Program Objectives

The doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is an advanced research program designed to develop the scholarly leadership of the church throughout the world.

It fosters the mastery of a specific theological discipline and equips students for teaching through nine area and interdisciplinary seminars or graduate courses, faculty/student colloquia, independent research, mastery of languages, comprehensive exams and a thesis.The program is deliberately theological and confessional without compromising its commitment to academic excellence and accountability.

The concentration in Systematic Theology within the Ph.D. program focuses primarily on educating and preparing persons to teach in seminaries, colleges, and universities around the world.

Expected Outcomes

Though this program, Luther Seminary:

  • Works with students as a community of learners, to develop the next generation of teachers and scholars for emerging, creative and global opportunities in church and academy.
  • Educates persons who have the gifts and skills for academic excellence and a passion for theological leadership for a church in mission to the world
  • Guides students in exploring and expressing the meaning of faith in the Triune God for today's world, with its various contexts and challenges.
  • Leads students in a creative understanding of biblical, evangelical and ecumenical doctrine, developing the habits, skills, imagination and knowledge to face challenges to the faith in a new era.