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: