The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program is designed for those who are capable of doing research at the highest level, with a view to becoming scholars and educational leaders across India and beyond. This program offers international quality research opportunity to train scholars capable of doing research work in their own respective fields of study to contribute to the Indian and global biblical and theological scholarship. Currently, we offer courses in two fields of study, namely, New Testament and Theological Studies. The courses are tailored to produce scholars who are competent to do academic research within their disciplines.
ETS Ph.D. program is a 4-year, full-time residential program. Students will spend their first two years in reading and research-intensive doctoral seminars, and then, they will devote the remainder of their time to taking their doctoral exams along with researching and writing a Ph.D. dissertation.
Entrance into the doctoral program is highly competitive and merit based, but we encourage all students who are interested in higher studies and who possess the necessary qualifications to apply.
Applicants must (1) hold a minimum of a Master of Theology (MTh) degree from an accredited program (ATA or similar), (2) have an academic record that demonstrates superior ability (B+ [87% or 3.5 GPA] average for their MTh degree) with a completed Master’s Thesis; (3) satisfactorily pass a written examination in the field of their intended major and an oral examination of their Christian experience, scholarship, theology, achievement, and purpose; and (4) show evidence that they:
Applications for the doctoral program must be received by the Admissions office by December 31st for admission for the following academic year. Supporting materials (e.g., references, transcripts, doctrinal statements, etc.) must be received by January 15th.
The completed applications are then considered for preliminary acceptance by the faculty of the appropriate academic department and by the Ph.D. Studies Committee, after which the candidates will be invited for a written and oral comprehensive exam. The written exam will test general biblical and theological knowledge, department specific exams (test of Greek language for the NT and area of doctrine or related theological issue for TS), English proficiency exam (composition, listening, etc.), test on reading ability (applicants will be asked to read a scholarly article and answer questions based on the reading).
Upon successful completion of the admission process, the admission committee will meet to finalize the list of candidates for admission. Once this process is completed, an official letter will be sent to communicate the status of application. Successful candidates will then arrive at the ETS campus at least a week prior to the starting of the summer semester.
Applicants will undoubtedly have questions and doubts during the application process. All inquiries regarding the Ph.D. application process can be sent to the Department of Ph.D. studies and also for your application request at the following email email@example.com. Applications and other forms are available only from the Ph.D. Office.
Applicants who are seeking admission into the New Testament doctoral program should fulfill the following prerequisites:
Applicants who are seeking admission into the Theological Studies doctoral program should fulfill the following prerequisites: