Perkins School of Theology

“To prepare women and men for faithful leadership in Christian ministry.”

Description of PhD Program

The Graduate Program in Religious Studies (GPRS) at Southern Methodist University comprises programs of study leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. The primary goal of both degree programs is to prepare persons for academic leadership in the field, and hence for professional careers as teacher-scholars in colleges, universities, and schools of theology.

Faculty members from Perkins School of Theology and from the Department of Religious Studies in Dedman College as well as the holders of the two University Chairs in Ethics constitute the faculty of the program. It is supported by the University’s extensive library system, especially the renowned Bridwell Library, which has distinctive collections in religion and theology along with state-of-the-art research facilities.

Specialization is offered in one of the following areas:
Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
New Testament
History of the Christian Tradition
Religious Ethics
Religion and Culture
Systematic Theology

Tuition & Housing Costs

Tuition for the 2016-17 academic year is $46,848. The GPRS covers all tuition (see Tuition Assistance), however, housing costs are not covered.

Tuition Assistance

The GPRS offers financial aid at the doctoral levels as departmental fellowships. These Fellowships include tuition grants of the full amount of tuition and fees for the academic year for the length of the program.

Financial Aid Fellowships

Departmental Fellowships of the Graduate Program in Religious Studies include tuition grants up to the full amount of tuition and fees for the academic year and stipends up to $16,000 for the academic year. The stipends are renewable for a total of four years with eligibility for a $10,000 dissertation fellowship in the 5th year. Other fellowships are available through the university up to an additional $10,000 to $15,000 a year. In addition, Teaching and Research Assistantships are available to doctoral students through Perkins School of Theology and the SMU Religious Studies Department.

Hispanic/Latina/o Faculty

Paul Barton
Professor of Christian History and Missiology
Director of the Mexican American & Hispanic-Latino/a Church Ministries Program
and Director of United Methodist Regional Course of Study School

Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi
Professor of Global Christianities and Mission Studies
Director, Doctor of Ministry Program

Isabel Docampo
Professor of Supervised Ministry
Director, Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions
Associate Director of the Intern Program

Hugo Magallanes
Associate Professor of Christianity and Culture
Director, Houston-Galveston Extension Program

Harold J. Recinos
Professor of Church and Society

Hispanic Centers and Programs
  • The Mexican American and Hispanic-Latino/a Church Ministries Program (MAP) is an initiative committed to the ongoing work of recruiting, preparing, and providing continuing education to persons for ministry within the Latino/a community.
  • The Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions seeks to promote a deeper understanding of the varieties of religious life and expression within the Latino/a communities in the United States and in Latin America by encouraging and facilitating research in the area of Latino Christianity and religions; working in partnership with the various degree programs at Perkins School of Theology in preparing religious leaders to minister in a social and religious context in which the Latino population is an increasingly significant factor; sharing the results of new ventures in scholarship in these areas and the insights gained through this work in ways that will be of value to the churches, the academy, and the wider society.
Yearly Events

The Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions has sponsored Visiting Scholar lectures, and Annual Workshop, and Interdisciplinary Dialogues each year, and will continue to do so as long as funds are available.

Library Resources-Special Collections

Bridwell Library Special Collections houses the EDICIONES DOS AMIGOS COLLECTION, an official repository for all publications of the outstanding private press of Buenos Aires, Argentina for which the collection is named. In addition, the Central University Digital Collections features Latin America and the Caribbean: Photographs, Manuscripts and Imprints.

Other Resources

L@s Seminaristas-student group

HTI Scholars

Paul Barton
Director of the Mexican American and Hispanic—Latina/o Church Ministries Program
Director of United Methodist Regional Course of Study School
Professor in the Christian History and Missiology
Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University

Ángel J. Gallardo

Julián Andrés González
Assistant Professor of Bible Exposition
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary 

José Santana

Grace Vargas

Fellipe Do Vale

Contact Information

The HTI person to contact for information on PhD studies at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University is:

Name:     Pamela Hogan
Title:        Coordinator for the Graduate Program in Religious Studies
Phone:    888-843-6564 or 214-768-2432
Email:      gradreli@smu.edu