Princeton Theological Seminary
Description of the PhD Program
The PhD program of Princeton Theological Seminary forms scholars, servants, and leaders of the church and the academy through constructive, critical engagement with the Christian tradition in its complexity and diversity, and where appropriate, in conversation with other religious and intellectual traditions in their multiplicity and variety.
The PhD program nurtures excellence in (1) research and writing, (2) teaching, and (3) academic citizenship. According to an August 2015 report, Princeton Theological Seminary has provided more faculty with doctoral degrees to schools accredited by The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) than any other institution of higher education.
The PhD program operates in the following areas of study:
- Biblical Studies: Old Testament, New Testament
- History and Ecumenics: History of Christianity, World Christianity and the History of Religions (WCHR)
- Practical Theology: Christian Education, Pastoral Theology, Homiletics
- Religion and Society
- Theology: Christian Ethics, History of Doctrine, Philosophy and Theology, Systematic Theology
Tuition & Housing Costs
Annual Tuition: $19,000
Comprehensive Fee: $600
An unfurnished apartment (size dependent on availability) will be reserved for each admitted applicant in campus housing and will be made available for up to five consecutive years or for the duration of the student’s PhD program, whichever comes first. Single students may choose instead to live in one of the residence halls. In either case, the housing is heavily subsidized and thus represents a substantial enhancement of the overall admissions package.
Annual Housing Cost: Ranges from $6,000-$19,440 (shared 2 bedroom apartment, to 4 bedroom apartment)
Princeton Theological Seminary offers generous support for PhD students. 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. One Peter Paris Fellowship, valued at $5,000 above the current doctoral stipend, is awarded annually to a student who is a descendant of slaves or from an underrepresented group.
- Merit Tuition Scholarship: This scholarship covers the annual cost of tuition, which in 2019–20 is $18,000, 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 PhD program. Beginning with the entering class of 2019–2020, it provides an annual stipend of $25,000 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 for each year of funding support (with no additional 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 2019–2020, it provides an annual stipend of $25,000 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 for each year of funding support (with no additional remuneration).
- Peter Paris Fellowship: This fellowship of $5,000 per year above the current doctoral stipend is awarded annually to one student who is a descendant of slaves or from an underrepresented group, including but not limited to African, Latino/a, Asian-Pacific Islander or First Nations descent. (Note: Current federal nondiscrimination guidelines and case law permit educational institutions to focus but not limit scholarships to particular racial/ethnic groups. Within the context of the Seminary’s complete financial aid program, the Paris Fellowship will focus on African American students to the extent permitted by these guidelines.)
- Presidential Merit Scholarship: This scholarship of $5,000 per year is awarded to eight students in each entering class whose applications, in the judgment of the PhD Studies Committee, are of excellent quality. The scholarship is awarded as a supplement to either the Princeton Doctoral Fellowship or The George S. Green Fellowship for Doctoral Study.
- Trustees Merit Scholarship: This scholarship of $6,000 per year is awarded to two students in each entering class whose applications, in the judgment of the PhD Studies Committee, are of superior quality. This represents the highest award offered by the Seminary to an entering doctoral student. The scholarship is awarded as a supplement to either the Princeton Doctoral Fellowship or The George S. Green Fellowship for Doctoral Study.
Raimundo César Barreto, Jr.
Assistant Professor of World Christianity
Margarita Mooney Suarez
Associate Professor of Congregational Studies
Eric D. Barreto
Frederick and Margaret L. Weyerhaeuser 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.
En Conjunto: A Latinx Student Collaborative at PTS – Student group
Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Instructor in Pastoral Theology and Care
Iliff School of Theology
Tommy A. Cásarez
Chauncy Diego Francisco Handy
Assistant Professor of Afro-Latino/a Religions and Cultural Studies at Drew University
Francisco Javier Peláez-Díaz
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
Guilherme Brasil de Souza
The HTI person to contact for information on PhD studies at Princeton Theological Seminary is:
Name: Dr. Rose Ellen Dunn
Title: Associate Dean for Academic Administration