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Requirements for Application:

  1. Academic: Bachelor's degree or the equivalent from an accredited college or university. An accredited MDiv or MTh/ThM, MPhil or STM with a focus on biblical and theological studies, with a minimum of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Other Master's-level (MA, MATS, MACM, MAR, etc.) degrees will be considered if the student can demonstrate aptitude for advanced study.
  2. The GRE (Graduate Record Exam) is required.
  3. English: For applicants whose primary language is other than English, a TOEFL score of 585 or equivalent.
  4. Writing: Submission and approval of a writing sample that demonstrates graduate-level research and writing skills.
  5. Vocational Essay: A 2000-word Vocational Essay is required that details a) the applicant's personal testimony and spiritual journey; b) his or her personal sense of vocation to academic and ministry leadership; c) professional goals; and d) plans to make original contributions to his or her field is required.
  6. Biblical Languages: One full year each (2 semesters) of biblical Hebrew and NT Greek. Students lacking coursework for this entrance requirement may demonstrate competency in a biblical language by taking a proficiency exam. Students planning to concentrate in either the Old Testament or the New Testament must have a second full year (2 semesters) of either Hebrew or NT Greek, corresponding to their concentration.
  7. Research Language Proficiency: The program requires research proficiency in English as the primary research language and a second modern research language (usually German or French). Competency in a modern research language must be demonstrated during the first two years of the program before beginning work on the dissertation. Competency can be demonstrated in one of two ways: 1) successful completion of a modern language course that facilitates and measures translation skill, or 2) taking and successfully completing a modern language translation exam offered through the AGTS PhD Biblical Interpretation and Theology program.
    Note: Additional ancient and modern languages may be required as needed for the completion of dissertation research. OT and NT disciplines require extra work in their respective languages (see Language: Biblical above). Other linguistic skills may be required depending on one's dissertation topic and the modern language most germane to the field of study. For example, a student doing a dissertation on a Latin American Liberation theologian would need to translate Spanish. A dissertation on a Western church father of the 4th century would likely require translation facility in Latin. Again, these requirements must be met before the formal research and writing stage of the dissertation.
  8. Recommendations: Three completed Letters of Recommendation are required.
  9. Technology: Acceptable computer and Internet competencies.

Instructions for Applying for Admission to the AGTS PhD Biblical Interpretation and Theology Program:

  1. Submit an application with a $75 non-refundable application fee ($15 for readmissions), a recent photograph, academic writing sample and evidence of second language competency (e.g., exam completion, transcript) to the PhD BTH Program Director.
  2. Distribute academic, ministerial and personal recommendation forms and request the completed documents be submitted to the PhD BTH Program Director within ten days.
  3. Take the GRE exam and have the results sent to the PHD BTH Program Director. If this exam has been previously taken, this score may be sent in lieu of retaking the exam.
  4. Request that official transcripts of all post-secondary institutions attended be sent to the PhD BTH Program Director.


A student may enter the program during any one of the three course sessions, which allows the student to begin courses as soon as they have been accepted. The following deadlines facilitate this schedule:

  • To begin in February, all application files must be submitted by December 1.
  • To begin in June, all application files must be submitted by April 1.
  • To begin in October, all application files must be submitted by August 1.

Admission is highly selective. Applicants will be evaluated by the Bible and Theology Department. They will be notified in writing regarding the status of their acceptance into the PhD BTH program.

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