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Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:  The prospective doctoral candidate must hold an earned Master’s degree from an approved educational institution.  Upon receipt of the application and consultation, a determination will be made concerning the prospective doctoral candidate’s eligibility.





Total Courses

6 courses(30 hours)

Core Courses & Electives


20 hours

60-120 pages

Core Courses

Minimum 3

Authorized Textbooks

Elective Courses

Maximum 3

Elective Page or No Travel Seminar Tab

No Travel Seminars

Maximum 3


No Travel Seminar Tab

TUITION - $2,795.00

Automatic Monthly Payment Program:  $200 down and $100 a month for a total of $2,795.00.

Up Front Payment Program: $300 reduction for a total of $2,495.00 paid at enrollment.

Tuition does not include textbooks. Please purchase them at your favorite book dealer or www.Amazon.com

ABOUT THIS DEGREE PROGRAM:  The Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies degree program will enable the doctoral candidate to do an overall study of research and practice in the realm of Biblical studies.  The program consists of six courses, which are the equivalent of thirty hours of study, and a dissertation, which is the equivalent of twenty hours of study. Texts must be selected from the list of Authorized Textbooks provided below.  Although all textbooks may be ordered simultaneously, assignments must be submitted one at a time.  Once a textbook is read, a 10 to 20 page paper describing what was read must be submitted for grading.    A four to six page paper is required for each No Travel Seminar.  We are simply asking students for a summary of the material. Review the How to Submit Your Work tab concerning submission of assignments.

SPECIFIC DEGREE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:  The Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies degree program requires a total of 50 hours.  This is comprised of six courses (30 hours) and a dissertation (20 hours).  Three of the six required courses must be core courses chosen from the list of Authorized Textbooks provided below.  Up to three of the six required courses may be electives.  Electives may be chosen from the Electives Page or the No Travel Seminar tab. No Travel Seminars are optional.  A maximum of three No Travel Seminars may be utilized for this program.

Courses/Textbooks may not be utilized for more than one degree program.


DBS 600   Review of Psalms  - Encountering the Book of Psalms: A Literary and Theological Introduction (Encountering Biblical Studies) by C. Hassell Bullock (Jul 1, 2004

DBS 620 Old Testament Survey -  Encountering The Old Testament: A Christian Survey by Bill T. Arnold and Bryan E. Beyer, May 1, 2008.

DBS 630 Bible History - The Bible in English: Its History and Influence by David Daniell (Sept. 1, 2003)  

DBS 650  Understanding The Bible - 30 Days to Understanding the Bible, by Max Anders (Mar. 29 2011)  

DBS 670  Bible Discipline -  The Second Most Important Book You Will Ever Read: A Personal Challenge to read the Bible By Dan Patrick  (Mar. 17, 2009)

DBS 690  New Testament Survey - Encountering the New Testament -  Encountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological Survey by Walter A. Elwell and Robert W. Yarbrough, (May 15, 2013) 

DBS 710   Study of The Dead Sea Scrolls  - The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English: Seventh Edition (Penguin Classics) by Geza Vermes (June 26, 2012) 

DBS 730  Ancient Christian Gospels - Ancient Christian Gospels: Their History and Development by Helmut Koester (1992)  

DBS 750  Understanding Jesus The Messiah - Jesus The Messiah by Donald Gutherie, (Feb. 11, 1982)

DBS 760  Study of Paul The Apostle  -  The Religion of Paul the Apostle by John Ashton, (Nov. 10, 2000

DBS 770  Understanding Jesus -  The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey. Feb. 11, 2002

DBS 780   Old Testament Background Study  - Old Testament Survey: The Message Form, and Background of the Old Testament, by William Sanford LaSor and David Allan Hubbard, (Sept. 3, 1996)

DBS 800 Introduction of Hermeneutics -  The Hermeneutical Spiral: A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Interpretation by Grant R. Osborne, (Dec. 4, 2006)

DBS 810 Introduction to New Testament Greek - Introduction to New Testament Greek (two texts are required for this course). ****

  1. Basic of Biblical Greek  - Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar, by William D. Mounce (Nov. 28, 2009)  
  2. Basics of Biblical Greek Workbook by William D. Mounce (Nov. 28, 2009 ) 

DBS 820  Understanding End Time Prophecy  - The Day of the Lord, The Key to Understanding End-Time Prophecy by Allen M. Barber, (July 26, 2011).

DBS 830 Study of the True Tabernacle - The Secret Place: The True Tabernacle Yeshua by Lynn Liebengood, February 2016


DBS 850  Bible History - The World's Greatest Book: The Story of How the Bible Came to Be  Author, Lawrence H. Schiffman

 Each doctoral candidate who chooses to complete Introduction to New Testament Greek will read the textbook and complete the corresponding lessons in the workbook.  Doctoral candidates are assessed on submitted assignments/lessons from the workbook.  The entire workbook must be completed and mailed for processing to the Registrar's Office: Newburgh Theological Seminary, P.O. Box 1238, Newburgh, Indiana 47629.

****Additional tuition of $400 is due if a doctoral candidate adds Introduction to New Testament Greek to the Biblical Studies curriculum.


Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1238
8922 Ruffian Lane
Newburgh, Indiana 47629



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