Description of PhD Program
The Graduate Division of Religion at Drew Theological School is distinctively marked by a robust geographic and ethnic diversity as well as an uncommon gender balance. The result is an international community of scholars and students in which diverse perspectives are welcomed and placed in lively conversation toward a transformative scholarship uniquely engaged with the global contexts of contemporary religious faith and practices. The following areas of specialization are currently offered int he PhD: Bible and Cultures, Theological and Philosophical Studies, and Religions and Society.
During coursework, Ph.D. students may elect to complete a transdisciplinary concentration in one of the following areas:
- Africana and African American Religions and Culture: Study the histories, cultures, religions, philosophies, aspirations, and achievements of African Americans and peoples of African descent in regions of the world that share a history of specific kinds of colonialism.
- Religion and Ecology: Study the historical, philosophical, socio-political, and theological influences that have shaped the current planetary context and the array of contemporary global religious ecological voices and emerging eco-theologies.
- Women’s and Gender Studies: Examine the diversity of women’s experiences as they are informed by gender, class, race/ethnicity, sexuality, age, ability, social location, and cultural and national identity. Engage theoretical and methodological insights of feminist thought and gender and queer scholarship.
- Wesleyan/Methodist Studies: Study U.S. and global Wesleyan/Methodist history, theology, practices, and organization.
Tuition & Housing Costs
PhD Tuition: $30,060
Room and Board: $15,976
Students admitted into the Ph.D. in the Graduate Division of Religion receive a full tuition scholarship.
- Andrew H. Phelps and Emily Brown Phelps Fellowship. These fellowships are awarded to entering PhD students for their first year in the program. Recipients of the fellowships are nominated by the area faculty and approved by the Dean of the Theological School.
- Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in New Jersey Award (AICUNJ). This award provides a 50 percent scholarship to all full-time employees of the member institutions of this state-wide association of colleges. Interested applicants should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for the required certification form.
- Constructive Theology Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to an entering PhD student in the Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion area for his or her first year in the program. The recipient of the scholarship is nominated by the area faculty and approved by the Dean of the Theological School.
- Myungsung Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to entering international PhD students for their first year in the program. Recipients of the scholarships are nominated by the area faculty and approved by the Dean of the Theological School.
- Teaching Assistantships. The Theological School appoints paid Teaching Assistants each semester from among the PhD student body to assist professors in the delivery of required MDiv courses. Paid research assistants are also appointed to assist faculty engaged in research projects and to serve as scholar apprentices.
Associate Professor of Afro-Latina/o Religions and Cultural Studies
Javier A. Viera
Dean of Theological School and Professor of Pastoral Theology
Library Resources-Special Collections
Electronic Resources at Drew University Library includes access to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States, the Oxford Encyclopedia of MesoAmerican Cultures and a variety of Caribbean-American Studies papers under Ethnic NewsWatch.
- SOMOS/The Hispanic Caucus is a gathering of students and faculty from both the Theological and Graduate schools and is instrumental in recruiting and supporting the growing number of Hispanic students. Special chapel services, festive meals, and lectures are among its activities.
Daniel F. Flores
Public Service Librarian, Judith J. Carrier Library
Tarrant Clounty College
Associate Professor of the History of Christianity
Illif School of Theology
Associate Professor of Theological Studies
Co-Director of the Latina Leadership Institute
Baptist University of the Americas
Associate Professor of Christianity and Culture
Perkins School of Theology
Peter Anthony Mena
Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
University of San Diego
Matilde Kathleen Moros
Assistant Professor Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
Virginia Commonwealth University
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Latinx/Latin American Studies
The University of La Verne
Erica Ramirez (ABD)
Richard B Parker Assistant Professor of Wesleyan Thought
Portland Seminary of George Fox University
Pastor, United Methodist Church of Linden
Mayra Rivera Rivera
Associate Professor of Theology and Latina/o Studies
Harvard Divinity School
Louis Benjamin Rolsky
Assistant Professor of Latina/o Christianity
Yale Divinity School
2002 Book Prize Winner
The HTI people to contact for information on PhD studies at Drew University are:Name: Dr. Elias Ortega-Aponte
Title: Assistant Professor of Afro-Latina/o Religions and Cultural Studies
Name: Dr. Meredith E. Hoxie Schol
Title: Director of Doctoral Studies
Phone: (973) 408-3452
The person in Charge of Enrollment is:
Name: Rev. Kevin Miller
Title: Director of Theological Admissions
Phone: (973) 408-3111