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
Brite Divinity School offers PhD programs in Pastoral Theology and Biblical Interpretation. The latter has concentrations in Hebrew Bible and New Testament. Engaging the best of modern and postmodern methods and drawing from a distinguished and diverse faculty, these two programs prepare scholar-teachers for careers in seminaries, colleges, churches, and faith-based agencies. Brite’s PhD programs are situated within a broader institutional context of progressive theological commitments that witness to God’s transforming love and justice.
Tuition & Housing Costs

COST AND FEES 2020-2021 

Doctor of Philosophy Students

Due to the generosity of donors, all admitted PhD students receive full tuition assistance and an annual merit stipend of $7,000.

Tuition cost per credit hour $1,000
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 and Fees on this page are for the 2019-2020 academic year. Rates are effective beginning May 2019.

Tuition Assistance
Financial Aid-Fellowships
Students in the PhD program receive Tuition Grants from Brite Divinity School equivalent to 100% of tuition for four years of study. Annual stipends of $7,000 are awarded to students for the first four years of study. Stipend funding also supports one semester’s experience as a Teaching Assistant. Further information is available from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Hispanic/Latina/o Faculty
Francisco Lozada, Jr. (HTI Scholar)
Charles Fischer Catholic Associate Professor of New Testament and Latino/a Church 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