PhD TS Intro

Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies

The Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies is the highest academic degree program of biblical and confessional Lutheran studies at CTSFW. It enables students to do original research and writing and prepares them for vocations of teaching and research in theological schools, colleges and universities in the U.S. and around the world, in the areas of Lutheran Confessions, doctrine, and Old and New Testament exegesis.

Courses are taught residentially, meeting one day per week. The program gives students a wide range of theological competency in more than one discipline, supports them as they concentrate in studies in their major area and ensures they have the languages necessary for the investigations in the concentration field. Comprehensive examinations ensure that students are well-read in their concentration areas. The doctoral dissertation demonstrates independent research ability and makes a significant contribution to the study of theology.