Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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.

PhD Studies Home

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


  • Systematic Theology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Christian Ethics
  • History of Doctrine

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Faculty at Evangelical Theological Seminary, Cairo, Egypt

Samy Estafanos, Class of 2015

“Princeton Seminary shaped and equipped me for the teaching ministry that I am practicing now. I was shaped spiritually, mentally, and socially by all means.”