Program Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is a 48-unit degree that prepares students for research, teaching in higher education, as well as professional leadership in religious traditions and society. The Ph.D. degree program enables students to develop scholarly competence in a specialized field of study in the context of theological and religious studies disciplines.
The curriculum and pedagogy view religion as both source and subject for study and responsible action. Students will engage the methodological and epistemological presuppositions of the field of concentration and will be capable of advancing the field through original research. The Ph.D. degree requires examinations in modern research languages, qualifying examinations, and the completion of a dissertation, as well as the unique requirements of each area.
Claremont School of Theology offers two Ph.D. programs with concentrations within each:
The Doctor of Philosophy in Practical Theology degree program has two areas of concentration: Spiritual Care and Counseling, or Education and Formation. Students applying to the Ph.D. in Practical Theology must have completed either a Master of Divinity degree or a master’s degree, ideally related to their chosen area of concentration.  Learn more.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Religion offers five areas of concentration: Comparative Theology and Philosophy; Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies; New Testament and Christian Origins; Process Studies; and Religion, Ethics and Society.

Students applying to the Ph.D. in Religion will ordinarily have completed a Master’s of Divinity but, with the approval of the faculty in the field, may be admitted to the Ph.D. after having completed a minimum of 24 hours of graduate work appropriate to the field of study.  Learn more.