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Doctor of Philosophy

A Company of Scholars

The Doctor of Philosophy program is designed to prepare men and women for independent scholarship in various dimensions of the study of religion and for teaching in colleges and seminaries. The PhD program of Princeton Theological Seminary forms scholars, servants, and leaders of the church and the academy through constructive, critical engagement with the Christian tradition in its complexity and diversity, and, where appropriate, in conversation with other religious and intellectual traditions in their multiplicity and variety. Holding together love of God and love of learning in a single vision, Princeton’s program nurtures excellence in (1) research and writing, (2) teaching, and (3) academic citizenship.

There are twelve fields of study in the PhD program, organized in five broad areas:

Biblical Studies

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament

History and Ecumenics

  • Church History and History of Doctrine
  • Mission, Ecumenics, and History of Religions

Practical Theology

  • Christian Education
  • Pastoral Theology
  • Homiletics

Religion and Society

THEOLOGY

  • Systematic Theology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Christian Ethics
  • History of Doctrine
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Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Associate Rector at Trinity Church, Princeton, New Jersey

Nancy Hagner, Class of 2013

“Preaching is one of the most important things we do as pastors. You get to challenge people’s minds and hearts, as the gospel challenges all of us. ”