Doctor of Philosophy.


Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy is an advanced research degree for:

  • Students aspiring to work in teaching, research and leadership in college, university and seminary level education
  • Professionals in government, law, religious leadership, NGOs, libraries and media seeking high-level credentials as an expert in religious and theological studies

The PhD is the highest academic degree available in the United States.

Students complete coursework and comprehensive exams in three to four years. The dissertation, from prospectus to defense and submission, often takes two years.

Areas of Study

The Theological School’s Graduate Division of Religion (GDR) supports graduate research in the following areas of specialization:

My research at Drew focused on the intersections of queer and feminist theories in and around Paul’s letters, in addition to ancient Greek and studies ways of teaching Greek as a “living language". I have presented multiple papers at the Society of Biblical Literature, and facilitated mentoring sessions for the national SBL’s 'non-traditional' hermeneutics coalition. ”
James Hoke
Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion, Luther College

Career Opportunities

As a Doctor of Philosophy student engaged in your first three years of coursework and comprehensive exams, you can expect to receive a combination of the following opportunities that provide financial, intellectual and career focused support as you transition to life as a PhD student and hone your craft.

100% Tuition Support

  • Fellowship Stipends
  • Research Assistantships
  • Teaching Assistantships
  • Professional Internships

General Information

For more information, visit our GDR page.

I earned a Bachelor in Theology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa where I focused on oral histories of HIV/AIDS in churches, hospitals, and communities. My master’s thesis, “Hagar, Sarah and the Abrahamic Religions: Exploring their Postcoloniality and Polygamous Identities,” prepared me for my current reading of the Hebrew Bible in relation to Africa and its diaspora(s). I am able to make connections between my field work and my research because of the kind of scholarship I am now exposed to at Drew. ”
Minenhle Nomalungelo Khumalo
Student, Hebrew Bible track