About The Ph.D. Program

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program at Olivet University, accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), is a prestigious education program, designed to advance the candidates engaged in Christian ministries to the highest level in his or her field.

Meeting the admission requirements indicates that the student is qualified to undertake guided preparation with a supervising professor in the “examination phase”, and also to complete the required number of seminars with a grade of and A or B. Upon successful completion of a comprehensive “Doctoral Examination” before a committee, the student begins supervised research and writing in the “Dissertation Phase,” normally with the same supervising professor. Both the ‘Examination Phase’ and the ‘Dissertation Phase’ require participation in the annual colloquium by attendance and the oral presentation of a research paper or report.

Graduates of the Ph.D. in Global Theological Studies will be expected to:

  • Be conversant with some of the major issues at the forefront of recent theological reflection within a global framework
  • Conduct original research that identifies, communicates and proposes solutions to new problems and challenges;
  • Produce a coherent, cogently argued dissertation; and
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity for building relationships