Brite Divinity School

“To educate women and men to lead in the ministry of Christ’s church, the academy, and public life as witnesses to God’s reconciling and transforming love and justice.”
Description of PhD Program

The Ph.D. program in Biblical Interpretation is an advanced academic degree designed to prepare students for independent research and vocations of teaching biblical interpretation and related historical and hermeneutical areas in theological schools, colleges, and universities, or for the scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice. The Ph.D. program provides opportunities for study of the Hebrew Bible, Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books, and Literature of Early Judaism; New Testament and Literature of Early Christianity; Themes and Issues in Biblical Theology; the History of Biblical Interpretation; and Theological Hermeneutics. Students are guided to develop competence in original research and writing that advances theological understanding for the sake of church, academy, and society, as well as in pedagogical skills to convey this body of knowledge to others.

Tuition & Housing Costs

COST AND FEES 2020-2021 

Doctor of Philosophy Students

Tuition cost per credit hour $985
Brite Student Association Fee $20
Divinity School Fee (9 or more hours)* $1,100

Doctor of Philosophy Tuition and Fee Scenario

Tuition: 9 credit hours ($985 x 9) $9,000
Fees: ($1100 + $20 BSA Fee) $1,120
Total Gross Cost $10,120
Commonly awarded tuition grant (100%) ($9,000)
Net semester cost $1,120

*For part-time students (less than nine semester hours) the Divinity School Fee is $135 per semester hour and the BSA fee is $10.00.

Tuition Assistance

Due to the generosity of donors, all admitted PhD students receive full tuition assistance and an annual merit stipend of $10,000.

Hispanic/Latina/o Faculty

Francisco Lozada, Jr. (HTI Scholar)
Charles Fischer Catholic Associate Professor of New Testament and Latinx  Studies

Timothy J. Sandoval
Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible

Hispanic Centers and Programs

Center for Latina/o Church Studies
The Center aids in recruitment of Latina/o students at Brite; coordinates programs for the Divinity School and community; sponsors continuing education seminars and workshops for Latina/o pastors; and networks with Latina/o pastors in the community, including licensed ministers. The programs and services are provided to Hispanic pastors and theological students regardless of their denominational heritage. There is a close working relationship with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Anglo and Hispanic, at the local, regional and national levels.

Library Resources-Special Collections
The Mary Couts Burnett Library of Texas Christian University includes a wide range of materials in Hispanic/Latino Studies. In addition, the library’s online databases provide access to the Handbook of Latin American Studies, the Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI) and a collection of Hispanic American Newspapers.
Other Resources
• Summer Latina/o Program
• Intersection Lectures
• Crossing Borders Conference
• Licensed Ministry for Hispanics
• Brite Latina/o Students
HTI Scholars
Maziel Barreto Dani

Gregory Lee Cuéllar
Associate Professor of Old Testament
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Cristina Garcia-Alfonso
Staff Chaplain
Gwinnett Medical Center – Duluth, Georgia


Contact Information

The HTI person to contact for information on PhD studies at Brite Divinity School is:

Name:     Dr. Jeffrey Williams
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Institutional Effectiveness Officer, and Associate Professor of American Religious History
Phone:    (817) 257-7500