CTSFW to Offer Ph.D. in Theological Studies Beginning Fall 2018

A student studies the book of Ephesians.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTSFW)— For the past two years, planning has been underway to expand the doctoral programs offered at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne. In response to decades of national and international requests for additional doctoral offerings at CTSFW, the Seminary is on track to add a Ph.D. in Theological Studies Program beginning with the 2018-19 academic year. “We have long been respected internationally for our Biblical and Confessional Lutheran studies,” noted Academic Dean Dr. Charles A. Gieschen. “Now we are ready to offer a Ph.D. program with concentrations in these disciplines.”

While CTSFW’s current Ph.D. in Missiology is still an excellent choice for those looking to focus on the study and development of methods that spread the Gospel, a Ph.D. in Theological Studies will prepare graduates to teach and research in theological schools, colleges and universities around the world. Students in the program will have the opportunity to focus their studies in two concentrations: Confessional Lutheran Studies (Lutheran Confessions or Doctrine) and Biblical Studies (Old or New Testament).

The full-time program will take four years to complete, including language exams in three of the four theological languages (Greek, Hebrew, Latin or German, depending on the concentration), two years of coursework, comprehensive examinations and a dissertation. Classes are taught residentially in a seminar format, meeting for three-hour blocks of time one day per week. Students in the Ph.D. program must be able to speak, read and write fluently in English.

Dr. Naomichi Masaki, director of both the S.T.M. and now this new Ph.D. in Theological Studies Program, is delighted to offer this area of study to those interested in pursuing a terminal degree. “Here the Lord has given an extraordinary opportunity to study the Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions that are taught by world-class, confessional, Lutheran theologians. I pray that the Lord may richly bless this program for the sake of the mission of the Church here and worldwide!”

The program is accepting students for the fall of 2018, with applications due by March 15, 2018. As the program gets underway, the application deadline for the fall of 2019 will move up to January 15, 2019. For more information about the program, contact Dr. Masaki at Naomichi.Masaki@ctsfw.edu. For those interested in the two-year Graduate Assistantships (which funds tuition for two years and offers an annual stipend), contact the Office of the Academic Dean at Kara.Mertz@ctsfw.edu.