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 (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.

  • Bible
  • History
  • Theology/Ethics
  • 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

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 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
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.

Juan Carlos Morales

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 L. Machado
Title:        Professor of Church History
Phone:    212-280-1385
Email:      dmachado@uts.columbia.edu

Name:     Dr. Serene Jones
Title:        President and Johnston Family Professor for Religion and Democracy
Phone:     (212) 280-1403
Email:       
sjones@uts.columbia.ed

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
Email:       jrehmann@utsnyc.edu