School is 15th among the top 25 seminaries where professors earned their doctorates.

January 2016 – Drew Theological School continues to be a top producer of PhDs.

Dean Javier Viera reveals the winners.
Dean Javier Viera says Drew PhDs are impacting their fields in innovative, courageous and faithful ways.

Of the 3,320 professors with doctorates teaching at the 271 seminaries in the Association of Theological Schools, 61 earned them at Drew, according to research from the association. As a result, Drew Theological School is among the top 25 schools at which professors at those seminaries earned their PhDs, and 15th overall.

Other top PhD producers include Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, the University of Chicago, Notre Dame, Oxford and Cambridge. Princeton Theological Seminary is No. 1, with 120 professors who earned doctorates there, according to the research, which was conducted last year.

The association includes 231 schools in the U.S. and 40 in Canada. Tom Tanner, the organization’s director of accreditation and institutional evaluation, compiled the numbers.

Drew Theological School offers several degree programs, including doctor of ministry, doctor of philosophy, master of divinity, master of arts in ministry and master of sacred theology. The school’s mission is to “empower creative thought and courageous action to advance justice, peace and love of God, neighbor and the earth.”

Dean Javier Viera said he and his faculty are “extremely proud of the graduates of our Graduate Division of Religion program and of the impact they are making across the academy and in the church.”

The school has remained committed to influencing theological education and religious vocations throughout the world, added Viera, who’s also a professor of pastoral theology.

“Drew PhDs continue to shape their respective disciplines and impact their fields in innovative, courageous and faithful ways,” Viera said. “I celebrate their accomplishments and leadership, and am proud that they are our alumni.”