VANDERBILT DIVINITY SCHOOL
Description of PhD Program
The Graduate Department of Religion, a division within the Graduate School of Vanderbilt University, offers work toward the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in religion. All students enroll in one of nine primary areas: Ethics and Society; Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel; Historical Studies; History and Critical Theories of Religion; Homiletics and Liturgics; Jewish Studies (M.A.); New Testament and Early Christianity; Religion, Psychology, and Culture; Theological Studies. Selected PhD students in all of these areas participate in The Program in Theology and Practice. This unique program seeks to form a generation of professors who are outstanding teachers of people preparing for ministry and groundbreaking scholars in practical theology. The program brings graduate students together with scholars from many disciplines and ministers of many kinds for critical, theological reflection on the lived religion of people and institutions.
Tuition & Housing Costs
The tuition rate for graduate students at Vanderbilt is $1782.00 per semester hour, but the GDR covers this cost for all PhD students. Vanderbilt does not offer on-campus housing to graduate students. The average monthly rate for apartment rental in Nashville is $819 per month.
The GDR offers a generous scholarship program to PhD candidates. Every student receives financial aid that includes 100% of tuition costs, a stipend of $20,000, and health insurance for up to 5 years, based upon adequate progress. In addition, the Program in Theology and Practice awards a select number of fellowships each year to students beginning Ph.D. studies in the GDR (Fellowships in Theology and Practice) Fellows may earn their Ph.D. in any of the eight areas in which the Graduate Department of Religion offers the degree. The fellowships immerse students in interdisciplinary study and in regular conversation with experienced practitioners, and offer relationships with mentors, opportunities for vocational reflection, and close ties with a strong cohort of fellow students, and support opportunities to practice teaching for ministry at the Vanderbilt Divinity School and in area theological schools. The fellowships provide full tuition and a yearly stipend of $20,000 for up to six years of study.
Fernando SegoviaOberlin Graduate Professor of New Testament and Early ChristianityExpertise in Early Christian Origins, Theological Studies, and Cultural Studies
Hispanic Centers and Programs
The University’s Center for Latin-American Studies provides numerous opportunities for faculty and graduate students each term.
Library Resources-Special Collections
The Jean and Alexander Heard Library provides access to an ample range of resources on Latin America within its general collection.
At Vanderbilt, Hispanic students are automatically entitled to participate in the Vanderbilt Association of Hispanic Students. Graduates relate to the Vanderbilt Hispanic Alumni Networks.
HTI Fellows/HTIC Scholars
Klem-Marí Cajigas Chimelis2007-2008 Doctoral 2008-2009 Doctoral Renewal Fellow2009-2010 Comprehensive Exams Year Fellow Juan Escarfuller2003-2004 Doctoral 2004-2005 Doctoral Renewal Fellow2005-2006 Comprehensive Exams Year Fellow Leticia Guardiola-SáenzAssistant Professor Christian ScripturesSeattle University School of Theology and Ministry1998-1999 Dissertation Year Fellow Gilberto MedinaAdjunct ProfessorGarrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary1997-1998 Doctoral 1999-2000 Dissertation Year Fellow Luis Menéndez Antuña
2013-2014 Dissertation Year Scholar
Rubén Muñoz-LarrondoAssistant Professor of Biblical Studies Andrews University2000-2001 Doctoral2001-2002 Doctoral Renewal2002-2003 Comprehensive Exams Year2005-2006 Dissertation Year Fellow Lis Valle
2013-2014 First-Year Doctoral Scholar2014-2015 Second-Year Doctoral Scholar2015-2016 Comprehensive Exams Year Fellow Jonathan Warren2009-2010 Second-Year Doctoral 2010-2011 Comprehensive Exams Year Fellow
The HTIC person to contact for information on Ph.D. studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School is:
Name: James P. ByrdTitle: Associate Dean for Graduate EducationTelephone: 615-343-3976Email: [email protected]
Updated March 2015