Welcome to the home page for the research doctoral programs. We are a close-knit community of scholars committed to guiding and shaping the next generation of religious teachers and leaders. Our faculty and students are active members of various professional societies, engaging in research aimed at producing healthy churches.
Be sure to check out our two newest majors, Biblical Interpretation and Great Commission Studies (a combination of missions and evangelism). Courses in these majors meet in a block format in which students come to campus four times each semester. For details on these majors, see our Program Description page.
In June 2016 the ATS Board of Commissioners approved a three-year experiment allowing an exception to the Commission's PhD residency requirement that "courses, seminars, and colloquia for research doctoral degrees shall normally be completed on the main campus" (Degree Program Standard J, section J.3.1.1). This experiment is limited to offering those courses (roughly two-thirds of the PhD program's total credits) through synchronous interactive video, not through asynchronous means.
Approval of this exception means that students who are unable to take advantage of the campus scholarly environment can participate fully in seminars and colloquia through live Internet connections. Some workshop courses still will require travel to the main campus in January or summer breaks.
You also may want to consider visiting the campus during our October 27-29, 2016 Campus Preview. In addition to registering on the Campus Preview page, be sure to contact the Office of Research Doctoral Programs so we can arrange for you to meet with professors in your area of interest.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Charlie RayAssociate Dean, Research Doctoral Programs
Professor of New Testament and Greek
Office of Research Doctoral Programs