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    Description of PhD Program 

    The Graduate Program in Religious Studies (GPRS) at Southern Methodist University comprises programs of study leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. The primary goal of both degree programs is to prepare persons for academic leadership in the field, and hence for professional careers as teacher-scholars in colleges, universities, and schools of theology.

    Faculty members from Perkins School of Theology and from the Department of Religious Studies in Dedman College as well as the holders of the two University Chairs in Ethics constitute the faculty of the program. It is supported by the University’s extensive library system, especially the renowned Bridwell Library, which has distinctive collections in religion and theology along with state-of-the-art research facilities.

    Specialization is offered in one of the following areas:
    Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
    New Testament
    History of the Christian Tradition
    Religious Ethics
    Religion and Culture
    Systematic Theology

    Tuition & Housing Costs

    Tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year is $46.316. The GPRS covers all tuition (see Tuition Assistance), however, housing costs are not covered.

    Tuition Assistance

    The GPRS offers financial aid at the doctoral levels as departmental fellowships. These Fellowships include tuition grants of the full amount of tuition and fees for the academic year for the length of the program.

    Financial Aid-Fellowships

    Departmental Fellowships of the Graduate Program in Religious Studies include tuition grants up to the full amount of tuition and fees for the academic year and stipends up to $16,000 for the academic year. The actual amount awarded depends on financial need and academic performance. Grants and stipends are renewable each year that the student is registered in the program (up to the deadline for the completion of the degree). In addition, a small number of Teaching and Research Assistantships are occasionally available to doctoral students through Perkins School of Theology, as well as restricted scholarships and fellowships.

    Hispanic/Latino Faculty

    Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi
    Professor of Global Christianities and Mission Studies
    Isabel Docampo
    Associate Professor of Supervised Ministry
    Hugo Magallanes
    Associate Professor of Christianity and Culture
    Harold J. Recinos
    Professor of Church and Society
    Phil Wingeier-Rayo
    Director, Mexican American and Hispanic-Latino/a Church Ministries Program


    Hispanic Centers and Programs

    • The Mexican American and Hispanic-Latino/a Church Ministries Program (MAP) is an initiative committed to the ongoing work of recruiting, preparing, and providing continuing education to persons for ministry within the Latino/a community.
    • The Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions seeks to promote a deeper understanding of the varieties of religious life and expression within the Latino/a communities in the United States and in Latin America by encouraging and facilitating research in the area of Latino Christianity and religions; working in partnership with the various degree programs at Perkins School of Theology in preparing religious leaders to minister in a social and religious context in which the Latino population is an increasingly significant factor; sharing the results of new ventures in scholarship in these areas and the insights gained through this work in ways that will be of value to the churches, the academy, and the wider society.

    Yearly Events

    The Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions has sponsored Visiting Scholar lectures, and Annual Workshop, and Interdisciplinary Dialogues each year, and will continue to do so as long as funds are available.

    Library Resources-Special Collections

    Bridwell Library Special Collections houses the EDICIONES DOS AMIGOS COLLECTION, an official repository for all publications of the outstanding private press of Buenos Aires, Argentina for which the collection is named. In addition, the Central University Digital Collections features Latin America and the Caribbean: Photographs Manuscripts and Imprints.

    Other Resources

    [email protected] Seminaristas-student group

    HTI Fellows/Scholars

    Paul Barton
    Associate Professor in the History of American Christianity and Missiology, & Director of Hispanic Church Studies Seminary of the Southwest
    1997-1998 Dissertation Year Fellow
    2000-2001 Post-Doctoral Fellow
    Ángel J. Gallardo
    2012-2013 First-Year Doctoral Scholar
    2013-2014 Second-Year Doctoral Scholar
    2014-2015 Comprehensive Exams Year Scholar
    2015-2016 Dissertation Scholar
    Julián Andrés González
    2010-2011 First-Year Doctoral Scholar
    2011-2012 Second-Year Doctoral Scholar
    2012-2013 Comprehensive Exams Year Scholar
    2013-2015 Dissertation Year Scholar
    Luis Pedraja
    Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Antioch University Los Angeles
    1997-1998 Post-Doctoral Fellow

    Contact Information

    The HTI person to contact for information on Ph.D. studies at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University is:

    Name:                Vanessa P. Durán
    Title:                  Assistant to the Director, Graduate Program in Religious Studies
    Telephone:         888-843-6564 or 214-768-2432
    Email:               [email protected]

    Updated March 2015