Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
Description of PhD Program
Union Theological Seminary offers the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Theology for students who want to teach in colleges, universities, and seminaries, or to hold positions of leadership in churches or social service and social justice agencies. Students can finish the Ph.D. program in four to five years and are expected to finish within seven years.
The program offers advanced study in the disciplines of theology with major specialization in one of the areas listed below. Additionally, students select a minor concentration in one of these areas or in an allied academic discipline such as philosophy, sociology, psychology, or religious studies.
- Interreligious Engagement
- Practical Theology
The major-minor structure in Union’s Ph.D. program enables interdisciplinary cross-fertilization and “mutual illumination” that is intended to generate original scholarship. This structure also equips graduates with academic versatility and expanded teaching competency that will serve to optimize their employability in a competitive market.
The interdisciplinary nature of the Union Ph.D. program is further enhanced by the doctoral seminar in which all students participate. By attending to the interplay between the methods of the theological disciplines and those of religious studies, the program cultivates in graduates a sense of the ongoing dialogue between Theology and Religious Studies that marks contemporary religious education; it prepares graduates to teach and to lead in the diverse, multi-religious, and multicultural contexts of today’s world.
Tuition & Housing Costs
Tuition and Fees:
Annual Full-Time Tuition | $35,136
Semesterly Residency Tuition | $17,568
Students must be registered full-time
Extended Residence | $2,00012PhD 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: Housing rates from $3,825 to $12,150 per semester
All PhD students at Union Theological Seminary are awarded Graduate Fellowships for four academic years.
Daisy L. Machado
Past HTI Director (1997-1999)
Professor of Church History
Associate Professor of Worship
Assistant Professor of Religion 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
Associate Professor of Religious Studies;
Department Chairperson, Religious Studies
Jesús Laguerra (2010-2011)
Jorge Juan Rodríguez V.
Juan Carlos Morales
Gabriel A. Salguero
President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition
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
The HTI person to contact for information on PhD studies at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York is:
Name: Dr. Daisy L. Machado
Title: Professor of Church History
Name: Dr. Serene Jones
Title: President and Johnston Family Professor for Religion and Democracy
Phone: (212) 280-1403
Person in Charge of Enrollment:
Name: Dr. Jan Rehmann
Title: PhD Program Director and Visiting Professor for Critical Theory and Social Analysis Phone: (212) 280-1495