Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies



45 credit hours

Program Length

3 years


Regionally Accredited by SACSCOC

Earn your doctoral degree in Biblical Studies

The PhD in Biblical Studies program is for those who want to teach in post-secondary theological higher education both nationally and internationally. If you want a program that offers you the advanced knowledge and skills needed to research, write, and make a scholarly contribution to the fields of Old Testament or New Testament Studies, the PhD in Biblical Studies program is for you.

What You'll Learn

  • Research and write at an advanced level of biblical scholarship under the functional authority of Scripture.
  • Make a scholarly contribution to the field of Old Testament or New Testament Studies.
  • Present research results in a professional, organized, coherent, and structured manner in both written and oral form.
  • Function responsibly in the context of a supervisory relationship while exhibiting CIU’s core value of victorious Christian living.

Program Length

Three years of full-time study or five years of part-time study.

Why Study Biblical Studies Online at CIU?

  • Program design allows you to focus on research and writing from the beginning of your studies.
  • Non-residential modality allows you to pursue your degree without relocating.
  • Affordable tuition rate includes books and saves you up to 50% more than the tuition rate of other seminary Ph D programs .
  • Experienced faculty mentors provide individualized guidance in areas of their particular expertise.
  • Accredited regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, nationally by the Association of Biblical Higher Education, and professionally by the Association of Theological Schools.

PhD Tuition Comparison (2022-2023)

Institution Total Tuition
Columbia Biblical Seminary $22,950
Liberty University $36,195
Regent University $40,200
Asbury Theological Seminary $42,000
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary $45,500 (non-SBC rate)
Dallas Theological Seminary $45,508
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School $52,200


What Will I Study?

Course of Study: The online PhD (Biblical Studies) degree consists of 45 credit hours.

Phase 1: Foundational Seminars (9 hours)

BIB 9200

BLG 9690

BIB 9400

RES 9690

BIB 9900

Issues and Methods in Biblical Studies

Biblical Language Competency

Principles of Teaching, Learning, and Course Design

Research Language Competency 1

Dissertation Proposal






Phase 2: Dissertation Research and Writing (24 hours)

BIB 9901

BIB 9902

RES 9691

BIB 9903

BIB 9904

BIB 9000

Biblical Studies Dissertation Research and Writing 1

Biblical Studies Dissertation Research and Writing 2

Biblical Studies Research Language Competency 2

Biblical Studies Dissertation Research and Writing 3

Biblical Studies Dissertation Research and Writing 4

Biblical Studies Comprehensive Knowledge Review







Phase 3: Dissertation Review and Defense (12)

BIB 9905

BIB 9906

Biblical Studies Dissertation Research and Writing 5

Biblical Studies Dissertation Review and Defense





Admission Requirements

  • Application
  • Official transcript from accredited institution (all graduate level work)
  • Completed MA, MDiv, or ThM with 3.5 GPA
  • Submit Master’s thesis or major research paper, approximately 5,000-6,000 words (20-24 pages)
  • Submit research proposal (approximately 500 words)
  • Biblical languages:
    • Biblical Studies: New Testament (4 semesters of Greek; 2 semesters of Hebrew)
    • Biblical Studies: Old Testament (4 semesters of Hebrew; 2 semesters of Greek)
  • 2 Academic References
  • Interview with admissions committee
  • *International requirements when appropriate

Graduates with a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies degree can go on to become:

  • Instructors and leaders in global theological education
  • Seminary and University instructors in North America
  • Academic deans
  • Consultants in theological education
  • Authors and editors