PhD Admission Requirements | Paths
PhD applicants are now being considered for the 2020 cohort.
An applicant must possess, at minimum, an MA from a recognized theological institution, demonstrating competence in the area of biblical and theological studies.
At the postgraduate level, an applicant must have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4-point scale to qualify for admission.
Greek Language Requirement
In order to effectively interact with current scholarship at the doctoral level, the prospective PAThS PhD student must possess a working competence in biblical Greek. PAThS requires two years of biblical Greek (12 credit hours) at the BA or MA level for admission into the PhD program. This requirement may be met in one of two ways:
- By passing a proficiency exam demonstrating the applicant's ability to use biblical Greek. The exam measures both first- and second-year Greek proficiency. Both years of Greek proficiency must be demonstrated. The applicant will be responsible to enroll in Greek language study if he or she does not pass the proficiency exam. Greek proficiency must be achieved before the applicant can be admitted into the PhD program.
- By successfully completing 2 intensive courses in Greek. These studies are offered in two one-month block courses, each of which covers the equivalent of one year of Greek. Both block courses are offered at the main campus in Lomé, Togo during the year prior to enrollment. Any applicant with a deficiency in biblical Greek will be required to successfully complete both month-long courses prior to enrollment at PAThS.
Students planning to enroll in these courses must obtain study materials from PAThS three to four months in advance of the block courses in order to complete all necessary pre-class assignments.
Upcoming dates for prerequisite Greek classes (Lomé, Togo):
- First-year Greek will be offered July 1-26, 2019.
- Second-year Greek will be offered November 18-December 13, 2019.
Please also review the General Admission Requirements before beginning the application process.