Applications for Ph.D. in Theological Studies Due Soon

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTSFW)—As of February 1, four highly qualified applicants have been accepted into the new Ph.D. in Theological Studies Program offered at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, to begin their coursework in September. There are only a few spots still open, and the program has extended the deadline to March 15 for this first year. In subsequent years, applications will be due by January 15.

The Ph.D. in Theological Studies marks CTSFW’s second academic doctoral program, offering concentrations in the areas of the Lutheran Confessions, doctrine, Old Testament Exegesis and New Testament Exegesis. The program is designed to prepare students for the vocations of teaching and research at theological schools, colleges and universities around the world, particularly at Lutheran seminaries. “The requirements of the program will lead each student to gain a broad understanding of various areas of theology,” Dr. Benjamin Mayes, assistant professor of Historical Theology, explained. “During the dissertation, the student then moves from generalist to specialist, demonstrating that he can make a contribution to his field of study.”

If pursued full time, the program will take four years to complete, consisting of two years of coursework, a year for comprehensive examinations and a final year to research and write a dissertation. To learn more about applying to the Ph.D. in Theological Studies, including program structure and costs, visit For any additional questions, contact Dr. Naomichi Masaki, director of the program, at