Description of PhD Program
The Graduate Division of Religion at Drew Theological School is distinctively marked by a robust geographic and ethnic diversity as well as an uncommon gender balance. The result is an international community of scholars and students in which diverse perspectives are welcomed and placed in lively conversation toward a transformative scholarship uniquely engaged with the global contexts of contemporary religious faith and practice. Areas of concentration include Biblical Studies, Theology and Philosophy, and Religion and Society.
Tuition & Housing Costs
PhD Tuition: $30,060
Room and Board: $15,976
All PhD applicants admitted to Drew’s Graduate Division of Religion receive a full tuition waiver.
- Andrew H. Phelps and Emily Brown Phelps Fellowship. These fellowships are awarded to entering PhD students for their first year in the program. Recipients of the fellowships are nominated by the area faculty and approved by the Dean of the Theological School.
- Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in New Jersey Award (AICUNJ).
This award provides a 50 percent scholarship to all full-time employees of the member institutions of this state-wide association of colleges. Interested applicants should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for the required certification form.
- Constructive Theology Scholarship.This scholarship is awarded to an entering PhD student in the Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion area for his or her first year in the program. The recipient of the scholarship is nominated by the area faculty and approved by the Dean of the Theological School.
- Myungsung Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to entering international PhD students for their first year in the program. Recipients of the scholarships are nominated by the area faculty and approved by the Dean of the Theological School.
- Teaching AssistantshipsThe Theological School appoints paid Teaching Assistants each semester from among the PhD student body to assist professors in the delivery of required MDiv courses. Paid research assistants are also appointed to assist faculty engaged in research projects and to serve as scholar apprentices.
Assistant Professor of Afro-Latina/o Religions and Cultural Studies
Javier A. Viera
Dean of Theological School and Professor of Pastoral Theology
Hispanic Centers and Programs
Hispanic Institute of Theology (HIT) works primarily to provide opportunities for the development of Latina/o theological and religious studies and to give visibility to this work. HIT is also interested in helping to develop a network of Latinas/os involved in the field of religious studies and theology.
Library Resources-Special Collections
Electronic Resources at Drew University Library includes access to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States, the Oxford Encyclopedia of MesoAmerican Cultures and a variety of Caribbean-American Studies papers under Ethnic NewsWatch.
- La Casa Latina-Latino Heritage Theme House-aspires to instill the significance of the Latino heritage into the Drew Community. Its members strive toward broadening the education of and securing knowledge about the Latino culture and community within and around Drew University. The ambition of house members is to raise awareness about issues concerning Latinos through programming, which serves as a means of strengthening the presence and importance of diversity at this institution.
- The Hispanic Caucus is a gathering of students and faculty from both the Theological and Graduate schools and is instrumental in recruiting and supporting the growing number of Hispanic students. Special chapel services, festive meals, and lectures are among its activities.
- Ariel is the Latino Student Organization at Drew University. It is dedicated to fostering a better understanding of Latino cultures and promoting diversity by Latinos themselves and non-Latinos alike. It strives to serve the Drew community by hosting educational and cultural events.
HTI Fellows/HTIC Scholars
Daniel F. Flores
Alberto HernándezAssociate Professor of the History of ChristianityAcademic Vice President and Dean of the FacultyIllif School of Theology2000-2001 Dissertation Year Fellow
President, Sociedad Wesleyana (Hispanic Wesleyan Society)
Adjunct Instructor, Perkins Youth School of Theology
Pastor, La Trinidad United Methodist Church
2002-2003 Dissertation Year Fellow
Nora Lozano-DíazAssociate Professor of Theological StudiesCo-Director of the Latina Leadership InstituteBaptist University of the Americas1997-1998 Dissertation Year Fellow
Hugo MagallanesAssociate Professor of Christianity and CulturePerkins School of Theology1997-1998 Doctoral
1998-1999 Comprehensive Exams Year
2001-2002 Dissertation Year Fellow Peter Anthony Mena
2010-2011 Comprehensive Exams Year Scholar 2012-2014 Dissertation Year Scholar Matilde Kathleen Moros2007-2008 Doctoral
2008-2009 Doctoral Renewal
2009-2010 Comprehensive Exams Year Fellow Elaine PadillaAssistant Professor of Constructive Theology and Director of AssessmentNew York Theological Seminary2005-2006 Doctoral
2006-2007 Doctoral Renewal
2007-2008 Comprehensive Exams Year
2009-2010 Dissertation Year Fellow Erica Ramirez
2011-2012 First-Year Doctoral Scholar
2012-2013 Second Year Doctoral Scholar
2013-2014 Comprehensive Exams Year Scholar
2015-2016 Comprehensive Exams Year Scholar
Ricardo Ramos-DíazPastor, United Methodist Church of Linden2001-2002 Doctoral
2002-2003 Doctoral Renewal Fellow Eliezer Reyes2008-2009 Doctoral
2009-2010 Doctoral Renewal Fellow Mayra Rivera RiveraAssistant Professor of Theology and Latino/a StudiesHarvard Divinity School2001-2002 Doctoral2002-2003 Doctoral Renewal 2003-2004 Comprehensive Exams Year 2004-2005 Dissertation Year Fellow
Louis Benjamin Rolsky
2011-2012 Second-Year Doctoral Scholar
Benjamín ValentínProfessor of Theology and CultureDirector of the Orlando E. Costas Lectureship in Latino/a TheologyAndover Newton Theological School1999-2000 Dissertation Year Fellow2002 Book Prize Winner
The HTIC person to contact for information on Ph.D. studies at Drew University is:
Name: Dr. Elias Ortega-Aponte
Title: Assistant Professor of Afro-Latina/o Religions and Cultural Studies
Email: [email protected]
Updated May 2015