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PhD Studies

The PhD program of Princeton Theological Seminary offers world-class training in the theological disciplines, preparing graduates for leadership in the academy, the church, and the public arena.

In May 2022, the faculty unanimously endorsed a bold and visionary approach to doctoral education, centered on revisions to the curriculum and daring new professional development initiatives designed to prepare students for leadership within and also far beyond the academy.

Our Bold Vision for PhD Studies
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Holding together love of God and love of learning in a single vision.

We have an outstanding faculty with expertise across traditional theological disciplines and in dialogue with secular disciplines and contemporary concerns. We are a free-standing theological seminary related to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Some of our faculty and students belong to churches of the Reformed tradition and work from its dynamic theological heritage; yet others represent a wide variety of other Christian traditions, providing a richly ecumenical dialogue.

Our doctoral program offers opportunities not only to study a field in depth, but also to pursue interdisciplinary study both within the Seminary and at Princeton University. Our library is one of the nation's largest theological libraries, and both faculty and students enjoy full access to the libraries of Princeton University as well. We live in a peaceful and beautiful town in central New Jersey—yet we are within an hour of the social and cultural riches of New York and Philadelphia. You might say we have the “best of both worlds.”

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“Graduates of our program have made substantive contributions to their academic disciplines, and they have a profound influence on the church as they shape its future pastors and leaders in their classrooms.”

—M. Craig Barnes, President of Princeton Theological Seminary

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

PhD Student

Isaac Kim, Class of 2015

“One of the biggest lessons I learned was how to be charitable to views other than my own. Christian charity was shown to me, not just in the readings for class, but from the professors, and the Seminary community.”