Bible studies is just one area of specialization available within theology doctoral programs. Christian ethics, the philosophy of religion, practical theology and mission studies may also be areas of emphasis. Whatever a student's concentration, doctoral degrees in theology train students in advanced research techniques, and the program usually culminates with a dissertation, which is a substantial work of original research in the field. Such programs may prepare students for advanced roles in academia, seminaries or churches.
Applicants to Doctor of Theology programs must have at least a bachelor's degree to be considered for admission. Most admissions committees also ask for standardized test scores, letters of recommendation and in some cases, a resume. Programs with a Christian affiliation may also ask for a personal statement highlighting an applicant's faith.
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Doctor of Theology in Bible Studies
Instruction in Doctor of Theology in Bible Studies programs takes place almost entirely in the classroom and focuses on research. Here are some classes likely to appear in the curriculum:
- Social responsibility
- Biblical heritage
- Perspectives on Western culture
- Biblical history
- Christianity in Africa
- The Hebrew language
Employment Outlook and Salary Information
A common career for graduates of a Doctor of Theology program is postsecondary teacher. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects employment of postsecondary philosophy and religion teachers to increase 12% between 2014 and 2024 (www.bls.gov), which is faster than the national average for all professions. The median annual salary for philosophy and religion professors was $66,380 as of May 2015. The highest-paid philosophy and religion professors earned upwards of $125,050, while the lowest paid made less than $35,280.
Doctor of Theology programs allow students to pursue in-depth study and research in a specialization area, such as Bible studies. Many graduates go on to work as postsecondary teachers.