Hispanic Theological Initiative.

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    Description of PhD Program

    The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Religion program prepares teacher-scholars in focused theological fields of study, primarily for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in its institutions of higher learning around the world.

    Areas of Concentration
    Adventist Studies
    Church History
    New Testament Studies
    Old Testament Studies
    Theological Studies
    World Missions


    Tuition & Housing Costs

    Doctoral Degree $1,188.00/credit
    Housing Rates $690.00 – 845.00 (Efficiency apartments; One, two and four bedroom apartments available)


    Tuition Assistance

    Financial Aid-Fellowships

    Andrews Graduate Scholarship
    Starting Fall 2013, a tuition-reduction scholarship based on GRE or GMAT scores is available to new doctoral students. Graduate assistantships may be available through the office of your academic program. Assistantships are processed through the Office of Employment. You may request an application from the respective dean or department chair.


    Gerhard Hasel Memorial Scholarships
    Students apply for scholarship aid through this program. In 2014-2015 about $450,000 was awarded to approximately 80 students.

    Hispanic/Latino Faculty

    Fernando L. Canale
    Professor of Theology and Philosophy
    Atilio R. Dupertuis
    Professor of Theology, Emeritus
    Rubén Muñoz-Larrondo 
     Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies
    Ricardo Norton
    Associate Professor of Church Growth
    Director, Institute of Hispanic Ministry

    Hispanic Centers and Programs

    Institute of Hispanic Ministry

    Responds to the growing needs of Hispanic congregations in North America and beyond. The tasks of the IHM include providing graduate-level study for Hispanic pastors both on and off campus and assisting in various ways a continuing education for Hispanic ministers. It coordinates the Hispanic M.A. in Pastoral Ministry and supports Hispanic courses in the M.Div. and D.Min. programs. The IHM also provides support systems for Hispanic ministry and churches that are in transition culturally and linguistically. It encourages research and the dissemination of its findings for the Seventh-day Adventist Church at large.


    Doctor of Ministry, Pastoral Ministry (Spanish) 

    To develop ministry professionals who manifest spiritual/theological depth, advanced competency, academic excellence, professional leadership skills, and the ability for self-reflection necessary for exceptional service in pastoral or organizational ministry leadership within the unique context of Spanish language and cultural settings.


    Library Resources-Special Collections


    Center for Adventist Studies houses a collection of materials relating to Seventh-day Adventist history dating back to the mid-1800’s along with biblical and theological writings of Adventist authors.

    The James White Library contains more than 1,000,000 records including the Seminary Library that serves the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University.


    Other Resources

    Hispanic Association of the Seminary (HAS) 


    HTI Fellows/Scholars

    Enrique Báez García 
    Professor of Hebrew Bible
    Dominican Adventist University
    Adjunct Professor
    Inter-American Adventist Theological Seminary
    2008-2009 Comprehensive Exams-Year Fellow
    2010-2011 Dissertation Year Fellow

    Abner F. Hernández 
    2013-2014 Comprehensive Exams Year Scholar
    2014-2016 Dissertation Scholar
    Iriann Irizarry
    2015-2016 Second-Year Doctoral Student
    Jonathan Leonardo
    2015-2016 Second -Year Doctoral Student
    Erick Mendieta 
    2013-2014 Comprehensive Exams Year Scholar
    2014-2016 Dissertation Scholar
     Rubén Muñoz-Larrondo  
    Andrews University
    Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies
    2001-2001 First Year Doctoral Fellow
    2001-2002 Second Year Doctoral Fellow
    2002-2003 Comprehensive Exams-Year Fellow
    2005-20006 Dissertation Year Fellow
     Efrain Velázquez 
    Vice-President of Academic Affairs
    Inter-American Adventist Theological Seminary
    2001-2002 Comprehensive Exams Year Fellow
    2006-2007 Dissertation Year Fellow


    Contact Information  

    The HTIC person to contact for information on Ph.D. studies at Andrews University is:

    Name: Thomas Shepherd, PhD, DrPH
    Title: Director, PhD in Religion and ThD Programs
    Telephone: 269-471-6574
    Email: [email protected]
    Updated June 2015