Advanced-Level Degree Program: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


The DOCTOR of PHILOSOPHY (PhD) program at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) equips persons for vocations of teaching and research and for the scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice in accord with the standards of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). With a world-renown faculty, the overall thrust of the program is public theology — that is, theological discourse in the public arena. In each field of study or concentration, the candidate will be asked to consider the mutual, interdisciplinary interaction between theology and public life. Hence, this program values interdisciplinary work and practical/social ethical reflection where appropriate. Each student selects a major field and a minor field from four concentrations or fields of study: Scriptural Theology, Historical Theology, Contemporary Theology, and Theology for Ministry/Mission. These areas are the focus of the two-year residency on the campus of LTSP. Admissions applications are due by January 15. Some merit- based financial aid is available.


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The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Learn more here.