Princeton Theological Seminary

“To prepare women and men to serve Jesus Christ in ministries marked by faith, integrity, scholarship, competence, compassion, and joy, equipping them for leadership worldwide in congregations and the larger church, in classrooms and the academy, and in the public arena.”

Description of the PhD Program

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy represents theological scholarship and inquiry on the highest academic level, marking its holders as peers with their teachers and qualified to serve on university, college, and seminary faculty. Program areas are offered in thirteen fields of study: Biblical Studies: Old Testament or New Testament; History and Ecumenics: Church History and History of Doctrine or Mission, Ecumenics, and History of Religions; Practical Theology: Christian Education, Pastoral Theology, or Homiletics; Religion and Society; Theology: Christian Ethics, History of Doctrine, Philosophy and Theology, or Systematic Theology.

Tuition & Housing Costs

The annual cost of tuition for the Ph.D. program in 2017-18 is $15,500. Campus housing is available for up to five consecutive years or for the duration of the student’s Ph.D. program, whichever comes first. Housing is heavily subsidized and thus represents a substantial enhancement of the overall admissions package. Please refer to the Princeton Theological Seminary website for specific information on housing.

Tuition Assistance

Each admitted applicant will receive at minimum (a) a Merit Tuition Scholarship and (b) either a Princeton Doctoral Fellowship or the George S. Green Fellowship for a period of up to five consecutive years of full-time study. Two Trustees Merit Scholarships are awarded annually to applicants whose applications are judged to be of a superior quality. Seminary health insurance will be subsidized for each admitted student; this applies only to the Seminary health plan and only to the admitted student. 

Financial Aid-Fellowships

  • Merit Tuition Scholarship: This scholarship covers the annual cost of tuition, which in 2017-18 is $15,500, and is annually credited to the student’s account on his or her behalf.
  • The Princeton Doctoral Fellowship: The Princeton Doctoral Fellowship is awarded for up to five years (ten semesters) of study in the Ph.D. program. Beginning with the entering class of 2017-18, the fellowship provides an annual stipend of $20,000 and is offered to aid students in pursuing their doctoral education with the requirement that they serve as a Teaching Assistant for one Master’s Level Course per year in years 2 through 5 of their program (with no additional remuneration). Doctoral students may serve as a Teaching Assistant over and above the one course per year for additional financial remuneration.
  • The George S. Green Fellowship for Doctoral Study: One fellowship for doctoral work, preferably but not exclusively in Old Testament, may be awarded for up to five years of study to a senior in the Master of Divinity program in the Seminary, or a candidate in the Master of Theology program at the Seminary, who has displayed outstanding academic achievement and scholarly promise. Beginning with the entering class of 2017-18, the fellowship provides an annual stipend of $20,000 and is offered to aid students in pursuing their doctoral education with the requirement that they serve as a Teaching Assistant for one Master’s Level Course per year in years 2 through 5 of their program (with no additional remuneration). Doctoral students may serve as a Teaching Assistant over and above the one course per year for additional financial remuneration.
  • The Trustees Merit Scholarship: This scholarship of $6,000 per year is awarded to the two students in each entering class whose applications, in the judgment of the Ph.D. Studies Committee, are of a superior quality. This represents the highest award offered by the Seminary to an entering doctoral student.
  • Teaching Assistantships: Beginning with the entering class of 2017-18, doctoral students are required to serve as a Teaching Assistant for one Master’s Level Course per year in the second through fifth years of study (with no additional remuneration). Doctoral students may serve as a Teaching Assistant over and above the one course per year for additional financial remuneration.
Hispanic/Latino Faculty

Raimundo Barreto
Assistant Professor of World Christianity

Eric D. Barreto
Weyerhauser Associate Professor of New Testament

Hispanic Centers and Programs

Hispanic Theological Initiative. The Hispanic Theological Initiative manages the Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium. Their mission and purpose revolves around four major goals:

1. To help identify and prepare highly trained educators and leaders who can articulate, model, and help teach values and ideas that will inform and make an impact in our Latino faith communities and communities in general.
2. To increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of Latina/o PhD students across the nation by uniting and leveraging institutional resources (human, financial, and infrastructural).
3. To increase the presence of Latina/o faculty – especially tenured faculty – in seminaries, schools of theology and universities.
4. To provide form for exchange of information, ideas, and best practices to address the needs of Latina/o faculty and students.

Hispanic Leadership Program (HLP). Under the direction of the Center for Continuing Education, HLP seeks to nurture and strengthen a group of Latina/o leaders to serve the Church and the world. Open to the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking population. Offerings include annual conferences and seminars on themes of interest, such as globalization, Church-growth, congregational development, immigration, domestic violence and gang-violence, stewardship, etc.

Herencia Lectures. The seminary sponsors a series of endowed lectures on Latina/o scholarship during the Hispanic Heritage Month.

Office of Multicultural Relations. This office focuses on the concerns of international and racial-ethnic students as well as diversity issues by promoting campus programs relating to opportunities for and appreciation of multi- and cross-cultural experiences, facilitating the life and work of the racial-ethnic councils of the faculty, and assisting various Seminary constituencies with providing learning opportunities regarding multicultural and racial-ethnic relations.

Library Resources-Special Collections

Special Resources provides access to the Latin American Periodicals Collection, which includes a wealth of publications by Hispanic scholars and recent doctoral dissertations written by Hispanic theologians.

Other Resources

Association of Latino American Seminarians (ALAS)-student group

HTI Scholars

Jared Alcántara
Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Rubén Arjona-Mejía
Instructor in Pastoral Theology and Care
Iliff School of Theology

Tommy A. Cásarez
Independent Scholar

Chauncy Diego Francisco Handy

Elías Ortega-Aponte
Assistant Professor of Afro-Latino/a Religions and Cultural Studies at Drew University

Francisco Javier Peláez-Díaz

Rubén Rosario–Rodríguez
Director of the Mev Puleo Scholarship in Latin American Theology and Culture,
Director of the MA Program in Theological Studies,
Associate Professor of Theology,
St. Louis University

Stephanie Mota Thurston

Contact Information

The HTI person to contact for information on PhD studies at Princeton Theological Seminary is:

Name:     Rose Ellen Dunn
Title:        Associate Dean for Academic Administration
Phone:    609.497.7818
Email:      rose.ellen.dunn@ptsem.edu