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

Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year is $1,965 per credit hour.

Fees for the 2017-2018 academic year are $135 per credit hour up to a maximum of $1,090 per semester.

One bedroom apartment (including utilities): $1,158 per month
Two bedroom apartment (including utilities): $1,382 per month
Two bedroom apartment – shared (including utilities): $694 per month

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:     Jeffrey Williams
Title:        Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Phone:    817-257-5862