Synchronous Learning

All ten majors in the PhD program are available at a distance through synchronous interactive video as well as in the traditional classroom. Students who are unable to take advantage of the campus scholarly environment can participate fully in seminars and colloquia by joining the class sessions through live Internet connections. However, some general workshop courses that apply to all PhD majors still will require travel to the main campus during January or summer breaks.


Advanced, focused study

Biblical Exposition, Biblical Interpretation, Christian Apologetics, Christian Education, Christian Leadership, Counselor Education and Supervision, Evangelism, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology.

Standard of Excellence

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree prepares candidates for a vocation in theological instruction and Christian scholarly research and ministry.

Classes of 8-12 students follow a seminar format, where students present research and engage in dialogue. In this setting, students are led to sharpen critical thinking and research skills.

Schedules range from weekly sessions to weekend block formats for selected majors.

Student Testimony

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who doesn't need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth. ~ 2 Timothy 2:15

A Community of Scholars

NOBTS's research community consists of about 30 professors and 150 students. Our faculty and students are active members of various professional societies.

Obtaining Your Degree

The 64-65 hour program is comprised of three stages.

PhD Residency | ThM Candidacy: 33-34 Hours

PhD Senior Residency: 23 Hours

PhD Candidacy: 8 Hours

Students who hold a master's degree but need to complete one year or less of additional leveling courses can apply for PhD Preresidency.

Program Length

The minimum length of the program is 3.5 years. Most students take 4-6 years. The maximum length is 7 years.

Student Testimony

May grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. ~ 2 Peter 1:2

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