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    Description of PhD program

    The Graduate Division of Religion (GDR) is a unit of Emory University’s Laney Graduate School, drawing on the faculty resources of the Department of Religion of the Emory College of Arts and Sciences and Candler School of Theology. The GDR includes nine distinct programs of study (American Religious Cultures; Ethics and Society; Historical Studies in Theology and Religion; Jewish Religious Cultures; New Testament; Old Testament; Person, Community and Religious Life; Theological Studies; and West and South Asian Religions), enrolling approximately 150 students.

    The Graduate Division of Religion is the second-largest doctoral program at Emory, and it benefits from one of the most diverse faculties and student bodies in American doctoral education. It is distinguished for its encouragement of interdisciplinary study across the University and has been named by the National Research Council as one of the premier PhD programs in the United States. The GDR is committed to shaping scholars who will reshape their academic disciplines and institutions for a new generation.

    Tuition & Housing Costs

    For the academic year 2014-15, tuition for a full-time course load of 9 hours or more is $18,900 per semester. This fee covers tuition, the use of facilities of instruction and library services. Student health insurance is incurred as an additional expense.

    Students registered for less than 9 hours a semester are classified as part-time and are charged $2,100 per credit hour for Fall and Spring 2014-2015, and $1,575 per credit hour for Summer. Full tuition is based on 9 hours per semester during the Fall and Spring, and 12 hours in the Summer semester. Students enrolled only in RES 999GSAS for 9 hours during Fall and Spring semester and 12 hours in the Summer are assessed $9,450 tuition.

    There is no University-owned housing for graduate students at Emory. As a service, the Office of Residence Life & Housing provides internet space for one off-campus listing resource: https://housing.emory.edu/off-campus/home.cfm. This is a self-service site and as such, we are not able to answer any questions regarding listings. There are many other public sites available to search as well.

    For more information on tuition and fees, see http://gs.emory.edu/financial_support/tuition.html

    Tuition Assistance/Financial Aid/Fellowships

    A number of scholarships are available to graduate students at Emory University. Basic support includes tuition scholarships, generous stipends, and subsidized health insurance. Regular fellowship support covers the full cost of tuition and includes a generous annual stipend. Three additional fellowships are available: the Robert W. Woodruff Fellowship, the Emory Graduate Diversity Fellowship, and the Arts & Sciences Fellowship provide funding beyond the regular fellowships and cover 12 months of support. As long as students make satisfactory academic progress, the level of support they are awarded on admission can be renewed for up to five years (four in some programs). Individual Courses of Study determine which of their applicants to nominate for regular fellowships as well as for special fellowships. A faculty review committee in Laney Graduate School makes the final selections.

    Other sources of financial support available include Professional Development Support Funds and Advanced Student Fellowships. Professional Development Support (PDS) Funds offer graduate students support for activities beyond their regular coursework and research that contribute to their development as scholars and professionals. These activities include attending conferences, travel expenses relating to research, obtaining additional training, and other research expenses. These funds are available by application. Students can receive up to $2,500 over the course of their program of study. Application for these funds requires the recommendation of the student’s advisor. Additional funding beyond the $2,500 is available through a competitive application process. The Laney Graduate School, sometimes in cooperation with other Emory entities, offers a number of advanced student fellowships. These are one-year fellowships designed for students who have exhausted their "regular" fellowships but need one more year of support to complete their degrees.

    Hispanic/Latino Faculty


    Dr. L. Wesley de Souza
    Arthur J. Moore Associate Professor in the Practice of Evangelism

    Hispanic Centers and Programs

    Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program at Emory University (LACS)-This program has had a strong tradition of sponsoring exhibits, lectures, symposia, and performances that reflect the research interests of our affiliated faculty. The core faculty of thirty-one Latin-Americanists represents one of largest groups of faculty associated with an area studies program at Emory University.

    Neighboring Institutions or Programs

    Atlanta is also home to a number of other leading graduate programs, including especially those of the Georgia State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition, resources specific to Christian theological disciplines are available at the Columbia Theological Seminary, the Interdenominational Theological Center, and the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University. These latter institutions are members with the Candler School of Theology of the Atlanta Theological Association.

    Library Resources-Special Collections

    Students in the GDR benefit from the resources of Candler’s Pitts Theology Library, one of the top theological libraries in North America, as well as the University collections in the Robert W. Woodruff Library. Electronic Databases at Emory University libraries include access to the Handbook of Latin American Studies and the Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI).

    Other Resources

    • African, Hispanic, Asian and Native American-Dance (AHANA)- to provide a forum for students’ creative expression from a cultural perspective and to promote unity, harmony and diversity at Emory through performance
    • Association of Caribbean Educators (ACES)- serves as a support group for Caribbean students at Emory University, a vehicle of communication to each other the general student body and public, about the history and issues of the Caribbean, in order to dispel harmful and false stereotypes, and a network with other students of the Caribbean.
    • Latino Student Organization-assembles all students with an interest in Latino issues, including, but not limited to, culture, politics, social issues, and philanthropy.


    HTI Fellows/Scholars

    Antonio (Tony) Alonso
    2013-2014 Second-Year Doctoral Scholar
    2014-2015 Comprehensive Exams Year Scholar
    2015-2016 Dissertation Scholar

    Eric Daniel Barreto
    Associate Professor of New Testament
    Luther Seminary
    2004-2005 Doctoral
    2005-2006 Doctoral Renewal
    2006-2007 Comprehensive Exams Year
    2008-2009 Dissertation Year Fellow

    Manuela Caballos
    Associate Professor of Islam
    University of Tennessee Knoxville
    2013-2014 Dissertation Scholar

    Diana Click
    2015-2016 First-Year Doctoral Scholar 

    Thomas Vincent Flores
    Instructor of World Religions
    Georgia Gwinnet College
    2000-2001 Doctoral
    2002-2003 Doctoral Renewal
    2003-2004 Comprehensive Exams Year
    2005-2006 Dissertation Year Fellow
    Juan Hernández, Jr.
    Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity
    Bethel University
    2000-2001 Doctoral
    2001-2002 Doctoral Renewal
    2002-2003 Comprehensive Exams Year
    2004-2005 Dissertation Year Fellow
    Manuel Mejido Costoya
    Social Affairs Officer
    Social Development Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)-Bangok, Thailand
    1998-1999 Doctoral
    1999-2000 Doctoral Renewal
    2000-2002 Comprehensive Exams Year
    2002-2003 Dissertation Year Fellow
    Melissa Pagán
    2010-2011 First-Year Doctoral Scholar
    2011-2012 Second-Year Doctoral Scholar
    2012-2014 Comprehensive Exams Scholar
    2014-2015 Dissertation Scholar
    Gilberto Ruiz
    Assistant Professor of Scripture-Loyola Institute for Ministry
    Loyola University New Orleans
    2006-2007 First-Year Doctoral Fellow
    2007-2008 Second-Year Doctoral Fellow 
    2008-2009 Comprehensive Exams Year Fellow
    2010-2011 Dissertation Fellow

    Contact Information

    The HTIC person to contact for information on Ph.D. studies at Emory University/Candler School of Theology is:

    Name: Carol Newsom
    Title: C.H. Candler Professor of Old Testament, Candler School of Theology and Director of the Graduate Division of Religion
    Email: [email protected]
    Updated May 2015