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PhD Requirements

In addition to the general requirements specified for the PhD degree, CCS students are expected to fulfill the following:


Students must select two scriptural traditions to fulfill the major and minor requirement. 32 units must fall within the major tradition and 16 within the minor.

All doctoral students are required to participate in the CCS program seminar. Students will receive 4 units for their continuous registration while in residence.

An Advanced Methods course is mandatory to all doctoral students in CCS.

Qualifying Exams

There are four qualifying examinations that must be satisfied before advancing to candidacy for the doctorate. The student will be examined on (1) general theoretical issues and problems, (2) the major scriptural tradition or formation, (3) the minor scriptural tradition or formation, and (4) over issues related to the dissertation proposal (which is due at the time of examination).


The dissertation should reflect the issues and problems related to the phenomena of scriptualizing across communities, regions, and traditions.

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