Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York

“Where faith and scholarship walk together to be a moral force in the world.”
Description of PhD Program
Union Theological Seminary offers the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in theology for students who want to teach in colleges, universities, and seminaries, or to hold positions of leadership in churches, religious institutions or social service and social justice agencies. The Union PhD program offers advanced study in the disciplines of theology with major specialization in one of the following fields:

  • Bible: Old Testament; New Testament
  • History
  • Theology: Systematics; Ethics, Philosophy of Religion
  • Interreligious Engagement
  • Practical Theology: Psychology and Religion, Preaching and Worship, Religion and Education, Theology and the Arts

In order to achieve an interdisciplinary cross-fertilization and “mutual illumination,” students elect a minor concentration in one of these fields or in another academic discipline relevant to their further research and teaching.

Tuition & Housing Costs

Tuition and Fees:

Annual Full-Time Tuition  |  $35,136
Semesterly Residency Tuition  |  $17,568
Students must be registered full-time at 7 or more credits
Extended Residence  |  $2,000

PhD candidates who have completed their residency without having completed the academic requirements; students must register for UT 400 each semester following the term in which the residency or tuition obligation is satisfied, until degree requirements are fulfilled


Housing rates from $3,753 to $9,787.50 per semester

Financial Aid-Fellowships

All PhD students at Union Theological Seminary are awarded Graduate Fellowships for four academic years.

Hispanic/Latina/o Faculty

Daisy L. Machado
Past HTI Director (1997-1999)
Professor of Church History

Cláudio Carvalhaes
Associate Professor of Worship

Samuel Cruz
Assistant Professor of Church and Society

Hispanic Centers and Programs

The “Hispanic Summer Program” is physically housed at Union with Dr. Daisy Machado as it’s director, and Union is one of its sponsoring institutions. See e.g. https://hispanicsummerprogram.org/

Library Resources-Special Collections
Print collections of Latin American Studies and Latin American-Iberian Studies resources are distributed throughout various Columbia University libraries. Online access to manuscripts and journals is available through https://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/latam/index. html.
Other Resources
The Latinx Caucus is committed to encouraging students, staff and faculty to critically examine Union’s role in fostering Latina/o ministry; deepening the knowledge of Latina/o cultures among Latina/o students and the broader UTS Community; identifying opportunities for UTS students to learn from Hispanic ministry; providing an environment of fellowship through peer-to-peer academic mentoring and social support; fostering and maintaining alliances among groups from diverse cultural backgrounds in the collective struggle for social justice; promoting interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the Latina/o religio-spiritual experience; promoting ethnographic and community building projects related to the diverse Latino community of New York City.
HTI Scholars
Teresa Delgado
Associate Professor of Religious Studies;
Department Chairperson, Religious Studies
Iona College

Jesús Laguerra (2010-2011)

Jorge Juan Rodríguez V.

Gabriel A. Salguero
President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition

David Sánchez
Associate Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University
Book Review Editor, Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Vice-President, Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States

Contact Information

The HTI person to contact for information on PhD studies at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York is:
Name:     Dr. Daisy Machado
Title:        Professor of Church History
Phone:    212-280-1550
Email:      dmachado@uts.columbia.edu

Name:     Dr. Serene Jone
Title:        President and Johnston Family Professor for Religion and Democracy
Phone:     (212) 280-1403

Person in Charge of Enrollment:
Name:      Dr. Jan Rehmann
Title:         Director of the PhD Program
Phone:     (212) 280-1495
Email:       jrehmann@utsnyc.edu