Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

PhD Programs

Loyola University’s doctoral program in theology is designed for those who envision a career primarily in teaching and scholarly research at an advanced level.

Starting in the fall of 2010 specializations will be offered in two areas: Integrative Studies in Ethics and Theology and New Testament and Early Christianity. The first, Integrative Studies in Ethics and Theology, features a new and innovative curriculum that replaces the two specializations previously offered in Constructive Theology and Christian Ethics. The second, New Testament and Early Christianity, maintains the focus on historical and linguistic skills, but at the same time seeks to bring its students into conversation with other students in theology through interdisciplinary course work and opportunities for advanced theological study.

Theological Pedagogy

Since teaching is frequently a significant part of our graduates’ professional goals, doctoral students who have completed their course work typically take two non-credit courses in Theological Pedagogy and also serve as teaching assistants. The courses provide mentoring, videotaping, assistance in the development of syllabi, and opportunities for students to reflect on their philosophy of teaching. Participants create a professional file to parallel their academic Curriculum Vitae.

Length of Program

Students possessing an MA can complete the program in five to six years: two years of course work, a third year of preparation and completion of comprehensive examinations and the dissertation proposal, and one to two years of writing the dissertation.

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