to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The master’s requirements for specific majors are noted below.


Biblical Interpretation major: The MDiv degree, the MA degree, or the equivalent in the appropriate area of study from a theological institution accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). Equivalency will be based upon the courses included in the MDiv or MA degree program in the appropriate area. Applicants must have completed 24 semester hours of master’s-level biblical studies courses.


Biblical Exposition, Church History, Evangelism, Great Commission Studies (evangelism/missions), Missions, New Testament, Old Testament, and Theology majors: The MDiv degree, the MA degree, or the equivalent in the appropriate area of study from a theological institution accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). Equivalency will be based upon the courses included in the MDiv or MA degree program in the appropriate area. Applicants must have completed 12 semester hours of master’s-level courses in the respective major.


Christian Education major: The MDiv degree in Christian education, the MACE degree, or the equivalent from a theological institution accredited by ATS. Applicants should contact the Office of Research Doctoral Programs regarding equivalency. For admission into the PhD program, students are required to have completed Systematic Theology 1 and Systematic Theology 2 and the statistics requirement described below.


Psychology and Counseling major: The MDiv degree or the equivalent from a theological institution accredited by ATS, or the MA degree in counseling (preferably ATS accredited, but minimally by an agency related to the CHEA). Applicants must have completed master’s-level psychology and counseling courses comparable to those included in the MDiv in Counseling (Licensure Track) degree program. Those with the MA in counseling must have completed master's-level biblical studies and master's-level theology and psychology integration studies courses comparable to those included in the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling degree program.


Grade Point Average and Graduate Record Examination

The grade point average (GPA) and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) verbal and analytical writing scores will be considered on the following five-point sliding scale. For the application to be accepted, the individual must have a combined score of "0" or higher on the three components.


-2

-1

0

1

2

 GPA

below 3.0  3.0 to 3.25   3.26 to 3.5   3.51 to 3.75  3.76 to 4.0

 GRE Verbal 

below 400

 (New scale: below 146) 

400 to 490

(146-152)

500 to 540

(153-156)

550 to 610

(157-160)

above 610

 (above 160) 

 GRE Writing 

below 3.5 3.5 4.0 4.5 to 5.0 5.5 to 6.0

Although not included in the above calculation, the quantitative score will be considered in the overall evaluation of the applicant. GRE scores can be no older than 5 years.


Official GRE score reports must be at the Office of Research Doctoral Programs by September 1 for January applications and February 1 for August applications.


Entrance Exams

Entrance examinations are required for all majors. Applicants should contact the chairperson of the division for information concerning the entrance examination as well as any other division requirements.


Research Paper

The applicant must submit a graded research paper from the master’s program for review by the division. If no paper is available, the applicant should contact the Associate Dean of Research Doctoral Programs for guidance.


Languages, Research Statistics and Methods

Biblical Exposition major: Prior to admission, applicants must have completed a minimum of 6 semester hours of master’s-level Greek and 6 semester hours of master’s-level Hebrew (for NOBTS students these courses would include NTGK5300 Introductory Greek Grammar, NTGK6300 Intermediate Greek Grammar, OTHB5300 Introductory Hebrew Grammar, and OTHB6300 Intermediate Hebrew Grammar); and 6 semester hours of German, French, or Latin.


Biblical Interpretation major: Applicants must have completed a minimum of 9 semester hours of master’s-level Greek and 9 semester hours of master’s-level Hebrew (for NOBTS students these courses would include NTGK5300 Introductory Greek Grammar, NTGK6300 Intermediate Greek Grammar, OTHB5300 Introductory Hebrew Grammar, OTHB6300 Intermediate Hebrew Grammar, and advanced exegesis courses); and 9 semester hours of French, German, or Latin prior to admission.


Church History and Theology majors: Prior to admission, applicants must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of master’s-level Greek and 12 semester hours of master’s-level Hebrew (for NOBTS students these courses would include NTGK5300 Introductory Greek Grammar, NTGK6300 Intermediate Greek Grammar, OTHB5300 Introductory Hebrew Grammar, OTHB6300 Intermediate Hebrew Grammar, and advanced exegesis courses); and 9 semester hours of German, French, or Latin.


Evangelism, Great Commission Studies, Missions majors: Prior to admission, applicants must have completed a minimum of 6 semester hours of master’s-level Greek and 6 semester hours of master’s-level Hebrew (for NOBTS students these courses would include NTGK5300 Introductory Greek Grammar, NTGK6300 Intermediate Greek Grammar, OTHB5300 Introductory Hebrew Grammar, and OTHB6300 Intermediate Hebrew Grammar). Applicants also must complete either the statistics or the nonbiblical language requirement indicated below. Applicants are encouraged to contact the chairperson of the division and/or one of the evangelism or missions faculty members to discuss the best way to fulfill this requirement in light of long-term research goals.


Statistics: Applicants must complete a minimum of 8 semester hours of graduate-level research statistics and methods. They are encouraged to complete this requirement prior to admission to the program but must complete it before taking the qualifying examination. Upon request, the division faculty will evaluate undergraduate courses to determine which, if any, apply toward the research statistics and methods requirement. Requests must be made in writing to the division prior to the division interview. Courses considered would be those similar in nature to NOBTS graduate courses PSYC6474 Scientific Research I: Descriptive Statistics to Analysis of Variance and PSYC6475 Scientific Research II: Multivariate Analyses and Research Design and Methods.


Nonbiblical language: Applicants must have completed 6 semester hours of German, French, or Latin before starting the program.


New Testament major: Applicants must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of master’s-level Greek, 12 semester hours of master’s-level Hebrew (for NOBTS students these courses would include NTGK5300 Introductory Greek Grammar, NTGK6300 Intermediate Greek Grammar, OTHB5300 Introductory Hebrew Grammar, OTHB6300 Intermediate Hebrew Grammar, and advanced exegesis courses), and 9 semester hours of German or Latin prior to admission. Prior to taking the qualifying examination, New Testament majors must have completed NTGK6290 Textual Criticism of the Greek New Testament and NTGK6298 Advanced Greek Grammar, or the equivalent. Some seminars require Textual Criticism as a prerequisite for enrollment in the seminar. By the time of the oral comprehensive examination, the student is required to have competency in a second nonbiblical language: 5 semester hours of German, French, or Latin. The second language is chosen by the student in consultation with the guidance committee chairperson in relation to the student's area of dissertation research.


Old Testament major: Applicants must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of master’s-level Greek and 12 semester hours of master’s-level Hebrew (for NOBTS students these courses would include NTGK5300 Introductory Greek Grammar, NTGK6300 Intermediate Greek Grammar, OTHB5300 Introductory Hebrew Grammar, OTHB6300 Intermediate Hebrew Grammar, and advanced exegesis courses), and 9 semester hours of German prior to admission. By the time of the oral comprehensive examination, the student is required to have competency in a second nonbiblical language: 5 semester hours of French or Latin. The second language is chosen by the student in consultation with the guidance committee chairperson in relation to the student's area of dissertation research


Psychology and Counseling, Christian Education majors: Applicants must complete a minimum of 8 semester hours of graduate-level research statistics and methods prior to beginning PhD work. Upon request, the division faculty will evaluate undergraduate courses to determine which, if any, apply toward the research statistics and methods requirement. Requests must be made in writing to the division prior to the division interview. Courses considered would be those similar in nature to NOBTS graduate courses PSYC6474 Scientific Research I: Descriptive Statistics to Analysis of Variance and PSYC6475 Scientific Research II: Multivariate Analyses, Research Design and Methodology.


For all majors, course credits that are to be considered for meeting nonbiblical language or research statistics and methods requirements may not be more than 7 years old. The divisions will consider requests concerning unique circumstances. In addition to transcripted course credits, competency in a nonbiblical language can be verified by testing arranged through the Office of Research Doctoral Programs. For continuing education courses that prepare students to take the German and Latin tests, contact Providence Learning Center

Division Interview

Applicants are required to come to campus for an interview with the division faculty related to the proposed area of major study. The interview focuses on one’s conversion experience, call to ministry, family relationships, reasons for pursuing the doctoral degree, interests and reading in the proposed field of study, and other concerns that may enable the faculty to know the applicant better and to ascertain his or her potential for advanced studies.


Background Check

Applicants must complete a Criminal Background Check by following the link below, and results must be available before the Doctoral Admissions Committee can consider the applicant.  The $29.95 fee is payable online to CastleBranch.