Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Doctor of Philosophy degree program at Asbury Theological Seminary intends, and is designed, to form Christian scholars, teachers, and servant-leaders for the church and the academy. Students engage existing scholarship in their given discipline critically and constructively and work to advance the body of knowledge of their discipline through research. They are graduated with the Ph.D. degree upon demonstration of the mastery of their field of study and advancement of the body of knowledge through their dissertations.

Doctor of Philosophy graduates will:

1. Commit to cultivate holy love of God and neighbor demonstrated by a knowledge of and practice in the Christian disciplines including works of service, with particular attention to a Wesleyan understanding of the means of grace.

2. Acquire a comprehensive and integrative knowledge of the appropriate literatures of the area of study, including applicable linguistic skills.

3. Possess ability to independent research in one’s field of study by engaging in original research around an appropriate question, problem, or opportunity.

4. Understand the vocation of theological scholarship in its dimensions of learning, teaching, and research in the interdisciplinary context of ecclesial and academic communities.

The Office of Advanced Research Programs oversees the administration of the Master of Theology (Th.M.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Please contact for all Ph.D. degree-related matters.